Educator self-advocacy matters and isolation feels real when navigating the self-advocacy process. We have gathered tools for you to embark on the journey of self-advocacy. We are here to build capacity and support in our community to help each of us navigate through a solutions-oriented process* for the Contract Grievances, Micro-Aggressions or Discriminations, Sexual Harassment, and Addressing Your Board of Education.
*If you are a union member in a public district-managed school, consults your union representative for support. As a public employee; policies and teacher contracts are public information. Sample letter templates and processes are provided for you as general guidance. Remember to check with your public, private, or charter school system policies.
Throughout history, leaders of change have brought people together. People became leaders by bringing people together with common interests. Together they set the conditions to build the courage to confront and amplify the inequities they were experiencing. Sometimes, system leaders react to this by retaliating against the person(s). Here is some advice if that is a concern for you.
As a general “chain of command” contact the person you have a grievance with first, then their supervisor, and so forth.
Here are some examples of grievances that you might want to address:
Document in your notes or calendar for your records. Key points, key dates, specific verbatim language, if there were witnesses that were also impacted.
Delia Pérez-Solórzano, Director of High Impact Practice – firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Elizarraraz, Deputy Director – email@example.com
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