A school master schedule defines which teachers meet with which students, for how long, and about what topics.
ERS proposes a three-step process for school scheduling that maximizes available resources (people, time, and money) and meets the needs of students and teachers.
The priorities a master school schedule represents, whether explicit or implicit, are critical aspects of defining how learning takes place in the school. Setting explicit priorities, and expressing their relative importance, is therefore one of the most critical steps of developing a strategic schedule.
Click the ‘Reflect’ button to access our Strategic Scheduling Checklist. School teams can use this checklist—organized into six reflection categories—to reflect on their existing school schedule and begin to prioritize changes to improve the student and teacher experiences in their school.
Designing a strategic master schedule is about prioritizing strategies and making trade-offs to maximize the resources available. As we say, you can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
When designing a school schedule, it's important to fully explore different strategies to determine the time, staffing, and trade-offs needed to make each work.
ERS has worked with districts and individual school teams across the country to design and create school schedules that meet schools’ most important priorities within the context of their available resources. We’ve developed resources and tools to help school and district leaders pressure-test different strategies, model the cost implications, and select the ones that best fit their needs.
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Once school teams reflect on their priorities and explore options for how to design their school schedule to accomplish those priorities, it’s time to start designing the schedule.
Click on the links below to access our staffing and scheduling tools and begin the schedule design process. Also see our elementary school schedule design tool that we use in consult with school and district teams. To learn more about the tool, or a potential partnership with ERS on designing a strategic school schedule, click the ‘Support’ tab.
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