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School Design Now: Timely Support for District Leaders

Teachers need time to collaborate. But in many schools, teachers spend as little as two percent of their time in collaborative planning. (More on this below!)

Now that the new school year is underway, it's a great moment to take a closer look at how time is actually used each day— for collaboration, academic intervention, personalized learning, and more. By making small adjustments this year, or bigger ones next year, you maximize student learning with the hours you have. 

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Unlock time in your schools

ERS recently joined the Unlocking Time Coalition, a resource funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that offers free tools — including a visual encyclopedia of bell schedules, case studies from schools using time differently, and practical strategies for implementation. The site's School Time Assessment is a quick, online survey that provides key insights on school calendars, daily schedules, academic programming, and staff time.

>> Unlock time in your schools

Make collaboration happen

In Finding Time for Collaborative Planning, ERS explores some of the research on collaborative planning time in schools, and shares examples of how schools have used six different strategies to create up to 90 minutes per week of high-quality professional learning for teachers. Our scheduling tools can also be used to help you effectively allocate time for collaborative planning, student intervention, and more.

>> Make collaboration happen

Leverage teachers' impact

100Kin10, an organization that aims to address the nationwide shortage of STEM teachers, recently studied how to  design schools that better support teachers' professional practice. Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive includes actionable steps for ensuring relevant professional development, protecting time for teacher collaboration, and creating positive work environments. The report spotlights ERS' Strategic School Design work and principles.

>> Leverage teachers' impact