Re: Head Director
Posted by Beagle on 8/10/2018, 6:58 pm, in reply to "Re: Head Director"
You are entitled to a thirty minute duty free lunch as a teacher. This is state law. You are also entitled to 450 minutes of planning time every two weeks in increments of no fewer than 45 minutes. If you're not getting either or both of those, you're being asked to violate the law. Simple. Don't do it, and say why. Protect your rights. |
What if your HD is ordering you to work through lunch every day for six weeks?
In reality, and in our band halls, that is correct. The HBD runs the show.
As an analogy, think about it this way. How successful would a football team be if the receivers coach decided to teach his receivers different terminology and plays from what the offensive coordinator uses? You're that receivers coach. Do the job that you've been hired to do and teach the OC (HBD)'s offense.
To ABDs: Unless your HBD is asking you to do something that violates the law, district policy, or violates the Teacher's Code of Ethics, do what you're told.
Once you have complied with directives from your superior and not created a public rift in the power structure, then have conversations with the HBD afterwards, PRIVATELY, about why you think their ideas aren't correct.
Be prepared, however, to be ignored. It's the HBD's prerogative to do so. That's why they're the HBD. They're allowed to make the calls on matters like this. An ABD is not a HBD. They don't get to set program direction. That's why the HBD has the extra days, extra contract, and extra stipend. It's their job. Not yours.
ANY other actions taken on the part of an ABD, outside of what you're directed to do by an HBD or in support of the HBD's directives, are either exceeding the job role of an ABD or are undermining the HBD.
An ABD has slightly more leeway with kids with whom they are the teacher of record - but you'd better have a darned good explanation for doing things with your class contrary to the program direction. If you don't, you may find yourself stationed at a desk in ISS for the rest of the year, or spending the year doing clerical work in your office.
Now, that being said - if the HBD is asking you to violate law, policy, or ethical standards, you are absolutely right to stand up and say no. Furthermore, you're right to document why you're saying no, and kick it up the chain of command to your building principal.