Scheduling and Organizing the Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) Period

December 5, 2008 – 4:55 pm

Thanks to those of you who attended Dr. Canady and my session at the annual conference of the Virgina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) in Williamsburg, VA on Friday, December 5th.

As promised, I provide the files used in the session below:

Here’s the PowerPoint in 2003 format: K-12IE.ppt

Here’s the PowerPoint in 2007 format: K-12IE.pptx

Here are the elementary school I/E scheduling options presented in PDF format: Elementary I/E Schedules.

Here is the elementary school inclusion and I/E schedule presented in Excel format: Inclusion I/E Schedule.

Here are the 4-Block middle school I/E scheduling options presented in PDF format: 4-Block I/E Schedules.

Here is the draft Kate Collins I/E schedule presented in PDF format: Kate Collins Draft.

Here are the high school I/E bell schedules presented in Excel format: High School I/E.

During the session I mentioned two schedules that offer interesting ways to provide planning time in elementary and middle schools. Look at the blog entry above about a middle school that has alternating grade level and departmental planning Faiss Middle School.

Look at the blog entry above about an elementary school that provides an extended planning period of 80 minutes once weekly (in addition to shorter planning periods on other days) Henry Clay Elementary School.

Remember the caveat emphasized in the session: scheduling the I/E period is easy compared to structuring and utilizing the time effectively. We discuss this organization and use of the I/E period in great detail in chapter 4 of our new book Elementary School Scheduling: Enhancing Instruction for Student Achievement.

If you have questions, want to share an idea, or just want to say thanks for the materials let me know by posting a response here at the blog, or by sending a private email to

Checkout the School Scheduling Associates website.

  1. 4 Responses to “Scheduling and Organizing the Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) Period”

  2. Dear Sir or Madam, My school district is planning to start using the schedule with the I/E x 1 per day for 5 day week. please advise, I am a speech pathologist and I am physically unable to accomodate my caseload within the parameters of the given IE schedule . Any ideas or advice is greatly appreciated.

    By Debra Thomas on Apr 5, 2009

  3. Thanks for your comment, Debra. You bring out a key feature of the I/E period: it is not a perfect solution for all pull-outs. One 45-minute period per day for kindergarten is certainly not enough time for all the artic. groups you are likely to have. At most you probably could meet with 5 groups, two times each for 20 minutes. My suggestion is to provide as many students services out of that period as possible and then negotiate pull-outs for the rest. The fragmentation of the day still will be better for classroom teachers than it is now.

    Michale Rettig
    Professor Emeritus
    James Madison University

    By rettig on Apr 21, 2009

  4. Help with developing a master schedule to include:
    5 classes each for kindergarten, first, second, and third grades
    4 classes for fourth grade
    P.E., music, art, library
    90 minute literacy block
    I/E time each school day
    common planning time each day for PLC for each of the five grade levels

    By Mary Stephens on Jul 25, 2009

  5. Our master block schedule for our middle school students included an English Class and a Literature Class (each 90 minutes 2x week). For the upcoming year one of the English/Literature classes will be shared with Math. Currently I am scheduling English (1 Class, year), Math (1 Class, year) and an additional English (semester Class) and an additional Math Class (semester). I loved your ideas on the Intervention/Enrichment option. How could I use this concept to add to what we are currently doing?

    By Tammie Ellis on Aug 6, 2011

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