Teachers facing longer school days consider best use of additional time

January 27, 2012

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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(AP/M. Spencer Green)

With a longer school day, CPS teachers look for ways to use the extra class time to most benefit their students.

What's in a day? Well that's what a group of Chicago teachers has been asking its colleagues--and after hundreds of hours of work, the VIVA Project of Chicago came up with 49 recommendations for how best to use classroom time. The project is in response to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's mandate to lengthen the school day. So what do teachers want? Well, Eight Forty-Eight invited a group of teachers who were part of the project to share their suggestions: Kori Milroy is a grade school science teacher on the West Side, Dave Quanz is the technology coordinator at a Logan Square elementary school and Brian Graves teaches third grade at a Hyde Park school. Eight Forty-Eight was also joined by Heather DeCook, a third grade teacher at Riverview Elementary School in South Beloit, Illinois.