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Thank You for Helping Our Students Innovate for a Lifetime!

Jama Toung
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Thank you to everyone who came out to support ExpandED Schools on June 12th. We reached our fundraising goal and had a great time! Read full post

Give your Brain a Workout! How Physical Activity in the Classroom Builds Stronger Learners

Natasha Chaku
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Physical activity has long been associated with healthy development, but most youth do not meet the national physical activity guidelines. Read full post

ExpandED TALKS: Innovation in Education

Saskia Traill
Thursday, May 17, 2018
ExpandED Schools gathered an audience of education advocates on May 10th to hear from former U.S. education secretary John B. King, and equity and education advocate and professor, Pedro A. Noguera about innovation in education. Read full post

Jane Martínez Dowling Named as New President and CEO of ExpandED Schools

ExpandED Schools
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Jane Martínez Dowling, named as New President and CEO of ExpandED Schools, brings over twenty-five years of diverse education and leadership experience to ExpandED Schools. Read full post

ExpandED Pathways: Computer Science as a Catalyst

Sabrina Gomez
Thursday, April 19, 2018
ExpandED Schools shares recent efforts to assist young educators to become more adept at teaching computer science while inspiring more young people to pursue it. Across the country, few children are being taught the basics of computer science despite the growing need for these skills in the workforce. Read full post

ExpandED Schools XYP: An ExpandED Young Professionals Network

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Over the past 20 years, ExpandED Schools has helped provide upwards of 1,000,000 students with more mentors, more access to enrichment classes, and more hours to learn. Read full post

Advice to Adolescents Still Resonates with Grownups

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
We asked you to impart words of wisdom and encouragement to a 6th grader on his or her first day of middle school. What you've shared has impacted more than just our students. Read full post

Getting into ‘Character’ | Highlights From Our Summer Literacy Institute

Natalie Colón
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Last week, more than 70 new and returning MS ExTRA tutors gathered for a two-day literacy institute led by our own Program and Literacy Managers. The engaging conversations and workshops ranged from how to foster good reading habits and attitudes to assessing a budding bookworm’s reading comprehension. Built on best practices and using feedback from previous years’ attendees, this year’s sessions were designed with special attention to helping new tutors prepare for reading groups using a tried-and-true method: role playing! Read full post

Design2Learn kicks off year 2!

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Three-dimensional structures designed to stand up to an earthquake (from a do it yourself shake table) and Godzilla (the weight of blocks). A dowel structure designed with windows and doors to withstand a zombie-apocalypse. Miniature cars, composed of simple machines and household materials, powered by baking soda and vinegar. An investigation of a slime product gone wrong. What do all these inventive creations have in common? They were ideated, built and tested by imaginative educators trained in design-based teaching as part of ExpandED Schools initiative, Design2Learn. Read full post

Standing Up for What's Right | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
When speaking about children, James Baldwin noted that “we will all profit by or pay for what they become.” This weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville—set against a national backdrop of escalating, discriminatory rhetoric and action towards Muslims, transgender individuals, immigrants and other marginalized groups—highlights the potency of Baldwin’s words, as well as the duty of parents and educators to engage in challenging conversations with children about racism, bias and how to stand up for what’s right. In fact, we’ve provided resources in the past for having these conversations in light of national events. Read full post

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