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

“ELT has provided me an opportunity as an educator to create a bond with my students through some creative new courses we were able to implement as a result of additional learning time. ELT has changed the entire culture and climate of our school by assisting us in engaging students in learning the standards in new and innovative ways through courses such as martial arts, knitting, video production, story writing, typing, swimming, and dance. Educators like me have been able to display our talents outside of our subject area which shows students we are well-rounded role models and in turn students get to expand their knowledge of the world and how to stay active and become successful citizens and family members.”
– Marc Charest, Special Needs Teacher, Fall River, MA

“There is quite satisfactory empirical evidence that this straightforward change in the way American schooling is organized does work.”
– John Modell, Annenberg Institute, Providence, RI

“There remains a high correlation between high-poverty neighborhoods and low performing schools. The result being that children living in poverty often receive a sub-par education with little to no opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities which may serve to enrich the education they receive each day in school. Subsequently, this demographic of children continue to not make academic gains at the same rate as are their middle to upper class peers, further perpetuating the gap in achievement. It therefore becomes essential that we work to create these learning opportunities through the expansion of learning time in high-poverty communities. Doing so will help to assure that all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, are given equal access to educationally enriching activities which will ultimately allow them to find greater success in school.”
Deanna Conley, Teacher, The George Washington University, Arlington, VA

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