From Shelley Potter, Alliance President: Respect for the time teachers need in order to prepare/plan and evaluate student work is a vital part of getting real results for students. Do you want to lose the time you currently have at the end of each grading period to work on grades and prepare/plan for the next grading period?
The district has sent out calendar options for the 2012-13 school year for staff to vote on. I want to alert you that one of the calendars does not include Teacher Professional Time at the end of each nine weeks grading period. Teachers have told us over the years how important that time is in order to plan and prepare for the upcoming grading period and to finish grades. Additionally, many campuses utilize the professional development portion of the day to plan in teams, grade levels, or departments for the next grading period. The opportunity to plan and prepare, both individually and collaboratively, is important so that we can provide our students with effective instruction. Please make sure that other staff members at your campus are aware that these days at the end of each grading period are in jeopardy under Option A.
Let’s call on the administration to respect the time teachers need in order to prepare/plan and evaluate student work. More time for preparing/planning and evaluating student work would be even better, but let’s at least not lose what we have. Again, please alert your colleagues that Option A does not include Teacher Professional Time at the end of each grading period.