Happy Friday!

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

Students in expanded learning schools in Ocala, Florida love the extra hour during the school day for literacy. The schools are making reading fun and students are excited to learn.

The Academy of Alameda Middle School, a charter school in Alameda, CA, which is located in eastern San Francisco Bay, wants to open a grade school program in 2015 with longer school days. Its proposal includes a full-day kindergarten and a longer school day than the traditional elementary schools for all of its other students.

Thomas Hatch at Chalkboard interviewed Eric Schwarz, founder of Citizen Schools, who just wrote a book called The Opportunity Equation: How Citizen Teachers Are Combating the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools. In this interview Schwarz reflects on how the Citizen Schools model came to embrace expanded learning time, particularly through its work at the Edwards Middle School in Boston, MA.