August 2010 Archives

A new study shows that quality is critical for after-school programs to have strong positive effects on adolescent development.

New Race to the Top grantees addressed expanded learning in their successful grant applications.

The economy had a varied impact on summer-lunch programs for children this year.

Strong leadership and supportive ties between middle schools and a New York City expanded-learning program helped boost students' enrollment in the after-school effort, a recent report says.

Beyond School is going on a brief summer break to soak up a little expanded learning outside the Education Week offices. The blog will return the week of Aug. 15....

A Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in Missouri is drawing attention for its data-based tracking system—a system that allows the organization to flag "Little" brothers and sisters who are having trouble in school before their problems snowball. The ABC Education Initiative now tracks 400 children in the St. Louis schools, writes reporter Jesse Bogan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The story (which was distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services) appears on the website. "The program looks for historical patterns in behavior and red flags, such as if a child falls to an 'F' in math and reading, or gets...

Getting kids to read during the summer—even if they're reading about Britney Spears—is a crucial way of fighting summer learning loss and cultivating their future interest in reading, according to a study covered in The New York Times. "One of the most notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading scores even though they typically weren't selecting the curriculum books or classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading. That conclusion confirms other studies suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own books," the Times reports. In a study that...


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