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Re: Block scheduling

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Kehne - Carroll H. (chkehne)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 13:39:23 -0500 (EST)

Dear John: In response to your concern about block scheduling,
let me give you our experiences in Frederick County, MD. I'm the art
supervisor here and we probably initiated block scheduling very early in
this game. Our art program not only has expanded, we have also increased
the quality of student art works.

Seven of our eight high schools all using this schedule and in
all schools, I've been able to hire new art staff. We take in 43% of the
student body in visual art programs. We have program designs that also
have intensive evaluation procedures using portfolios and written
evaluations to assure mastery of DBAE goals.

The four period day is good for our community and the art
program. If you require excellence, students will sign-up in your
elective. I began my art teaching career in a six period day school many
years ago. You do not want this schedule, which offers only one or two
electives. The four period day offers eight (8) courses per year for all
students. AP art students may take two classes and thus receive 2
credits and mastery of AP portfolios requirements. The expanded art
period allows more art time and less clean-up time. We enjoy the
opportunity and are making the best of it. Music educators have not
responded in this positive mode.

Hope this helps you a little.