Diverse needs, streamlined scheduling—find out how with this all-in-one resource!
For even the most experienced administrator, schedule design has never been tougher. How can you meet the academic needs of all learners, while making the most of limited time and resources? Help has arrived with this latest book from school-scheduling gurus Elliot Merenbloom and Barbara Kalina.
An essential resource for any administrator working with diverse populations, Creative Scheduling for Diverse Populations in Middle and High School zeroes in on effective planning for a wide range of programs, including RTI, credit recovery, special education, second language learning, career-technical education, work-study, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. You'll find: Guidance on developing schedules that advance your school's educational goals; Scheduling techniques for each type of program serving diverse learners, supported by research-based evidence; Flexible frameworks that create time for small learning communities and teacher collaboration; Best practices for fixed and variable scheduling in the context of learning needs; Insights on teamwork throughout the scheduling process; User-friendly schedule templates within each chapter, along with a reader's guide for professional development
Use this complete resource to overcome your scheduling challenges and advance learning throughout your school.
“The authors do an excellent job of organizing the information in the context of current, relevant research-based best practices for all students as well as special populations, plus supports and services that are on target for the challenges school schedulers face under current education accountability policies. The inclusion of detailed examples and scenarios is icing on the cake!”
—Michelle Kocar, Administrator
North Olmsted City Schools, Olmsted, OH
Chapter 9: Learning Communities and Flexibility
Steps in Building a High School Schedule
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
As stated in Chapter 8, previous chapters focused on diverse populations included in secondary schools. To serve the needs of these students and all other groups, the master schedule or organizational plan becomes a challenge. Not only must the pieces fit to create a comprehensive structure, but that structure needs to set the stage for flexibility. Exciting changes are occurring at the high school level. No longer is the schedule a traditional six-, seven-, eight-, or nine-period day. Rather, creative approaches exist to manage time in houses, magnets, and academies.
Ironically, the high school schedule is still based on identifying and spreading singletons, ...