Teacher developmental days will be changing for the 2011/12 school year. It will now be two full days in August, three full days during the school year, and on two Wednesdays a month from October to May (16 days during the school year) teachers will arrive 10 - 15 minutes early and work for an hour. Students will arrive 50 minutes late to school on those 16 days a year. This is probably not a major imposition to the students and probably not to the parents of middle, junior, and senior high school students, but I believe to the working parents of elementary school students, this may be an issue... It was discussed before the vote amongst the board members. Apparently, administration asked two parents how they thought about this program (a junior high or high school parent and a PTA president) and they apparently did not object. I tried to address the board on this before they voted and the board president, Steve Hyer, refused to allow me to speak because I signed in to speak on that item after a certain point in the meeting. However, I spoke to the board about it at the end of the meeting, but by then it was too late - it was approved.
From the 3/28/11 Board Minutes (available on the district website):
Professional Development Calendar Update: Shawn Ryan & Staci Puzio presented information regarding professional learning plans for the coming school year. These include focusing on the common core curriculum, assessment, data and curriculum management, cultures of thinking and learning, and integrated technology. The development will be job-embedded, sustained and based on readiness, interests and/or learning needs. The calendar will include two full development days in August and three additional days throughout the school year and two Wednesdays per month, October through May, where teachers would arrive 10-15 minutes early and students would report approximately 50 mintues later than ususal to allow for an additional hour of development on these days. Central office and building administrators will also be embedded into this learning process to be a part of the process and help to build stronger relationships and understanding. Mrs. Puzio and Mr. Ryan noted research that supports this type of development. Questions included how sharing will be done across the entire group of teachers, or multiple groups - ILC is one area where educators from across the district work together. They will also utilize technology such as Skype or Google Docs, to share this learning. There will be childcare and other enrichment opportunities available. While there will be a cost for these activities, additional review of the process will be done. This does represent an overall increase in professional development hours, and approximately five to seven minutes per class (secondary) will be reduced to fit this model .
9. Public comments:
Citizen Dawn Schaller commented on the Professional Development calendar update, noting the difficulty for parents when many partial days are utilized. She asked that the district review past practice in changing to fewer days."