Archive for Thursday, December 23, 2004

Basehor-Linwood board OK’s teacher collaboration time plan

December 23, 2004

Backed by numbers indicating public support, members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board unanimously approved a proposal to allocate more time throughout the school year toward teacher collaboration.

The proposal sailed through during the school board meeting held Dec. 13 at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

According to the approved proposal, teachers will have four additional days throughout the school year to collaborate on curriculum and planning, among others. The collaboration time encompasses eight half days, which will be combined with eight other half days of in-service.

The formula for the collaboration time was selected among three options. The option selected was also the one most supported by district teachers, according to school district officials.

The collaboration time leaves the school district well ahead of the state mandated 1,116 hours required to complete the school year. The approved collaboration time will give the district a combined 1,151 hours and also allows for 5.39 days of school cancellations for inclement weather.

A survey released by the school district polling patrons, indicates that 92.5 percent of the respondents indicated they would approve of one or more options for teacher collaboration.

School officials said acceptable uses of collaboration time include working on state and federal mandates, including the No Child Left Behind Act, strategy sharing, technology support and long-range planning. Unacceptable uses include grading papers or building lesson plans.

The collaboration time will be built into next year's school calendar, district officials said.

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