happy-fridayHappy Friday! We have a 3-day weekend here, so we feel this good. Did you know that it’s connected educator month? Network online and share ideas/professional development, etc. Learn more at Edutopia. Have a great weekend!

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

In Worcester, MA Seven Hills Elementary School has been named a level 1 school for the second year in a row.  Seven Hills has a longer school day and school year, with eight hours and 25 minutes each day and 15 more school days than the district school system.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education in Florida recently reported that students in Florida schools have surpassed Michigan in math and reading scores. Michigan is an interesting comparison point because Florida’s low-income population of students is the about the same as Michigan’s. By most measures, Florida is not yet an academic superstar but growth in student learning has been rapid in the past 10 years, while Michigan has not seen similar growth. Could longer school days be part of the reason?

Virginia announced grants of more than $1 million this Wednesday to extend learning time in state schools, and Roanoke snagged the largest piece. The school system was given $397,259 as part of the Extended School Year Grant Program.