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Making Creative Schedules Work in Middle and High Schools

Making Creative Schedules Work in Middle and High Schools

Foreword by Gordon Cawelti

November 2006 | 208 pages | Corwin

Use creative scheduling strategies to improve student-teacher relationships and promote more positive learning experiences!

Today's schools are responding to the pressing need for positive student-teacher relationships that promote successful learning and prevent dropouts and violence. To meet this challenge, many secondary schools are reorganizing around smaller schools or "houses" and structuring longer blocks of learning time.

Authors Elliot Y. Merenbloom and Barbara A. Kalina provide a step-by-step process for leaders and school teams focused on restructuring to promote more meaningful interaction between teachers and students. Through troubleshooting know-how, short real-life case stories, and detailed decision-making and planning charts, this roll-up-your-sleeves working handbook:

  • Offers a thorough presentation of restructuring options with advantages and disadvantages of multiple models 
  • Walks leaders and teams through the decision-making and solution-building processes 
  • Presents instructional formats and strategies that maximize the benefits of restructured schedules 
  • Discusses how to prepare and communicate with students and parents about changes

This practical, user-friendly book helps teachers, school leaders, curriculum developers, and administrators fashion a vision that nurtures positive learning experiences and strengthens student achievement.

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword by Gordon Cawelti
About the Authors
1. Why Are Schools Reorganizing?
2. Structural Options
3. Steps in Building a Middle School Schedule
4. Steps in Building a High School Schedule
5. Small Learning Communities: Role and Function
6. Elements of Teaming: A Goal-Setting Process for Curriculum and Instruction
7. Elements of Teaming: A Goal-Setting Process for Organizational Considerations
8. Teaching in Variable-Length Time Periods
9. Implementing Change

"The Strategies section is a good overview for building leaders to understand what should be going on in restructured settings. This book is fairly easy to follow and was clearly written by a seasoned practitioner."

Deborah Kasak, Executive Director
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

"As an associate principal whose role is to develop and implement a master schedule, I truly valued the many charts and diagrams on schedule configuration. The Structures and Strategies section offers non-generic forms that are easy to transpose onto our school community's specific needs."

Dan Woods, Associate Principal
Cedar Park Middle School, Portland, OR

"Principals, teacher leaders, school leadership teams, school improvement committees, superintendents, school boards, and policymakers will find this book very useful."

Vincent A. Anfara Jr., Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision
University of Tennessee
Key features
Experienced restructuring facilitators, the authors clarify scheduling and restructuring options and include:
  • Charts that detail advantages and disadvantages of each model
  • A step-by-step process that guides leaders and teams through the construction of a new schedule
  • Practical implementation and trouble-shooting know-how
  • Models and strategies for longer instructional blocks
  • Short case stories with real problem-to-solution scenarios

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Gordon Cawelti


Chapter 1

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