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Expanded Learning and Sharing What Works

Posted September 28, 2011 | 15:47:01 (EST)

This post was co-written by Bob Seidel, policy director at the National Summer Learning Association.

Lucy Friedman of The After-School Corporation and Jennifer Peck of Partnership for Children and Youth make excellent points in their Sept. 23 post, "Time for Congress to Stand up for Expanded Learning." We...

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The Brain As a Muscle: What We Should Really Do With Summer

Posted August 16, 2011 | 15:44:50 (EST)

Two recent articles illustrate the conflicting notions America has about summer and learning -- notions that, as a nation, are setting us back.

The first was a front-page story in the New York Times that described high-powered summer activities as a college admissions strategy for ambitious young people....

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National Summer Learning Day and the Ironies of Summer

Posted June 21, 2011 | 12:52:23 (EST)

On June 21, the first day of summer, programs and communities across the country will be celebrating National Summer Learning Day -- and contemplating the ironies of this enigmatic season.

Summer seems fleeting; think summer love and melting ice cream cones. But in fact, the learning losses it creates for...

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Take Care of Veterans, Whatever It Takes

Posted March 21, 2011 | 18:38:44 (EST)

Eight years ago this week the first Marine died in the war in Iraq.

James, a private, grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. He was assigned to an infantry unit and sent to northern Kuwait...

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