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The Block Scheduling Handbook by J. Allen Queen


The Block Scheduling Handbook by J. Allen Queen

Covering every aspect of designing a successful block scheduling program for elementary, middle, and high schools, this ready-to-use handbook offers specific strategies and tools proven effective in increasing immersion into subject matter, improving student-teacher rapport, and decreasing disciplinary problems. The author provides an in-depth case study of an ideal elementary curriculum, plus all the models, forms, and templates needed to get a program up and running. The second edition of The Block Scheduling Handbook features extra coverage of student transitions, Freshman Academies, and Small Learning Communities for greater instructional development.


This is the complete, step-by-step guide for administrators and teachers interested in all stages of going to or improving instruction on the block. Building on its predecessor as well as the author's international and national reputation and experience, this edition includes numerous subject-centered examples and detailed specifics for those interested in moving to more advanced designs. If you have one book on block scheduling in your library, it should be this one. -- Bob Algozzine, Director An excellent step-by-step guide to all the stages of improving instruction on the block schedule at any level. As a guest faculty member at our university in China, Dr. Queen used the text to train numerous doctoral students, school principals, and classroom teachers in this scheduling practice. The new edition is even more advanced, with excellent designs and detailed activities in a variety of subject areas. -- Ding Zhenguo, Vice President A wonderful guide for school leaders as they create a contemporary schedule for middle and high school students to take advantage of a variety of curricular offerings. This second edition is comprehensive, with numerous subject-centered examples and detailed specifics for those desiring to move to more advanced designs. It is no wonder why Queen is often referred to as the father of the new block schedule. -- Henry Peel, Wachovia Distinguished Professor Should be required reading for every high school administrator and educators in general. By highlighting research-based best practices, the author has put forth cutting-edge strategies that will not only improve student achievement, but also provide teachers with 21st-century skills to differentiate instruction. -- Jim R. Watson, Retired Superintendent The research-based principles espoused in this handbook helped transform our upper school into a true college preparatory institution. This complete how-to book provides valuable, concrete ideas for subject area teachers while supporting administrative efforts to maximize opportunities using block scheduling. I highly recommend this book if your school is initiating, adapting, or question the block scheduling approach. This book will reinvigorate your efforts to truly impact student learning. -- James Freemyer, Associate Professor

About the Author

J. Allen Queen is professor and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former classroom teacher, principal, college administrator, and university professor, he works with teachers and principals in the areas of managing priorities, time management, and stress reduction. Queen has written over 30 books and 70 articles, including The Frazzled Teacher's Wellness Plan (Corwin Press 2004), The Block Scheduling Handbook (Corwin Press 2002), and books on karate and fitness for young readers. He has appeared on radio and television programs, including ABC's World News Now, and has been a consultant to over 160 schools and districts in 36 states and 3 foreign countries in the areas of classroom discipline, school safety, block scheduling, and time management.

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Publication date

11th February 2009


J. Allen Queen

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SAGE Publications Inc


288 pages


Organization & management of education



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