Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Expanded Learning: A How-to Guide

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform releases a blueprint for high-quality extended-learning programs, based on a study of model programs in low-income schools in six large cities.


Students Gained in Math, Not Reading in RAND Summer-Learning Study

Students attending a full-day, free, summer program run by their district showed significant gains in mathematics but not in reading, according to the first report from the first longitudinal study of five large, urban school districts.


Children of Married Parents More Likely to Do Extracurriculars, Survey Shows

Children living with two married parents are significantly more likely to participate in after-school sports, clubs, and enrichment activities, such as art, music, and dance, than children whose parents live together, but aren't married, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Creative Ways to Increase Learning Time When Money Is an Object

Expanding learning by lengthening the school day isn't always feasible; a new report profiles some California school districts that have turned to creative scheduling to give students more time to learn.


A Snag for New York State's Extended Learning Time Grants

Several New York State school districts awarded state grants for extended learning time decline the funds saying they weren't given enough time to properly implement the program.


NASA Makes Out-of-School Time 'Out of This World'

NASA encourages girls to the reach for the stars through out-of-school programs designed to make the STEM field exciting through hands-on projects, community mentors, and robotics.


Tonight's Homework Assignment: Prepare for Disaster

Fifth grade students are getting homework from an unlikely source, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through a school program developed to teach children how to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies and then develop those plans with their families.


Full-Day Kindergarten Twice as Good for Hispanic Children, Study Finds

Full-day kindergarten significantly increases literacy skills for all children, with the biggest gains seen among Hispanic children, according to a new study from the University of Virginia.


Low-Income High School Students Get Less Time to Learn, Calif. Study Shows

The difference between attending a high-poverty and a low-poverty high school in California is nearly two weeks of instructional time a year, UCLA researchers find.


Study Aims to Track Career Choices of Staffers in Out-of-School STEM Programs

SRI International and the California School-Age Consortium are seeking volunteers for a study to determine if the young professionals working as science, technology, and math instructors in after-school, weekend, and summer programs for middle school students are influenced to pursue STEM careers based on the type of curriculum they're using.


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