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Ourselves as Young Readers: Staff Round-Up | LiteracyConnections

Joel Nunez
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Ready Readers recently held a literacy institute for more than 75 after-school program directors, education specialists, teachers and community. One of the day's activities was having participants recreate themselves as young readers using art materials.This activity was so fun, we decided to ask our own ExpandED Schools staff to describe themselves as young readers. Enjoy these reflections! Read full post

More Than Just Fun: Learning Through Play | SELConnections

Shannon Stagman
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Are play and recreation a vital component of the educational experience? Neuroscience says so. A recent article in The Atlantic entitled “Learning Through Play” reports on the return of recreation time in the school day in response to the growing body of evidence that play is crucial to learning, and notes the work being done to improve the quality of structured play in educational settings. Read full post

The Key to Keeping Kids Active? Get Creative! | Dear Rashida

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Dear Rashida, Even though fall starts this week, the weather is still warm and summer vacation play still fresh in the minds of our students. How can my program incorporate a healthy amount of physical fitness opportunities, especially with our limited recreation space? Read full post

Register Today! Announcing Upcoming Fall Professional Development Opportunities

Taejha Richardson
Friday, September 16, 2016
With the start of school and out-of-school-time programs, ExpandED Schools is excited to announce that our Centralized Professional Development fall opportunities are now open for registration! Read full post

Listen Up! Advice to Your Adolescent Self

Deb Levy
Thursday, September 15, 2016
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

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
I'm reading a groundbreaking report from the Wallace Foundation on the benefits of summer learning, a book by a teacher that explores her students' inner lives, and a new report on how a longer school day increases education equity. Read full post

What I Did This Summer: Became an Engineer

ExpandED Schools
Thursday, September 8, 2016
...I was completely surprised that I was accepted to CrEST, because I never thought I’d be smart enough to get in. But every Saturday in the program, I was learning new things—and I can't explain how awesome the feeling was when I was learning and actually doing the circuits! From ping sensor to transistors, I am still surprised that most inventions nowadays consist of these electrical components that I now understand. Read full post

Literacy Tutors Share Words of Wisdom

Deborah Taylor
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Last week, more than 80 new and returning MS ExTRA tutors gathered for a three-day literacy institute. Discussions were lively and focused on everything from assessing reading comprehension to kid-tested relationship building. Returning tutors shared which books got rave reviews amongst adolescents and explored social-emotional learning through literacy, while new tutors learned about positive feedback and live projects.One of the highlights was when everyone came together to hear from a panel of three returning tutors who shared their passion and the wisdom gained from their experiences. Read full post

Climbing Back From the Summer Slide: A New School Year of Expanded Learning

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Just as research has proven that less exposure to learning opportunities = less learning, luckily the converse is true. As our students get ready to kick off a new school year filled with an additional 1,600 hours of rich learning experiences compared to a traditional school day, we look forward to working towards closing all of these gaps—and having fun in the process! Read full post

New Ways to Get Involved with ExpandED Schools | Volunteer Opportunities

Erin Phillips
Friday, August 19, 2016
I get it; you’re busy, I’m busy, we’re all busy. With balancing work and other commitments, it’s easy to think we don’t have the time to give back to the community. But ExpandED Schools has just made it easier for you to make an impact with the launch of its new volunteer program. Whether debate is your thing or you’re passionate about books, we’ve got a wide range of opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved. Read full post


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