Number of professional days not changing: Superintendent

A motion to pass afternoon professional development time for teachers does mean there will be fewer Pro D days for students, Dr. Karen Nelson, Superintendent of Schools said Friday. The Observer reported earlier this week on a recent motion by School District 78 that states: “The FCTA and senior administration support the concept of collaboration time and concur with research that indicates that the most powerful forms of staff/professional development occur in ongoing teams that meet on a regular basis;Therefore it is recommended that: The Board of Education for School District No. 78 (Fraser-Cascade) approve 10 to 12 hours of after-school Pro-D sessions in lieu of two Professional Development days during the 2011-2012 school year.”

That does not mean the two professional days will still not be held, Dr. Nelson said, deferring any official comment for the time being. The motion was passed at the February 8 board meeting. The Observer apologizes for any confusion related to this error.