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Common time examples

High schools:

International High School, Long Island, New York*
Teachers and students are organized into six interdisciplinary teams. Teachers have 70 minutes of planning time each day and a half-day each week for staff-planned professional development. This frees up 500 hours of professional learning time each year.

International High School Sample Teacher Schedule

Period
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
1
Class
Advisory
Planning
Class
Class
2
Planning
Seminar
Class
Planning
Planning
3
Class
Planning
Class
Class
Class
4
Lunch
Class
Staff Development
Lunch
Lunch
5
Class
Lunch
Staff Development
Class
Class
6
Free
Free
Staff Development
Free
Free

 

Ball High School, Galveston, Texas
Twice a month, teachers’ use their 90-minute daily prep period for staff development.

Contact information:
Ball High School
4115 Ave. O
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 766-5715

Elementary schools:

Hefferan Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois
Teachers teach four full days of academic classes each week, then spend the majority of every fifth day working collaboratively in teams and attending professional development. While the teachers are involved in professional learning, students rotate through special classes including music, art, computer lab, and science labs. The students begin and end the day in homerooms.

Professional development day schedule - Hefferan

Students

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Literacy block in home room

Teachers

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Literacy block in home room

 

11:00 am - 2:45 pm

40 minute specials/lunch on a rotating basis, science lab = 80 minutes

11:00 am - 2:45 pm

Professional development (including 80 minutes of common planning time)

 

Contact information:
Hefferan Elementary School
4409 W. Wilcox St.
Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: (773) 534-6192


Camelview Elementary School (grades K-2), Phoenix, Arizona

Along with buying time for a science and social studies substitute teacher, Camelview provides teachers a 90-minute professional development block of time four days a week, to work together. During this time, students attend specials, including social studies and science.

Contact information:
Madison Camelview Elementary School
2002 Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 664-7200

 

*Reference: Darling-Hammond, L. (1999). Target time toward teachers. Journal of Staff Development, 20, 2, 31-36.