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Oh Y.E.S. We Did! New Report about Summer Work Program Highlights the Power of Collaboration

Thursday, May 20, 2021
A year ago, a coalition of 100 partners came together to save a summer work program for young people. Today, we are thrilled to announce the report of a report that offers a wealth of information, reflection, and evidence of the coalition’s collective impact, with a number of key lessons for the field. Read full post

'Instructional Love' Offers an Educational Model for Black Boys Grounded in Love

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Biased perceptions among educators have resulted in devastating consequences for generations of Black boys. Experts at ExpandED are now working to advance a model that embraces the humanity of Black boys and recognizes their need for love and respect. Read full post

CAMPAIGN: ExpandED's Operation Literacy Seeks to Jumpstart K-8 Recovery

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
The recovery effort ahead presents a tremendous opportunity to rethink citywide literacy strategies to better meet the integrated academic and social-emotional needs of young people. Through Operation Literacy, ExpandED is leading the way forward. Please give today! Read full post

Using Picture Books to Address Race and Racism

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
As our world continues to reckon with the past and present of racism, educational institutions, schools, communities, and families have grappled with how to address these and other topics of injustice with our early childhood and elementary-aged children. Fortunately, we do not have to figure it all out alone! One powerful tool that we have to support these conversations is picture books. Read full post

Youth Voice and Agency: The Way to a Brighter Future

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Young people around the world are rising up to use their voice to make change, sometimes gaining international renown for their urgent calls to action. As youth educators and advocates, we can take an active role in helping young people to use their voice to become agents of change. Read full post

Meet the Pathways Class of 2021: The Future of Teaching is Here

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Meet the Pathways Fellowship Class of 2021. After months of training and working in afterschool, these fellows are starting to receive teaching offers and make plans for the future. Not even a pandemic could stop them and we are so proud of each of them. Read full post

The Research is In: STEM Educators Academy Demonstrates Success

Monday, March 1, 2021
ExpandED’s study of SEA’s impact over the past three years demonstrated the success of the SEA model. Educators—and students—benefitted from the program which provides in-depth professional development and coaching support along with lessons for both in-person and remote implementation. Read full post

Social-Emotional Learning: Putting Theory into Practice

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
ExpandED's National SEL Demonstration Initiative aims to assist schools and afterschool programs in implementing the best SEL practices throughout the entire day, from the first bell through afterschool. Recently, organizations from the five participating cities gathered to discuss the ways they are putting SEL theory into practice and the outcomes they are witnessing. Read full post

ExpandED's 5-City SEL Initiative Demonstrates Strong Results: A Q&A with Jacques Noisette

Monday, January 11, 2021
Even before the pandemic and the recent outcry against systemic racism, ExpandED and its partners were thinking about how to apply an equity lens to social-emotional learning. Today, the National SEL Demonstration Initiative is delivering on this promise -- and showing results -- in five cities across the U.S. Read full post

The Perfect Formula: An Online Afterschool STEM Program Takes Off

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
It’s 3:30 on a Wednesday during the pandemic and students are logging into an afterschool STEM class run by Community Counseling and Mediation at P.S. 238 in Midwood, Brooklyn. One by one a group of a dozen eighth graders appears on the grainy screen, each one greeted with a warm welcome by the two instructors who run the STEM program. Read full post


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