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Using Local Control To Expand Learning Opportunities

Jennifer Peck | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Jennifer Peck

Students spend only 20 percent of their time in school. If we are serious about closing the opportunity and achievement gaps we have to invest in their experiences outside of the regular school day.

Let Teachers Design Better Ways to Use School Time

Kim Farris-Berg | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Kim Farris-Berg

In the past three years, more than a million students have experienced Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiatives granting at least 30 additional minutes per day (and/or 10 days per year) at school.

Coming Full Circle

Jennifer Peck | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Jennifer Peck

For decades, k-12 education had a laser-like focus on academic success as measured by standardized test scores. While this was happening, educators struggled to find ways to provide the well-rounded educational experience for students they knew was important.

Expanded Learning Time Summit Looks to Build Movement, Scale Success

Eric Schwarz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

More than 200 educators and district leaders across seven states gathered last Friday and Saturday to discuss how Expanded Learning Time can improve learning for students and help schools reach new common core standards, and how to pay for it.

The Powerful Trend to Improve Schools through Expanded Learning Time

Jennifer Davis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

As the authors of A Nation at Risk pointed out more than 30 years ago, America's students simply do not spend enough time in quality learning environments to reach the high expectations of the modern global economy.

How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Innovation

Eric Schwarz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

America, it's time to solve the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) crisis. Great scientists -- innovators like Edison, Einstein, and Rachel Carson -- think outside of the box.

The Common Core is Only the Beginning of How U.S. Schools Need to Change

Jennifer Davis | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

While the Common Core State Standards in two subjects represent a groundbreaking step forward, we cannot wait another twenty years for American schools to focus on the broader subjects and skills that are necessary to prepare students for success in our changing world.

The Time Tipping Point

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

Schools are approaching a tipping point on time. Throughout the country, educators are reconsidering the traditional school day and school year calendar and exploring ways to increase the amount of learning time provided to students.

What We Know About Expanded Learning

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

President Obama's 2014 budget proposes an increase to funding for expanded learning opportunities through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. This is an exciting step in the right direction for our low income children and youth.

Expanded Learning, California Style

Jennifer Peck | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

With the passage of Proposition 49, an unprecedented half a billion dollars was devoted to after school programs -- more than all other states' investments combined.

Can We Talk About Gun Safety Now?

Jennifer Davis | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Jennifer Davis

We must be strategic and thoughtful, keeping the best interests of our children in mind. Just because no one law would have changed this outcome, that does not mean we can and should remain paralyzed.

Making Expanded Learning Time Successful

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

Time has to be high quality for it to be effective. It has to reach the students who need it most -- those who are struggling academically and who lack educational opportunities and support outside of the school.

It's Education, Stupid

Jennifer Davis | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Jennifer Davis

We hold out hope that Americans will begin to see as a higher priority the necessity of strengthening our education system, if for no other reason but to keep alive the hope of their children achieving the American Dream.

Celebrating 10 Years of Working Hard and Being Nice

Jennifer Davis | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Jennifer Davis

Attending the KIPP 10th Annual School Summit last week gave me the chance to reflect on my early work with KIPP, its intersection with my organization, the National Center on Time & Learning, and what the future holds for both.

Celebrating Pioneers

Jennifer Davis | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education
Jennifer Davis

This week we mourn the passing of Dr. Sally Ride. It is no exaggeration to say that the word "pioneer" was invented for people like her.

It's Time to Succeed

Chris Gabrieli | Posted 05.17.2012 | Education
Chris Gabrieli

Here's a very simple, common sense idea -- if you practice something more, you get better at it; if you can't complete everything you need to do, take more time.

Why We Need a Longer School Day

Eric Schwarz | Posted 07.11.2012 | Education
Eric Schwarz

More time in school does not have to be a drag in order to get real results. I've been asked, "Don't the kids hate being in school for longer hours?"

Spreading Success: The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Jodi Grant | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We've learned a lot over the years about how our kids learn best. But putting that knowledge to work in our communities and classroom isn't always as easy as it sounds.

For Teachers, More Time for Teamwork

Teach Plus | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

As CPS prepares to extend both the school day and school year, I question the potential impact on professional learning and sharing. Will the full day schedule be flexible enough to allow for collaboration?

The Proof Behind Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Lucy Friedman

The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project is a 50-state initiative that gives educators easy and direct access to research and promising practices that can help them use time beyond the conventional school day most effectively for learning.

The House Takes a Step Backwards in the Effort to Expand Learning for All Students

Jennifer Peck | Posted 05.06.2012 | Education
Jennifer Peck

At a time when studies show a widening achievement gap between rich and poor students, we cannot afford to lose the 21st CCLC program.

It's About Time: 3 Ways to Use the Extended Day Wisely

Teach Plus | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

By next school year, all Chicago Public Schools will be required to add more minutes of instruction to their school day -- taking the district from having one of the shortest school days in the country to one of the longest.

An Opening for Digital Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lucy Friedman

Will these tools to help students go further, faster and be available to kids who have the farthest to go?