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Finding Time to Plan with Your Principal | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dear Rashida, How can I engage my principal (and staff) in deeper discussions so that the school is a true thought partner in helping to shape the program for next year? Read full post

Mind Over Matter: The Science Behind Mindful Meditation | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Back when I was a grad student doing my dissertation research, which involved inducing stress in subjects and exploring patterns of brain activation, Britta Hölzel and Sara Lazar were (literally) down the hall doing the exact opposite – researching how the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has the ability to physically change your brain. Ten years later, I am happy to have had a chance to catch up with Britta and learn even more about the ways in which her research can help us leverage the power of MBSR to help our students in the classroom. Read full post

Creating Joy, Sparking Curiosity & Nurturing Talent: Our 2015 Annual Report

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
As we head into the last month of the school year, we reflect on our successes and take a moment to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped us work towards our mission of closing the learning gap. Read full post

Lessons for Scale and Sustainability: Year Four Report on ExpandED Schools

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
A new report by Policy Studies Associates highlights the ways in which ExpandED schools -- in their fourth year -- contribute to the development of essential academic mindsets that support student learning and success. Read full post

Celebrating Kids and Community at Our Spring Benefit

Jama Toung
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Hundreds gathered at our Spring Benefit last week to celebrate Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Merryl Tisch, Chancellor Emeritus of the New York State Board of Regents; and Dr. Ramón González, principal of the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology Read full post

How Does Expanded Learning Reduce the Effects of Poverty on Students?

Shannon Stagman
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Can an expanded school day help mitigate the effects of poverty on student learning? Discussion at a recent event hosted at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that it may be possible. Read full post

Including Student Choice & Voice in the Expanded Learning Day | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Dear Rashida, How do Expanded Schools programs manage giving students choice in their expanded learning time activities? Read full post

Futures So Bright | Visiting ExpandED Schools

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Junior Board members Jack Terranova and Cole Weston recently had the opportunity to speak about their college and career experiences with third, fourth and fifth grade students at PS 186/NIA Brooklyn in Bensonhurst. Read full post

Struggling to Find Staff | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Dear Rashida, A few of my staff recently transitioned into full-time job opportunities and I’m struggling to find quality people to fill the vacancies. I also run a summer camp, so I need to fill these positions soon. Help! Read full post

Cocktails and Comic Books; Appetizers and Apps – There’s a lot to enjoy at next week’s Spring Benefit

Deb Levy
Monday, April 25, 2016
Next Thursday, we’ll be celebrating the enriched education and enhanced opportunities we bring to students and schools throughout New York City. Guests at our May 5th Spring Benefit will have the chance to mingle with kids and teaching artists and experience hands-on learning. It’ll be like going back to school – only with passed hors d'oeuvres, a light jazz soundtrack and cocktails. Read full post


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