Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news:
The Center for American Progress released a report about the promising potential New York has with expanding learning time. From Rochester to New York City, exciting expanded learning time initiatives are developing across the state, bringing New York one step closer to closing achievement and opportunity gaps for its most disadvantaged students. Other school districts and states would be wise to consider these approaches to increasing learning time.
Roger Punton, principal of ARK Kings Academy in Birmingham, wrote a nice article in The Guardian about how expanding their school day has allowed ARK Kings Academy to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of its students. He writes, “We’ve found that, for us, the longer day produces clear benefits… When the idea of a longer school day was introduced to staff, there were a few raised eyebrows, but once the opportunities for more time for learning and planning were explained, there was universal support for the change..”
Charleston, SC school students will have a longer school day when they return in the fall, with three hours a day being added for personalized instruction, music instruction and physical activities such as yoga or soccer. The last two hours of the day will consist of “enrichment and expansion,” which associate assistant superintendent LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon said could be spent on in classes ranging from yoga or karate to a parks and recreation sponsored event.