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The Expanded Exchange

Meet Jacob: Despite Tough Times, this Pathways Fellow Remains Focused on Becoming a Teacher

Jennifer Friedlin
Monday, May 4, 2020
Meet Jacob Moore, a 23-year-old Pathways Fellow who is on his way to becoming a teacher. Despite personal setbacks and the economic shake-up caused by Covid-19, Moore is determined to stay the course and apply to a master's program in education. Moore attributes his decision to go into teaching to the mentorship and training the Pathways Fellowship provided. Read full post

Daily News Op-Ed Calls on Mayor to Protect SYEP, Shouts Out ExpandED's efforts to Retool

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
New York City high school students call on Mayor De Blasio to protect funds for the beloved Summer Youth Employment Program Read full post

Video by Options Teen Apprentice Shows Life Under Covid-19

Jennifer Friedlin
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Check out this video by Keila, one of our Options apprentices. Options is an afterschool program for teens that allows them to earn school credit while learning new skills through an apprenticeship. Keila is doing hers at Educational Video Center and in an ordinary year she would then teach her newly acquired new media skills to kids as a paid summer camp instructor with the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program, which has been cut from the Mayor's proposed budget. Read full post

Want to Play? Afterschool Educator Sadeon Develops a New Video Game

Jennifer Friedlin
Thursday, April 16, 2020
As a participant in ExpandED's computer science training program at LaGuardia Community College, afterschool educator Sadeon Martin has been learning how to teach his elementary school charges to code using Scratch. While sheltering-in-place he did some extra credit and developed a new video game. Read full post

ExpandED Takes to Twitter to Demand Afterschool Funding Protection

Saskia Traill
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
On April 14 and 15, ExpandED will take to Twitter to demand that our NYC Council Members protect afterschool funds. The high cost of this unprecedented must not be borne by the students, families, and communities that rely on the range of support -- from academic help to social and emotional learning to enrichment to a third meal -- afterschool offers. Please join us on Twitter and use the hashtag #CovidLearningLoss. Read full post

Spotlight: Amid Covid-19 Pathways Fellow Steps Up to Help Others

Jennifer Friedlin
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Jonas Casimir is always in search of a new challenge. Already equipped with an MBA and a job as a Department of Education community coordinator for students in temporary housing, Jonas joined the Pathways Fellowship last year in the hopes of transitioning to a career in teaching. Read full post

Tools You Can Use: A Remote Learning & Resource Guide from ExpandED Schools

Monday, March 30, 2020
In an effort to serve our partners during this trying time, ExpandED program managers assembled a list of (free!) online resources that can support remote learning and teaching. We hope you find it helpful. Read full post

Read Me a Story: Ready Readers Uses Read-Alouds to Support Early Literacy

Joel Nunez
Monday, March 23, 2020
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a.k.a. the “nation’s report card,” children in America are flunking reading. Last year, the NAEP results showed that two-thirds of children did not meet the standard for reading proficiency and that the rate had actually dropped since the previous assessment in 2017. Yet, many schools fail to incorporate one of the most effective tools for improving literacy: the read-aloud. Read full post

From the Desk of Saskia Traill: On My Mind

Saskia Traill
Monday, March 2, 2020
We have come a great distance over the last few decades in institutionalizing afterschool as a place where kids can find new passions and hone their skills. Today, afterschool programs are enriching the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people with stimulating programming and eye-opening activities. Yet, there is so much more to do to strengthen and expand afterschool programs to reach the majority of New York City’s 1.1 million school children, 75% of whom live below the poverty line. Currently, only 25% of students have access to afterschool. I spend a lot of time thinking about the challenges and opportunities ahead and I wanted to share my thoughts in the hopes of generating more conversation and collaboration. Read full post

Lights on Afterschool: Holding a Light to the Benefits of Quality Programming

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
ExpandED Schools believes that New York City’s youth deserve equitable access to high quality programs that extend learning beyond the school day into afternoons filled with enrichments, new opportunities, personal development and role models. That is why we proudly join the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebrations taking place throughout the country. Read full post


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