As another school year ends, the movement for ELT continues to build. Just this month, more districts and schools across the country announced that they are considering redesigning their 2013-2014 calendars to include more and better learning time.
Some recent announcements include:
The LAUSD Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that directs TSC Signatory Superintendent John Deasy to submit a strategy that would increase learning time across the district.
The Jefferson-Houston School Board re-approved longer days in Alexandria, Virginia, earlier this month. Last year, the Cameron Street School added 90 minutes of class four days a week in November and has begun to see improvements in academic performance. Next year, students will continue to have the expanded learning time166.5 while teachers will have dedicated time every Monday to collaborate, plan, and participate in professional learning.
In Springfield, Ohio, the Northwestern School Board and local unions – Northwestern Teacher Association and the Northwestern Association of School Employees – agreed on a contract that would expand the school day by 30 minutes.
Students at Ypsilanti Community Schools in Michigan will have more learning time next year. The newly unified district is adding 30 minutes a day and 14 days to their calendar while also considering a balanced calendar, which would shorten the summer break and intersperse vacation days throughout the school year.