BPI and Catalyst have announced the dates and topics for their 2009-2010 luncheon series, which is this year focused on extended learning time:
Is More Time the Wave of the Future?" (October 28)
How More Time Can Ignite Change" (November 19)
Marrying Schools and After-School Time" (January 21)
Chicago has one of the shortest school days and years in the nation -- and some of the lowest academic achievement levels of all big city school districts.
Click below for more details and to make a reservation.
2009-10 Chicago Schools Policy Luncheon Series
More Time for Learning: Necessity or Tangent?
Mayor Daley to Education Secretary Arne Duncan to President Obama,
there is a drumbeat to extend the school day and year and to keep
schools open as community centers, providing more learning time to
children and their families.
just 308 minutes of instruction each day, Chicago has one of the
shortest school days in the country. At 170 days, its school year is 10
days shorter than the national average.
course, it is a matter of debate how more time should be used. Some
would argue for more time on the basics, others for enrichment
activities and still others for recess. Some prominent education
leaders say teachers need more time to plan and develop better
instruction as a team. In the U.S., teachers spend three to five hours
a week on lesson planning, while in most European and Asian countries,
teachers spend 15 to 20 hours a week, according to a recent report.
Please join BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest), Catalyst Chicago and national and local policy experts, decision-makers, and school principals as we explore these issues:
- "Is More Time the Wave of the Future?" (October 28)
- "How More Time Can Ignite Change" (November 19)
- "Marrying Schools and After-School Time" (January 21)
More information and a registration form can be found on the BPI web site.