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Re: [teacherartexchange] elementary art educators, rights & responsibilities

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twoducks_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 16 2008 - 13:27:11 PST


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From: Horn, Blue
There are many more things some of you may say, but I am looking for
laws or
guidelines or SOMETHING that will help alleviate the plight of
elementary art
educators such as myself.

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In my nearly 40 years of teaching I worked in only two systems. One a
large suburban county system--there each teacher, including
specialists, had one hour per day planning/prep time, but it fell from
3-4pm every day. Specialists worked for the county and did not provide
planning time for classroom teachers. When we were absent there were
no substitutes for us.

My other job was in a small town with only one large elementary school,
top load was 960 per week in 30 forty minute classes per week.
Specialist teachers provided classroom teachers with 40 min prep (minus
time that teachers took to deliver and pick up children). But we
specialists were all state certified and also covered under our
district's teacher contract. So we had the same prep time and pay
scales as any teacher. Our schedules accomodated the grade level needs
for guidance meetings, etc, but it was fair: we had as much time as the
other teachers.

Are you not covered by the teacher's contract in your district?
elementary teachers will always have too many kids, not enough money or
space and not enough time. But classroom teachers in many schools have
similar issues. It is a tough time to be a teacher for sure. I would
start by reading your contract though.

good luck
kathy douglas
k-3 massachusetts, retired
teachingforartisticbehavior.org

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