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ELT Soup 08.29.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! Many schools are back-to-school this week; hope you had a great first day and that you have a great 3-day Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Our new TSC signatory is a businessman in Queens, NY, who believes that expanding learning time is important for both the academic and social-emotional needs of students:

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ELT Soup 08.22.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday!

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Ravi Gupta started a charter school - Nashville Prep School – to improve educational opportunities for parents and children in Tennessee. He implemented expanded learning time in his school because he believes more time can help accelerate students’ learning.

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ELT Soup 08.15.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday!

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We came across a forum on cafemom.com that asks people to respond with their opinions of expanding learning time.  One user, Max, responds in favor of ELT after another user posed the question: “What is the reason for extending the day?”

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As many realize, schools with expanded learning time are already starting their next year, or will be very soon.  As you head back to school Edutopia is a great resource to check out. They have been featuring a series on how to make this year the best year ever.  They’ve pulled resources/tips/blogs together to provide helpful support for teachers heading back to school.  If you’ve seen it already, awesome; if not, here’s a great place to start, “Teachers: Preparing for Your Best Year Ever.”

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Florida schools have been receiving a great deal of press coverage lately for their expanding learning efforts. In 2012, 100 of the lowest FCAT scoring Florida schools were mandated to add an hour of learning time for reading.  70 of the schools made enough progress on test scores to get off the lowest-performing list, and 30 of them opted to continue with expanded learning last year.  Florida has now added more schools to the list and has mandated the 300 lowest scoring schools (technically it will be 306 because of multiple scoring ties) to add more time to their school this year starting in the Fall.

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ELT Soup 08.7.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday!

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In Utica, NY, Cahsim Staton said he wouldn’t mind going to school for an extra 90 minutes each day at his middle school. In fact, he would really like it:

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