School Time Lab (STL), an initiative through OPSR, leverages academic programming and supports schools in maximizing how they use time during the school day, in order to help strengthen school-based practices create meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for college and career, and inform policy implications within DOE systems.
STL works in partnership with The Research and Policy Support Group (RPSG) to evaluate impact.
The STL team works with a cohort of ten high schools over a two year span, as the schools undergo an academic redesign. Resources developed by STL include:
- Minute by Minute: School Strategies for Optimizing Time, Case Studies of Promising Practices includes an overview chapter describing key themes, trade-offs and strategies; and provides individual case studies of ten model schools. A Reader’s Guide is included at the end to help navigate the report and apply lessons learned.
- Minute by Minute: How Real Schools Improved Their Use of Time, Lessons Learned from NYC's School Time Lab documents the process on how nine high schools, over a two year span, improved their academic programming and use of time in order to better prepare their students for college and career.
- Leading Through Change: A Conversation about Academic Programming with School Time Lab Principals is a video documenting a conversation between several of the principals from the original STL cohort. The discussion includes their role as school leaders in the academic redesign process, including the creation of goals and priorities, trade-offs and buy-in.
- Academic Programming Calendar, A Week-by-Week Guide is a resource for high schools that is intended to guide school administrators and key stakeholders in reviewing the order and timing of the steps that schools are encouraged to follow in order to create a smooth process that yields an effective program.
- Academic Policy, Compliance and Contracts as They Relate to Use of School Time Online Modules were developed by School Time Lab in conjunction with the Office of Academic Policy, and are designed to provide information and guidance to help schools focus on effectively using time within the school day to support college and career readiness outcomes. Each module, varying in length from five to fifteen minutes, can be viewed as a stand-alone component in any order depending on the school's academic programming needs.