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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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Teachers in Oregon believe expanding learning time can help improve struggling schools. Lisa Harlan, the Oregon Department of Education Director of School Improvement, made this point:

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ELT Soup 1.16.15

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! It may be easy to get caught up in all the excitement surrounding longer school days in Boston, I know I have, but here is more news from this week.

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There has been a lot of attention on Boston Public Schools this week, with big news on expanding school days for all district elementary, middle and K-8 schools. NBC Nightly News highlighted how Boston Public Schools are planning to add an additional forty minutes to their school day next year based off of a tentative  agreement between  Mayor Martin Walsh, Superintendent John McDonough and Boston Teachers Union President (and TSC-MA member) Richard Stutman.  The segment highlighted the great work that is happening within the Eliot School, a Boston K-8 school which has already expanded their schedule.  Watch here.

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ReadyNation released a report on the benefits of more and better learning time from an economic standpoint. The report found that an outdated school schedule is costing New York $2.3 Billion a year because students from low-income communities are losing learning time each summer, therefore only receiving the educational benefits from 8 out of 10 months of education the community pays for. For low-income children, whose families can’t afford expensive enrichment programs and are often less likely to read during the summer, time off causes them to lose, on average, 2 months of education in both math and reading. Sandra Parker is all for longer school days/years:

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Happy Friday! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since we posted the news recap. Here is the big news from the past two weeks.

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WDYW: More Learning Time Works

By: Chelsea Murphy

Philadelphia School Reform’s Commission Chairman Bill Green is in favor of longer school days.

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In New York, Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas has made expanding the school day and school year a priority. He believes that ELT is a strategy worth investing in:

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ELT Soup 12.19.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday!

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Newhall School District officials in California hired Paul A. Cordeiro, former assistant superintendent, to replace Superintendent Marc Winger, who’s retiring at the end of January. Cordeiro believes in high expectations as leading to academic success:

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