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What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman

Lucy Friedman is president of ExpandED Schools.

Every Hour Counts | Ten-Year Convening Report

Renewing high school students’ engagement with their learning, providing real-world experiences and preparing them for college and career is a priority for our organization. So it was with great interest that I read Beyond School Walls: Earning Credit for Expanded Learning Opportunities, a report from the Rennie Center for Education and Research Policy. It explored the benefits of expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) using Boston After School and Beyond as one case study, and provided recommendations for ways to successfully implement credit-bearing ELOs. I was particularly taken with digital badging to demonstrate a student’s progress or mastery.

Light summer reading it is not, but Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is a compelling novel. The author was born in Vietnam but grew up in the U.S., and this duality informs the development of the narrator – a Vietnamese army captain of Vietnamese-French descent who becomes an American sleeper agent after the war. Part spy story, part love story, the book looks at the legacy of the Vietnam War through the lens of a conflicted communist sympathizer.

Ten years ago, Every Hour Counts was formed at a convening of intermediary leaders and prominent funders in the after-school field. A decade later, funders and practitioners came together once again to reflect on the expanded learning field and begin to chart a course for its future. Their Ten-Year Convening Report provides an overview of major developments in the field, and examines the ways in which expanded learning can help address the pressing social issues that impact student learning.




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