APS had early release today for teacher training, and APS teachers – elementary school teachers and middle and high school science teachers — showed up at the Carver campus under the impression that they were going to have professional development in science.
But many were instructed to return to their schools as the training at that site was apparently for high school teachers only.
According to teachers, they received notices this week at school telling them that the training was mandatory, but arrived at Carver to find a hand-lettered sign on the door that the 1 p.m. training was only for high school teachers. An APS official was also on hand, advising baffled teachers to return to their schools as their principals would have alternative plans for their afternoon.
But teachers called me from a coffee shop where they were grading papers late in the afternoon because their principal was not at the school and they did not get any e-mails as to what they were supposed to do this afternoon.
Here’s what I think is a bad sign: When I asked a teacher how such a miscommunication could happen, she said, “To be honest, this is APS and there is constant chaos. You never know what is going on.”
An APS spokeswoman said the mistake affected 60 teachers:
There was a glitch at one of the six sites offering professional development for APS teachers this afternoon. Approximately 60 elementary teachers showed up at Carver for science training when the training actually was for high school teachers. Earlier in the day, schools were notified about the change. Apologies were offered to the teachers who did show up. They were instructed to return to their schools. We will follow up with schools to see which teachers did not return.