and preferences of teachers and parents through surveys, and recognizing the home-visit needs
of an expat population of families and teachers, the following changes to the current calendar
were recommended for consideration.
Reducing the summer vacation from ten weeks to six weeks.
Redistribution of the four vacation weeks that have been removed from the summer vacation
o The addition of two weeks of vacation to winter break, creating a five-week vacation.
o The addition of one week of vacation to the fall term, creating two weeks of fall
o The addition of one week of vacation to the spring term, creating two weeks of
Creation of a summer intersession - Regardless of any other changes to the overall ASB calendar,
a summer intersession period will ensure that students who are in need of academic remediation
or enrichment have the opportunity to mitigate the impact of a substantial summer vacation. A
summer intersession should provide a variety of academic remediation and enrichment courses
in multiple disciplines in order to ensure personalized growth and learning for each student.
Additionally, ASB should offer two separate two-week intersessions during the summer to provide
flexibility to students who travel with their families during the vacation. The last intersession
should end within two weeks of the start of the next school year.
Creation of a winter Intersession - A winter intersession would provide an additional opportunity
for personalized and enhanced student growth and would limit any learning loss that results from
a lengthened winter vacation.
Flexibility in teacher contracts for Professional Development - Based on research and teacher
survey preference indications, the task force recommends that teacher contracts include
increased time and flexibility in teacher choice professional development. A model that permits
teachers approximately ten days for a combination of teacher choice PD attendance, reflection
and implementation outside of the classroom is recommended. Continuity in the classes of
teachers attending increased professional development would be supported by the continued use
of avatar and novice teacher positions, student teachers and interns. Additionally, the task force
recommends consideration of increased PD funding for teachers to further support this
recommendation. The R&D task force is currently investigating and designing a model for
increased personalization of teacher choice professional development.
Flexibility in teacher contracts for alternative school roles - Based on teacher strengths and
interests, the task force recommends further research and consideration of increased flexibility
in the use of teachers' contracted time. ASB currently follows a common model in which 5/8 of
teachers' time is spent teaching while 3/8 is for planning and meetings. As student needs and
teacher strengths and preferences change, ASB can consider ways in which it can adjust teacher
roles to best meet the various needs of students and utilize teacher strengths.
Parent Education - According to the parent survey results, the vast majority of parents preferred
a summer vacation of eight to ten weeks. This preference does not agree with the research that
clearly demonstrates that learning loss occurs in vacations of that length. Educating the parent
community about the findings and the benefits of a more balanced schedule is essential.