New schedule feature will provide Nashua students with opportunities
Teachers and administrators have been fine-tuning E-Block, a new daily period of 35 minutes that will give students who need additional help part of the school day to work with teachers on different skills and subjects. Students who are on track with all of their courses will be able to pursue enrichment classes and activities.
Every day, from 10:09 to 10:44 a.m. students will have 35 minutes to devote to their individual needs and goals. During September, students will use that time to meet with their E-Block teachers who Rourke described as “academic advisors.”
Teachers are expected to spend the first couple weeks of the E-Block launch going over the district’s new competency-based grading system which uses a student’s ability to demonstrate specific types of knowledge and skills as the basis for their grades.
Board of Education members have asked questions about the logistics of the new program, wondering how the schools will track so many students doing so many different things. However, Rourke and other teachers who have been designing the E-Block system, feel the scheduling process is in place.
“Should the board assume that the 43 percent of our students who graduate not reading on grade level will be required to attend reading classes?” she asked.
“We envision our reading specialists to be busier than ever,” said Rourke, who added that the district may also need to find other ways to provide students with academic support services.
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