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Longer School Day

Why Christie's School 'Fix' Is Misguided

Vicki Abeles | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

As if getting Garden State residents into one jam wasn't enough, Gov. Chris Christie is calling for a longer school day to make New Jersey students more "competitive." But Christie's proposed fix is a simplistic and misguided solution to a nuanced and complex problem.

Why Thousands Of Students Are Getting Longer School Days

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of students in five states will be spending more time at school. More than 9,000 students are attending select, hi...

Congress' Chance to Help Students Get 21st Century Skills

Jennifer Peck | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Peck

At the local level, it has become increasingly clear that as states, districts, and schools are raising standards and increasing their focus on graduating students that are prepared for college and careers, there is a need to build capacity within the education system.

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.

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.

New York City To Test Longer School Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2013 | New York

The end of summer will be extra bittersweet for some New York City middle school students, who will be greeted in September with a school day 2.5 hour...

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.

Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt U.S. Students?

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 03.15.2013 | Education

-- Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more h...

Give Them More Time, and a Home Away From Home

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The argument I'm making is more basic: simply having more time in the school building can protect students from whatever is waiting beyond school walls.

5 States To Increase Class Time By 300 Hours

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.01.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. F...

Some Florida Teachers Must Work An Extra Hour Each Day, While Uncertainty Regarding Pay Continues

Posted 08.16.2012 | Education

Some Florida teachers will be made to teach an extra hour each day, with their compensation for that additional hour still in flux, WPLG reports. I...

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.

America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

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.

Longer School Days Not Good for Quality

Nancy Pine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education
Nancy Pine

Every time I head for China, U.S. teachers and parents ask me how we can get our students to be more like the Chinese students. Meanwhile, the Chinese tell me how much they long for American-style education.

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?"

Daley Says Rahm's Longer School Day Plan No Good

Posted 05.01.2012 | Chicago

While former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has thrown some veiled criticism at successor Rahm Emanuel in the past, the man who led the city for 22 ye...

A Matter of Time

The Daily Princetonian | Posted 06.29.2012 | Education
The Daily Princetonian

It isn't the quantity but rather the quality of an education that determines a learner's success. This commonly held, simple truth seems to be oddly absent in the thinking of both decision-makers and many parents as we seek to raise the next generation of Americans.

An Elected School Board Could Solve the Longer School Day Debacle

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 06.24.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

This campaign would have been a wonderful opportunity for the new mayor to listen to the public and hear concerns over his proposal.

A Modest Proposal

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.09.2012 | Education
Rick Ayers

Why do we force these kids to meet in class every day, five days a week, up to eight classes a day? Why do teachers have the responsibility to plan and execute lessons all day every day? Under these circumstances, work cannot be productive.

WATCH: Select Chicago Schools Begin Longer School Day Schedule This Week

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

Forty schools across Chicago that signed on to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's longer school day initiative earlier this year greeted students returning from win...

How Digital Learning Will Benefit Low Income Students

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Digital learning won't close the achievement gap, but it will lift the floor. More students will be more academically successful. Five years from now, a higher percentage of students will soon graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

Using Time to Improve Student Performance

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Research shows that time may be the most essential resource of the education system. However, it is important to recognize that merely increasing the amount of time students are in school is not a panacea for improving student performance.