Reshaping High School Master Schedules

As a result of current pandemic and economic conditions throughout the nation, high school administrators should begin to face the challenge of reshaping the master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  The following factors should be reviewed: Administrators should be ready for possible reductions in the number of FTEs (full time equivalent positions) due to…

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

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

High School Principals: Will You be Prepared to Make Staff Reductions for the 2020-2021 School Year?

In light of current economic conditions, high school principals should prepare for the possibility of staff reductions for the 2020-2021 school year. Principals are challenged by the conflict between organizing schools for effectively addressing the needs of a diverse population and the reality of the financial allocation for staffing.  Caught in this dilemma, principals should…

What are the Common Factors in Creating Any K-12 Schedule?

INTRODUCTION: Although there are significant differences between K-5 or 6, 6-8 and 9-12 master schedules, there clearly are similarities or common threads. Although curriculum guidelines differ level to level, the purpose of each master schedule is constant – to serve as the delivery system. The bottom line in any schedule is student achievement, including remediation…

Coping With Staff Reductions: Grades 9 – 12

School leaders are pleased when opportunities arise to add teaching positions (FTEs) in a building. Reasons may include increased enrollment, funded programs or boundary changes. Those responsible for master schedules are pleased when FTE allocations remain the same from year to year. On the other hand, they are concerned when directed to reduce FTEs for…