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Can I use a sabbatical leave to pursue independent study?

Eligible teachers with 14 years of service can apply for a one-year Educational Research Project sabbatical. The research project has to be in the field of education and job-related. The project must be significantly rigorous and must have evident links that translate into improved instructional delivery of content to students. An outline and the subject of the research including the activities that will be undertaken will have to be attached to the sabbatical application.

Elementary school teachers must include courses or complete a project that promotes growth in a range of potential assignments, except where the superintendent determines that a concentrated program of study or project is appropriate. Programs or projects devoted exclusively to literacy are acceptable for all elementary school teachers. For more info: http://www.uft.org/our-rights/sabbaticals