Gaining Buy-In For A 21st Century Schedule

Status: RECORDED on SEP 28, 2011

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

This Webinar is designed for administrators who are in a school that is considering moving to an extended-period schedule or that has recently done so. Many parents, teachers, and students are fearful of a move to longer periods either because they lack information or because they have received misinformation. In this Webinar, we will look at the most common concerns expressed by various constituencies and explain the research that allays them. For a schedule change to achieve its intended goals, the community must all be on board, or at the very least, have a willingness to try. As an administrator, you will be more prepared to address the fears and concerns in your community if you can anticipate them and are prepared to respond with data that puts the child at the center of the conversation.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • We won’t have time to cover all of the material
  • I’ve heard disaster stories about schools that have moved to block schedules
  • Test scores will go down
  • Students don’t have the attention span
  • I don’t know what to do with students for that long
  • Textbooks aren’t designed for longer periods

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes, which includes the presentation and Q&A.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

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