|Ph.D Student||Snyder Yaakov Y.|
|Subject||Flexible Scheduling Paradigm: A New Middle and High School|
|Department||Department of Education in Science and Technology||Supervisors||Professor Yale Herer|
|Professor Michael Moore|
|Full Thesis text|
We present a new approach for the organization of schools, which we call the flexible scheduling paradigm (FSP). FSP improves student learning by dynamically redeploying teachers and other pedagogical resources to provide students with customized learning conditions over shorter time periods called ‘miniterms’ instead of semesters or years. By conceptualizing the school curriculum as a physical map, we use technology from other sectors, such as project management, transportation, telecommunications networks, and the like, to customize the routing of students through curriculum using a core curriculum-targeted mastery-based approach, within current school budgetary and resource constraints. The maps are built from a unit-based curriculum, similar to current curricula yet with the addition of more detailed unit dependency relationships. Our goal in this thesis is to introduce FSP and to establish a prima facie case for the new paradigm. We establish our case by building simulations of various schools as they are currently run (called the Present Schools) and the same schools as they would be run with FSP (called the Schools of the Future). We validated our simulation models successfully through extensive interviews and written feedback from Baltimore City, Maryland (USA) public school teachers, administrators and executives. Statistical results of the simulations confirmed that using FSP can increase key educational metrics including graduation rates, final course grades, mean grades in core curriculum, and the quality of teacher deployed expertise.