Wake school board praises new training plan for district's 10,000 teachers
Posted November 5, 2019 7:15 p.m. EST
Cary, N.C. — Wake County Board of Education members on Tuesday praised a new plan that provides more training for teachers by removing students' early release days from the calendar and replacing them with teacher workdays.
The district is holding six teacher workdays this school year to provide more professional learning for teachers in large group settings around the county. Three training sessions were held this fall – on Sept. 30, Oct. 9 and Oct. 21 – and three more will be held in the spring – on Feb. 17, Feb. 18 and March 9.
More than 7,000 of the district's 10,000 teachers attended at least one session this fall, and teachers from all 191 schools participated, school leaders said.
Board members praised the change, saying teachers have responded positively. The change was needed, school leaders said, because Wake teachers have rated the district below the state average in providing training opportunities, according to the state's latest Teacher Working Conditions Survey.
"Anecdotally, I've heard very positive feedback," board member Bill Fletcher said. "[There are] a lot of good things coming out of this."
The change also prevents teachers from being pulled out of class for training and saves the district money since it doesn't have to hire substitute teachers to cover their classes.