ERIC Number: ED378686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Prisoners of Time. Schools and Programs Making Time Work for Students and Teachers.
National Education Commission on Time and Learning, Washington, DC.
The Education Council Act of 1991 established the National Education Commission on Time and Learning as an independent advisory body and called for a comprehensive review of the relationship between time and learning in U.S. schools. This document serves as a supplementary volume to the commission's first report released in May 1994, which found that most school-reform designs are structurally flawed by their adherence to a traditional school calendar. This volume describes innovative approaches to the use of school time. It provides nearly 40 examples of exemplary efforts to make better use of available time and extend the amount of time students spend learning. The brief program descriptions are from 15 elementary schools, 15 middle and senior high schools, 4 districtwide efforts, and 6 special programs. They include public and private schools in rural, urban, and suburban areas from 26 states. Information for reaching contact persons is provided. A review of the programs indicates that many different kinds of schools and districts have already implemented many of the commission's recommendations. The most common approaches in descending order include: (1) redesigning available time; (2) employing technology; (3) extending the school day or year; (4) providing time for professional development; and (5) providing support services for children or families. Finally, the approaches to the redesign of time usage differ by school level. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Innovation, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Day, Extended School Year, Instructional Improvement, Professional Development, Scheduling, Time Factors (Learning), Time Management, Time on Task
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Commission on Time and Learning, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see EA 026 453 and ED 366 115.