Community group: Pinellas teachers need more training with discipline programs
Faith and Action for Strength Together, the faith-based community group that makes Pinellas officials make promises in front of packed crowds, wants a new pledge from the school district: Better training for teachers in schools that are using discipline programs that FAST believes can result in fewer suspensions.
The programs - Foundations, CHAMPS and FLPBS - are being used in at least 37 Pinellas schools. But a district analysis concluded they would be more effective with more consistent training for teachers. In many cases, FLPBS and Foundations were not suported by school wide training, the analysis says. As for CHAMPS, training was optional and "the major difficult appears to that mandated CHAMPS training could be faced with resistance from teachers who do not buy-in to the intervention."
"How is a school expected to implement a program if teachers are not trained in it," FAST member and Shiloh Baptist Church deacon Lawrence Poindexter said in a press release. "It only makes sense that if a school is using a program all teachers should be trained. It should be a no-brainer."
FAST expects 800 people Monday night to press a district official (chief academic officer Cathy Fleeger has been invited) to commit to "properly training all teachers" in the discipline programs. They'll also want Superintendent Julie Janssen's office to exert more leadership on reducing discipline problems.
The assembly is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S. For more information call FAST lead organizer Haley Grossman at (727) 465-8765.