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ELT Soup 2.27.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday!

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Meriden, CT Superintendent of Schools Mark Benigni has had one constant priority in his career: expanding opportunities for children in his hometown of Meriden. He believes in a longer school day because he has seen its impact firsthand:

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ELT Soup 2.20.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! The snow just keeps coming over here. Make it stop!

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

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Education specialists from the United Kingdom are calling for a longer school day. Lesley Robinson, Co-Director of First Class Supply and also the Chair of the North East Education Forum, was one of those in favor of a longer school day and says:

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ELT Soup 2.6.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy 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.

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Matthew Frizzell, co-author of the new Center on Education Policy report, Expanded Learning Time: A Summary of Findings from Case Studies in Four States, is a fan of longer school days:

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ELT Soup 1.30.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! Are you pumped for the Super Bowl this weekend? We’re based in Boston so most of our staff are rooting for the Patriots, except for a few outliers. So…go Pats! Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of expanded learning time: The longer school day for Boston schools won the final approval from the Boston School Committee. The plan to expand the day by 40 minutes in 60 schools passed by 5-to-1 vote, and came two weeks after the Boston Teachers Union membership overwhelmingly ratified the deal. It is now official! The Atlantic highlighted the activity gap between students from low-and high-income families  is growing.  Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind. By expanding time in school, we can help to bridge that “opportunity gap”. Our friends at TASC just released a video that features administrators, teachers and sixth-graders at theSouth Bronx School of Applied Media talking about the benefits of expanded learning time. It’s a fun look at all the opportunities a longer day can provide!

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With the news of Boston expanding their school day, some people are excited. Chris-Ann Dawkins, a teacher at the Henry L. Higginson School in Roxbury, says:

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ELT Soup 1.23.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! How is it already the end of January already? Time flies.

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