ELTsoupjuly11Happy Friday! Will you be watching the world cup finals this weekend? Who do you want to win: Germany or Argentina? Share with us who you are rooting for in comments.

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

Five Utica Schools will have longer school days. The Utica City School District in New York is scheduled to receive a $4,104,000 Extended Learning Time grant, along with a $10,000 planning grant, to significantly expand the school day.

South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools in Ohio will also spend more time in the classroom this year. Students in grades 1-8 will now have a seven-hour day while the high school day will be slightly longer at seven hours and eight minutes.

Last week we congratulated KIPP, a pioneer in the expanded learning time movement, for winning the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Check out this nice video the Broad Foundation put together highlighting key features of all 3 top nominees:  Achievement First, Idea Public Schools, and KIPP.