PROJECT: ANALYZING A WORKPLACE ISSUE USING PRAM MODEL –>
P – PROPER PLANNING
R – BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
A- GETTING AGREEMENTS
M – MAINTAING THE RELATIONSHIPS
MY PART IS : MAINTAINING THE RELATIONSHIPS. ( THE LAST ONE)
Please be thorough in each of these four steps (i.e. Elaborate on goal-setting; cultivating a sense of mutual trust; strategies for reconciling areas of disagreement; solution building; providing ongoing feedback, etc.)
BELOW IS THE ISSUE, MY OTHER FRIENDS HAVE ALSO INCLUDED THE PROPER PLANNING, AND SOME OF THE BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS.. GETTING AGREEMENTS NOT YET..
BUT THE IDEA IS IN THE ISSUE AND PROPER PLANNING MOSTLY…
PLEASE WRITE A 2 PAGE PAPER ON MAINTAINING THE RELATIONSHIPS
WORK-CITED: PLEASE FIND ALL INFOS ON THE INTERNET AND ALSO INCLUDE ALL THE LINKS USED.
Summary of Issue
The Florida Teachers Union as recently encountered some press in regards to the controversial teachers bonus program known as The Best and Brightest Scholarship. The basic premise is that the Florida Legislature has set aside $44 million this year to reward highly rated teachers who also had top SAT or ACT scores. The new program aims to give the state’s “best and brightest” teachers up to $10,000 bonuses. But it was tied in part to ACT or SAT scores, requiring those to be in the top 20 percent of scores the year the teacher took the exams and brand new teachers can qualify with their scores alone. The Florida Teachers Union is concerned because this bonus program discriminates against many teachers and the union is threatening legal action. This program discriminates against teachers that are from other countries that did not require the SAT or ACT scores as well as teachers that just never took the exams.
1) Proper Planning
Best and Brightest Scholarship
In 2015, the Florida State government set up a scholarship program known as Florida’s Best and Brightest Scholarship Program and set aside $44 million in the 2015-2016 Florida Budget to be spent providing salary bonuses of up to $10,000 to teachers with high SAT and ACT scores.
The Best and Brightest Scholarship:
The Current Plan The Florida Teachers Union: Issues
Wants to recognize teachers with high personal ACT and SAT test scores. Some teachers were not required to take the ACT or SAT
Teachers need to have scored at or above the 80th percentile Excellent teachers are being looked over based off a result that occurred a long time ago
Need to be deemed “highly effective” in most recent summative evaluation Teachers are required to contact state departments to acquire test scores
New teachers without an evaluation may qualify based solely on test scores New teachers are allowed to qualify solely on test scores and not actual teaching ability
The bonus will not exceed $10,000 as the $10,000 can only cover 4,400 teachers More than 4,400 teachers have applied
Only a one year guaranteed funded program
While the Best and Brightest Scholarship had good intentions there were many flaws in the program. The original goal was to award teachers that were a part of the Florida Teachers Union with a bonus, this was to be accomplished by recognizing teachers with high personal ACT and SAT test scores. The teachers only had to meet to criterion (1) Teachers need to have scored at or above the 80th percentile and (2) Need to be deemed highly effective in their most recent summative evaluation. Proper planning of the bonus program was not taken and resulted in a series of issues.
1. Some teachers were not required to take the ACT or SAT and therefore do not have scores and do not qualify
2. Excellent teachers are being overlooked based off a result that occurred a long time ago
3. Teachers are required to contact state departments to acquire test scores
4. New teachers are allowed to qualify solely on test scores and not actual teaching ability
5. Discriminates against those that never took the ACT or SAT, and foreign teachers
6. Many teachers have discovered that their scores have been achieved and are unable to access them
7. The program is only guaranteed funding for one year
8. More than 4,400 teachers have applied and may lower the bonus amount
These issues have resulted in state legal issues, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker stated the he “agreed that it was unfair, but said it was legal.” (Strauss) With proper planning and consideration for the Florida Teachers Union there could have been a win-win result for both parties. The plan for the Best and Brightest Scholarship should have began with recognizing what exactly the teachers would want and then comparing it to the goals of the scholarship.
With a new restructuring of the Best and Brightest Scholarship the Florida Teachers Union can have a fair and favorable outcome . The teachers want to be recognized for teaching excellence and not on how they performed on a test they did in their youth. As stated by the United School Employees of Pasco (USEP) in regards to this issue “We’re dubious of claims asserting a correlation between a teacher’s performance on a standardized test taken when they were in high school and their current abilities as an educator”(USEP). The teachers want the decision of who receives the scholarship to be based of their career history, regardless of length. It should be inclusive to all practicing teachers again that have a teaching history and regardless of nationality, age or educational background. The application process should be simple and easy accessible. Lastly, the amount issued to the selected candidates should be equal.
