Additional Resources

Scheduling
Block Scheduling: A Catalyst for Change in High School by R.L. Canady and M.D. Rettig, Eye on Education, Larchmont, N.Y. A reference book offering a rationale and history for the development of high school block scheduling, along with descriptions of the major forms and implementation suggestions.

“Directory of High School Scheduling Models in Virginia: 1994-2003 School Year” by M.D. Rettig. A report on innovative high school scheduling, accessible at coe.jmu.edu/EdLeadership/index2.htm. It is updated annually. School contact information is available at this site.

Scheduling Strategies for Middle Schools by M.D. Rettig and R.L. Canady, Eye on Education, Larchmont, N.Y. This book provides a rationale and history for the development of middle school scheduling options, describes the major forms in detail and offers implementation suggestions.

Teaching in the Block
Teaching in the Block: Strategies for Engaging Active Learners by R.L. Canady and M.D. Rettig, Eye on Education, Larchmont, N.Y. Authors from various disciplines describe effective strategies for teaching in block periods.

From Rigorous Standards to Student Achievement: A Practical Process by M.D. Rettig and others. Eye on Education. Suggestions for the development of pacing guides, the use of formative assessments, the conduct of staff meetings and modification of instruction necessary to achieve the mastery of high standards.

Supporting Students with Learning Needs in the Block by M. Conti-D’Antonio and others, Eye on Education. Special educators offer practical suggestions for working with students with special needs in a block schedule.

Assessment in the Block: The Link to Instruction by L.L. McCullough and B.M. Tanner, Eye on Education. Two district administrators describe the effective use of assessment in a block schedule.

Teaching Foreign Languages in the Block by D. Blaz, Eye on Education. A foreign language Teacher of the Year addresses the major instructional issues regarding teaching a language in a block schedule.

Teaching Mathematics in the Block by S.N. Gilkey and C.H. Hunt, Eye on Education. Two outstanding math teachers describe why and how the instruction of math in the block can be successful.

Teaching Science in the Block by A. Pettus and M. Blosser, Eye on Education. Science educator and science department chair detail the effective use of time in a block schedule.

Teaching English in the Block by J.E. Strzepek and others, Eye on Education. English educator and two outstanding high school teachers offer suggestions for teaching English in the block.