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Enriching Students - Why Create a Flex Block?
Enriching Students - How to Create a Flex Block?
Brian Pickering, M. Ed
Brian is a passionate educator who has worked in Education for nearly 30 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator, and author. Flexible schedules was a solution that came about following a simple student request that couldn't be answered. This student was requesting to see a teacher during her advisory period. She was a high achieving student, but when she needed some extra help during the school day, there was no time for her to get it in the schedule that his school had used for decades. She couldn't get to school any earlier, and her afterschool hours were filled with extracurricular activities. As a staff at ConVal in 2010, we began to think more about how they were serving their students. Why couldn't students see the teachers they needed to during the school day? This was the origin of flexible schedules. While using the Enriching Students scheduling software, Brian and his school began to have students going where they needed to go and they later grew the flexible block into something more amazing than they ever originally imagined it to be. The results of flex time included increased student performance, improved attendance, an enhanced positive school culture, and school data showing significant decreases in discipline. His staff had created a school where students wanted to attend. This exciting idea of flexible schedules has rippled and now is in nearly 200 schools across the country.
Brian has been recognized on multiple occasions in his educational career for his hard work and dedication to student success.
Some of these awards included:
- 2016 N.H Principal of the Year
- former N.H. High School Basketball Coach of the Year
- former N.H. Athletic Director of the Year
- former N.H. Special Education Athletic Director of the Year
published in the November issue of "Principal Leadership" Magazine with an article entitled "How Flexible Blocks Enhance Personalized Learning."
Keynote speaker at the 2017 Student Enrichment Summit.
Keynote speaker at the 2016 Inspiring Conversations in Education Conference.
Presented at the 2016 Student Enrichment Summit.
Read some of his work now:
Nathan Bisson, M. Ed
Nathan is a NH certified teacher and school counselor who is currently practicing as a high school counselor in Langdon, NH. He has had the great opportunity of experiencing flex time in three separate schools through graduate school positions and in his current position. While previously working at Walpole Middle School in Walpole, NH, Nate was able to help their school transition into an original flex time model. Throughout his time as a school counselor, he has been working to enhance the practices of school counseling through using flex time in creative and effective manners in alignment with the ASCA model.
Some of his recent accomplishments are as follows:
Publication in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ (COPLAC) Metamorphosis research journal.
Publication in the New Hampshire School Counselors Association newsletter.
Presented at the 2015 Student Success Summit.
Presented at the Inspiring Conversations in Education Conference (2015, 2016, & 2017)
Presented at the 2015 Academic Excellence Conference.
Presented at the 2015 Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Annual Meeting