What are the Steps in Building a Contemporary High School Master Schedule?

Master schedules are road maps for delivering curriculum opportunities for students in grades 9-12. The following twenty-one steps provide specific directions for providing an efficient and equitable master schedule to guide staff and students. Ultimately, the final product is a mechanism for students to receive courses requested to reflect their unique needs, interests, skill levels…

Building Middle School Master Schedules

The following steps are offered to begin to think about middle school schedules.  A schedule is needed for teachers and students to achieve standards and instructional objectives. STEP 1: Connect with the mission/vision statement of the school or district Review wording of current statement; update where appropriate. Be certain the mission/vision statement reflects the physical,…

Building a K-5 Master Schedule Including an Intervention Period

In ever increasing numbers, K-5 schools are implementing an intervention period as a significant portion of the school day.  During a defined time each day, classroom teachers and available resource personnel provide remediation, enrichment, and acceleration opportunities to students. Features of an Intervention Period Students may receive remediation, enrichment, or acceleration in a specific content…

Creating/Sustaining the Middle Level Concept in K-8 Schools

Numerous public, private, parochial and charter schools house grades K-8.  Reasons for this grade level structure include: Limited student enrollment in a defined geographical section within a school district. A desire on the part of parents and the community to extend the comfort/security of the elementary school experience for two additional years. Concern about the…

Creating Master Schedules to Facilitate Team Approaches to Instruction: Grades K-12

What is Teaming? Teaming is an opportunity for groups of teachers to meet at defined times during the regular school day to cooperatively plan the delivery of instruction. These meetings provide an opportunity to address factors that impact student achievement: developmental needs of students, best practices/lesson plans, curriculum, social-emotional learning, and intervention periods. With representatives…