George Lucas Educational Foundation

Alternative Scheduling

Not all school schedules are created equal. Explore and share alternatives to traditional schedules such as year-round schools, extended-day programs, block scheduling, and more.

  • School Leadership

    Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

    Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.
  • Student Wellness

    Longer Recess, Stronger Child Development

    With an hour-long recess, elementary schools can help children develop through increased creative play, authentic SEL, and adequate physical regulation.
  • Alternative Scheduling

    Lunchtime Is Club Time

    Enrich your students' day with lunchtime clubs, offering them an opportunity for focused fun -- whether it's art, acting, creative writing, or Doctor Who.
  • Student Engagement

    Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

    Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Why "20% Time" Is Good for Schools

    Tech staff developer and education author A.J. Juliani introduces 20% time, a variation on the traditional class schedule that allows students to follow their passions.
  • Alternative Scheduling

    Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time

    Teachers could become more effective with their students if they had more time outside of class for planning instruction and grading student work.
  • Flipped Classroom

    100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom

    After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.
  • Integrated Studies

    Integrating Subjects in Elementary School

    Visit an elementary school where some teachers specialize in teaching math and science together, and others language arts and social studies.
  • Alternative Scheduling

    Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention

    Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.
  • Education Trends

    "School Time" in New Zealand

    Traveling ed blogger Adam Provost checks in from New Zealand with a report on how rethinking the daily school schedule can make a world of difference.
  • Integrated Studies

    Change It Up With Integrated Learning Day

    Real life doesn't happen in 42-minute periods, so give your students a day of interdisciplinary collaboration -- and enrich your curriculum along the way.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Is School Enough? Exploring Interest-Driven and Informal Learning

    Meet students around the country who are engaged and passionate about learning -- outside of the classroom. Explore additional resources about student engagement and passion-based learning for both parents and educators.
  • Interest-Based Learning

    Student Passion and TEDx Talks

    Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.
  • College Readiness

    College Prep From 9th Grade On

    One path to getting young people ready to be first-generation college students.
  • Education Trends

    The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class

    Guest blogger Jon Bergmann, a pioneer of the Flipped-Classroom Model, suggests that the biggest hurdle to flipping a classroom may be the teacher's self-perception of his or her role as an educator.