A recap of the week’s expanding learning time (ELT) news:
New York City has a new expanded learning time initiative called MS ExTRA, which is led by TASC (whose president Lucy Friedman is a TSC Signatory). Sixth grade students at 20 high-needs middle schools will have 2.5 hours additional in school each day for small-group tutoring and enrichment classes. This initiative is part of a larger district initiative – the Middle School Quality Initiative – to improve literacy instruction in NYC middle schools.
Amarillo Independent School District high schools have added between 35 and 45 minutes to their school days to provide students who did not pass state assessment exams with additional instruction. The high schools expanded the school days for all students, but the instruction is targeted to the students who need assistance. Students who passed the assessment exams are able to use the additional time to complete homework assignments or to attend club meetings.
The Kane, Pennsylvania school community had the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the changes to its school calendar at a school committee meeting this month, including expanding the calendar for all students in the district. The district added 35 minutes for students in grades K-2 and 20 minutes in grades 3-12.