The DeKalb County School District's Calendar Committee is soliciting your feedback regarding the 2013-2014 school calendar.
Two types of calendars are available on this survey. The first type is a traditional calendar in which a single, week-long break occurs during each semester. DeKalb has historically adopted the traditional calendar model. The second type is a balanced calendar in which the summer break is shortened to include extended breaks throughout the academic year. Several metro systems use a traditional calendar, and some, including Rockdale County Public Schools and City Schools of Decatur, use a balanced calendar. Both calendar types have 180 school days for the students and an additional ten days for the teachers comprising nine work days and four two-hour teacher conference nights.
The committee also invites your input regarding early release days, which would occur on either a traditional or a balanced calendar. On early release days, students will be dismissed from school an hour early, and teachers will use the time for professional development. Professional learning provided during early release will focus on a multitude of strategies to acquire, enhance, and refine the knowledge, skills, and commitment necessary to create high levels of learning for all students, and will allow the district to offer professional learning in a manner that is supported by educational research.
According to Hirsh (2009) all educators should participate in professional learning as part of the workday. "When schools become learning schools, every student benefits from every educator's expertise, and every educator grows professionally with the support of his or her colleagues. Collaborative professional learning is a powerful way to ensure great teaching for every student every day."