Friday, November 22, 2019
Greetings Teachers, 
During the 2019-2020 school year, our District transformed its approach to professional learning by offering teachers, and teacher types extended holidays, “flex days,” in exchange for meeting professional learning milestones.  To support meeting these milestones, we designated half-days for job-embedded professional learning as well as provided the opportunity to engage in learning virtually. This approach is our response to teachers’ concerns regarding inconveniences impeding their access to professional learning, including travel to sites across the city and having to attend sessions after school hours.
Thank you for digging into the work around Content Cadres! Over 6,000 SCS teachers enrolled in our introductory Canvas courses around SPED and ESL. The vast majority of teachers completed the courses; 98% completed the ESL course and 96% completed the SPED course. 
To support you with completing your current coursework, we have extended  Course 1 to close December 6 th . The dates for Course 2 have been adjusted to December 2 – January 10.
As a reminder, in order to qualify for Flex day- February 17th, teachers are asked to complete the following:

  • District Learning: Content Cadres (4 hours)
  • In person District learning:
  • November 8th - (3 hours)
  • January 17th- (3 hours)
  • Choice/School- based: (8 hours)

Please be reminded that you can only access your courses directly through Canvas, not PLZ.  

As always, we thank you for your continued hard work in the classroom each and every day!


Dr. Antonio Burt
Chief Academic Officer