From the Negotiations Table
May 4, 2015
Main Topic: Additional Elementary Plan Time
SUMMARY: In short, each classroom teacher would receive an ADDITIONAL 45 minutes of plan time each week. The extra plan time would come from 45 minutes LESS collaboration time each week. In the district plan, developed by the Teaching and Learning department, Library Media Specialists would provide less clerical support and more instructional support [job description provided by district negotiators].
District administration presented a [sample schedule] to demonstrate what next year's schedule could look like, though each principal would come up with their own schedule based on the needs of their building.
Key points to consider...
- District negotiators suggested, but made no guarantees, that additional Library Media Assistants could be hired depending on budgets, staffing and individual building needs.
- The sample schedule provide by the district provides limited transition time between classes for specials teachers.
- The sample schedule has a few errors that once corrected, creates some doubt in how the proposed schedule would work without lengthening the school day.
- Trading out collaboration time for plan time would result in simply transferring what is normally accomplished during collaboration to the newly created "plan time."
- The proposed schedule would increase the amount of plan time provided outside of student contact time. (i.e. before or after school plan time)
Both sides of the table came to the conclusion that there are many more questions to be answered before we can move forward. A "Study Session" is scheduled for Monday, May 11. LEA is reaching out to LMS and specials teachers from each of the effected areas to attend. The plan is for district personnel to be present to answer specific questions/ concerns about the proposed schedule.
Attendance: ~45 audience members
What do YOU think?
Click on the links below in the "LEA Negotiations Team" section to access each team member's email address.
NOTE: LEA negotiators volunteer their time to serve our members. The goal of the negotiations team is to advocate for a master agreement that benefits all LEA members. For the process of negotiations to work best for our members we need to maintain our professionalism when advocating for ourselves and our peers.
Attend the NEXT Negotiations meeting
Monday, May 18th, 5pm
110 McDonald Dr
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