Are you and your school / district interested in learning more about what it takes to modify your school year calendar? Do you want to connect with other district / school leaders who are also on this journey? If so, the 2023 Balanced Calendar Book Study Series is for you!
This February and March, we will bring together school / district teams of administrators, educators, and staff as part of two collaborative learning communities to dive deeper into exploring a balanced school year calendar.
Book Study 1 is designed for “beginning” district teams in the earliest stages of considering modified school year calendars. Book Study 2 is designed for existing OSPI grantees that are more “intermediate” in their exploration and planning processes.
Book Study 1: Summer Versus School: Exploring the Possibilities of the Year-Round School
Beginner-Level: This book study is open to any school district leadership team interested in exploring a modified school year calendar.
Join facilitators Dr. James Pedersen, author of the book Summer Versus School; and David Hornak, president of the National Association for Year-Round Education to dig into learning more about what it takes to implement a modified, or balanced school year calendar. The book study will consist of live and on-demand learning. Participants will have opportunities to engage directly with the facilitators and with other participants navigating the exploration process. It is recommended that all participants have access to their own copy of the book, Summer Versus School.
Five Tuesdays from 4-5pm: 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, and 3/14
Book Study 2: Year-Round Education: Changes & Choice for Schools & Teachers – A Deeper Dive Exploring & Implementing a Modified School Year Calendar
Intermediate-Level: This book study is available to individuals and teams from schools/districts receiving funding from OSPI to explore moving toward a balanced school year calendar.
Join facilitators David Hornak, president of the National Association for Year-Round Education and Dr. James Pedersen, author of the book Summer Versus School for a deeper dive book study on what it takes to explore and implement a balanced school year calendar. Participants will further explore:
- Benefits of the modified calendar for teachers
- Transition processes through three real-life case studies
- Principals’ leadership styles as a transformational facilitator, transformational leader, transactional leader, and authoritarian administrator.
The book study will consist of live and on-demand learning. Participants will have opportunities to engage directly with the facilitators and with other book study participants – and receive resources for developing action plans and building intercession schedules. It is recommended that all participants have access to their own copy of the book: Year-Round Education: Changes & Choice for Schools & Teachers.
4 sessions from 4-5pm: 2/2, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21
How to Register
To register, contact your regional Balanced Calendar Grant Hub Lead:
Western WA: Sharon Bower
Central WA: Jeanette Ozuna
Eastern WA: Susan Bell