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May 27, 2010

Giving Students the Time They Need

"How to Improve Urban High Schools at Scale," an online Commentary, offers interesting insights into what it takes to lift performance in troubled schools. Among its points—the ability to be flexible about learning time in order to meet the needs of students who are struggling. David Linzey, t...

May 25, 2010

Getting Creative for Summer Learning

Even as some districts cut summer programs, others are launching new and creative summer initiatives, the National Summer Learning Association says. NSLA officials announced that Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and other areas are exploring new summer programs "thanks to creative...

May 20, 2010

Mayors Urge Support for 21st Century Centers

Forty-five mayors wrote Congress this month, urging members to continue and expand federal support for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The mayors—all affiliated with the U.S. Conference of Mayors—addressed their letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the...

May 19, 2010

Stimulus Spending and Expanded Learning

More budget-crunch news, this time from the Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools. "Investing Wisely and Quickly," a study the council released this week, explores how the nation's big-city school districts used federal stimulus dollars to sustain programs—including expanded-learn...

May 14, 2010

News of Note: After-School Headlines

I'm thinking about starting a new feature here on Beyond Schools—the weekly round-up of news about expanded learning. Today, I'm giving it a first shot with a short list of headlines from around the country. Again and again in recent weeks, I've seen headlines about school boards and town and ...

May 11, 2010

ED Points to Research Behind Its After-School Plans

The U.S. Department of Education has released a series of reports outlining the research behind its plan for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including its proposals for serving kids after school and during the summer. The "Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students" report poi...

May 05, 2010

What About the 'Opportunity Gap'?

If you're looking for some interesting reading on expanded learning, check out this conversation on the Center for American Progress website. Jeff Riley, the academic superintendent for middle and K-8 schools in Boston, tells the Center about the expanded schedule educators have put in place at Bos...

May 03, 2010

Providence Shines in New After-School Study

Cities seeking role models on the after-school programming front need look no further than Providence, R.I. According to a new study, in a relatively short time, Providence has put the pieces together for a strong network of after-school initiatives targeting middle school students—traditional...

April 30, 2010

Engaging Teens and Tweens

If you want middle and high school students to enroll in and stick with your after-school programs, give them lots of leadership opportunities within those programs. That's one of the findings in a new study from the Harvard Family Research Project and Public/Private Ventures (P/PV). "Engaging Olde...

April 27, 2010

Looking Back at the 'Juvenile Decency Corps'

I loved this recent item about Washington, D.C.'s long-ago "Juvenile Decency Corps" in ASCD's inservice blog. And, while I concede that the name of the group sounds out of date, its mission was anything but. The Juvenile Decency Corps focused on helping 250 children in a troubled three-block area...

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