October 30, 2017
Your Association leadership has been concerned for some time about the lack of training that has been provided to members across the district. We have discussed this on numerous occasions with the superintendent. Recently we formally requested, in writing, that our paraprofessionals and teachers working in special education programs receive the training they need to do their jobs. The safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance, and the legal implications of the district refusing to provide necessary trainings are worrisome. In some instances, qualified staff members have offered to provide various training, and we are aware that members have requested training specific to their classrooms.
We appreciate when the administration offers opportunities for PD outside of the work day, but for programs and curricula that are required parts of our job, the district has an obligation to provide appropriate training. We believe that there are ample times during the scheduled PD days, and during faculty and department meetings, when training could occur. If substitutes are needed to provide coverage for aides, then that is a cost the district should bear.
As we work with NJEA to determine how best to proceed, we’re asking all members to document conversations they have had with supervisors and administrators about the need for training, not just in special ed programs (ABA, CPI, etc) but also for training on new programs and mandated initiatives.
Please send that information to Lee Ann and Ann Marie.
Your Pequannock Township Education Association