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…

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…

Master Scheduling 2020-2021: Prepare to Pivot

Local health conditions dictated school openings for school year 2020-2021. Formats included 100% in-building classes, remote/online, or a combination of the two. District and building administrators worked hard to develop master schedules to inform teacher and student assignments in a specific platform. Parents selected a virtual option for their students in lieu of an in-building…

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…