School Design

Instructional Time and Attention

Do students in your schools have access to the right combination of high-quality instructional time and teacher attention?
How are you structuring and differentiating class size for student groups and varying levels of student proficiency?

When focusing on Instructional Time and Attention, strategic school leaders…

  • Assign staff and design schedules to target lower class sizes and provide more instructional time in priority grades and subjects.
  • Provide additional instructional time in small group settings for students who need it, while maximizing opportunities for heterogenous settings in terms of academic performance.
  • Ensure students with disabilities and multilingual learners receive specialized student supports where needed.

Explore these resources to get started:

Instructional Time and Attention Guidebook: The Alliance for Resource Equity

This interactive workbook provides a structure to help your team better understand what is causing challenges related to Instructional Time & Attention and identify concrete next steps for improving the experiences that students have in school.

Guide: ESSER Funding for Targeted Academic Supports 

Targeted academic supports are just one of many strategies that support Early Warning Systems. Check out our ESSER guide on using dollars to help students through early intervention to learn more about this approach.

District Story: Dallas ISD Seizes the Opportunity of More Time in School

When Dallas ISD had the opportunity to add more time to their school year, one of their main goals was to provide more small-group instruction. Check out how they restructured their schedule to create space for this proven strategy to improve student learning.  

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