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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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Happy Friday!

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With the announcement of longer school days coming to Hamburg, NY outside of Buffalo, NY, Hamburg’s elementary school students will have a different schedule this year. Adrian Harris commented in favor of this new change:

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ELT Soup 9.19.14

By: Chelsea Murphy

Happy Friday! Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news: This week U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited expanded-time schools in Lawrence, MA, to highlight the successes of school improvement strategies as well as youth achievement programs around the state. The U.S. Department of Education issued new draft guidance for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program this week. The draft proposal includes three new models for SIG schools, and in the “state-based Secretary-approved model”, more increased learning time would be a requirement. More on that here. Bishop Elementary School in Englewood, CO has added 30 minutes more class time each day this year to expand learning time with Generation Schools Network as a partner.  The Englewood School District is hoping this is a first step to implementing expanded learning time district-wide.

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