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The Expanded Exchange

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

Send a Note, Impact a Future!

Deb Levy
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
If you could go back in time, what would you say to your adolescent self? Now you’ve got that chance! Not to time travel, but to impart words of wisdom and encouragement to a 6th grader on his or her first day of middle school. In 45 seconds, you can customize a simple message to a student in the Bronx. Read full post

Join Us in 'Market Makers,' Our New Financial Literacy Program!

Erin Phillips
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
ExpandED Schools has developed Market Makers, an entrepreneur-based financial literacy program for students in underserved schools and communities. Market Makers will provide kids with an opportunity to gain financial literacy skills in a hands-on and fun way, benefiting their lives, their families and their communities. But the program’s success depends on the generosity of committed volunteers who will act as business coaches in Market Makers clubs, providing valuable input in running a business, sharing information and ideas about their career and motivating students. Join us today! Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I'm reading a new report from the Rennie Center for Education and Research Policy on the benefits of credit-bearing summer internships for teens, an exciting international spy novel, and the Every Hour Counts 10-year report on advances in systems building in expanded learning. Read full post

Write on! How Handwriting Impacts Literacy | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In a study published in "Trends in Neuroscience Education," researchers Karin James and Laura Engelhardt hypothesized that learning to write letters by hand (as opposed to tracing or typing them) would in fact lead to better reading ability. Read full post

Crucial, Courageous Conversations: How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dear Rashida, Everywhere you look, there's another headline, another video, another hashtag to commemorate a life lost to horrific racial violence. It's hard enough for me, as an adult, to try to wrap my head around these tragedies. I know that I should be trying to help my students (and my own kids) deal with these events, but I don't even know where to start—and I don't want to do more damage than good by saying the wrong thing. Can you help? Sincerely, At a Loss for Words Read full post

Better Together: STEM Educators Academy Research Brief

Julianne Kanter
Thursday, July 7, 2016
We are excited to release a report on the promising findings of our STEM Educators Academy. The collaborative model has generated positive impacts—not only on classroom and community educators, but also on the young people who participate in these STEM activities. Read this report and discover practical, feasible solutions to help your school or community build strong STEM learning activities that connect across the learning day. Read full post

How to Cultivate Your School's Character & Culture

Erika Samuels
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Establishing a positive school culture is a large undertaking; norms, values, beliefs, traditions and rituals are built over time, and changing a school’s “persona” may require a fundamental shift in perspective for some educators. However, given the impact that a positive culture can have on student outcomes, we are always trying to identify concrete steps that schools can take to alter it. Read full post


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