East Texas superintendent says 4-day school week will give teachers more time to plan

ALBA, TX (KLTV) – Alba-Golden ISD recently approved a three-year four-day school week pilot plan for the school year starting in the fall of 2023.

Superintendent Maisie Thompson explained that this was done to give teachers more time to plan their lessons and to hire and retain teachers.

“Research shows that the biggest predictor of student success, and the best thing we can do for them, is to put a great teacher in their class, and as such, we are committed to finding and retaining the best at Alba-Golden while looking at recruitment. What we could do to add more planning time for teachers to our calendar is what led us to the four-day school week,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the changes they are making will not affect the amount of tuition students receive.

“So students will go to class Monday to Thursday and we add 42 minutes to the school day every day and so they still get the same amount of instruction as they would with a five day school week, it’s just a restructuring. our calendar, which allows us to spend more time planning for teachers who can plan great lessons for students,” she said.

The Alba-Golden community has had mixed reactions.

Wendy Price is the parent of Alba Golden ISD and a former teacher. She said Friday’s day off could become a working day for teachers.

“This is a better experience than if the teacher had to teach another lesson the next day because she didn’t have time to grade the previous day’s assignments, and then she finally has time to grade and talk to the kids about the feedback the next day. day. “You know what I mean, so you need to make sure the training is consistent,” Price said.

While the parents we spoke to were reluctant to go on camera, some tell us they are concerned about how this schedule will affect childcare costs and travel time with extra time per day.

“We know there are issues with changing the school week and we have weighed the pros and cons. We have done our research. It was not an easy decision and we hope that the release of our calendar in January will give our parents enough time to adjust to the new schedule,” Thompson said.

“Moving to a four-day school week will boost our recruitment and retention, and give teachers quality planning time that they can use to create a great learning experience for our students,” Thompson said.

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