68% of parent respondents indicated that they would consider enrolling a child in an ASB summer
program (intersession) if it suited the child's needs. The majority of those respondents (52%)
communicated that they would prefer a two-week intersession period for their child, while 35%
would prefer a longer, four-week intersession.
According to the task force's ASB teacher survey, 91% of teachers acknowledge a summer learning
slide for students given our current ten-week summer vacation.
93% of teacher respondents spend at least half of their summer vacation time outside of India
traveling or in their home countries.
77% of teacher respondents indicated that a summer vacation between six and eight weeks in
length would be "ideal" for students.
While a strong majority of teacher respondents (68%) indicated that the current one-week fall
break is "just right", 43% of respondents shared that the one-week spring break is "too short".
33% of teachers respondents indicated that lengthening the winter vacation to four or five weeks
would be "ideal", though a majority feel that it is "just right" at three weeks.
When considering student needs, 47% of teachers demonstrated satisfaction with the current
(approximately) 180 days of student contact. However 46% indicated a preference for an increase
of between 200 and 220 days of student contact. In the survey, the option to increase student
contact days was accompanied by the statement that those 200 days "could include summer
71% of teacher respondents showed a preference for an increase in the number of teacher choice
professional development days as a component of their contracts. 53% prefer a model that
includes ten days of teacher choice PD, while another 18% prefer a 15-20 day model.
When given several alternatives, only 20% of teachers indicated a preference for the current 5/8
teaching, 3/8 planning teacher day model. The remaining 80% would prefer to make coaching
and/or mentoring a contracted part of their day, and 44% would elect to reduce their teaching
load from 5/8 to either 4/8 or 3/8 in order to do that.
“Researchers have pointed out that teachers go through certain developmental stages as they
progress in their careers, each of which triggers specific needs and crises that they must address."
The standardized nature of traditional professional development programs assumes that all
teachers should perform at the same level, regardless of their particular experience and needs. It
is important that teachers have personal choice in professional development to meet their
individual growth needs (Diaz-Maggioli, 2004).
Based on the findings above, the R&D Team made the following recommendations in its report.
Implementation of a new, more balanced school year calendar - It is clear that all students would
benefit from a shortened summer vacation that lasts no longer than six weeks. After reviewing
dozens of single-track and multi-track calendar models, accounting for the various expectations