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Of all the resources needed to ensure good schools, time may be the most underappreciated.

Research shows that changes to school schedules, start times, and other time constraints have a positive impact on learning.

Yet, few schools are making those changes.

How can schools make the most of the time they have with students? And what barriers are in their way? This collection of articles, research, and perspectives explores those questions.

Tick Tock Teach: Why Schools Can't Beat the Clock






There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning, Research Shows. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?

There Are Smart Ways to Use Time to Aid Learning, Research Shows. Why Do So Many Schools Ignore Them?

10 MIN READ

Of all the resources schools need, time may be the most underappreciated. While a growing body of research offers best practices for using time wisely in schools, a range of logistical and bureaucratic barriers often get in the way.







Doubling Recess Time to Put Play Back in the School Day
DISTRICT PROFILE

Doubling Recess Time to Put Play Back in the School Day

3 MIN READ

The Virginia Beach City schools, urged on by parents, decided to make a big change, doubling the amount of recess the district offered, from just 15 minutes a day to 30.







Smart Scheduling Puts Students' Needs First
DISTRICT PROFILE

Smart Scheduling Puts Students' Needs First

3 MIN READ

The principal of a school in Kentucky went back to the drawing board on his school's schedule after hearing author Daniel Pink talk about what children really need.







Starting High School Later Shows Big Impact
DISTRICT PROFILE

Starting High School Later Shows 'Big Impact'

3 MIN READ

As part of a districtwide push to make better, evidence-based use of time, the Barrington 220 schools in Illinois changed high school start times from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.







6 Big Barriers to Restructuring School Schedules

5 MIN READ

Before districts can overhaul a traditional school schedule, they're likely to face a wide variety of obstacles, including staff and parent objections, transportation challenges, and more.







Time and Schools: What the Research Says
RESEARCH ROUNDUP

Time and Schools: What the Research Says

4 MIN READ

A number of studies over the past decade offer best practices and solutions for making better use of time in the school day to aid student learning. Education Week honed in on several that have definitive findings and focus on areas that might be actionable and effective for K-12.







Students Struggle With Time Management. Schools Can Help
OPINION

Students Struggle With Time Management. Schools Can Help

5 MIN READ

Schools need to help students develop a healthier relationship with time, writes researcher Brad Aeon.







OPINION

Here’s How to Make Better Use of the School Day

4 MIN READ

More than a dozen contributors weigh in on how to improve time-management practices in order to give students and staff a big boost.






From the Archives

Starting High School at 8:30? California's Doing It. Should Everyone?

Starting High School at 8:30? California's Doing It. Should Everyone?

5 MIN READ

Just because some schools have pushed back start times doesn't mean teens are sleeping more and doing better. California's new mandate will give researchers an opportunity to study the impacts on a large scale.







How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink

How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink

6 MIN READ

Move heavy thinking to the beginning of the day, make recess sacred, let higher schoolers sleep in, and mandate choir, says the best-selling author.







We Already Know School Starts Too Early. It's Time to Do Something About It
OPINION

We Already Know School Starts Too Early. It's Time to Do Something About It

3 MIN READ

Why do we still make teenagers drag themselves to class before they're fully awake? asks teacher David Polochanin.







OPINION

Beware the Four-Day School-Week Trap

4 MIN READ

Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions.







Are Four-Day School Weeks the Way of the Future?

4 MIN READ

As more school districts consider going to a four-day week, we talk to a superintendent who's been working under that schedule for the last seven years about the pros and cons.







It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

2 MIN READ

School schedules leave teachers little room for collaboration and reflection, according to a new report.







Year-Round Schooling Explained

Year-Round Schooling Explained

7 MIN READ

Year-round schooling, in which summer break is swapped out for a series of shorter breaks throughout the year, has sparked debate. Get the facts about this issue, including pros and cons, statistics, and key definitions.







Teens Need More Sleep, But Districts Struggle to Shift Start Times

Teens Need More Sleep, But Districts Struggle to Shift Start Times

6 MIN READ

Transportation costs and family schedules are among the factors that make changing school start times tough for educators.







OPINION

Give Teachers Time to Collaborate

6 MIN READ

Schools with expanded schedules shouldn't overlook the need for increased teacher-collaboration time, writes NCTL president Jennifer Davis.







U.S. Students Get Top Scores for Sleepiness

4 MIN READ

International test data show high percentages of American students are in classes where teachers report that sleepiness gets in the way of instruction "some" or "a lot" of the time.







OPINION

Give Students Time to Play

4 MIN READ

Students need outdoor recess and movement throughout the day in order to stay focused and perform better academically, writes Debbie Rhea.







OPINION

Scheduling Choice

7 MIN READ

Current research shows that a school's schedule plays a remarkably insignificant role in determining student performance, writes Patrick F. Gould.




Vol. 39, Issue 23

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