High School Scheduling that Works

The decision to adopt a particular high school schedule is certain to generate significant community discussion. Opinions vary about the most effective or most fiscally responsible format. Given the importance and visibility of high schools in most communities, it stands to reason that any proposed change should be subjected to scrutiny. The following post recounts one district’s journey to evaluate the effectiveness of a secondary schedule format.

Strive For Five: Quarter 1 Update

Approximately 26% of the school year is complete in the St. Joseph School District. The past 44 days of school witnessed the launch of an important community initiative known as Strive for Five. Initial results from the campaign will be shared below. Click here to learn more about the origin of this campaign, or here to review specific action steps included in our PDSA framework.

Addressing Absenteeism with the PDSA Cycle

The items below are included as part of the St. Joseph School District’s plan-do-study-act (PDSA) plan to address chronic absenteeism. Action steps are grouped thematically and subject to change as the PDSA cycle unfolds. Analysis of action steps is scheduled to occur on a 30 day rotation (30-60-90-120-150 days). During these reflective phases the district’s leadership team will review data for evidence of plan effectiveness.