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The Expanded Exchange

Pathways to the Future

ExpandED Schools
Friday, June 30, 2017
This week, ExpandED Schools celebrated its first cohort of Pathways graduates. Eighteen men of color took part in a year-long exploration of the education field, receiving not only a field placement in an ExpandED Schools program, but also intensive professional development and mentorship from our team—and from each other. Read full post

Want to bring quality SEL to more to kids? Start with staff. We did!

Domingo Cruz
Thursday, June 29, 2017
ExpandED Schools recently had Paul Griffin, Founder and President of The Possibility Project, come and offer a social-emotional learning (SEL) training to our staff. His company brings together vastly diverse groups of teenagers who meet 6-7 hours weekly for nine months. They engage in an SEL experience focused on social justice that uses the performing arts to examine and address the personal and social forces that shape their lives and identities. Read full post

The ExpandED Schools Volunteer Program turns 1!

Erin Phillips
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Judging debate tournaments, building stage sets, writing letters to high schoolers, reading with elementary-aged kids, doing arts and crafts, coaching budding entrepreneurs, creating picture books and answering middle schoolers’ burning technological questions … as we celebrate the first anniversary of the ExpandED Schools Volunteer Program, let’s take a look back at all we accomplished in just one year! Read full post

Let's Tackle the Summer Slide! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The summer slide is well documented. Our own Katie Browhan, Senior Director of Research, summarized this research in a post last August highlighting a study showing that students in low-income neighborhoods can lose two months of reading achievement over the course of a single summer. Luckily, we also know a wide range of strategies for keeping kids engaged in joyful literacy learning during the months off of school. Our LiteracyConnections blog series will share several of these strategies over the next several weeks. Read full post

Honor an influential educator and make a difference in the life of a child.

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
As we finish up another great year of expanded learning, we pause to reflect upon all of the educators who make a difference. And we invite you to think about the educators in your life who have inspired you or your child. Maybe it was a math teacher who inspired your career, a dance instructor who lit a spark inside you or a reading tutor who opened new worlds. Now you can honor them through a donation to ExpandED Schools and support our mission of closing the learning gap. Read full post

Deloitte volunteers return to double their impact

Erin Phillips
Monday, June 19, 2017
Recently, Deloitte member firms from around the country participated in their annual Impact Day, a national day of service and celebration of their year-round commitment to volunteerism. Here in New York City, one of our schools, PS 188/The Island School, hosted its second Impact Day for 25 enthusiastic young professional volunteers. In fact, several of the volunteers had so much fun last year that they signed up to be with us again this year! Read full post

Team Up for Literacy: Highlights from our year-end Intervisitation

Natalie Colón
Friday, June 16, 2017
ExpandED Schools recently hosted its final intervisitation of the school year at Renaissance School of the Arts (RSA) located in East Harlem. Among the many opportunities that are provided around capacity-building, trainings and professional development, intervisitations are uniquely designed to foster an environment where school leaders and CBO personnel can learn from one another, ask questions and observe best practices by visiting schools within our network. The theme of this visit focused on how schools and community partners work together to support literacy goals. Read full post

One in a Million: Dreaming of Books, Planes and College

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Elian, a 6th grader in Harlem. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

One in a Million: Chopping onions and standing up for farm animals

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Naomi, a 6th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

SEL & Storytelling: The Power of Comics! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 1, 2017
For several years, ExpandED Schools has partnered with The Comic Book Project, a literacy initiative dedicated to supporting the use of comic books as an educational tool in expanded learning programs. In this school year, we worked together to provide training and curriculum support to 41 expanded learning educators from organizations around the city who then led comic storytelling workshops with their students. Read full post


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