As you plan for next year, look at your schedule as a tool to serve students equitably.
- Do the students with the greatest needs get served by your best teachers?
- Are the students who have had less-than-proficient teachers this year scheduled to be with highly effective teachers next year?
- Do transportation needs or cafeteria staffing create hurdles that impact learning or planning time?
- Can parents give input on the qualities they want their child’s teacher to possess?
- Are the grade levels with specials/planning time connected to lunch or the morning/afternoon bell the same teams who need the most support in collaborative planning?
- Are there patterns to consider from students who come from feeder schools or who feed into another school? Are there hurdles to accessing algebra or honors classes?
- Do any single classes like band, weight training, or honors math mean that a cohort of students travel together throughout the day?
- Do all students have access to intervention and enrichment time?
As a team, take an outside perspective and study your master schedule. Based on the schedule and how students are assigned, see if there is a mismatch with your core values and work to bring your schedule in line with your vision.