Your weekly feed of reasons why TSC signatories decided to be, well, TSC signatories! (All emphasis added.)

“I support expanded learning time because it is one of the clearest advantages we can give disadvantaged students and the educators charged with teaching them. Students often enter school behind their peers in more affluent communities. They need additional time in class with their educators to accelerate their learning year to year. But I support expanded learning time not only because it helps kids go faster through content and skill development, but also because it helps kids go deeper — and increasingly with movement towards the Common Core — we know that deeper learning is more meaningful, engaging and transformative for students. Expanded learning time is a humane and proven way to increase students’ chances to be competitive in the global economy and be better prepared to take their place in society as young adults.

-Susan Yonezawa, Associate Director, Center for Research on Education Equity; Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) La Jolla, CA

“We need to change the way our students are prepared for the 21st century. It is imperative that students have time to think critically, use their creativity and imagination and engage in real world problems. The constraints of standardized testing and the limits of the standard school day don’t give students the opportunity to explore; invent and engage in truly meaningful learning. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly more global and complex and we need to prepare students to live in this world. We are a nation of opportunity and our students should be at the forefront of that opportunity. We are at a crossroads in our education – we can sit back and watch from the sidelines or we can get involved to make a revolution of the things that our students are learning. There’s no time to waste.”

– John Sadoff, Teacher, 826 Boston, Boston, MA

Now it’s your turn! Become a Signatory and tell us why YOU support expanding learning time!