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I am a third year teacher who is realizing that most of my college education was spent learning the wrong stuff. I know waay too much about multiple intelligences, and Piaget, and the impact of SES on student achievement.
On the other hand, I know absolutely nothing about what a typical teacher contract looks like, education law (nation and state), what common retirement and health ins. plans require, basically what rights teachers have and what I should expect from my state, governing board, admin, etc.
Is there a book out there that can help. I don't even know the right search keywords to google. I would love to join a message board where I can just lurk and absorb info too! I'm seriously considering taking a ed. law class to bone up on some of this material.
Please help!!! I know I work in a state that isn't exactly education friendly, but I feel too uninformed to really critique.
Sarah - I don't know that any of us feel like we live in an education-friendly environment, right now. I know that for the first time in 36 years of teaching, I am not encouraging anyone to become a teacher.
I don't know if you are a member of your union, but their website might have the answer to many of your questions. It's possible you can access publications in position papers without logging in. I am a member of the AFT/NEA. If you go to their website www.aft.org there are many publications that might answer your questions or at least guide you in a google search. You are very wise to learn all you can!