During the 2014-2015 school year, ASFM took a novel approach to professional development. Teachers were asked to create their own initiatives and to work throughout the year to develop those initiatives into something that could drive school improvement. I teamed up with four of my colleagues in order to explore the possibility of improving our school’s daily schedule.
This was a large undertaking that had basically two components:
1. Determine the best schedule for our school considering our own needs and logistical constraints.
2. Get everyone on board with transitioning to the new schedule.
In order to accomplish the first task we needed to research different schedule models, evaluate our own needs through collecting data from and starting dialogue with stakeholders, and then work with our administration to design a schedule that fit within our logistical institutional constraints. In order accomplish the second task we ran a pilot week with our new schedule and listened to feedback from teachers and students in order to create a final proposal that was ultimately accepted by our administration and enacted in the following school year.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to have been a part of this group and to have worked on something that has made such a widespread, tangible, and positive impact on our school.
I’ve attached our pilot week proposal and final proposal to this blog post. For a more extensive accounting of our process from start to finish, please have a look at my colleague Stephen McCarthy’s blog, linked here.