It was a short week for the TSC office, but that didn’t stop the ELT news from rolling in! Here is this week’s expanded learning time news:
The Equity and Excellence Commission issued a report, “For Each and Every Child,” to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the disparities in education opportunities causing the achievement gap. Expanded learning time was included among the commission’s recommendations as one of the strategies for meeting the needs of students living in communities of concentrated poverty.
The New York Times recently highlighted the growing trend of school districts pushing physical education teachers to move beyond soccer, kickball, and tennis to include more academics into traditional physical education time. This growing trend is just the latest example of schools being asked to do more with a resource they don’t have enough of: time.
Senators Barbra Boxer (D), Lisa Murkowski (R), and Patty Murray (D), introduced a bill to reauthorize federal funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers program which provides funding for organization to expand learning time for children.
Portland is considering expanding learning time by adding an hour to each school day, combing the two post-Christmas breaks into a March break and shortening the summer, in order to provide more learning time for students as well as more professional development to teachers. There are a few plans being considered and district officials are sought feedback by using an online survey. The final proposal will go to the school board February 26th.