The Future Ready Framework

Use of Space and Time

Strategies for Providing Extended Time for Projects and Collaboration

Districts are re-imagining the school day and school year by re-designing and extending learning time, providing greater access to integrated enrichment and quality instruction. Rather than rigid schedules and short class periods, time allocations are flexible, allowing for extended schedules and work time for complex projects. Digital learning enables students to productively use time during and beyond the school day, often redefining homework time.
Investigating (0-3) Envisioning (4-5) Planning (6-7) Staging (8-10)
District leaders utilize existing research and trends to inform their thinking about extending student use of time. By attending conferences and visiting other districts, district leaders have identified successful models at each level (elementary, middle, and high). They have investigated long-standing practices to identify schedule changes that may provide students with extended time for projects and collaboration. District leaders use research, and existing practice to build out scenarios that would allow students extended time for complex projects. They have explored various strategies for utilizing time differently during and beyond the school day, and identified examples of how authentic learning opportunities could be enhanced by new learning structures and schedules. They have established a common vision with the input of education professionals and other stakeholders. Included in this vision is attention to the necessary infrastructure (including equitable access to devices, high-speed Internet, and learning materials outside of school) to make full use of extended time. District leaders have collaboratively developed a plan that integrates strategies for extended student work time. They have identified gaps in teacher and student readiness and created initial plans for integrating different scheduling models during and beyond the school day at all levels. The plan is attentive to transition needs and timelines (including policies and budgets), to ensure that curriculum provides enhanced opportunities for students to engage in authentic work. District leaders have been attentive to issues related to access of devices, high-speed Internet, and learning materials throughout the plan. District leaders have the curriculum, policies, and budgets in place to enact their plans for extending time during and beyond the school day. Teachers and students are prepared for this transition and are staged to leverage new authentic learning opportunities that necessitate more time for collaboration and projects. Education professionals and other stakeholders (including families) understand the scheduling changes that are occurring and the ways that those changes will be continuously evaluated. District leaders have identified plans for addressing issues of access for devices, high-speed Internet, and learning materials for every student.