Enhancing Student Performance Through Your Schedule


RSVP DATE: JAN 01, 1970

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

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.

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant | Director of Research


Bryan’s central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.

Current Role

As a Consultant and ISM’s Director of Research, Bryan:

  • Oversees ISM’s research initiatives
  • Provides on-site scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools.
  • Leads scheduling-focused workshops and webinars

Bryan joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013, following 13 years in independent school administration.

Prior Experience

Bryan came to ISM from Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA, where he served as the Vice President, Head of the Upper School, Guidance and College Advisement Director, varsity head coach, and psychology teacher over the course of his tenure. Prior to that, he was the Associate Head of School at Brandon Hall, GA.

He is also a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice specialized in the psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents and their families. This varied background and set of experiences affords him the ability to view a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.


Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, GA, that focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.

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