ERIC Number: ED375507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Quality Schools and the Myth of the Nine-Month School Year.
Dlugosh, Larry L.
This paper examines ideas about school scheduling and student learning. It also offers suggestions for schools that are considering the adoption of alternative school calendars. It describes a case study in which a progressive school district modified its school calendar in order to improve instructional opportunities for student learning. The calendar included 10 additional days of instruction, a more continuous learning program, quality intersession programs, and nontraditional financing. Parents and teachers were reluctant to change, which illustrates the need for educators to use effective communication strategies. Suggestions for moving through the change process include the following: (1) provide information to the community about alternative schedules for increased student learning time; (2) offer evidence about the plan's advantages, disadvantages, and effects on student achievement and attitudes; and (3) establish a forum for dialogue. Contains 14 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual University of Oklahoma National Conference on Creating the Quality School (3rd, Oklahoma City, OK, March 31-April 2, 1994).