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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schools need to help students develop a healthier relationship with time, writes researcher Brad Aeon.
More than a dozen contributors weigh in on how to improve time-management practices in order to give students and staff a big boost.
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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.
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.
Why do we still make teenagers drag themselves to class before they're fully awake? asks teacher David Polochanin.
Before shortening the school week to save money, districts should carefully weigh the costs, researcher Paul Hill cautions.
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.
School schedules leave teachers little room for collaboration and reflection, according to a new report.
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.
Transportation costs and family schedules are among the factors that make changing school start times tough for educators.
Schools with expanded schedules shouldn't overlook the need for increased teacher-collaboration time, writes NCTL president Jennifer Davis.
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.
Students need outdoor recess and movement throughout the day in order to stay focused and perform better academically, writes Debbie Rhea.
Current research shows that a school's schedule plays a remarkably insignificant role in determining student performance, writes Patrick F. Gould.
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