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Dimensions of Sustainability for Expanded Learning Time: Our Fifth National Convening

Marissa Badgley

Marissa Badgley is the Programs & Policy Manager at ExpandED Schools.

ExpandED Partners and Senator Schumer

ExpandED Schools and National Demonstration partners shared information about expanded learning with Senators Chuck Schumer (pictured) and Kirsten Gillibrand. Click to enlarge.

Earlier this month, ExpandED Schools and National Demonstration partners from New York, Baltimore and New Orleans convened in Washington, D.C., for their fifth National Convening. Over two days, participants explored the dimensions of sustainability for expanded learning time programs, heard from key stakeholders regarding relevant changes to national legislation, and even went to Capitol Hill to advocate for continued federal support and resources for expanded learning time. Participants met with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand as well as the Department of Education. One group even had the opportunity to share information about expanded learning with Senator Schumer and snap a photo!

The Convening was also an opportunity for ExpandED partners to reflect on and celebrate the last five years of the initiative and to share best practices and plans for moving forward. We heard compelling success stories, collaborated around challenges, and thought about the outcomes of our work not only for young people but also for our cities, communities and country. While the end of the convening was bittersweet for those of us who have grown accustomed to seeing each other once a year (at least), we left feeling reenergized and inspired. In our culminating activity, partners shared colorful, creative and exciting vision boards that captured their sentiments regarding the future of expanded learning time in their schools and cities. It was a good reminder that passion, love and supreme dedication have and will continue to take us far. 


For more information, see this Policy Studies Associates (PSA) report, which presents findings from the first four years of the national demonstration of the ExpandED Schools model.

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