A recap of the week’s expanding learning time (ELT) news:
In a submission to the Legislature, the Iowa Department of Education looked at a variety of ELT models and proposed a $1 million expanded learning time pilot program, focused on middle schools and modeled after the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative.
School districts in Washington are looking to expand learning time by either adding time to their secondary school days or reducing the number of half-days in order to comply with a new state law that increases the minimum number of hours that students in secondary schools must be in school from 1,000 to 1,080 annual hours.
In May, the Education Writers Association hosted their annual national summit which included a session on ‘More and Better Learning Time’. Speakers included TSC Signatories National Center on Time & Learning President Jennifer Davis and TASC President Lucy Friedman. You can read a write-up on the session by Debbie Cafazzo of the Tacoma, WA News-Tribune here.