A Reader Writes… Reducing the Number of Re-testers – Part 1

In response to the 7/26/16 post, “Reducing the Number of Re-testers,” a reader adds: SC, One additional item should be added in your list (see below). 1. Get on Pace 2. Teach Better 3. Intervene Quicker 4. Red Shirt Your Freshmen 5. Lead Your Feeder Pattern As you have advised before, the assignment of teachers…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 6, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 6, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Congratulations to Ms. Gadeke (El Campo MS)!…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of September 18, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 18, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. Each kid walking down the hall deserves…

Schools are Built for Adults – Case 1

“Schools are built for adults.” Every time I speak this truth, it upsets people.  They accuse me of being pessimistic and defeatist.  I am neither. Because I was, based on that truth, I wouldn’t be able to get up every day and attack my work with full vigor. I am a realist.  And I think…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of December 14, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of December 14, 2014. 1. E. Don Brown: “The master schedule should be…

Lesa Cain Writes… Elementary Scheduling Considerations

LYS Coach, Lesa Cain, recently shared the following with a group of elementary school instructional leaders. The Elementary School Master Schedule: Overall Considerations Scheduling is an important part of any school’s success.  There is no one right schedule; it is the implementation of the schedule, driven by the adults, that is critical.   It is my…

Master Schedule Priorities

At LYS we get a lot of questions concerning the building of Master Schedules.  Which is to expected when you are the home of secondary scheduling gurus E. Don Brown and Sherilynn Cotten and elementary scheduling gurus Lesa Cain and Barbara Fine.  Regardless the operational parameters, they can build you the best possible schedule for…

Readers Write… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 7

In response to the 6/26/13 post, “Sometimes It Pays To Play The Game,” some readers shared the following: (From a new Principal) SC, I proposed a similar plan to my principal, right before I got my own school. However, your plan is better detailed! Thanks for sharing! Smart Thinking!!!! (From a District Science Specialist) SC,…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 6

In response to the 6/26/2013 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes: SC, In regards to your blog post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” it was a well-written and timely call to action. In my district, it knocked us out of our funk and now we are…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 5

In response to the 7/9/2103 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game– A Necessary Revision,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes: SC, We are going with a modified version… 9th and 10th will still take the English I and English II due to a huge number of our students taking duel credit college courses with…

A Superintendent Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 4

In response to the 7/9/2103 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – A Necessary Revision,” a LYS Superintendent writes: SC, I find this all interesting. I was thinking of moving a few things around to. How about US History to 9th grade since 8th grade U.S. History should preview the tested content? Is…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 3

In response to the 6/26/13 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes SC, Amen brother… I LOVE THIS!   We are literally meeting about making these changes.  Thank you for the ideas.   Keep them coming and GOD bless you. SC Response  Thank you, and I can always use…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 2

In response to the 6/26/2103 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYSer writes: SC, What do you think about this adjustment in science? 9th Grade: IPC 10th Grade: Environmental Science 11th Grade: Biology 12th Grade: Chemistry SC Response Your schedule should work for 50% to 80% of your students.  And it is…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – Part 1

In response to the 6/26/13 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes SC, This post was brilliant.  Will schools do it? SC Response Thank you.  But to answer your question, for 98% of the high schools in the state, “No, they will not do this.”   This schedule is…

A Reader Writes… Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game – A Necessary Revision

In response to the 6/26/2013 post, “Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game,” a LYSer sends in the following (and mandatory) revision to my proactive scheduling plan: SC, It is always good to think out of the box for scheduling. A couple of hiccups in your science plan, though, due to prerequisite requirements in the…

Sometimes It Pays to Play the Game

There are way too many educators celebrating because of the passage of HB5.  As if it changes something.  It does not.  Funding has not been restored to previous levels and nothing has changed on the testing front.  All the tests that are kicking schools in the teeth are still there.  The only tests that are…

My Former Coach Writes… Master Schedule Options – Part 1

In response to the 4/16/2013 post, “Master Schedule Options,” one of my former high school coaches and current sitting superintendent, Hal Roberts, writes: SC, I was just reading your post on schedules. Things that E. Don Brown did not mention… It is more expensive than traditional schedule. Coaches only teach three classes, then have one conference…

A Principal Asks… Master Schedule Options

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, So if eight and nine period days are so awful, what does a good schedule look like? Seven periods? I am loaded with electives, what do I do with those folks? My E/LA department believes and have shown through scores that if they are not blocked that they…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 17, 2012

Summer is an exciting time.  It provides your best chance to plan and prepare for the greatest year ever at your school (yes, that is my idea of a vacation, time to plan).  And like everything else, you need a bootleg technology plan.  In my travels, the hidden pitfall of a good bootleg technology plan…

A Reader Writes… Increasing Time on Task – Part 3

In response to the 4/11/2012 post, “Increasing Time on Task – The Master Schedule,” a reader writes: SC In my school district the middle and high schools are on an 8-period, 50-minute day for 70,800 annual instructional minutes. Just for available time on task, I like our schedule over any of the three you listed.…

The Marine Writes… So What is Your Scheduling Alternative – Part 2

In response to the 1/6/2012 post, “So What is Your Scheduling Alternative – Part 1,” the Marine writes: We could talk mechanics of scheduling all day long. But why? Cain is right. Regardless of schedule, having teachers take maximum advantage of every minute of instruction is still the key. Schedules, time, holidays, those are all…

Increasing Time on Task – Part 1: The Master Schedule

The Super Secret Formula for Improving Student Performance is as follows: 1. Teach the Right Thing. If you aren’t doing that, quit reading right now. Because until you get that rectified, everything else you are doing just doesn’t matter. 2. Teach the Right Thing, Better. This is where the Fundamental 5 comes into play. 3.…

LYS Principals Write… So What is Your Scheduling Alternative – Part 1

In response to the 11/29/11 post, “So What is Your Scheduling Alternative,” LYS Principals are asking: SC, I would like to know more about the trimester schedule. And Where can I find more information on scheduling? SC Response Here are some critical facts you should know about trimesters and other schedules. 1. The eight period…

A Principal Asks… So What is Your Scheduling Alternative

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, So if eight and nine period days are so awful, what does a good schedule look like? Seven periods? I am loaded with electives, what do I do with those folks? My E/LA department believes and have shown through scores that if they are not blocked that they…

A Reader Asks, Brown Answers… Scheduling

A reader asks: “With the economic stress most districts are facing, budget cuts are inevitable. What tips and tricks can you share in creating a master schedule that maximizes student achievement and is also efficient?” SC ResponseMy quick answer is that the schedules that best meet student needs are very flexible and the schedules that…

A Reader Writes… (Brezina’s Rule Commentary)

In response to the post, “Brezina’s Rule Commentary,” a reader writes: “I have to agree that master scheduling is a tremendous challenge for administrators to whom the fickle finger of fate points to. Either it ends up being at the mercy of computerized programs that may not be able to facilitate the kind of differentiated…

A Reader Writes… (Brezina’s Rule Commentary)

In response to answer for the question concerning Brezina’s Rule, a reader writes: “This was a brilliant analysis and spot on. I just did my first master schedule and all we (me, the other AP, and the Principal) talked about was how to strategically place the weak teachers where they would not do the most…

A Reader Asks… (Brezina’s Rule)

In regards to the Brezina related posts, a reader asks: “Why is it so hard for school systems to understand the exact quote…’If it is not right for kids, it is wrong.’”SC ResponseThis seemingly simple question has a very painful answer. The belief that schools are about students is a myth. Schools are really about…
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