School districts throughout the country are reconsidering the traditional school calendar, but their new models differ substantially.

A new guide helps cities and communities improve their after-school through a systemic approach.

Reports on youth engagement in politics and civic education show a mixed bag, but some out-of-classroom organizations have stepped up to fill the voids in many locales.

Science centers and museums like the Smithsonian Institution and Arizona Science Center are ramping up efforts to get children (and their parents) through their doors and using their resources to learn.

Schools in North Carolina may be lengthening their calendar in an effort to improve high school graduation rates, but footing the bill with at least $55 million in donated dollars, according to an article in The Charlotte Observer. According to the article, the North Carolina legislature authorized nine schools in the Charlotte area to lengthen their school days, but didn't authorize any additional funding to pay for the extra costs accrued with more time in school. In response, a coalition of foundations, local businesses, and other donors has pooled resources—amounting to $55 million—that they want to use to lengthen...

Twelve after-school leaders from around the country have been recognized by the Afterschool Alliance for their work in the field.

Recent incidents in Ohio of parents pocketing money raised through school booster clubs and parent-teacher organizations have led the state to consider new accountability requirements for these groups.

A new statewide initiative in California has awarded three $70,000 grants to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in out of school settings.

After-school programs provide a prime setting for the arts instruction that many schools have cut, reports the latest in a set of issue briefs released by the Afterschool Alliance. "Arts Enrichment in Afterschool," is one of four briefs, supported with funding from the MetLife Foundation, targeting issues that impact middle school students and how after-school programs may address them. According to the most recent brief, due to limited financial resources and pressure to meet testing standards, schools have been prone to cut arts instruction. Drama and dance classes, in particular, have been scaled back, the brief reports, with schools with ...

Texas schools may have longer school days or a longer school year if state senate leaders take recent recommendations under consideration, according to recent reports. This week, education leaders in the Texas Senate heard from district leaders and other advocates for expanded learning time about how they could implement ELT in Texas schools. Speakers included administrators from Houston Independent School District, whose Apollo 20 initiative I wrote about last year. Apollo 20 added both time to the day and days to the year at academically underperforming schools. A number of administrators and teachers were also removed or redistributed to other ...


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