Happy Friday!

ELTsoupnov14Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news:

Twenty-one schools across the country are adding at least 300 hours to their school year as part of the TIME Collaborative (a five state initiative led by the National Center on Time & Learning). Previous TIME Collaborative schools who have already implemented ELT have seen an improvement in student attendance, behavior and performance. With more time in the school day teachers get essential time to plan and collaborate and students receive great opportunities through new STEM programs, community partnerships, and more.

Joe Mastrocola, the Superintendent of Schools in Peabody, MA, wants to add time to the schedule for all elementary schools in that community..  Superintentendent Mastrocola said all the educational research shows more time leads to better results and he believes that the additional 30 minutes will beneficial for more  instruction. In Staunton, Virgina, parents hope to add a school period to the existing day to add time for teaching STEM and not sacrifice other important subjects with the addition of something new. With a longer school day, this school will be able to have a more well-rounded education.