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How to Build the Master Schedule in 10 Easy Steps
A Guide for Secondary School Administrators


August 2007 | 160 pages | Corwin

"All secondary schools—urban, suburban, or rural, large or small—should have this book on hand as they begin the scheduling process. It is an excellent resource and helpful to everyone, even those of us who have been building master schedules for years!"
—Judy Brunner, Educational Consultant
Edu-Safe LLC

"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. An outstanding book!"
—Robert Blake, Principal
Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, NJ

Tailor a master schedule to your school with this expert step-by-step method!

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.

How to Build the Master Schedule in 10 Easy Steps 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 your customized plan, this book provides:

  • Ten tested steps to apply over 12 months
  • Exercises, worksheets, planning documents, and graphic organizers for each step
  • Anecdotes and mini case studies throughout
  • Ways to communicate with students and parents
  • 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.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Author’s Note
 
Introduction
 
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
 
11. Final Word
 
Resource A: 10-Step Review
 
Resource B: 10-Step Review by School Year Month
 
Resource C: 10-Step Review by Document

"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. An outstanding book!"

Robert Blake, Principal
Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, NJ

“All secondary schools—urban, suburban, or rural, large or small—should have this book on hand as they begin the scheduling process. It is an excellent resource and helpful to everyone, even those of us who have been building master schedules for years. I give it two thumbs up!”

Judy Brunner, Educational Consultant
Edu-Safe LLC

"Well structured, very practical, very easy to read, very relevant to school administrators, and very accessible to a national audience."

Michelle Tichy, Professor
St. Norbert College
Key features
  • Tested master scheduling steps
  • Steps can be used for rural, suburban, and urban schools
  • Steps are also useful for elementary school schedule creation
  • Hands-on and practitioner-friendly
  • Full of worksheets, planning documents, and graphic organizers
  • 10 Steps over 12 months with examples, sample forms, and exercises to demonstrate each step
  • 50 "Helpful Hints" to get the job done
  • Anecdotes and mini-case studies throughout

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Introduction


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