I'd not seen Donna's blog post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I just forwarded it to my principal and the two lead Pedagogy trainers in our district.
My school began block scheduling as a district pilot several years ago. All other middle schools now follow that model. Perhaps we can pilot a new model that breaks down time constraints even further.
Our big focus has been implementing technology in classrooms. The school is almost at a 2:1 student:device ratio. My science team is now considering how to change what students "do" so more "creating" is done as they learn.