Schedules, Classroom Assignments, and Periods


The intent of this new chapter is to describe what an elementary MCL school would look and feel like from a teacher’s perspective, a school principal’s perspective, and a learner’s perspective as they begin to implement MCL. This chapter is about the organizational structure of a MCL classroom.


"There are many structures for students to demonstrate and progress through mastery-based programs. Schools for the Future has established four performance levels that reach down to middle school and extend into college and career. See the types of evidence that Schools for the Future requires of its students to move from one level to the next." This resource is a PowerPoint with organization and schedule examples. 

This resource from reDesign describes recommended sequence of activities for moving to a mastery learning system. It includes rationale and tips.

Planning handbook for Harrisburg, SD High School to implement modular customized learning. This resource covers student and teacher schedules, logistics, mastery grading, parent communication and more.

Additional information from Harrisburg High School that answers about additional research, grading and support for students.

"Wausau West's educational program is designed to build on the students' strengths and meet the needs of individual students, curriculums and teachers." This resource provides examples of flexible scheduling along with an explanation of the program.

Article provides considerations for alternative scheduling options. Results of implementing schedule options are included. 

The article describes how two teachers created a multi-age classroom to meet the needs of 52 students and 3 elementary grade levels. The article answers the question how to teach the multi-age group. The connections made the learning relevant for students at any age.

Education research program was undertaken to build upon and contribute to this growing body of evidence that the learning environment impacts students’ success and engagement is a key predicting factor. 

We have spent over five years studying, researching, presenting, working with our students, and conversing with academic leaders around the country to develop a program to specifically address our core beliefs. The ScholarShift model works by marrying the best of classroom teaching with the most impactful uses of technology.