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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.
  • Eight young students are outside on top of a metal, geodesic dome at a playground, looking down.

    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
  • A closeup of two young boys and a young girl sitting at a cafeteria table, eating lunch, laughing and smiling together.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Student is looking through a camera in one of their field trip.

    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.
  • An illustration of "less than" and "greater than" symbols.

    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.
  • A teacher is sitting with a student, and they're both looking at a tablet.

    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.
  • Teacher standing by a whiteboard explaining parts of the base of a weather balloon

    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.
  • Three young, elementary-aged students are sitting at a classroom table building windmills out of cardboard and colorful popsicle sticks and styrofoam.

    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.
  • Students and teachers are in the hallway

    College Prep From 9th Grade On

    One path to getting young people ready to be first-generation college students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Successful Math and Science Teacher Collaboration: The Administrator's Role

    Want to improve collaboration between math and science teachers at your school? Here are four recommendations for administrators.

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