The PAT Bargaining Team met with the PPS team yesterday (Wednesday, September 9). We know many of you were unable to watch the session because you were engaged in teaching, but you may view it here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
There is good news from today’s bargaining. We have finally agreed to terms regarding the workday, particularly what has to be part of the educator’s flexible time. PAT and PPS agreed that:
- The stipulations are for all professional educators; there are no separate terms for “specials” or particular job descriptions.
- The schedule must meet statutory requirements for instruction time, and for educator-facilitated instructional time in compliance with the ODE’s guidance set forth in Ready Schools, Safe Learners of August, 2020.
- All professional educators will receive an average of no less than three hours and ten minutes per day, or at least 950 minutes per week, of educator-directed time over the course of a full school week of time that shall include the following:
- Educator-directed planning time;
- Educator-directed time to communicate with students and families;
- Educator-directed time to provide actionable feedback to students;
- Educator-directed time to assess student performance, and gather, track, and enter data.
Key to all educators is that both teams agreed that “educator-directed time” is flexible time - - educators are required to do the activities, but educators may conduct them when they are able. This means that if an individual educator needs to take time to care for their child/children or to provide elder care, they may flex the time.
We also agreed that times in the day where the District has indicated options such as student “support/ office hours,” or “small group instruction/ asynchronous learning/ office hours,” etc. are times where the educator (not the administrator) decides what happens when, and that office hours don’t count as part of the educator-directed time or educator planning time.
Both sides continue to work to find a solution to addressing DLI and Special Education workload, part-time educator workload, and what may be required of educators in PLC meetings this year.
We will meet with PPS in a small-group discussion (4 on 4) on Friday the 11th and again in full-team sessions on Thursday the 17th.
Your PAT Bargaining Team-
Steve Lancaster, Chair