Presentation on theme: "Master Schedule Building Mark Hannan, Principal Therese Gerlits, Assistant Principal Silverton High School."— Presentation transcript:
Master Schedule Building Mark Hannan, Principal Therese Gerlits, Assistant Principal Silverton High School
Background First time builders? Experienced pro’s? What size of schools or number of students? What do you hope to get from the presentation? Topics you’d like addressed in the presentation?
Before You Begin, Remember (cont). Remind yourself, and others, that a schedule is first and foremost about: what’s best for kids.
Before You Begin, Remember Your schedule can influence teacher, student, and building morale for the entire year. Have schedule building allies (at least one on-site and one at the ESD). Determine if the schedule building team will be two people or a committee. Have a ‘standard response’ prepared. You won’t make everyone happy.
Step 1: Preparation Keep a list of what works/doesn’t work with current or previous schedules, processes, and timeline. Create a forecasting process and timeline early (include input from SpEd, ELD, etc.). Update associated documents (curriculum guide, forecasting sheets, 8 th grade teacher recommendation forms, new courses)
Step 2: Getting Started Forecast, forecast, forecast FTE data for oncoming year Decide who will be involved in the process and to what extent (department chairs, principal, athletic director, all staff, etc.). List high-powered singletons (depends on school size). Determine who is inputting data…you are only as good as the information in the system. List of ‘have to’ and ‘want to’ from staff. – Have to: ½ time employees (a.m. or p.m.), prep combined with lunch for shared FTE – Want to: business teacher 1 st period prep because it’s easier to shop for supplies
Step 3: Build, Refine, Build Based on your school’s system: – build, refine, build Keep in mind: – Total number of teachers with preps each period – Total number of classes available for each grade level each period – Places to ‘stash’ kids (study halls/PE classes each period) – Room conflicts/constraints – Vertical column student totals
When You’re Building… Computer system vs. a schedule board Uninterrupted time Separate from the masses
Sometimes repetition is good… Remind yourself, and others, that a schedule is first and foremost about: what’s best for kids.