Happy Friday! This dog is ready for Thanksgiving! Are you!? While you wait to eat turkey, check out the ELT news this week.

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

Kaya Henderson, D.C. Schools Chancellor, and one of our signatories, is hoping to create change in the D.C school system next year. Henderson has declared that next year will be “the year of the high school.” She is pushing for 3 priorities: giving more students access to rigorous learning experiences, improving opportunities for young men of color, and increasing the number of schools that offer a longer school day.

In Fall River, Massachusetts, the Fall River School Committee has unanimously approved a proposal to expand the school day at the Mary Fonseca Elementary School by 30 minutes next year. In an effort to improve student performance, the teachers at the school decided they wanted to expand the school day, having seen the success at Viveiros School, which added 300 hours to its school year in 2008.

Springfield, MO Superintendent John Joungmann is examining how time is used in Springfield schools: “How are we using our time? Do we need to think about providing more (time) or using the time we have differently to impact kids?” A calendar committee is looking at the possibility of adding two days to the school year.