Highlights from the 2009-2010 School Calendar
More support for teachers
The total of 10 professional development days for teachers is an increase of two days over last year, and arranged more productively for teachers.
In 2008-2009: eight professional development days in all--four in August, two during winter break, two in June. In 2009-2010: 10 professional development days in all--five in August before school starts, and five spread over the school year.
Working in grade level or content teams, these days allow teachers to collaborate, to reflect on student progress data, to share effective teaching practices, and to plan for instruction.
More convenient scheduling for families
- The five professional development days when students are not in school are now scheduled on Fridays. In January and February, these days are tied to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day holidays, respectively; in October, the half-day Records Day precedes the professional development day.
- Three parent-teacher conference days have been moved to Monday (in December, March, and May from noon until 7 pm). The fourth, previously scheduled in October, has been shifted to Back-to-School Night; these nights are scheduled by individual schools, and take place during late September and early October.
Unprecedented support for working parents from the Department of Parks and Recreation
- The Department of Parks and Recreation is working to create well-supervised, educational and recreational activities--many at school site--for preK-12 students during the teacher professional development days when children are out of school: September 18, October 30, January 15, February 12, and March 19.
- DPR will make these programming options available to parents by the close of the current school year.