The Falls Church area high school is part of an $8 million, three-year county pilot initiative to extend teacher contracts into summer and encourage teachers to take on greater responsibilities, inside and outside the classroom, says The Washington Post. With intensifying demands from high-stakes tests and an increasingly diverse student population, Superintendent Jack D. Dale said, effective teaching requires more planning and collaboration. "Teaching is a full-time job," he said.
Away from the whiteboard, some teachers are data analysts, combing through test results to set priorities for September. Others are curriculum developers, teacher trainers or researchers on instructional techniques. Many teachers do some or all of these things on the fringes of their traditional jobs. By paying them for their time, Dale is trying to cement these roles in their careers. Whether he can expand the initiative in tight budget times is an open question, especially as class sizes are increasing and teachers countywide are getting smaller cost-of-living raises than they would like…

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