A school’s programs, people, spaces, and use of time drives the experience of the students’ days, weeks, months, and years. It goes without saying that the resulting school’s features and culture have a momentous impact upon students’ development; and schools have long understood that their influence on students goes far beyond their academic development.
Yet, when it comes to initiatives for enhancing student performance, they are almost exclusively in the academic realm. “Increasing academic rigor,” “raising standards,” and changes to curriculum are most frequent ways schools seek to improve student outcomes. The reality is that these only have a tangential impact on student performance. Even worse, how these are implemented often increase stress, erode the balance in the students’ day, increase health risks, and decrease the students’ capacity to perform!
A better strategy is to design a schedule, nurture a culture, and set policies that increase your students’ capacity to perform. This Webinar is for all school leaders, particularly Division Heads and those interested in seeking guidance in this regard.
You'll cover the significant influencers on student performance including these and more:
- The Sense of Community (supportiveness + predictability)
- The School Calendar
- The School’s Schedule
- The Student’s Day
- Homework and “Rigor”
- Sleep and Nutrition
- Student Assessments of Learning
Dr. Smyth consults with schools on their schedules and is also a licensed clinical psychologist.
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.