Calendar continued

I just realized something that I did not include in my last post.

In our calendar review, the committee for a significant number of days to provide their recommendations to the board.  With 22 people on this committee, this translates into a LARGE amount of money being spent, just to determine a school calendar.

Right or wrong?  Should there be specific expectations set, regarding learning/attendance once a method is adopted?  Should a division need to consult with so many stakeholders once an investment like this is made and recommendations sent to the board?

I’ll leave the floor open for discussion.

    • Laurie
    • March 11th, 2009

    Interesting post Dave particularly since many school districts are discussing restructure, meeting kids needs, changing the way we do business. I think point 4 of your last post was key for me. Student engagement results in increased achievement. We can have more or less minutes in the day but the bottom line is if students aren’t engaged with their learning tasks they aren’t learning. Perhaps the question that committees should work on is “what will we do to increase student engagement”?
    Let me share a couple of my experiences with you.
    I worked south of the border where we began school at 8:30 and ended at 3:15 with only 1/2 hour for lunch and not scheduled recesses. Our four 2nd grade classes went outside together for about twenty minutes right after lunch. This was the norm for Preschool to grade 4 and guess what the kids did fine.
    At another school we began school at 8:30 and ended at 3:15. We dismissed the kids every Friday at 1:00 so that staff could meet. We met as a school team to plan for our school learning community and guess what, often we were there on a Friday night until 6 pm. I have to say that at this particular school, we engaged kids in learning.
    At this school all staff went to recess (1/2 hour after lunch) with their class. We taught important social skills on the playground.
    In both of these scenarios students were done school the beginning of June. I taught primary classes and the students at these schools learned to read and write just the same as the students I teach here. But it depended on how engaged students were in the tasks and the instructional strategies that were used to get them there.
    I too then have to ask the question as you do. Why 22 people on a calendar committee and so many dollars spent on a calendar?

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