ELT: Expanding and Enriching Learning Time for All
In this policy brief, TASC proposes that policy makers support initiatives not only to extend the school day or year, but also to expand the way students learn through enrichments and diverse activities tailored to each school's needs.
The brief also describes the core elements of the ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC Expanded Learning Time / New York City) initiative and discusses lessons learned from the first year of its implementation in 10 New York City schools.
Lessons learned include:
1) Schools can achieve a replicable ELT cost model of less than $2,000 per pupil by partnering with community organizations.
2) The principal’s full commitment is the single most important factor in a program’s success.
3) By observing ELT activities, principals become aware of what much homework looks like.
4) ELT/NYC schools achieve higher attendance rates than schools with traditional after-school programs.
5) Expanded learning works best when school and CBO staff members are fully integrated and operate as one team, jointly participating in school-wide planning and events.
6) Team-teaching among teachers and CBO staff members is a promising model for building relationships and aligning curriculum.
7) It’s logistically challenging but essential for school and CBO staff to make time for joint planning and professional development.
8) Schools can support ELT through multiple funding streams.