Sabbaticals aren't just for college professors.
At least that's the view of the Rochester City School District. The upstate New York district has five K-12 teachers on sabbatical this school year, pursuing everything from ethnic voices in literature to English as a second language to mindfulness.
One teacher is in Ghana to experience first-hand what many of her immigrant students face—assimilating into a new culture.
When the teachers return to the classroom, they'll use their new skills and knowledge to shape curriculum or better connect with students in their native language.