ERIC Number: ED498493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-23
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How to Build the Master Schedule in 10 Easy Steps: A Guide for Secondary School Administrators
Kussin, Steven S.
This book is an incredibly valuable resource to anyone involved in building a master schedule. The author provides a comprehensive description of the processes involved and makes the reader aware of what needs to be considered and done throughout the process. One of the most time-consuming tasks for school leaders is creating a master schedule that is customized to the needs of a specific school. This book offers a practical approach to schedule development and curriculum planning that is adaptable to any school setting--urban, suburban, or rural. This hands-on resource demystifies the scheduling process and helps educators develop a site-specific plan for the school year by focusing on curriculum, class size requirements, and staffing. Demonstrating how to implement a customized plan, this book provides: (1) tested steps to apply over 12 months; (2) Exercises, worksheets, planning documents, and graphic organizers for each step; (3) Anecdotes and mini case studies throughout; (4) Ways to communicate with students and parents; and (5) 50 "Helpful Hints" to get the job done. Written for those new to scheduling as well as experienced educators, this unique volume offers school administrators a practical approach for building an effective master schedule. Following acknowledgments, author's note and introduction, the book contains eleven chapters: (1) Step #1: Plan It - The Curriculum Development Stage; (2) Step #2: Package It - Four Steps for Preparing the Scheduling Materials; (3) Step #3: Market It - Reaching Out to the Students and Parents; (4) Step #4: Count 'Em Up - Determining Tallies, Sections, and Staff; (5) Step #5: Spot Trouble - The Conflict Matrix; (6) Step #6: Build It - Construction of the Master Schedule; (7) Step #7: Test It - Computer Simulation; (8) Step #8: Load It - Three Methods for Loading Students Into the Schedule; (9) Step #9: Adjust It - Mop of End-of-Year Changes; (10) Step #10: Refine It - The Final Touch; and (11) A. Final Word. Also contains Resource A: 10-Step Review; Resource B: 10-Step Review by School Year Month; and Resource C: 10-Step Review by Document.
Descriptors: Scheduling, Curriculum Development, Computer Simulation, Class Size, Block Scheduling, Principals, School Schedules, Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Role, Teacher Placement, Case Studies
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