Thursday, May 14, 2015

Occupy EES On Facebook

Check it out.  Learn about the EES.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hawaii Subs Observed With Danielson Tool

Why are substitute teachers being observed with the "Danielson Tool" in the Keaau, Kau, Pahoa Complex?

Subs are vulnerable enough.  Why are they being given their "rating sheet" after these observations, just as regular teachers are?  They have not received any "Danielson training" and why demean them further.  Subbing is difficult enough without and administrator or pseudo-administrator such as a "Literacy Coach" standing there checking things off a clipboard list.  Why not offer real assistance and/or friendliness to teachers, instead?

Is there such an absence of data that substitute teachers must now be added in to school data?  Why put even more stress on substitute teachers who do not work under a contract such as regular teachers in Bargaining Unit 05?  This seems not only unethical but also abusive and is an obvious show of power over a vulnerable substitute teacher.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Opt Out of High Stakes Testing and High Stakes Teacher Evaluation

It is time to say no to high stakes.

Teachers, we need to stand up and say we will not lie to make our EES data look good in order to keep our jobs.

Principals are lying to teachers.  This is not okay.

Students are under too much testing pressure.

How can we have a voice?

One way is to email our HSTA Uniserve:

Please email Rae with your experiences!

Now is the time.  Please don't wait.  We owe this to our students and to great teachers that we ourselves had when we were in school  Don't let them down!  They are counting on us to speak out and do the right thing and this means saying what is happening.

Neutral is not good.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Strange how there would be disagreement over ordering Scholastic Magazine and Teen Ink for my classroom, the argument being that these are not aligned to the Common Core.  Huh?  My supervisor won't sign my purchase order for these...saying everything is on the computer anyway.

Is this a case of a rat biting its own tail or a snake devouring itself?

Can children no longer flip through pages of a magazine (geared especially for them) during free moments in class?

Or, is it only disadvantaged children being ripped off?