Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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The Hunger Games of Education

The Hunger Games of Education

By on April 13, 2011

I sat in the room of saddened and anxious teachers, some of whom had dedicated up to 10 years with my district, waiting to hear about some RIF settlement that our district and union had negotiated on our behalf. As

Tweenteacher Update

Tweenteacher Update

By on January 25, 2011

I owe my readers a mea culpa for the last month or so, and I wanted to let you in on a little of what’s been going on with me both personally and professionally. No worries, however, I’ll be back

Why Equity can be a bad word for Education

Why Equity can be a bad word for Education

By on February 11, 2010

As well intentioned as it is, the goal of equity in all branches of education is doing a disservice to the goal of, well, equity. I’m searching for a word here. Maybe I need to make one up. I need

My Struggles with Tenure

My Struggles with Tenure

By on October 21, 2009

I’m really struggling with my feelings about tenure. Currently, the conversation goes as follows: “Hey, I got tenure.” “Cool, pass the mustard.” When, in fact, it should be: “Hey, I got tenure!” “Are you kidding? That’s fantastic! Holy %^$#@, you

Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a’comin…

Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a’comin…

By on August 30, 2008

So, in a move reminiscent of a 12-year old girl caught up in the riot mentality of rumors, I believed the whisper I heard about not getting my Whiteboard for 2 months.  But I tell you now: it was false,

The Carnival #178 is in town!

The Carnival #178 is in town!

By on July 2, 2008

The Carnival #178 has come to town!

The Carnival #174 has Arrived!

The Carnival #174 has Arrived!

By on June 4, 2008

The Carnival of Education #174 has arrived and tweenteacher has once again been invited to the party.

Make an Offer They Can’t Refuse

Make an Offer They Can’t Refuse

By on June 2, 2008

How does an administrator control the quality of their staff if the union won't let them transfer an ineffective teacher? According to The Washington Post, some unions are loosening up on their hold over administrator's rights.

Cheering on the Demise of One’s Own School

Cheering on the Demise of One’s Own School

By on May 31, 2008

In every school there is a teacher who actively cheers on the failings of his/her own school. When they walk by, it's like a wake of smog has engulfed you.

Teacher Observations: Principals vs. the Union

Teacher Observations: Principals vs. the Union

By on May 24, 2008

Why does the union stand in the way of getting rid of a bad teacher? Doesn't that undermine the work of other teachers?

Bad Teachers are not Tenure’s Fault

Bad Teachers are not Tenure’s Fault

By on March 23, 2008

How do you get rid of a cruddy teacher? The administrator has to do their job.