reply to post by smyleegrl
Offhand, Smyleegrl, I would say your plan will be met with failure. Here's why, imo.
I may be wrong here, but a school board is usually very political and admin plays ball with them. Generally speaking,teachers are considered by
parents to be part of the system. Since you say you've already put in for a transfer, no matter what little corrective action admin might take after
what could well be a combative meeting will not be acted upon until the fall session at the earliest in any case. So all that you would have
accomplished is to stir the pot and get yourself a reputation as a s--- disturber and possibly result in negative impact on your career.
Then there is the diplomatic advocacy approach that usually does not involve threats of public embarrassment although the players involved know only
too well what could happen if the truth be made public. ** Remember they are bit political players so wiggle room /saving face is very important if
the people you are trying to obtain change from are the very ones whose actions or policies you are looking to expose. **
(In my experience, the diplomatic approach is the one method that obtains satisfactory lasting results. My last advocacy plan involved obtaining a
change in federal fiscal health and admission policy which took a lot of careful planning over a few months and use of strategic community resources
and people. In the end though, our one presentation to the feds brought about the changes sought and was announced by the perpetrators of the
injustices as though the idea had come from them; and, since the changes requested were granted, it was a success.) They knew we had not yet gone to
the press with the evidence we had btw, and I think it really helped us to effect a timely change in the manner we wanted.
What risks getting lost here (and you don't want this) to individuals who might attend this upcoming meeting is whether you would want to bring about
real change / or disparage the school administration. If you are trying to bring about change, then imho the presentation must not be from a teacher
or one single person, but from the parents primarily, with the inclusion of the teachers and the community as background support. This requires a lot
more planning than a dramatic exposé by one person who is generall considered to be part of the school system, because ask yourself if you want to
get the attention or have the problems receive the attention.
You may want this to get attention on Wednesday and be proven right, but I suggest you think this over more. I've been in meetings where this was done
and it literally sux the energy out of the room. Exposing all the problems at once and finger pointing in a single public meeting will only risk
causing info overload to the attendees and inaction as a result, as they will want to create distance between themselves as individuals and the
admin/teacher, since they must be given time to consider the evidence and weigh it. Otherwise, being forced then and there to choose who is wrong
and who is right will bring detachment and non-involvment.
Real advocacy requires careful planning and optimal use of all resources possible and a carefully planned presentation by individuals in the concerned
If you want your legacy there to be one of bringing about real change, I suggest you take a bit longer to plan and describe each problem in terms of
policy rather than individual inaction etc., with a clear corrective goal for each problem. List resources, number crunching etc in the plan. Ask
yourself if the demand for change might be better met if presented by parents who will be sticking around and watching for improved results. You
could meet with a select group of parents and let them carry the evidence forward with specific proposed remedies. Let others point the finger down
the road. And consider whether you want the meeting to be with the PTAwho usually represent the parents (?)
, the school board, or dept of
There are several excellent books about planning for change. They helped me a lot.
All the best.
edit on 2-2-2013 by aboutface because: (no reason given)