Fall 2023 Secondary Scheduling Institute 

September 12- December 12, 2023




DMGroup’s Secondary Scheduling Institute is an in-depth professional development program that will build your district team’s capacity to design best-in-class secondary schedules.

Your team will learn to:

• Design schedules aligned to school and district goals
• Plan and schedule effective academic intervention programming
• Maximize core instructional time for students
• Incorporate student voice and choice into the scheduling process
• Maximize staffing to make the most of your funding

Program Director:
Alice Lai, K-12 Scheduling Solutions Director



Our Trusted Partners


"SSI helped us understand how we could leverage the schedule as an instructional tool to help the high school and the district as a whole deliver more for our students. Far from being an administrative chore, scheduling has the power to effect improvements. We are excited about the opportunities the process uncovered to reduce travel time and improve equity between two buildings, and are looking forward to implementing schedule changes for the benefits of all of our students". 

 - Justin Reese, Principal, McCaskey High School, School District of Lancaster (PA)

How it Works
At DMGroup’s Secondary Scheduling Institute, your district team will learn our research-backed, methodical approach to building best-in-class schedules. Features include:

  • Participation by district teams: districts participate as a team of up to five participants per district which builds capacity, collaboration, and shared understanding.

  • Training spanning four months: The Institute takes a multi-mode approach incorporating remote group meetings, webinars, self-use tools and coaching calls over a period of four months.

  • Learn by doing: With the belief that the best way to learn is to learn by doing, each district team will work on building their schedules with the support of coaching, tools, templates, and guides.

  • Peer network: At the Institute, your district team will meet other like-minded teams with whom to share challenges and lessons learned.

Who Should Enroll?
The Secondary Scheduling Institute is open to middle school and high school scheduling teams. Teams may choose to include the following:

  • Principal
  • Counselors
  • Teachers (general ed, special education, or ESL teacher)
  • District academic lead (i.e., assistant superintendent of instruction)
  • District staff member involved in the scheduling process





$17,000 per school or $14,500 for schools in districts that are DMCouncil members


About District Management Group

District Management Group was founded in 2004 on the belief that management techniques combined with education best practices are key to addressing the challenge facing American public schools. We partner with school and district leaders across the country and provide them with the best management and educational practices, tools, and techniques to produce measurable, sustainable improvements that help schools and students thrive.

Alice Lai leads DMGroup’s professional development for school district leaders through the DMInstitutes programming. She also partners with districts to allocate resources effectively by providing strategic budgeting and elementary and secondary scheduling support. Prior to joining DMGroup, Alice was an elementary and middle school math teacher for ten years and was the founding principal of the KIPP Academy of Innovation in Los Angeles.