June 2017

School curricula across the country have dynamically evolved in response to rigorous college- and career-ready standards, yet school schedules have largely remained the same. A school's master schedule brings its priorities to life and is critical to shaping how learning takes place. As the year ends and school teams discuss what worked, what didn't, and what could be even better, we recommend this three-step process and accompanying tools to: 

1.  Reflect and set priorities 
2. Explore schedule options, trade-offs, and staffing implications 
3. Design your schedule 

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Because our students need more than a few great schools.

The call for increasing the rigor of instruction for all students, especially lower-income students and students of color, requires designing schools with the right structures to support this shift. To move beyond one-school-at-a-time reform to help every school create these structures, districts must seize the opportunity to support strategic school design by implementing targeted changes in policies, processes, and supports.

Education Resource Strategies (ERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how urban school systems organize resources - people, time, and money - so that every school succeeds for every student.

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