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Personnel File 3: The Case of Carl

This case study is offered as a discussion starter. The incident happened. The names are changed, but the facts are straight from the principal’s mouth. How did it end? I’m holding that, for now. How should it end? What reasons would you offer for that decision? Discuss this case with colleagues in leadership.

Carl—an art teacher who at one time had been named the state’s Teacher of the Year—had been “troubled” for more than five years. The principal knew she had to do something; this problem wouldn’t go away.

To some students and to their parents, there was no problem. They claimed, with notes and phone calls, that Carl was a “superb teacher.” They cited his award from his subject area peers, his spending time with the kids on the weekends, his displaying the kids’ art work in the halls and malls, and his “off the wall” humor that many kids appreciated. Some of these students had gone on to colleges and art schools and had done very well. Carl’s defenders blamed the principal for a “personality conflict between you and Carl; get off his back and let him do what he does best.” The principal knew that those comments came straight from Carl, because the parents related that their kids had said Carl mentioned during classes that “he was on the carpet with the principal” and that “some people are just out to get me and can’t stand that I go way beyond the school day.”

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Personnel File 1: The Case of Abe

This case study is offered as a discussion starter. The incident happened. The names are changed, but the facts are straight from the principal’s mouth. How did it end? I’m holding that, for now. How should it end? What reasons would you offer for that decision? Discuss this case with colleagues in leadership.

The principal was to meet with Abe in a few minutes; she had written some notes the night before on an evaluation form in various categories about Abe’s teaching, the same form on which she hoped Abe would have jotted some about himself. She doubted he would have done more than four or five terse “OKs” and a couple of “Goods.” She knew he hated these “conferences.” Two years ago he had told others on the faculty about how “silly” it was to have gone through an evaluation session with her. Now she wondered what she ought to say to him when he came in.

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