I'll be attending the National AfterSchool Association convention near Washington today to learn more about expanded learning and the many hard-working people involved in it. This year, the convention has been paired with "The Afterschool for All Challenge," bringing together the NAA and the Afterschool Alliance. The three-day meeting will include lots and lots of workshops, as well as celebrity speakers (including actor and author Hill Harper), and Capitol Hill congressional visits and a rally. If you're attending, I hope to see you there. It should be an interesting event....


It's an interesting time to follow expanded learning. This was confirmed for me this week when two experts from the field dropped by the Education Week office to talk about summer learning. "The economy is having a huge impact," Ron Fairchild, the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, said during the informal interview session on Tuesday. But schools, districts, and other organizations are thinking creatively so it's a "best of times, worst of times scenario," he added. Speaking to fellow edweek.org blogger Lesli Maxwell and myself, Fairchild and Jeff Smink—the association's vice president for policy—pointed ...


There are three keys to success when it comes to developing programs for expanded learning in cities, a recent study says. According to the report from the National League of Cities, urban leaders should: Work with a broad group of partners; Use the bully pulpit to keep the concept and its value in the public eye; and Spearhead efforts to develop a shared vision for expanded learning programs. Are all cities hitting these marks? It's hard to say, but the study makes it clear that many urban areas are getting creative. For instance, in Nashville, Tenn., city leaders last year ...


Today marks the launch of something new for Education Week, a blog devoted exclusively to learning before school, after school, in the summer—or, simply beyond the traditional school day, as the blog's tag line says. I'm relatively new to being a blogger, but excited about the potential. To readers: I'd really love to get a dialogue going about what's working and what isn't in this area. I'm curious about the policy and practical side of things. I want to know who's doing a good job of keeping kids engaged in enriching activities after school hours, how such work is funded,...


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