The new plan taking into consideration the needs of the Florida Teachers Union, the Best and Brightest Scholarship’s new plan is to recognize excellent teachers based on teaching ability. The decision will be made by the school districts in which a certain number of teachers will be selected to receive the bonus. All teachers in Florida are eligible to apply for the scholarship given that they meet the requirements; currently employed classroom teacher and has a current summative evaluation in which the teacher has been deemed “highly effective”. There will be a reduction in the $10,000 per teacher bonus to open up opportunities for more bonus recipients. The winning funds will be given to the district to disperse amongst its winners and the program will be operating for a minimum of 5 years.
The Best and Brightest Scholarship Issues The Florida Teachers Union
Recognize excellent teachers based on teaching ability as determined by the district Some teachers were not required to take the ACT or SAT Wants to be recognized for teaching excellence and not how well they tested in their youth
All teachers can submit if a current summative evaluation available and have been “highly effective” Excellent teachers are being looked over based off a result that occurred a long time ago Decisions to be based off teaching career, regardless of how short or long.
New teachers must wait till a summative evaluation is conducted before submitting Teachers are required to contact state departments to acquire test scores Easy district application
Program continues for a minimum of 5 years New teachers are allowed to qualify solely on test scores and not actual teaching ability Inclusive to teachers that have a teaching history, regardless of nationality, age or educational background
Reduce bonus amount to include more teachers Discriminates against those that never took the ACT or SAT, and foreign teachers Bonus amount is equal.
District receives money once selections have been made and deliver bonuses to selected teachers Many teachers have discovered that their scores have been achieved and are unable to access them
2) Building Relationships
• Florida state government (Best and Brightest Scholarship Program)
• Florida Teacher’s Union
The problem with the “Best and Brightest Scholarship” program is that it doesn’t take into account a majority of the teachers’ population. As a result, the Florida Teacher’s Union saw this as discriminating towards teachers who; went to community college, foreign teachers, and teachers whose SAT and ACT scores were too old to access them. With a new plan of action, the reformed scholarship program will recognize teachers for teaching excellence and not on how they performed on a test from years ago. In addition, changes mentioned from the plan breakdown in the previous section will create positive relationships for all parties involved.
To build relationships for a win-win outcome, the state must first tackle the major issue of using SAT and ACT scores as a determinant for who could qualify. The dispute between the state and the teacher’s union is based on overlooking the majority of applicants who never took the test, or took it too long to access it. Instead of looking at SAT and ACT scores, the new plan will recognize excellent teachers based on their teaching ability. The requirements for the scholarship are that all teachers must be currently employed classroom teachers, and has a current summative evaluation in which the teacher has been deemed “highly effective”. The state would rely on
To accommodate the large number of teachers that qualify for the scholarship, the $10,000 per teacher bonus will be reduced. More than 4,400 teachers have applied which means that there would be insufficient funds to cater those who qualify. By reducing the amount, the state is giving the opportunity for more teachers to receive the bonuses. It becomes a win-win strategy because the state gains the support from the teacher’s union by dispersing their rewards in a fair manner. Meanwhile, the teacher’s union benefits from having more of their members qualified for the bonuses.
3) Getting Agreements -Vania
4) Maintaining the Relationships.
The Win-Win Negotiation Agreement must also include the following elements:
• Desired Results: What are the goals and desired outcomes from this Agreement?
• Guidelines: What are the rules and guidelines for accomplishing the results?
• Resources: What are the resources available (i.e. people, money, tools, materials, technology, etc.)
• Accountability: (How will we measure how it’s going?)
• Consequences: (What are the rewards for achieving the outcome and what are the consequences of not achieving the outcome?)
“Orange County Public Schools |.” Orange County Public Schools |. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. <https://www.ocps.net/Pages/default.aspx>.
Strauss, Valeria. “Florida’s Kooky New Plan: Giving Bonuses to Teachers with High SAT/ACT Scores.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 29 June 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/29/floridas-kooky-new-plan-giving-bonuses-to-teachers-with-high-satact-scores/>.
USEP. “What You Should Know about the Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program.” United School Employees of Pasco. N.p., 28 July 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. <https://www.useponline.org/what-you-should-know-about-the-best-and-brightest-teacher-scholarship-program/>.
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