A new Wake County PTA Council press release goes a bit further than just reminding parents about the new weekly early dismissals.
The stated goal of today's press release is to remind parents that the Wednesday early dismissals start tomorrow. But the press release also goes to praise how creating more time for professional learning communities "will help our schools meet the board’s goal of having all of our children achieve high growth and graduate on time, prepared for the future."
Sarah Martin, president of the Wake County PTA Council, was a member of the time committee that recommended the changes to the school board.
Here's the press release:
Wake PTA Council Reminds Parents July 8 is First Early Dismissal Wednesday
Wake County’s year-round schools will be the first to implement the system’s new early-dismissal schedule, designed to provide teachers with more time for collaboration. The new school schedule dismisses schools one hour early on Wednesdays. On six of those Wednesdays, schools will release 2.5 hours early.
The first day of the 2009-10 school year for our year-round schools falls on a Tuesday, which means the second day of school, Wednesday, July 8, will be an early dismissal day.
“We understand that this change in the schedule will take some time for parents to get used to, that’s why the Wake PTA Council wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents that the first early dismissal day will occur on the second day of the new school year,” said Sarah Martin, Wake PTA Council president. “We encourage our parents to take advantage of this opportunity to provide their children with additional learning opportunities.”
The Wake County Board of Education approved the changes to the 2009-10 school schedule to provide teachers with extra time to meet together in learning teams known as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). To meet the state requirements of 180 days and 1,000 hours of instruction, 10 minutes have been added to the school day to make up for the time used in the PLCs. PLCs help teachers improve instruction for all students by providing them the opportunity to meet in teams to discuss classroom strategies, individual student performance and best teaching practices. The six 2.5 hour sessions will be used for schoolwide faculty professional development.
“We know that when our teachers get the opportunity to meet across grade levels or subject areas to review instruction and look at ways to better meet the needs of their students, instruction for all students improves,” she said. “These changes in the schedule will help our schools meet the board’s goal of having all of our children achieve high growth and graduate on time, prepared for the future.”
Parents can view the complete bell schedule and the list of early release Wednesdays online at www.wcpss.net/2009-10-bell-schedule.html.