Bringing you the week’s expanding learning time news:
Philadelphia Public School’s The Notebook ran a piece by University of Pennsylvania Professor James Lytle that breaks down time spent on learning per week for inner city public schools, suburban public schools, private schools, and boarding schools illustrating the vast learning time gap.
On Thursday, The Boston Globe examined the efforts of leaders in the Gateway Cities to increase state funding for expanded learning time schools. In the article, four TSC MA Signatories – Revere Superintendent Paul Dakin, Mayor Gary Christenson, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Paul Toner, President of Massachusetts Teachers Association– are quoted discussing why ELT is critical for students in their communities.
The After School Corporation (TASC), led by TSC Featured Signatory Lucy Friedman, released a report on Thursday presenting the findings of its ExpandED Schools initiative, which was launched in 2011 and has grown to in 11 elementary and middle schools in New York City, Baltimore, and New Orleans. Simply, the report finds that expanding time in school works as participating schools saw improved academic achievement, attendance, and school culture. Check out what they learned.
Children At Risk’s President and TSC Featured Signatory Dr. Robert Sanborn wrote an article for the El Paso Times making the argument for two Texas state bills that support expanded learning opportunities through afterschool and summer school programs.
In Harper Woods, Michigan, teachers and school board members negotiated a new teachers’ agreement that allows extra time for the school day with the possibility of extra compensation for that extra work, if the district’s finances are in a position to pay the extra compensation.