I am in a small school which often creates difficulty with
scheduling. Many of the classes conflict with eachother which
creates equity with access to the curriclum. Much time is
spent on trying to create a schedule that ensures all students
get access to the courses they need/want but that is not
always the class. Priority for elective classes goes to
seniors first. As for academic classes, teachers in the
previous year make recomendations for course assignments for
the following year. Students than chose elective courses of
interest. Once a schedule is create, power school takes this
information and places students in the appropriate courses.
The school counselors then work to make sure that each of the
students schedule is appropriate based on the students
transcript, teacher recomendations, and student elective
choses. A parent may choose to override a teacher
recomendation and place the student in a different course.
These overrides are usually related to honors and AP course
assignments. A parent is not allowed to request a specific
teacher (however, that is not to say that does not happen).
Additionally, the special educaiton case managers work with
the school counselors to ensure there is a balance of special
education students within courses (i.e there are no more than
4 special education students in English 11) and to ensure the
students that that need to be are in co-taught classes.
On 6/22/13, AdminIntern wrote:
> Hello! I am beginning my internship for my administrator's
> degree and I a few questions about equity within the
> classrooms. The school that I am interning in caters quite
> a bit to parent requests for teachers. If the teachers give
> a "valid" reason the request is typically filled and it
> seems as if some of the classrooms are bit unbalanced. In
> your schools, how do your class placements work? How do you
> make fair classes in your buildings? How do you deal with
> parent requests for teachers?
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