ETHS cancels ‘Professional Development Wednesdays’

Evanston Township High School will discontinue Professional Development Wednesdays that had been planned for the 2009-10 school year.

The program was designed to build 90-minutes of ongoing, teacher in-service training into the school day while allowing students a full day of school, with an abbreviated class schedule, plus an opportunity to hold student assemblies on a variety of important topics.

The one-hour student assemblies and programs were planned to address state requirements, such as AIDS education, and to provide enrichment opportunities, such as an Hispanic Heritage program, Black History (in February), and Holocaust Remembrance (in April or May).

Other programs would have included President Obama’s National Address for Students; Internet safety and cyberbullying, conducted by the State Attorney General’s office; a mentor-mentee program for freshmen to help them be more successful in school; Teen dating and violence, conducted by the Cook County Court, and Students Against Violence.

However, with a growing number of parents contacting the attendance office to have their children dismissed from school for the afternoon assemblies, and with some students not cooperating, ETHS will suspend the Professional Development Wednesday schedule. On the upcoming Wednesdays listed on the calendar, ETHS will follow the regular 9-period schedule, starting first period at 8:32 a.m. and ending ninth period at 3:35 p.m.

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