BISD reduces mandatory training following the professional burnout of several teachers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – On Monday, the Association of Brownsville Educators (ABOE) announced that Brownsville ISD (BISD) has released revised schedules for elementary through secondary staff, relieving BISD employees of some additional requirements.

“We hear everywhere that we are going to say that the teachers are so burnt out, that there is a shortage of staff because they are leaving in the middle of the year,” said Ida Abeldaño, an AOBE organizer.

Abeldaño said that in October, AOBE shared several educators’ stories with the BISD School Board and called it “A Day in the Life,” where teachers detailed their concerns about overwork.

“From there, they went back and met with the professional development department and they were able to cut over 70 meetings and trainings that they had to attend,” Abeldaño said.

Along with the AOBE presentation, there was a survey that reflected what educators thought about the additional trainings and meetings, Abeldaño added.

ValleyCentral spoke with Brownsville ISD who said they were evaluating how they could relieve some additional work to improve the work experience for employees.

“We know that teachers spend a lot of time before school, during the school day and the extended day to meet these demands, so we believe that the teacher needs time to implement the strategies learned,” said said Dr. Anysia Treviño, assistant. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Human Resources at BISD.

The AOBE added that the statewide shortage of substitute teachers is also scattering staff across BISD campuses.

“There are several classrooms that are not covered for substitutes, so what they have to do is pull staff out of the office, or the library or things like that, or join two classrooms together,” Abeldaño said.

Treviño said BISD has given substitute teachers an additional $10 a day through December, but is exploring paying more.

“Maybe the salary increase will help, but we understand that we still have this problem and we are working hard to make sure we have quality substitutes in our class,” Treviño said.

Although Abeldaño said it was a step in the right direction, AOBE is still working to receive more relief for BISD educators.

“Keep holding on, we thought last year was tough, but this year has gotten even tougher, but we don’t want them to give up,” Abeldaño said.