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Lessons Learned From Nurturing SEL in Expanded Learning Time | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, December 2, 2016
How intentional should educators be when implementing SEL in the expanded learning space? Do they need a commercially available curriculum or can they make their own? Do students need to take an SEL ‘class’ or is SEL best delivered as a set of overarching practices? How much training does staff need? A recent report by Public Profit titled "Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time" sought to explore the answers to these questions Read full post

Why I support ExpandED Schools (and why you should, too!)

Soledad O'Brien
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
When it comes to equity, it’s not enough to just level the playing field. You have to make sure everyone has access to a great education. And it shouldn’t matter if you’re in a rural, urban or suburban school. A just system is one in which no matter where you learn, you do so in a clean, safe building. You have well-trained teachers who are enthusiastic. It means being with peers who are well fed, prepared and eager to learn – not just to advance from grade to grade, but to move forward in order to become successful in life. Read full post

Perspectives on Desegregating NYC Schools

Elam Lantz
Monday, November 28, 2016
Last week, the Gotham Center hosted a panel on ending segregation in New York City public schools. NYC has the most segregated school system in the country, and there has been a significant increase in coverage on the issue in recent months. The lively panel discussion addressed whether desegregation should be a policy priority for the reform movement in NYC. Read full post

A Million Reasons to Give

Laura Larimer
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Our students are one in a million. You can be one *for* a million.Help us reach our millionth student and expand opportunities for even more. Read full post

Around the World in 80 Minutes

Therese Workman
Thursday, November 17, 2016
A good potluck is always fun; there’s something about sharing a variety of dishes with friends or coworkers that brings excitement to meal time. But what if your potluck also celebrates you? The first-ever ExpandED Schools Staff "Melting Pot-luck" (get it?) did just that. The brainchild of Program Manager Jacques Noisette, our office colleagues were encouraged to cook up dishes that reflected their ethnic backgrounds or heritages. Read full post

Meet Hector King, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

Marissa Badgley
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Hector King is a fellow in the first cohort of the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship. We asked him a few questions about what led him to forging a career in education. Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I'm reading a report from the Afterschool Alliance on the demand for and accessibility of afterschool programs in areas of high poverty, as well as an author's memoir of being a substitute teacher for a month in Maine. Read full post

Meet Andre Mann, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

Marissa Badgley
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Andre Mann is a fellow in the first cohort of the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship. We asked him a few questions about what led him to forging a career in education. Read full post

On View: Art Exhibit Showcases More Than Student Talent

Therese Workman
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Every artist gets his or her start somewhere, and for the student artists of PS 188, their careers may have begun on a walk around their neighborhood. Read full post

Make data work for students with these four policy recommendations

Shannon Stagman
Friday, October 28, 2016
How can we most effectively use data to drive policy and practice that supports student success? Researchers are always striving to answer this question, and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), an independent advocacy organization, has just come forward with a new set of policy priorities to help push our collective efforts forward. Read full post


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