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Find Expanding Learning Time Tools and Reports

This library contains the latest policy and research reports on expanding learning time, building out-of-school time systems and improving student outcomes, as well as tools for schools and community organizations that are expanding learning time, opportunities and support for students. In this library you will find resources such as research studies, fact sheets and evaluation reports, as well as sample school schedules, curriculum resources and evaluation tools.

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The original intent of the STEM Education Network was to better understand the STEM professional development available for out-of-school time staff and to develop a model to deliver effective STEM training. The Pinkerton Foundation, providing a one-year $25,000 grant, challenged the organizations to include at least one collaborative project that delivered on-the-ground STEM programming to a substantial number of disadvantaged young people.

This paper reports on the promising findings of our STEM Educators Academy, an ExpandED Schools initiative where classroom teachers and after-school educators engage in joint professional development at premiere science institutions and then work together back at their schools to teach maker-design projects that spark student interest and cultivate curiosity in STEM subjects.

What happens when you reimagine schools? You can create joy, spark curiosity and nurture talent. You close the learning gap and open the world.

Policy Studies Associates (PSA) has evaluated the national demonstration of ExpandED Schools since the demonstration, supported by The Wallace Foundation and others, was launched in the 2011-12 school year in 10 schools in New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans. Over four years, the evaluation explored the approaches that participating schools took to adopting the ExpandED Schools model, in particular seeking to understand the conditions that support—or hinder—the implementation of an expanded day.

What do we do with an expanded day? Create more joy. Spark curiosity. Uncover new talents. Close the learning gap.

Here are highlights from the ExpandED Salon, where Soledad O’Brien talks with YouTube creators about the changing landscape of information access, and learns from Dale Russakoff what went wrong with Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools.

We’re committed to developing the professional capacity of staff in our ExpandED Schools network every year and at every level—from principals to AmeriCorps members—and gathering them frequently for exchanges among peers. Here are some of the trainings we offer

Through hands-on experiences, personalized instruction and enriched learning, children discover their talents and develop their potential. Here are some of the activities that students enjoy in ExpandED Schools.

In this interview with Dr. Anthony Bryk, he offers ways to rethink the structures and processes that lead to student achievement. As the NYC Department of Education is currently conducting a pilot using the tenets of improvement science to drive individual school efforts to improve their practice, we share Dr. Bryk's responses to our questions about improvement science and NetworkED Improvement Communities (NICs).

3,800 books. That’s what our middle school students read in one year outside of the traditional school day, thanks to the help of our literacy tutors. These community members don’t just support young readers. They enhance young lives.