Text of The Puzzle of an Elementary Master Schedule Putting the Pieces Together!
The Puzzle of an Elementary Master Schedule Putting the Pieces Together!
Goals During this session you will understand the importance of a school-wide schedule to support multi-tiered instruction. We will discuss the importance and application of consistency in the instructional day, protection of instruction, time for interventions, the use of data, flexibility, collaboration time for staff and how each fits into an elementary master schedule.
Outcomes Understand how culture and vision impact a master schedule Identify legal and contractual requirements and how they impact a schedule Identify key attributes of a strong master schedule Prioritize what is important in your school and use data to support this decision Identify methods for improved collaboration and communication Evaluate sample master schedules and calendars
Why???? Maximize resources Connect priorities to actions Focus on coherence Strive for our school vision Increase student achievement
DOES THE SCHEDULE DRIVE THE SCHOOL OR THE SCHOOL DRIVE THE SCHEDULE?
Culture Shared Goals/ Mission/ Vision Assessment/Data Instruction/ Systematic Response Leadership Professional Development Culture of Commitment/ Team
Culture Great organizations simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea, a basic principle, or concept that unifies and guide everything. (they) see what is essential, and ignore the rest. Jim Collins
Do all in your building know the vision? Do they know what is important? Do they know what is expected?
CONSIDERATION IN A MASTER SCHEDULE
First, lets do the math 177 instructional days x 6 hours/day = 1062 hours total Lunch = 115 hours Recess = 45 hours Transitions = 90 hours Assemblies/other scheduled activities = 20 hours = approximately 820 hours of instruction per year
What do with this time???? 820 hours per year! ELA/Math instruction = 531 + hours 289 hours remaining What if they are behind? Interventions 30 minutes per day (88 hours) About 200 hours remaining About 60 minutes per day!!!! For music, PE, CDS, library, health, science, social studies, computer..
Priorities Elementary Schedule Identify priorities What is nonnegotiable? Identify variables What is flexible? Student Data Where is your biggest need? What are your options? Increase time? Staffing? What is the impact of those decisions?
What has to fit Nonnegotiable ELA Core 120+ Minutes Math Core 60 + Minutes Other Required curriculum Special Education Specials Interventions Flexible? Bus Schedules Itinerant Teacher Lunch Room Music/Band/Orchestra High School Sports Community Early Release
Other needs.. Interventions flexibility Collaboration time for staff Regular Ed and SPED support
Oregon RTI Infrastructure Checklist How does this help support a master schedule? What questions does it help you address? http://www.oregonrti.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/OrRTI-Infrastructure-Checklist_0.pdf
Benefits All students receive the same core and those who need more get it Teachers have protected time Interventions will occur Data used to make decisions/drive schedule Flexibility as needed for increased instruction Collaboration time built in
A MASTER CALENDAR
Calendar of Professional Learning and Teaming How does this relate to the master schedule?
Calendaring Time Professional Learning Calendar Team meeting calendar How do you plan for what your data tells you is important? Who leads? How often?
Calendaring Time Staff Meeting Professional Learning, Early Release Professional Learning Communities Benchmark Meetings Grade Level Team Meetings Group Intervention Planning Team Meetings Assessments DIBELS, MAP, OAKS, Core
Calendaring Time Assessment DIBELS Benchmark, Progress monitoring weekly, bi-monthly MAPs Fall and Spring, Some winter CBAs core assessments, Common Assessments - Writing Performance Math Performance Reading in Program, Benchmark OAKS
Calendaring Time Group Intervention Planning Time/ 20% meeting Focus on groups of students in interventions Team SPED, Learning Specialist, Child Development Specialist, School Psychologist, Principal, Teacher Point, ELL, Grade Level Teacher Weekly Scheduled
Calendaring Time Grade Level Team Meetings Focus on Core Meeting Weekly 15 45 Minutes Focused Time SPED, Attendance/Behavior, Math, Reading, Writing Tight Focused, Team, Logs copied and shared Loose Teacher Lead
Calendaring Time Staff Meetings are Professional Learning planned weekly (depending on school need), Lead by Teacher Leaders PLCs planned as grade levels (half day in-service time that is structured by the district Benchmark Meetings Team review of school-wide data, focus on health of the core, 3 times a year
Who is the Leader? What is your role in these types of meetings? Do you attend, facilitate, participate in? How are decisions made if you are not there? How do these meetings connect to our mission and vision?
WEEKLY MASTER SCHEDULES
How do we fit it all in?
How do we prioritize? Assemblies yoyo, dance, karate Fieldtrips Student of the month Remove students from classroom Walk the talk
Process After reviewing data, conducting inventory of resources, understanding restriction Schedule the most important things first Align in all grade levels Build in Intervention time for groups that you know will start next year, use data Plan for transitions Ensure staff available Place lunch and recesses after