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Re: Chicago/How is ART important enough to THEM to let you go?

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EVasso (EVasso)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 12:30:58 EST


In a message dated 98-03-21 16:31:44 EST, you write:

<< How in the HAGGIS do you get your systems to let you gals&guys go to
Chicago? I have limits placed on day long workshops.Must be nice!
I am not being sarcastic - Just curious- so please don't get mad or verbally
EVEN >>

Sorry I have taken so long to answer you. I was out of town. No offense taken
by your question. On the one hand, I teach in a district that is generally
supportive of professional development. Schools are given discretionary money
that can be used for teachers to attend workshops and conventions. In addition
there are district funds available if you can tie the workshop/meeting to
whatever goals the district has focused on for the year, i.e., technology,
reading, whatever. In addition to that, the district has established what
they call "career service grants." Tenured teachers can apply every other year
for a grant to attend a class or convention in the continential US for up to
about $1700. This pays for tuition, room and board, transporation and the cost
of a sub. Now all this didn't develop just by the benevelence of the board of
ed or central office administration. It took some struggle. Fussing and
fighting. A strong local of the NEA. And it still does. We constantly have to
push for more. "They" constantly try to put restrictions on what teachers can
do and what is considered professional growth. But, it can be done. Best of
luck.
-Fred
Chicago