ELT soupHappy Friday! Remember that last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week? Well, let’s not forget teachers for the rest of the year.  We can celebrate them always! Teach for America released a cute video to honor favorite teachers. Check it out here.

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

It was our birthday last Saturday! We have been growing a coalition for the past 2 years. Time flies! Read our blog on our successes and our future goals.

Should there be a longer school day for elementary school children? Dr. Bob Rauner has found that more time for fitness results in better health in elementary students. In addition to their health, he said academic grades increase as well. He wants to expand learning time for K-5 students in Lincoln, Nebraska schools in order to build in time for P.E. and organized sports.

The National Center on Time & Learning released a new report yesterday called Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers at an event featuring five TSC Signatories. The report highlights 17 expanded-time schools that have taken advantage of expanded school schedules to provide students with more time for engaging academic and enrichment classes and teachers with more time to collaborate with colleagues, analyze students data, create new lesson plans, and develop new skills. EdSource reported some high level findings from the report.  To read the report click here.