In a significant victory for Absent Teacher Reserves, Speech Teachers, Pre-K Teachers and other teachers not covered by Advance, an arbitrator has ruled that UFT members are entitled to a lesson specific pre-observation conference before a formal observation.
This is from the NY Teacher with a quote from Grievance Director Ellen Gallin-Procida:
With respect to the principal’s lack of notice, Gallin-Procida said the arbitrator’s ruling “confirms that a formal observation is one where the teacher knows in advance when an administrator is coming.”
There should be no surprise formal observations.
The arbitrator also ruled that post observation and pre-observation conferences are separate meetings according to the NY Teacher.
Teachers are supposed to be rated by formal observations under the old system. Therefore, while informal observations, which should also have a post observation conference, can be placed in teacher files, formal observations are needed for the rating.
This is an important ruling but why wasn't it taken on over two decades ago when this provision was put in the contract for all teachers?