July 2012 Archives

Libraries and summer programs offer free meals and books to fill the gap in services for needy children.

Under pressure to improve academic outcomes and turnaround underperforming schools, more districts may be considering using a change in the school calendar as a strategy for school reform.

More districts are rethinking traditional summer school this year, reports a recent USA Today article. Even with budget cuts, districts are increasingly trying to transform their remedial programs into enriching ones that curb summer learning loss. The article mentions a reading program in North Carolina, as well as one in Miami that uses digital learning as a cost-effective way to bridge the learning gap between the regular school year's end and the next's beginning. (There's an article from the Miami Herald last month about the district's e-learning program.) Additionally, the USA Today article points out that Pittsburgh and Oakland both ...

North Carolina's schools may see some restructuring in their academic calendars this school year if new legislation passed by the General Assembly is signed into law by the governor. The new legislation would give districts the latitude to decide whether to meet minimum day requirements for the year or minimum hour requirements in the day, rather than both, as mandated before. This means, North Carolina schools could keep students in school for longer days but shorter years, if they so desired. There are also provisions to provide the state's 115 districts with more flexibility on when they start and end ...

Sixteen members have been named to lead an Iowa task force established to examine how more time and a restructuring of the traditional school calendar could be used to improve student outcomes. Created by the state legislature, the task force, which includes school officials and administrators, members of nonprofit organizations, and teachers, will consider whether a longer school year/days and increased after-school and other out-of-school-time offerings will benefit students. State representatives and department of education officials are nonvoting members of the group. Last month,the state hosted its first after-school and expanded learning forum that discussed some of these ...

Intermediary organizations are valuable in increasing the quality, capacity, and structure of out-of-school programs, says a new report from the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems, a network of intermediary OST organizations. "Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of OST Intermediary Organizations" is based on survey data of intermediary organizations that looked at the landscape of such organizations, how they've provided the most significant impacts to the out-of-school field, and their best success strategies that can be replicated, specifically with improving systems for after-school. While there are variety of intermediary organizations in the OST field, they do ...


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