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

“I fully support Expanded Learning. I view ELT as an opportunity to help students become independent thinkers and learners who are equipped to be successful in the 21st century. Our world is becoming more competitive and complex. Our nation’s future depends on the education of our young people. We want our students to be ready for the world and to be valued members of society. Expanded Learning is one way to ensure that this happens.”

 -Ann Marie Costa, Deputy Superintendent, Revere Public Schools, Revere, MA

“All children need the opportunity to succeed and in many cases that means a lengthening to the school day. Too many children spend an inordinate amount o f time in front of a television or a computer game after school. We as teachers have the opportunity to expose children to rich language, hands on experiments, and creative arts if we are given the time to do so.”

-Virginia Muchie, Teacher, Galena, IL

“I support quality expanded learning time because it is essential to provide the time and resources that our children need to delve deep into learning and to experience in all aspects of what public education can and should offer–including recess, art, music, theater, sports, languages, technology, and phys ed, to succeed.”

 -Barbara Wong, Director, Providence City Arts for Youth, Providence, RI