Approximately 190 teachers received the following letter assigning them as a “Suitable Professional Capacity Teacher” until another more “suitable” position opens up. The staff assigned were assigned for the convenience of administration, in groups, so as to make it easier for the School Department to evaluate them.There was no thought given as to where the staff want to work, what work would be most suitable, and how to match a staff’s skill set to a school’s needs. The entire exercise was done to help management place people in a way that was good for management — not schools, not students. Here’s the letter sent to our 190 teachers:
“Based on the Office of Human Capital’s assessment of your qualifications, the Boston Public Schools extends you the following assignment for the 2015-2016 school year:
“School: BPS ____ Elementary
Instead of trying to best match “surplus” teachers to a school’s needs, the district’s plan has lacked any rationale.
“Position: Suitable Professional Capacity Teacher
“Your specific job description will be provided by your school leader and Professional Growth Specialist. Suitable Professional Capacity positions encompass the full range of teaching responsibilities. Performance evaluations for teachers in this role will be the same as evaluations for all teachers across the district and based on all four standards of the Teacher Rubric. Please refer to the BPS Interactive Rubric located at the web address http://bostonpublicsch
We are hopeful that we can begin anew a real conversation with the school district as how best to match our teachers’ skills with our schools’ needs. We have recently met with new district leaders to discuss this problem and we remain hopeful that we can work out a better assignment process that will take full advantage of our members’ skill sets.