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 "Inner hurricanes become the foreboding odd silence of the hurricane's center.  Cowards become heroes." K.W. 

 

 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.

 

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"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

 A Piece Full World.

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Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating a school wide bullying prevention program!

 

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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann

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Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

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"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement of Florida
  
 

 

 

 School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools are representatives of the School District of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.


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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
--Gandhi
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A treehouse musing: 

 I'd like to be done with this.  I retire soon and I just want to paint and read.  Exercise. Maybe write.  But not about workplace bullying and harassment in public schools!  

Another:  I am not done.  I may never be done.

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"HELP ME," she wrote in capital letters.  She wrote it in her report to the district of the danger she lived at her school. "PLEASE HELP ME." She wrote the report to regional and district leadership in the worst of her days there.  He, as was indicated on the report, had screamed at her so loudly that his assistant principals had to intervene. "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!?"  The two female assistant principals must have been in their offices--a short moment of respite from his oozing, leering, predatory misogyny--when they heard her and him.  They knew that she was his latest target. They also knew why.  She'd spoken up.  She didn't like it when he said "You need to teach your own kind" and told him so.

The assistant principals had to separate him from her in the hallway in front of his office.  He must have been bulging. Bulging everything but his eyes.  His red cheeks and neck bulged.  His mouth and tongue bulged. But his eyes were angry slits.  

The shaken assistant principals comforted her.  Soothed her. Took her into one of their offices.  She must have cried.  She must have buried her head into her hands.  Rocked back and forth.  "Why is he doing this to me?"  

And what, dear readers, is "this"?  "This" is a plot. One of his plots in this case, but a principals' plot nationwide. A standard plot instead of a standard test.  The plot rids the schools of the teachers.  The teachers who say "no".  "No I won't do that illegal thing; no I won't allow you to call me honey.... No, I won't drink champagne and talk about your first kiss.  I won't giggle at your stupid sexual innuendo either...."

But I now write again of my own PTSD "this..." That what PTSD does, it circles a round and back and through our bodies.  It does not let us rest.  It does, however, take its "rat-a-tat-tat-" pounding and lift nervous fingers to computers' keyboards.  

"Breathe, Kim.  Return to her story...."

"This" for her is a document. "This" is a letter.  An email.  "This" is a conversation with his suck up teacher friend.  A friend who'd loaded her ethics onto the district's barge of abuse. She lied in exchange for a classroom or grade level preference.  Maybe a "special assignment" or a "supplement."

"I need you to do me a little favor," he would say.  And what is that favor?"  Perhaps it's an "email of concern."  They'll sit together to write that poison.  They'll use time--their salaries--not to assist teachers in classrooms with better, more vibrant instruction, but to correct grammar errors in this friend's  "letter of concern."  

"What do you want me to write?" might ask his friend minion, the reading coach.  "Write that Werner saw everything.  Write that Werner supports me; that she and I talked about it.  That Werner could not believe what she saw her do."

Let's, together, imagine her life at that school.  She, an African-American educator, had been teaching for almost thirty years before she worked for him.  He, a white non-hispanic man, then in his forties, had been appointed to the principalship of a brand new school.  I imagine he looked to her to meet age and racial balance, for to hire primarily young white women would be frowned upon by his "higher-ups."  

What "infraction" lifted her to his list's top position?   At his former elementary school there had been many names on his list.... But this!  This was a new school!  New office!  New fresh teachers! Except for this one.  This outspoken African-American woman.  This glasses wearing, in her fifties, slightly overweight woman who simply did not comply.  Audaciously questioned him!  

"WHO THE FUCK DOES SHE THINK SHE IS!?"

Imagine.  Dear God, imagine.