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.

  • Meriden Public Schools: Courageous Leadership and Innovation in Action

    Visit a school district that has modernized by focusing on four key areas.
  • 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.
    Angela Hanscom
  • 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.
    Matthew James Friday
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • College Prep From 9th Grade On

    One path to getting young people ready to be first-generation college students.
  • 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.
  • Special Ed Best Practices Inspire Successful Expanded Learning Time for All Students

    Craig Haas, Special Ed and Student Services Coordinator at Edwards Middle School, shares how his team uses expanded learning time to provide relevant academic support to each individual student while breaking down stigmas between children of different abilities.