Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of expanded learning time:
With the release of the updated “Learning Time in America” report by the National Center on Time & Learning, Education Week highlighted the growing momentum of expanded learning. Twice as many schools today have a longer school day or year than just two years ago and, for the first time, more of them are traditional public schools than charter schools.
Education News highlighted the value of time in schools this week as well. Time is a valuable resource for teachers and schools, Julia Steiny writes, and how schools spend it reveals their values and priorities.
This week Sir Ken Robinson was on “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new book, “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education.” At minute 4:23 he highlights Boston Arts Academy, an expanded-time school in Massachusetts, as a prime example of a school that is “doing the right things.” What right things? They have a broad curriculum – music, theatre, dance, math, etc. – and a creative approach to science. They also have flexibility in the way that they approach individualizing education.