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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

One in a Million: Chess, Crochet, Cheerleading … and Corny Collins

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, May 30, 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 Grandee, an 8th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

From Wandering to Wonders with the STEM Ecosystem

Sabrina Gomez
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
...I sat down for breakfast at my fourth STEM Learning Ecosystems National Community of Practice (COP) in Tampa, Florida last month, eager to discuss and learn from colleagues who have become familiar faces and friends. At 8:00AM, representatives from the Indiana STEM Ecosystems Initiative, New York City STEM Funders Network and Orange County STEM Initiative were already engaged in a discussion on college and career readiness... Read full post

How AOL e-Volunteers helped our students—without leaving their offices

Erin Phillips
Monday, May 22, 2017
For those AOL employees who wanted to participate in the 8th annual Monster Help Day but weren’t able to leave their office that day, ExpandED Schools had just the opportunity for them; volunteers could respond to letters written by our students. Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Introducing our 2016 Annual Report, a memoir by the CEO of Robin Hood, and new Wallace Foundation report on social emotional learning best practices. Read full post

DOE High School Teachers Needed: Teach Teens About STEAM Careers!

Deborah Taylor
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The next great designer, documentary film maker, mobile app developer, artist, scientist or programmer might be sitting in a New York City classroom this summer. Will you be the one to inspire them? ExpandED Schools is looking for teachers with an interest in STEM and technology to work this summer in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan and Queens, and an ELA teacher to work in Queens, all as a part of CareerCLUE. Read full post

Infusing Poetry in Afterschool | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Recently, 30 youth workers from DYCD after-school programs across the five boroughs gathered in our offices for a workshop entitled “Infusing Poetry in After-school Programs (Grades K-5).” National Poetry Month (in April) had just concluded, but the workshop concentrated on how to incorporate poetry into programming all year round. Read full post

The winning combo of SEL + good school climate | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The literature is rife with studies finding associations between classroom management practices (both positive and negative) and students’ academic performance. However, to date, little research has directly examined the association between such practices and school climate. New studies reveal good news about the combination of social emotional learning and praise/reward systems' effect on school climate, and vice-versa. Read full post

Thanks a million! Highlights from our 2017 Spring Benefit

Jama Toung
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Hundreds gathered at our Spring Benefit held at Sony last week to celebrate ExpandED Schools’ reaching its millionth student this school year, and to honor Ted Mathas, Chairman and CEO of New York Life; Esther Dyson, Executive Founder of Way to Wellville; and Laura Overdeck, Founder of Bedtime Math. Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, emceed the program and guests mingled with student ambassadors who shared their enthusiasm for enriched and joyful learning that supports success in college and in life. Read full post

How making friends builds your brain | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, May 5, 2017
While most adolescents in the throws of this period would like to think they are solely in charge of determining their own self-concept, research suggests that, due to brain development during this time, how they define themselves is heavily influenced by their relationships with their peers. Read full post


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