School Time Lab

School Time Lab (STL) is a two-year school-centered initiative that provides schools with professional learning supports and coaching as they assess, design and implement changes to their four year academic program so that their programs provide equitable access for all students to courses and experiences that are integral for postsecondary success while also supporting each school’s unique vision and goals.  The STL collection includes resources for schools, Borough/City Wide Offices, and Superintendents teams to use when evaluating and designing changes to four-year academic programs.  The collection also includes an overview of the approach and process designed by the STL team.

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School Time Lab (STL) is a two-year school-centered initiative that provides schools with professional learning supports and coaching as they assess, design and implement changes to their four year academic program so that their programs provide equitable access for all students to courses and experiences that are integral for postsecondary success while also supporting each school’s unique vision and goals.  This overview details the approach and process designed by the STL team. 

This set of case studies documents effective scheduling models and strategies from schools that are successfully graduating students prepared for college and career. Ten model high schools were selected for study. Key programming and scheduling strategies were identified across the schools and are described in detail through case studies.

A cohort of nine schools, referred to as the Living Lab schools, applied and were selected to participate in the first cohort of professional learning and on-site coaching from the School Time Lab (STL) team. Professional learning consisted of workshops, on-site coaching, and technical assistance over the course of two years. Using lessons learned from the Living Lab schools, this document provides a guide on how to approach making changes to academic programs and school schedules with the goal of increasing equity and improving student outcomes. The first section of this document lays out the key steps in the process of change that were identified by the Living Lab schools and observed by the STL team. The second section provides case studies on three of the schools. Finally, the third section provides a list of key resources used by schools during this process along with resources created by the STL team.

For more information about the STL approach, please review theOverview of the School Time Lab Processdocument.

 

The School Time Lab: Academic Programming Design Consortium (STL: APDC) is a two-year, school-centered initiative that supports schools in maximizing how they use time during the school day. The aim of the initiative is to help strengthen school-based practices, create meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for college and careers, and inform policy implications. “Leading Through Change: A Conversation about Academic Programming with School Time Lab Principals” is a video documenting a conversation between several of the principals from the first STL cohort. The discussion includes their role as school leaders in the academic redesign process, including the creation of goals and priorities, the identification and implementation of trade-offs and the creation of  buy-in from the school community.

For more information about the STL approach, please review the Overview of the School Time Lab Process document.

Over the past several years, the School Time Lab (STL) team has partnered with high schools across the City to design and implement academic programs that provide equitable access for all students to rigorous courses and experience that graduate students college and career ready. The STL team organizes professional learning sessions with various content experts, coordinates inter-visitations to innovative schools with strong scheduling practices, provides on-site coaching to school teams, and offers targeted supports as needed. In order to learn more about the impact of their work, the STL team conducted interviews with five of the 17 schools that participated in Cohort 1 or Cohort 2 of the initiative. The interviews highlighted important lessons around the design of their academic programs and scheduling practices influenced by the STL work, and surfaced important feedback about design decisions in their professional learning. This document summarizes the finding of the interviews.

For more information about the STL approach, please review theOverview of the School Time Lab Processdocument.

School Time Lab's The Academic Programming Calendar, A Week-by-Week Guide is a resource intended to guide school administrators and key stakeholders in reviewing the order and timing of the steps that schools are encouraged to follow to ensure that the schedule process and the development of an effective academic program goes smoothly and yields success. This tool provides a month-by-month guide detailing the tasks necessary for successful implementation of the school's current Master Schedule as well as guidance for planning ahead which focuses on planning and developing the academic program for the next school year.

For more information about the STL approach, please review the Overview of the School Time Lab Process document.

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