Teach Plus Los Angeles Fellow Abra Sussman wrote a piece for The Huffington Post's Ted Weekends this past week entitled, "Why I am a School Teacher (Instead of a Classroom Teacher)"
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Discussion Roundtable with LAUSD Board District 6 Candidate Monica Ratliff
This event gave teachers and education stakeholders an opportunity to interact directly with Monica Ratliff, a candidate in the LAUSD Board District 6 race.
At the event, Monica was able to deeply engage with all teachers. Monica had a chance to introduce herself and her candidacy, as well as answer Q&A from participants. Monica also was able to ask participants questions regarding their take on school autonomy and quality professional development. A few of the highlights can be found below:
- Monica has a strong interest in eliminating the money being spent on travel and consultants at the district level; believes that that money could be used to fund better PD and teacher autonomy. She also feels that the district should be looking internally for experts.
- One interesting idea brought to the table (which is a possible idea for a Teach Plus project) is an idea to keep principals connected to the classroom through a variety of innovative ways, such as creating a principal co-teaching method, where principals have the chance to co-teach a period new or struggling teachers.
- Lastly, Monica stressed her desire to keep Superintendent Deasy, and also praised how he has limited the amount of tenure granted to new teachers, saying, “we are no longer handing out tenure like candy….this profession is not for everyone.”