A Professional Learning Community for Secondary Master Schedulers

Each of the four Roundtable sessions will focus on specific scheduling actions suggested in the scheduling timeline. Participants will address problems of practice with colleagues and discuss what works (or doesn't work) at their respective schools. A collaborative portion of each Roundtable session will be tailored to the needs of the participants, such as urban, suburban and rural schools as well as both small and large schools. These conversations, like the scheduling process itself, are never completely finished. Therefore, networking opportunities will be cultivated both inside and outside Roundtable sessions to share ideas and best practices in master scheduling.


Terry Barlow, CASDA Faculty

Terry worked in K-12 public education for 36 years as a teacher, department chairperson, assistant
principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Since retiring, he has worked for the College of St.
Rose teaching educational research in the teacher education graduate program and serving as the coordinator of adolescent education field supervision. He also facilitates the scoring of the NYS certification exams in the fields of school building leader and school district leader.

Steven Schuyler, CASDA Faculty

As an administrator at Newburgh Free Academy, Steve scheduled a diverse and inclusive public school of over 3,400 students, one of the largest and most complex schools in New York State. During his tenure there he supervised NFA’s change to a new student management system, completely rebuilding the master schedule in the process. In the following year, he supervised the school’s change from a 10-12 high school to a 9-12 high school, again requiring a complete rebuild of the school’s master schedule. Steve knows that the master schedule is still the product of hard work using acquired skills and insights, and is eager to share those capabilities with all who are tasked with building the master schedule for their school.


Session Dates:

Session I: October 2, 2017 

Discussion of new course proposal protocols.  Who are the players - counselors, department heads, assistant
superintendent for C&I?


Session II: January 4, 2018

Collaboration with feeder schools, updates from counselors on scheduling sessions with students and
parents, budget projections, faculty retirements, finalize course offerings.

Session III: March 8, 2018

Forecast for failures/repeaters, update from counselors on scheduling meetings, initial estimate on course section needs, room usage projections, budget considerations ahead of the May vote.

Session IV: May 1, 2018

Budget vote impact,  confirmation from students/parents on course requests, build the master schedule, initial
master schedule runs, preliminary student schedules planning for surprises resulting from June exams.



Each session will run as follows:
8:30 am - 9:00 am - Coffee/Networking

9:00 am - 11:00 am - Program

Only $159 for all 4 sessions!

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