A Trimester Schedule that Works is a guidebook for secondary educators who want to maximize teaching and learning opportunities in their schools. The book begins with research that supports a trimester schedule and then begins to help readers understand the change efforts and challenges associated with the redesign of the school day. Several planning tools are included to lead readers through the steps necessary to build the capacity for change and a culture of collaboration. The benefits of the improved schedule are then quickly divulged by the authors - increased time for core content classes, a bonus period for intervention and acceleration activities, opportunities for dual college/vocational education credit, to name a few. Several case studies illustrate how middle and high schools have transformed traditional settings into thriving, high-performing schools, with collaborative teachers and engaged students.
Robert Brower is a superintendent for the North Montgomery Community School Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Brower is also a consultant and presenter for many educational issues including: trimester scheduling, discipline in schools, the extended period, leadership topics, and decision-making philosophy. Colleen Moran is an assistant superintendent for the North Montgomery Community School Corporation in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She has also served as the associate director of the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy and currently teaches courses within the educational leadership masters program at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Brief Review of the Literature on Various Scheduling Models Chapter 3 Why Change? Chapter 4 Beginning the Process of Transitioning to the Trimester Chapter 5 Dealing with Naysayers Chapter 6 Challenges and Pitfalls to Consider Chapter 7 The Nuts and Bolts of Secondary Trimester Schedule Chapter 8 Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 9 Case Studies Chapter 10 Conclusion