News & Updates

ELT Soup 10.31.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! And most importantly Happy Halloween!!

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Why expand learning time? You have to see it to believe it. The National Center on Time & Learning took teachers and administrators from Tennessee around expanded-time schools in Massachusetts last week to see what works in these schools. We believe that expanded learning time is the secret sauce to catalyze positive change for students and teachers.

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ELT Soup 10.24.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! Sorry we missed the ELT news recap last week.

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Just a few years ago, Grant Beacon Middle School was listed as “on watch” by the Denver Public Schools. However, the school leadership team turned around the school by implementing an expanded school day and blended learning. At the heart of their new approach is an additional five hours each week for enrichment programming, advanced classes, student leadership development and interventions. Principal Magana has seen great improvement:

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WDYW: More Time = More Support

By: Chelsea Murphy

Students in Massachusetts Match charter high schools have longer school days and have more time and support from their teachers. Lindsay Holmes, a graduate student from Detroit and a fellow in the Match Teacher Residency said,

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Happy Friday! We have a 3-day weekend here, so we feel this good. Did you know that it’s connected educator month? Network online and share ideas/professional development, etc. Learn more at Edutopia. Have a great weekend!

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Newsday shared their recent editorial “Don’t pooh pooh longer school days” on their Facebook page asking for people’s opinions about longer school days. Laura Schultz likes the idea of expanded learning:

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Recently an article in The Atlantic outlined how  physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility.  The article also highlighted new research which shows just how critical it is to academic performance.  A research paper published in Frontiers in Psychology found that just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise could increase attention and reading comprehension for all students. Most importantly, the effect was so strong for low-income students that the exercise effectively closed the pre-existing gap between selective visual attention and reading comprehension scores of low-income and high-income students. Last month, another study found that a 12-week exercise program improved math and reading proficiency in all kids, but especially in those with signs of ADHD.

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Happy October! Have you had a pumpkin spice latte yet? I bet you have. Don’t lie. Get ready for the leaves to turn colors and lots of apple cider and pumpkin foods!

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WDYW: Why Longer School Days?

By: Chelsea Murphy

The Hartford Courant wrote about longer school days as a promising strategy for boosting academic achievement.  They asked their Facebook followers if a longer school day could be good for students.  Barbara Ruhe likes the idea…

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