Whether Portland Public Schools budgets in 2013-14 for all students to have at least seven classes out of eight periods or not, most students will still have at least one unfilled period. As Lincoln High School Principal Peyton Chapman explains above, PPS, with much community help, could be much more creative in what it offers students in those empty periods. Student could be offered a broad array of community based activities for which they would receive high school credit.
Beyond that I wished PPS would look to community members to do even more. I like the Boy Scout program of merit badges, which relies on community mentors, and think something similar to their merit badge program could be adapted to high school education.
PPS should provide, as Chapman says, “real world, engaging opportunities for our kids, where they can earn credit, and not put that all on study center monitors”