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Banking time examples


Iowa City, Iowa
For the past 25 years, students in all Iowa City public schools have been released from school one hour early every Thursday to provide professional learning time for district teachers. Half of the Thursdays are devoted to building-level professional development, while the other half are devoted to district-wide professional learning. This way of banking time can support school-based mentoring and study groups as well as district-wide workshops and learning communities to support mentoring and induction.

Contact information:
Iowa City Community School District
509 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 339-6800
FAX: (319) 339-6890

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Since the early 1990’s, schools in Milwaukee have added a few minutes to the end of each school day. These minutes are “banked” to release students for five full days, spread out over the course of a year. This creates extended blocks of time for mentoring and professional learning communities to support induction.

Contact information:
Milwaukee Public Schools
PO Drawer 10K
Milwaukee, WI 53201-8210
Phone: (414) 475-8480
FAX: (414) 475-8470

High Schools:

Brandon High School, Ortonville, Michigan
Every Wednesday there is a delayed start for students while teachers use the morning for professional development and collaboration. To ensure that students do not miss the same classes each week, students attend class periods 1 through 3 on one Wednesday and class periods 4 through 6 on the next Wednesday.

Contact information:
Brandon High School
1024 S. Ortonville Rd.
Ortonville, MI 48462
Phone: (248) 627-1800
FAX: (248) 627 – 4533

Brandon High School Schedule:

Wednesday Professional Development Days (week one):

Students Teachers
(No Classes in the morning) 7:25 am - Professional Learning/Development
10:45 am (no lunch) 10:45 am
Class period 1 Class period 1
Class period 2 Class period 2
Class period 3 Class period 3

Wednesday Professional Development Days (week two):

Students Teachers
(No Classes in the morning) 7:25 am - Professional Learning/Development
10:45 am (no lunch) 10:45 am
Class period 4 Class period 4
Class period 5 Class period 5
Class period 6 Class period 6


Holt High School, Holt, Michigan
Since the 1990’s, teachers recommended and have used the combination of before and after school preparation time to create a four-hour block of time devoted to teacher collaboration each week. Every Wednesday, students arrive at school four hours later, while teachers work together. Instructional time was added to the other weekdays to make up for the late start on Wednesday.

Contact information:
Holt Public Schools
West Holt Road
Holt, MI 48842
Phone: (517) 694-0401
FAX: (517) 694-1335

Freemont High School, Sunnyvale, California

Because school days are sufficiently long, teachers have been able to have a 90-minute delayed start every Friday during the school year. This regularly scheduled time allows for sustained and substantive efforts to improve teaching and learning school-wide.

Contact information:
Freemont High School
1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: (408) 522-2411
FAX: (408) 732-2256

Spring Woods High School, Houston, Texas

Between 15 and 20 times a year students are dismissed 30 minutes early for teachers to collaborate. A member of the school’s Leadership Cadre guides each interdisciplinary team of teachers. Teachers also meet once a month during their conference/preparation period to participate in professional development. Teachers are required to use half of their conference periods in discussions or workshops.

Contact information:
Spring Woods High School
2045 Gessner
Houston Texas 77080
Phone: (713) 365-4475

Elementary Schools:

Addison Elementary School, Marietta, Georgia
Ten minutes are added to the beginning and end of the school day and this time is “banked” to allow teachers 90 minutes each Wednesday afternoon to collaborate in study groups. Students are released early on those afternoons.

Contact information:
Addison Elementary School
3055 Ebenezer Rd.
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: (770) 509-6000

Ridge Meadows Elementary School, Ellisville, Missouri
One day each month, the school releases students early so teachers can use the afternoon for professional development.

Contact information:
Ridge Meadows Elementary School
Rockwood R-VI
111 E. North St.
Eureka, MO 63025
Phone: (636) 938-2200