ELTSoupFeb6Happy Friday! We are so glad the Patriots won, but we are piled with snow here in Boston. Hope it’s less cold wherever you are.

Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of expanded learning time:

Education Week highlighted the negative economic implications of the U.S. achievement gap and shows that everyone would benefit from fixing this gap.  A new research study by Washington Center for Equitable Growth says that narrowing the achievement gap in the U.S. would add $10 Trillion to GDP by 2050.

Julie Mack reported in Michigan that the achievement gap between middle-class and low-income students is evident when looking at test scores, graduation rates and other academic outcomes.  She listed some ideas for proven academic interventions that could help support student success, with expanding learning time as #5.

A new coalition launched in Massachusetts this week that brings together early education and expanded learning time. The Building on What Works Coalition is proposing a $75 million fund to help high-needs communities develop proposals targeted at high-quality early education; expanded learning time in K-12; and empowering teachers through innovation.