The first La Cañada Unified School Board meeting I attended as a newly hired administrator was slightly contentious because of controversy over four collaboration days negotiated in this year’s school calendar. I assure you that the concerns voiced in that meeting have been seriously taken into consideration as we have moved forward in planning and executing these days.
When teachers returned to school in August, they completed a template that outlined objectives, activities and projected outcomes for the first two collaboration days. Proposals were reviewed by a Collaboration Committee, which was created last spring and consists of teachers and administrators from each site. Submittals were either accepted or returned with requests for more information/clarification.
The expectation is that activities concentrate on improving instruction and addressing student achievement through designing or adjusting lesson plans, strategically analyzing data, developing and implementing common assessments, or delving into other curriculum related important tasks.