November 2011 Archives

I'm writing here from San Francisco where I've been able to do field reporting on some STEM-focused out-of-school-time programs in the Bay Area. Look for stories in the coming weeks. Fitting that this week, the National Center on Time & Learning also released its report on the importance of using more time for science learning, which my colleague Erik Robelen blogged about. As luck would have it, I happened to be in town this week for Aim High's 25th anniversary gala. You may remember the blog item I wrote back in August about Aim High, a program that works to curb ...


Gary Huggins, most recently the executive director of the Aspen Institute's Commission on No Child Left Behind, will lead the National Summer Learning Association as its new chief executive officer, the association announced recently. Huggins will officially take the position in January, replacing interim CEO Matthew Boulay. The National Summer Learning Association, which promotes summer programming nationwide to help close the achievement gap, grew out of a tutoring program started by Boulay at John Hopkins University in the early 1990s. From a university-based center on summer learning by the early 2000s, it has grown into the national association it is ...


The After School Corporation has just released a fiscal map and report to alert those interested in expanded learning time—or adding time to the school day, week, or year to help close the achievement gap between students—of the variety of funding streams available to support efforts to lengthen the school calendar. According to the report, there are about 29 federal funding streams alone that can be used for expanded learning, in addition to a number of other public sources to tap. While the funding sources vary from public to private, so too does the distribution of those funds...


New Jersey After 3, a New Brunswick, N.J.-based organization that runs after-school programs in the state, will remain afloat thanks to a new public-private partnership, after announcing last week that it would be forced to shut down because of a loss of state funding. The organization, which has served 75,000 students in the after-school hours, had been supported through state funding and private dollars since its founding in 2004. But after the state pulled the plug on all funding for the program, it became too challenging for NJA3 to survive on private dollars alone, particularly since the ...


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