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Jenna Laib
K-8 Math Specialist, in constant pursuit of the world's greatest hummus. I blog at & curate She/Her
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Jenna Laib May 31
Replying to @bkdidact
Sounds like you did something right? And also UGH I am so sorry!
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Tina Cardone 🏳️‍🌈 May 30
Sometimes it's after midnight but you've decided to get all the words out today. It still counts as today until I go to sleep, right? The thing I wanted to say was simply: The only way to see systemic change is ongoing effort. Each action feels small, but they're all necessary.
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Jenna Laib May 31
I agree! There’s something special about slow reveals of all kinds. :)
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Jenna Laib May 31
It's going to be rough for a while. :(
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Jenna Laib May 30
Replying to @pearse_margie
Wait, they announced it ON Zoom?! YIKES. Our principal called educators individually, and then our union rep organized an emergency meeting the following day. We also met with the superintendent. Everyone is trying to handle this situation as well as they can, but still so hard.
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Jenna Laib May 30
Deal! You know notes and critiques are always welcome :)
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Jenna Laib May 30
Thanks -- yes, I am hoping that his future college roommate appreciates our 12+ attempts at toddler sleep training. :) I think we're almost there! (Meanwhile, Ben keeps pumping out books even with a small but fierce child in the house.)
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Jenna Laib May 30
This means that my bragging has been too subtle. Obviously, it is time to ramp it up!
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Jenna Laib May 30
Replying to @DingleTeach
Thanks, Marian. It is. Plus I have learned that district also sponsored some teachers’ green cards, so some families legal status is in jeopardy. :( No one saw this coming.
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with my heavy heart. As tricky as it is to work from home with small children and no outside childcare -- hahaha -- I'm so grateful for to have these little ones that burst with love! /8
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
This is one of Ts we laid off: Graciela Mohemedi, a physics teacher. Her TED talk is called "Screaming in the Silence: How to be an ally, not a savior" She's incredible. How on earth can we afford to lose her. Congrats to the school that snaps her up./7
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
I know that there are union rules and procedures to follow when recalling teachers, but I also want to know that the district realizes this is a crisis on top of a crisis. We need these teachers so badly. (and after the week they've had!) Drafting a letter... /6
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
However, just when I thought I couldn't get more upset: because every teacher with hired Sept 2017 or later just received notice of layoffs, this means that EOCs are disproportionately impacted by these layoffs. /5
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
Here's something important: in the last few years, my district has made a deliberate effort to hire more educators of color. (Yes!) Only 13% of teachers in my district are teachers of color, but more than 20% of new hires are. This is ordinarily something to celebrate. /4
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
Yes, many will be offered their jobs back, but right now everyone hurts. (The teachers, the families, the people that had to make the decisions... everyone.) /3
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Jenna Laib May 29
Replying to @jennalaib
Those who face layoffs include Ts w/o prof status (first 3 years in the district), as well as specialists (e.g. library, art, music, wellness) with impressive tenure within the district. Some have devoted more than 30 years to teaching here. /2
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Jenna Laib May 29
Today, just over 30% of the Unit A (professional faculty) employees in my school district were pink slipped. While many will likely be hired back, it's heartbreaking. I watched wonderful colleagues cry today -- via zoom, miles away. /1
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Clint Smith May 29
You're killed police, you're told it's your fault. You're killed by covid-19, you're told it's your fault. You live in neighborhoods saturated with poverty, you're told it's your fault. Rarely are you told about the policy, about the history, about the literal knee on your neck.
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Jenna Laib May 29
😂Haha, no pressure. Although I would love to see how you explain it, since your directions will be invariably wittier...
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