Mineola ISD Curriculum Talking Points
Flexible Modular Scheduling is an innovative schedule built on creating a personalized learning environment for students. It focuses on students by allowing for every student to have ownership and variety within their day. This type of schedule:
WHAT IT IS WHAT IT IS NOT
Highly personalize A “one-size-fits-all” way of scheduling
Time for additional online classes Lowering of standards and expectations
Time for personal tutoring and advising Free time during the school day
Time to work individually or on group projects Online instruction instead of attending class
Please view this video for an in depth look at the High School Flex-Mod Schedule.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is the purpose of Flex-Mod scheduling?
The purposes of the Flex-mod schedule is to provide time for enrichment and remediation during the school day; to promote collaboration between teachers and students; and to allow students ownership of their learning; in order to prepare them for life after high school. This type of scheduling is recognized as a best practice in leading research studies.
How is the Flex-Mod schedule different from a traditional schedule?
In a traditional schedule, students sit through the same eight periods every day of the week for the same amount of time. It is very structured, and students have no say in what their schedule looks like. With a Flex-Mod schedule, students are able to design their own learning time and structure it in a way that works for them.
What is ILT?
Independent Learning Time is the time set aside for every student in which they can completely personalize their own program of instruction. In ILT, students can work on class assignments, collaborate, get help from a teacher, complete homework, or socialize. Teachers can support student needs through intervention, acceleration, differentiated instruction, offer special needs support, etc.
What is SLT?
Structured learning time is one of the safety components built in to the flex-mod schedule. If a student’s grade falls below a 70, or if they fail to complete assignments, they will forfeit their ILT time and be placed in the structured learning environment with a teacher to oversee their work.
What will students do during ILT time?
Students have the opportunity to work on specific projects and assignments as well as meet with core teachers to receive additional support and individualized tutoring. Depending upon their personalized plan, some students may opt to take additional dual-credit or other online courses.
Where will they be allowed to go during ILT?
There are designated areas within the school building where students will be allowed to complete their individual work or meet with other students to work on group projects. Students who are not in these allowed spaces will forfeit their ILT and be assigned to an SLT classroom.
What is a flight?
A flight is what would normally be referred to as a period of instruction. We chose to call them flights because they move around each day of the week. A student’s schedule will look different each day, but every week will have the same schedule – much like a college schedule of certain classes on specific days and times.
How do you ensure that students will be successful?
We have several safety nets built in to the flex-mod program, including: Teacher mentors assigned to each student, Structured Learning Time, grade level teacher teams to review student progress, teacher common areas for on-site ILT tutoring, and daily instruction in the areas of character education and building responsibility
LINKS TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOL EXAMPLES USING VARIATIONS OF FLEX-MOD SCHEDULES:
Pea Ridge High School: Pea Ridge, AR
Westside High School: Omaha, NE (National Blue Ribbon School – 2 times)
Merrill High School: Merrill, WI
River Bluff High School: Lexington, SC
Monett High School: Monett, MO