Teacher Collaboration/Early Release Update:

posted May 29, 2015, 9:48 AM by Jeanette Godfrey

The District has spent this year examining our current teacher collaboration model of early release and comparing it to researched best practices.  During this process we examined both national and international research and we solicited feedback from stakeholder groups.

 We started this process by announcing our intent to increase time for teachers to collaborate in a September 2014 Sherwood Gazette article.  We sought feedback from stakeholders by hosting a community forum in February, by sending a presentation and survey to families via listservs in March, and by soliciting input from the Sherwood School District staff.  Our plan to increase time for teacher collaboration is based on the collective input received.

 We presented our plan to the Board of Directors at a special work session on April 22, 2015, and also at the Board’s regular monthly meeting on May 13, 2015.  We plan to ask the Board to approve the recommended changes to the current early release model at the Board meeting on June 3, 2015.

 The specific proposed changes are as follows:

·         Move collaboration day from Friday to Wednesday

·         Meet fifteen times during the school year

·         Increase collaboration time from 90 minutes to 120 minutes

·         Compensate for increased collaboration time by reducing conference days at all levels

o     From five to one day at the high school

o     From five to two days at the two middle schools

o     From five to four days at the four elementary schools

·         Compensate for increased collaboration time by adding five minutes to the instructional day at the elementary level.  This change is subject to a vote of the Sherwood Education Association, which has not been conducted as of today.  We expect the vote to be complete prior to the Board meeting on June 3, 2015.