Resolution on Improving Relations - Building Administration and Teachers
On March 11, East Middle School teachers met with Joplin NEA leaders to discuss ways to improve the teaching and learning environment in that building. After a brief discussion regarding the purpose of the meeting, each teacher submitted a card that listed concerns and issues based on the following questions:
-What are important factors that would contribute to a better teaching/learning environment at East Middle School? What barriers have you encountered that have hindered your effectiveness as a teacher?
-This document is prepared as a summary of concerns and observations by teachers at East Middle School in the form of a resolution toward an improved teaching/learning environment.
• Schools will achieve the best results when there is an absence of fear and a sense of trust among teachers and administrators.
• Administrators and teachers must possess effective communication skills in order for our school to function at the optimum level.
• A free flow of information is an integral part of any successful school environment.
• Effective administrators will respond to teacher inquiries in a respectful and timely manner.
• New educational initiatives and programs work best when teachers are actively involved in the decision-making process.
• Teams and committees comprised of teachers have the expectation that their recommendations to administration will merit a professional and timely response.
• If disagreements arise between staff members, it is an expectation that administration will make every effort to mediate toward a mutually agreeable resolution.
• Teachers should feel free to express constructive responses and opinions without being cast as negative by administration.
• Administration will utilize a systematic process in choosing teacher representatives for various building or district meetings or training sessions.
• If an administrator has a concern with an individual teacher, the matter will be addressed in a confidential and professional manner.
• Student behavioral guidelines will be clearly communicated and consistently enforced by administration – with an emphasis on teacher support.
• Broadcast communication from administration to teachers should have a clear, informative message that is relevant for the entire staff.
It is hoped that this resolution will provide a template for improvements at East Middle School.