Happy Friday!

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

Education Week wrote about a new U.S. Department of Education report analyzing expanded learning time research. The report looked at on ELT schools, year-round schools, after-school programs, and summer programs and the findings aim to help districts and schools figure out which approaches are most likely to prove beneficial.  Find out more here.

The Cognoscenti blog on Boston’s 90.9 WBUR highlighted the case against summer break.  Listen to Duke University Professor Harris Cooper on NPR’s “Here & Now” about why the U.S. school calendar needs to change, including expanding learning time.

The Muscogee school district received federal dollars from their State Department of Education that will allow three schools — Fox Elementary School, Jordan High School and Spencer High School – to add 60 hours of instruction time beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.