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September 21, 2010

ELT and the Broader Reform Agenda

Could this be expanded learning time's moment in the spotlight? Perhaps "moment" isn't the right word, but the concept of rising practical and policy interest in ELT was very much in evidence during my conversation today with Jennifer Davis, the president and chief executive officer of the National...

September 16, 2010

More on 21st Century Centers

I've been talking to more people this week about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and the appropriations bill in Congress that would allow the initiative to fund extended-learning-time efforts as well as the after-school, before-school, and summer school programs it now supports. ...

September 08, 2010

Groups Back Expanding 21st Century Learning Centers

An assortment of education groups is urging Congress to make funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program flexible and open to expanded school day schedule initiatives, as well as after-school and summer school efforts. Only a few weeks ago, you may recall, a Senate subcommittee ...

August 30, 2010

Out-of-School Program Quality Crucial for Adolescents

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

August 26, 2010

Race to the Top Winners on After School, Expanded Learning

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

August 19, 2010

Leadership, School Ties Key to NYC Middle School Initiative

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.

August 05, 2010

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lend a Hand

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 child...

July 28, 2010

21st Century Centers Bill Has Advocates Worried

A Senate subcommittee added $100 million to the proposed fiscal 2011 appropriation for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program yesterday. This sounds good, right? But not so fast, as after-school advocates say the addition may actually take money away from after-school programs and shift...

July 22, 2010

Groups Want Child-Nutrition Bill Passed Sooner, Not Later

The Afterschool Alliance is one of many groups urging Congress to pass child-nutrition legislation as soon as possible. "With 1 in 4 kids at risk of hunger and 1 in 3 obese or overweight, the time for action is now," the Alliance and more than 100 other national organizations assert in this ad. Ot...

July 14, 2010

Calling for a New Research Agenda on OST STEM

A report finds a growing need to develop research questions and methods to evaluate out-of-school STEM programs.

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