Spring flowersHappy Friday! Hope you are continuing to enjoy the beginning of Spring!

Here is the recap of this week’s expanding learning time (ELT) news:

Have you seen the new infographic on why ELT is an important education reform strategy?

Generation Schools Network, a national nonprofit that focuses on turning around schools, recently released a report funded by the Ford Foundation explaining how they expand learning time through 200-day academic school year without increasing costs. Generation Schools Co-founders Jonathan Spear and Furman Brown are both TSC Featured Signatories.

The  buzzword for the week is “grit.” NPR and WNYC delve into the idea that teachers can get students to be “gritty.” Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. A 2013 report from the U.S. Department of Education laments that kids are learning to “do school,” but aren’t learning the skills they need in life. The question is can grit be taught? And, for us at TSC, is more time in class helpful in that pursuit?

At the past weekend’s inaugural ‘Teaching and Learning Conference’, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, pledged to begin an initiative with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to promote teacher leadership throughout the United States.  “It is absolutely clear a lot of teachers want more time, more resources, more support, and more information,” Secretary Duncan said. Read more about it here.