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Balking at Fridays for early dismissals

Could Wake pick Friday as the day to release classes one hour early each week to increase planning time for teachers?

Wake could pick Friday or any other weekday it wanted as part of a plan that's expected to be implemented for the 2009-10 school year. Fridays would certainly be a popular choice with parents.

But Jennifer Lanane, president of the Wake chapter of the N.C. Association of Educators, said it would be a "deal breaker" if Fridays were chosen.

Explaining the schedule changes

One of the school system's goals is selling parents on why adding more planning time for teachers is worth all the schedule changes planned for the upcoming school year.

As noted in today's article, school board members and the committee that recommended the schedule changes realize it's going to be a tough adjustment for families.

You can expect to hear a lot more about professional learning communities and why strengthening them in Wake will help teachers and students.

Selling the schedule changes

You know a proposal is going to be a hard sell when the school board and staff spends time lecturing the media on how to report an issue.

That was the case on Tuesday when school board members said the media needs to explain why the bell schedule changes are needed for the 2009-10 school year. They stressed the benefits that will come from giving teachers more planning time in professional learning communities.

As noted in today's article, those backing the proposal acknowledge it won't be easy selling parents on earlier starting times, more early release days and regular early dismissals.

Schools release early today

Schools in Durham dismiss two hours early today for teachers to meet in their Professional Learning Communities.

This happens on four Wednesday afternoons each semester. Regular afterschool programs will operate, but Encore! afterschool for middle schoolers does not meet on early release days.

The remaining dates this semester are: Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 3.

For more information, visit the Durham Public Schools, or call Theresa McGowan at 560-2082.


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