Just trying to be helpful - there's a typo in the headline. 5 months ago
Romulus, by law the teachers have to spend a certain amount of time in professional development every year. It's to make sure that the people who teach your kids are up to date with every new trend and concept in the art of teaching. My dad's an appliance repairman - they do the same thing, every time GE designs a new washing machine, he's expected to know how to fix it.
The district uses this time to allow teachers by content or grade level to coordinate schedules and share new ideas. If some 4th grade teacher figures out a new way to teach a concept in science, it gives them time to share that concept with other 4th grade teachers, etc. It lets the 8th grade math teacher work with the 7th grade math teacher on what concepts need to be covered before the kids get to their class, etc.
Some districts do this by adding, on average, the equivalent of one day a month to the schedule. I've taught in a district before that did that, and it really didn't help - all they could really do was drag in a motivational speaker every month that gave no real help. This method works really well, and it's what we've been doing for the past 2 years - it's just now the parents have indicated that they would appreciate it being in the afternoon rather than the morning.
11 months ago