Happy Friday! It’s a three-day weekend for us, but one that is supposed to be snow-filled. Stay warm everyone!

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

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote an opinion piece after visiting Ferguson, MO recently.  He stands behind the belief that education can be the catalyst for change. Duncan says, “Education is—and must continue to be—the great equalizer that overcomes differences in background, culture and privilege. Educational opportunity represents a chance at a better life, and no child should be denied that chance.”

Corinth, Mississippi Superintendent Lee Childress wants to expand learning time in his district. He said a shortened summer break would greatly reduce the amount of learning loss that research has shown students suffer over the longer summer vacation.

EducationDIVE reported on the new guide on blended learning released by the National Center on Time & Learning.  They speculate that blended learning and longer school days are the perfect combination. What do you think?