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Scheduling: Block or Not?. Supporting Increased Student Achievement. Larry Tash Office of School Redesign March 8, 2006. Office of School Redesign. Larry Tash 213-241-2598 larry.tash@lausd.net. www.lausd.net/slc_schools. Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment. Personalization.

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scheduling block or not

Scheduling: Block or Not?

Supporting Increased Student Achievement

Larry Tash

Office of School Redesign

March 8, 2006

office of school redesign
Office of School Redesign

Larry Tash

213-241-2598

larry.tash@lausd.net

www.lausd.net/slc_schools

creating coherent slcs

Curriculum,

Instruction,

& Assessment

Personalization

Structure

Creating Coherent SLCs

IMPROVED STUDENTACHIEVEMENT

curriculum instruction and assessment

Personalization

Structure

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Culturally Relevant

& Responsive

Pedagogy

Focus on Standards

(Rigor with

High Expectations)

Curriculum,

Instruction

& Assessment

Instructional

Intervention

STUDENT

ACHIEVEMENT

School-wide

Instructional

Practices

Accountability &

Assessment

District Initiatives

(Special Ed.,

Gate, ELL)

personalization
Personalization

Student

Connectedness

Advisory Program

And Family

Advocacy

Personalization

School to Home &

Home to School

Communication

Structure

STUDENT

ACHIEVEMENT

Teacher

Collaboration

Curriculum,

Instruction, &

Assessment

Teacher Ownership

of Student

Outcomes

Internships

Matching

Student Interests

structures that support instruction personalization
Structures that SupportInstruction &Personalization

Small Numbers

with Contiguous

Space

Vertical Organization

(Minimize

Transition Points)

Structure

Curriculum,

Instruction, &

Assessment

Flexible

Scheduling

STUDENT

ACHIEVEMENT

Teacher Time for

Collaboration &

Prof. Development

Personalization

Family Support &

Community

Engagement

School -

“Outside the Box”

slide7
If Time is the Constant,

then Learning is the Variable

or

If Time is the Variable,

then Learning is the Constant

block schedules
BLOCK SCHEDULES

Consider the following when implementing a Block Schedule

  • Operational Requirements
  • Instructional Considerations
block schedule decision tool
Block Schedule Decision Tool

Goals for the Block Schedule:

  • Instructional Goals
  • Operational Goals
  • Type of Block
  • Advantages/Disadvantages
  • Rules of Engagement
block schedule preparation
Block Schedule Preparation
  • Operational Considerations:
    • Did you initiate faculty and community discussions acknowledging “Form Follows Function”?
    • Does the critical mass support Block Scheduling?
    • Have you considered flexible scheduling?
    • Have you considered all district and state policies?
    • Have you built in to your plan an ongoing evaluation process?
block schedule preparation1
Block Schedule Preparation
  • Instructional Considerations:
    • How will block schedule support improved student achievement?
    • Will the block increase student engagement in their learning?
    • Will the block allow for greater personalization?
    • Will sufficient time for teacher preparation be available?
    • Have you considered the negative aspects of block scheduling?
block schedule activity traditional schedule
Advantages

Disadvantages

Block Schedule Activity:TRADITIONAL SCHEDULE
      • - It’s what we’re used to
  • - See kids daily
  • - Difficult to find common conference time
alternative scheduling
Alternative Scheduling
  • How else can we use time?
rules of engagement
Rules of Engagement
  • District Process
  • State Regulations
  • Physical Education
  • LAUSD/UTLA Contract
school impact report building council model for governance
SCHOOL IMPACT REPORTBuilding Council Model for Governance

SLC1

Building

Council

SLC4

SLC12

SLC5

SLC3

SLC6

Significant Topics for Building Council

  • Dispute Resolution Process
  • Space Allocation Process
  • School Schedules
  • Human Resources Considerations
  • Sharing Classes (e.g., AP Classes)
  • Student Recruitment and Transfer
composition of school site council
Composition of School Site Council
  • Classroom teachers are a majority on the staff side
  • Parents and community members are elected by parents
  • Students are selected by the entire student body
resource materials
Traditional 7-Period Model

Year Round 7 Period

4x4 Block Model

Block Scheduling: An Introduction

Rethinking Time: The Next Frontier of Education Reform

Around the Block: The Benefits and Challenges of Block Scheduling

Websites on Block Scheduling

Resource Materials
summary of presentation
Block Schedule

Know your rules

State Requirements

District Requirements

Existing School Culture

Be Clear on Your Purpose

Change classroom Practice

Improve Teaching and Learning

Create Personalized Environment

Have Buy-in from staff and community

Provide Adequate Preparation

Process for Block Determination in place

Professional Development for Teachers

School Impact Report

Stare and District Mandates Covered

School Needs Considered

Dispute Resolution Clearly Defined

Leadership Council Meets Weekly

Everyone knows the Rules Upfront

Summary of Presentation