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Creative Scheduling for Diverse Populations in Middle and High School
Maximizing Opportunities for Learning



November 2012 | 232 pages | Corwin
This book will be a comprehensive, step-by-step schedule implementation guide for school and district administrators. It will explain the how to reorganize school schedules to facilitate various programs, including RTI, Special Education, small learning communities, concept flexibility, and credit recovery. The authors will also provide research-based teaching strategies to maximize the effectiveness of each scheduling model to ensure student success. The proven schedule models and implementation strategies will be a must-read for school administrators and a useful text for educational leadership courses.
 
List of Figures
 
List of Tables
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Schedules: The Springboard for Action
Mission/Vision

 
Catalyst for Change

 
Using the Schedule Effectively

 
Flexibility

 
Role of the Scheduling Committee

 
Teacher Contracts

 
Programs for Diverse Populations

 
 
2. Special Programs for Educational Success: RTI, Special Education, and ELL
Response to Intervention

 
Special Education

 
English-Language Learner Programs

 
 
3. Special Programs for Educational Success: Credit Recovery, Career and Technical Education, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate
Credit Recovery

 
Career and Technical Education

 
Honors, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate

 
 
4. Inclusive Scheduling Frameworks: Fixed
Semester 1/Semester 2

 
Double English/Double Mathematics

 
Quarters

 
Day 1/Day 2

 
Trimesters

 
Credit Recovery

 
Rotational

 
Single Subject

 
Traditional

 
Special Populations and Fixed Schedule Matrix

 
 
5. Inclusive Scheduling Frameworks: Variable
Interdisciplinary - Maximum Flexibility

 
Interdisciplinary - Limited Flexibility

 
Interdisciplinary - Encore/Exploratory

 
Combination

 
 
6. Integrating Fixed and Variable Frameworks Into a Comprehensive Schedule
Interchangeability: Fixed to Fixed

 
Interchangeability: Fixed to Variable

 
 
7. Learning Communities and Flexibility
Flexibility Strategies

 
 
8. Steps in Building a Middle School Schedule
Step 1: Connect With the Mission/Vision Statement

 
Step 2: Choose Structural Frameworks

 
Step 3: Create Bell and Lunch Schedules

 
Step 4: Formulate Program of Studies

 
Step 5: Project Enrollment

 
Step 6: Decide Team Composition

 
Step 7: Develop a Blueprint

 
Step 8: Assemble Grid of Teachers' Assignments

 
Step 9: Plan Professional Development

 
 
9. Steps in Building a High School Schedule
Step 1: Connect With the Mission/Vision Statement

 
Step 2: Choose Structural Frameworks

 
Step 3: Create Bell and Lunch Schedules

 
Step 4: Formulate Program of Studies

 
Step 5: Develop Student Registration Materials

 
Step 6: Establish Student Database

 
Step 7: Project Enrollment

 
Step 8: Decide Composition of Houses, Magnets, or Academies

 
Step 9: Create Department Summaries

 
Step 10: Distribute Available FTEs

 
Step 11: Categorize Teacher Assignments

 
Step 12: Develop a Blueprint for Small Learning Communities

 
Step 13: List Singletons, Doubletons, and Tripletons

 
Step 14: Formulate Conflict Matrix for Singletons, Doubletons, and Tripletons

 
Step 15: Place Singletons, Doubletons, and Tripletons on Master Schedule by Teacher and by Period

 
Step 16: Enter Remainder of Courses

 
Step 17: Initial and Subsequent Computer Runs

 
Step 18: Implement Professional Development

 
 
10. Using the Schedule for Effective Instruction
A Brief History of Instructional Influence

 
Pacing the Curriculum

 
Lesson Plan Foundations: Conceptual Lens, Target Learning, and Essential Questions

 
The Lesson Plan and Learning Engagements

 
 
11. Professional Development to Support the Comprehensive Schedule
Enacting Change

 
Mission/Vision Statements

 
Principal Leadership

 
Requisites for Professional Learning

 
Instruction Within the Schedule

 
 
Appendix
 
References
 
Index

"The author does 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, 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, District Level Administrator
North Olmsted City Schools, Olmsted, OH

"The book is well organized, starting with the table of contents. It paints a clear picture of what the book contains. This should be a great book for educators that are making decisions to improve the lives of students in special programs and those that need that special push to be successful in life."

Gustava Cooper-Baker, Principal, Kansas City Missouri School District, Kansas City, MO
Facilitator Leadership Academy, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, MO

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Special Programs for Educational Success


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