Partial Release Calendar – Community Meetings (from district website)
You are invited to attend a community information presentation regarding possible changes to the school district calendar in support of research-based professional development and instructional preparation for our teachers. There are three presentations scheduled for:
Monday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. (interpreters provided for this session)
Each presentation will be held in the Shoreline Center Boardroom, 18560 1st Ave. NE, and will feature the same content and format. The meeting on March 1 at 7:00 p.m. will also have interpreters available for: Spanish, Amharic, Korean and Vietnamese.
The presentations are a continuation of a process the District began two years ago to study and review the potential impacts of implementing a partial release day professional development model to offer instructional staff more frequent opportunities for training, collaboration and classroom data analysis, and instructional preparation.
A series of staff/parent/community input sessions and surveys were conducted in 2016 to share information on the research-based benefits of this professional development model on student learning and achievement and learn about the impact it may have on families. While there was support for the model, which shifts from five non-student days spread throughout the year to restoring those five days of school with a weekly partial release day, it was clear that many families needed additional childcare options if the model was adopted.
The Shoreline School Board of Directors directed staff to continue to study the model and develop recommendations to mitigate concerns identified through the community meetings and surveys. This work was conducted by the Partial Release Stakeholder Advisory Committee (PRSAC), which was comprised of teachers, administrators, families, students and community partners. The committee researched best practices regarding staff professional development and instructional preparation, partial release models in place in other districts, and options to mitigate the impacts of a regular partial release on families. The PRSAC has met regularly this year and recently presented their recommendations to the Board of Directors. We hope that you will join us at one of the three meetings noted above to learn about the recommended partial release model and the additional child care options for families if the model is implemented.