Many schools have schedules that could have come from a 1920 yearbook: Seven 45-minute periods meeting at the same time Monday through Friday, “core” classes in the morning and "non-academic" classes in the afternoon and a break for lunch. Current brain-research shows that this model does not support student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. Other schools may have come a long way from 1920, but are still facing challenges due to the growth of their enrollment or program. With the addition of courses, advisory programs, co-curriculars, and assemblies, you may find that your schedule is bursting at the seams. This is how schedules with 41 minute periods and choir meeting during lunch happen!
We recommend that you review and revise your schedule every eight years. This Webinar will summarize research-based best practices in scheduling to give you the knowledge to assess your school’s schedule and modify it to support your mission and your students. Because every school is unique, no schedule can be alike.
Topics that will be covered include:
- Scheduling practices that support student learning
- Minimizing missed classes due to holiday and sports
- Making time for faculty collaboration
- Structuring the day and week
- Assessing your calendar year
- Advantages of vertical time
- Managing cross-over teachers
- Beginning the schedule revision process
This Webinar is designed for all academic administrators. We also recommend the follow-up Webinar, Leading Faculty Through the Transition to Longer Periods (and Living to Tell About It).
Run Time: 60 minutes; 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A.