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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 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...

August 03, 2010

Britney Spears and Summer Learning

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 ...

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 16, 2010

News from Out-of-School: A Creative Mix

Creativity is the unifying theme for the programs featured in a variety of recent news and feature articles.

July 07, 2010

Making the Case Again for Summer Learning

After a short break last week, I'm now scrambling to get back on top of all the expanded learning news out there—much of which, understandably, centers on summer learning. On that note, I'll point you to this piece by The Washington Post's Jay Mathews on the need to rethink old visions of sum...

June 22, 2010

Wallace Announces Urban Learning-Time Initiative

The Wallace Foundation this week announced a $9 million initiative to expand, test, and promote high-quality summer-learning and expanded day- and school-year programs for disadvantaged children in cities. "It's becoming increasingly clear that the traditional school calendar may not be ideal for s...

June 02, 2010

Longer Day in Chicago?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Chicago leaders are considering adding two hours to the school day at 100 troubled elementary schools. And that's not all: To save money, the Chicago plan envisions using "proctors" rather than certified teachers, as well as computerized classes to add those two ho...

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