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.
Here's the quick rundown on the changes that got tentatively approved Tuesday.
Barring the board doing a 180 next week, all schools will add an extra 10 minutes to the day beginning in July. This will create 30 more hours of instruction that will help offset releasing students one hour early once a week and increasing the number of early release days.
On those early release days and weekly early dismissals, teachers are supposed to meet and discuss how to do their jobs better.
"One of greatest gifts for teachers is not more money but more time," said Jennifer Lanane, president of Wake NCAE and a member of the committee that recommended the changes.
School board member Eleanor Goettee, a retired teacher, said the changes will show that the school district places a high value in professional learning committees.
School board members realize that some parents are skeptical of what teachers actually do with the planning time.
“We’re asking parents to do a lot so it puts an obligation on us to use the time wisely," said school board member Lori Millberg.
School board member Patti Head suggested sharing with parents the agendas for the weekly PLC meetings. She said it will show parents that teachers aren't just doing whatever they want.
Sarah Martin, a member of the committee that recommended the changes, told the board she's putting her faith in the educators who pushed for the extra planning time.
"As a parent I trust that this community of learned scholars will be able to educate my child using whatever methods they feel are necessary," said Martin, also president of the Wake County PTA Council, at the board meeting.
Click here to view Tuesday's meeting handout about the changes.