Feel free to add info that I forgot to include

  • Purpose of Considering Scheduling Options
    • The MS Grade level configuration committees visited MS-all schools utilized a block schedule
    • Kathy shared very good information from Dexter: On the "Schools to Watch List: Nationwide recognition
      • Many of the ideas they have in place-we already do except block scheduling: Teaming, Advisory, SLC, Collaboration Time, etc.
      • Kagan Training on Block Scheduling for Teachers is a must
    • Our Current Conditions:
      • Many students are not proficient (or not performing at grade level) in writing , reading and math (AYP Targets)
      • More time with our kids would be helpful
      • Extended Literacy requirement by curriculum office
      • Next year's achievement scores are required to be part of Teacher Evaluation
      • Lots of hallway drama
    • Other Ideas to explore:
      • rotating schedules (different hours rotate like Monday block 1 is first, Tuesday block 2 is first, etc)
      • Staggered classtime dismissal
  • Plan for Thursday 5/19/11
    • Share back any data that people may have found
    • Determine what is best for kids
    • Decide what factors are necessary to be in place if a new schedule is going to work
    • Review information presented in Scheduling: To Improve Student Learning by Ron Williamson
  • The committee's goal is to present a recommendation to the staff on June 1
  • Thoughts from Thursday:
    • Electives are every day, not every other
    • Must have training--concerned right before school starts is all we can do
    • Must revamp how we organize and structure the time for kids
    • ELA could really employ Writer's Workshop Techniques
    • Kids sitting for 90 minutes is a long time
    • What do you do with non-learners for 90 minutes
    • Breakfast Club would its own Advisory or Advisories
    • a PBS coordinator could create Advisory plans that ensures that PBS is strongly connected to Advisory
  • I found another website that maybe helpful for teachers if they need ideas of how to plan for 90 minutes

http://blogs.scholastic.com/9_12/2008/10/effective-teach.html
Tami