FULTON, Ill. — To prepare for the soon to be mandated common core standards in Illinois and all across the country, River Bend School District administrators have begun an intensive training schedule for all teachers in the district.
At a River Bend School board meeting Monday, Fulton High School principle Chris Tennyson and River Bend Middle School Principal Kathleen Schipper presented their tentative, professional development plans for the year.
“The board was nice enough to give us some extra time to work on some of the things we needed to get done this year. We wanted to put a schedule in place to let everyone know the mission and goals for this year and the outcomes we’d like to see for every meeting,” Tennyson said.
Because of the extensive training that teachers will be required to undergo in preparation for common core standards, the schedule that had been laid out at the beginning of the year has already been adjusted.
River Bend board members showed concern with the development plan adjustments on Monday because of the extra time they have already allotted to the training programs, and are worried that without evidence of success, teachers will require more time away from classrooms.
“I like the fact that this is written out, kind of like a road map of what the goals are for each of the days,” board member Eric Fish said. “Then a follow up to this schedule is what are we using as a barometer to see if we’re achieving where we want to get out of each of the days, to know Oct. 16 was a success.”
Oct. 16 was one of two additional early dismissal days the school board approved specifically for common core training purposes. Fish showed his displeasure with the extra early dismissal days when the board approved them in September, but knew the training is essential to the districts step toward teaching the common core standards.