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Creative Scheduling for Diverse Populations in Middle and High School

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
About the Authors
1. Schedules: The Springboard for Action

Catalyst for Change

Using the Schedule Effectively


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


Day 1/Day 2


Credit Recovery


Single Subject


Special Populations and Fixed Schedule Matrix

5. Inclusive Scheduling Frameworks: Variable
Interdisciplinary - Maximum Flexibility

Interdisciplinary - Limited Flexibility

Interdisciplinary - Encore/Exploratory


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


"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

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