National Summer Learning Association to Enhance Reading With Digital Books

A partnership between the summer-learning group and digital book provider myON aims to expand children's access to reading materials.


When Choosing a College, Consider its Academic Calendar

Colleges' different calendars aren't just a bureaucratic detail--they can impact the academic experience and how well a student performs.


Minneapolis Hopes Its Spring Break Academy Will Boost Skills

A few thousand Minneapolis students gave up spring break this year to prepare for state tests and boost their academic skills.


Is Homeroom Necessary?

Some schools are replacing homeroom with instructional time.


Completing College in Three Years Takes Sacrifice, But Has Benefits

Students can save a lot of money on tuition by completing college in three years rather than four. The strategy offers benefits but also trade-offs.


Smithsonian Institution Offers Ideas for Learning Outside the Classroom

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a discussion of a citizen-science initiative that has students test water in Washington's Anacostia River.


Poverty Takes Toll on Instructional Time in High Schools

Poverty-related challenges steal time from high school class periods, new research shows.


Oklahoma Bill Ties Increased Funding to a Longer School Year

A bill in the state Senate would give Oklahoma education an additional $600 million over the next decade as long as schools added nine days to the calendar.


Florida Educators Share Lessons From Extra-Reading-Hour Initiative

In 2012, Florida required its 100 lowest-performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day and to spend that hour on reading instruction.


Dedicated After-School Funding Left Out of New York Budget

The new budget passed by the New York legislature excludes plans by both the governor and New York City's mayor to secure new, dedicated funds for after-school initiatives.


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