Baldwin Elementary School Parallel Block Schedule

June 21, 2008 – 2:16 pm

I met with Ashley Cramp (, principal at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, VA on Monday to review her schedule and prepare part of the Educational Program Specifications for the new building they are planning. Last year we designed a new schedule that really focused on literacy instruction. The basic philosophy underpinning this plan with several detailed examples can be found in chapter 6 our new book:

Elementary School Scheduling: Enhancing Instruction for Student Achievement

Students in this schedule have small group language instruction (6-12 students) daily for 45 minutes and small group (10-12) math daily for 45 minutes. Of course that is just part of the language arts and math instruction all students receive daily.

Baldwin’s impressive one-year results are detailed in Ashley’s PowerPoint: Baldwin Results June 2008

Here’s the full copy of the Baldwin schedule. It includes the encore schedules, encore rotations and the parallel block grade level schedules: Baldwin Schedule 2007-2008.

What do you think?


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  1. 7 Responses to “Baldwin Elementary School Parallel Block Schedule”

  2. Our school is in a unique situation. We are one of only three intermediate schools (grades 3-5) left in Colorado.

    We are at the very beginning of the Response to Intervention process trying to wrap our brains around scheduling tiers two and three with the possibility of 17 or 18 grade level classes next year.

    Is there an existing schedule that incorporates the RtI model that could give us some direction?

    By Victoria Hall on Apr 16, 2009

  3. Hello Victoria,

    I just spent a week in CO working with your colleagues in the Poudre district.

    Here’s a link to a schedule that I did for a 3-5 school PA. Each grade level is broken in half for purposes of both the Intervention/Enrichment period and encore (specials).

    It has 4 tabs.
    Tab 1: a link to my website and some stuff there.
    Tab 2: time allocations agreed upon at the school.
    Tab 3: the master schedule with encore teacher schedules.
    Tab 4: the encore rotations.

    Hope it helps


    By rettig on Apr 21, 2009

  4. I’m new to the art of scheduling. I need to schedule ELA for 220 min, 70 min of math, 40 s.s.and science and 45 for math in grades k-2;
    any help out there-sample scheduels?? Big thanks

    By robyn on Jun 12, 2009

  5. Does anyone have a schedule for a K-8, to include an intervention/enrichment schedule?

    By Patrick on Jul 16, 2009

  6. I’m the principal at Greenville Elem. We worked with a modified parallel block last year…putting library time parallel to the LA block. Didn’t work so well due to numbers involved.

    This year we’re working with 2nd/3rd grade- four homerooms per grade and two extension teachers: math and language arts.

    We’re excited about getting to small group time and differentiating more for our learners.

    I’ll be watching this site…knowing others elsewhere are finding such success is a great exchange of info. This has given me a great lead on how to set up the data collection.


    By Margie Riley on Aug 16, 2009

  7. Have been writing schedules for a 4×4 block for 5th-12th grade with about 300 students. Help! Writing it by hand. Surely there are some great programs out there for this. Any suggestions?

    By Mary on Aug 24, 2009

  8. I’m going into my first year as an Elem. School Principal. We have appx. 170 stdts. and 10 teachers–they’re wanting literacy and math blocks of 90 min. each! Any ideas for the new guy?!

    By K.C. on Jul 27, 2010

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