Archive for August, 2008

Four-Block Middle School Schedule with Intervention/Enrichment Period and Alternating Grade Level and Department Common Planning Time

Friday, August 29th, 2008

During the spring of 2007 I had the pleasure of working with Joy Lea, principal of the new Faiss Middle School in the Clark County Schools (Las Vegas) in Nevada. Together we adapted what we call the "Four-Block" schedule for her school staffing and population (See chapter 4 of our ...

Adding an Extended Planning Block into the Master Schedule for PLC Time

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Increasingly elementary schools across the country are able to construct master schedules with common planning time for teams of teachers (usually grade levels). The purpose for providing common time is to allow teachers to meet collaboratively to discuss instruction, curriculum, student needs, and to plan enrichment and intervention groupings and ...