4/10/16

Time Serving Students with Jon Laffoon Transformative Principal 119

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Jon Laffoon is the principal of Pea Ridge High School in Arkansas, where they are using a dynamic schedule called the flex mod schedule to allow time to serve students, rather than students serving time. It is pretty remarkable and impressive.

  • Flex Mod schedule
  • Form of a block schedule. Certain classes that might meet 4 days a week or 3 days a week.
  • Videos explaining the schedule
  • Empower the teachers - get them out of their silos
  • The gray ILT times keep the classes from conflicting.
  • The schedule to look at
  • Independent learning time: with great power comes great responsibility.
  • Designing a PE unit based on their fitness goals.
  • 210 clock minutes whether you meet 3 days or 4 days a week.
  • ILT time is class time.
  • Many teachers have flipped their classes.
  • 60% of students each year were going to a 2 year or 4 year institution. Only 25–30% of students were staying in school.
  • SLT Structured Learning Time is some RTI time.
  • 2000-student high school designed for the Flex Mod schedule.
  • Teachers don’t teach in the same rooms every day.
  • Teachers offices are moved to the big classrooms which have been converted to commons areas.
  • Rotating schedule made it so we didn’t have to build more classrooms.
  • River Bluff

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