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ERIC Number: ED400607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-24
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Block Schedule: Breaking the Barriers.
West, Mike
As of 1996, Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, was in the fourth year of a radical restructuring effort. The school changed from a 6-period day, composed of 51-minute periods, to an alternating day schedule, composed of 3 102-minute periods per day. This report describes how the school developed and implemented the new schedule. Faculty and administrators followed the six-step change process recommended by Dr. Willard Daggett, of the Instructional Center for Leadership in Education. The stages include: create an awareness; base outcomes on adult roles and skills needed to compete in the job market; identify the necessary skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for success; identify the negotiables and nonnegotiables; develop a plan; and implement the reforms. The school also added meaningful school-to-work courses, staff development, and multiple methods of assessment. In a survey administered to students, staff, and parents after the first year of the new schedule, 56 percent of the students rated their experience in the new program as "going great," while almost 70 percent of faculty rated their level of support for the new program at 90 percent. Other outcomes attributed to the new program include a calmer campus atmosphere, more positive teacher-student relationships, a slight increase in some standardized test scores, and a constant attendance rate. Five figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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