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The Expanded Exchange

Using Picture Books to Address Race and Racism

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
As our world continues to reckon with the past and present of racism, educational institutions, schools, communities, and families have grappled with how to address these and other topics of injustice with our early childhood and elementary-aged children. Fortunately, we do not have to figure it all out alone! One powerful tool that we have to support these conversations is picture books. Read full post

Youth Voice and Agency: The Way to a Brighter Future

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Young people around the world are rising up to use their voice to make change, sometimes gaining international renown for their urgent calls to action. As youth educators and advocates, we can take an active role in helping young people to use their voice to become agents of change. Read full post

Meet the Pathways Class of 2021: The Future of Teaching is Here

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Meet the Pathways Fellowship Class of 2021. After months of training and working in afterschool, these fellows are starting to receive teaching offers and make plans for the future. Not even a pandemic could stop them and we are so proud of each of them. Read full post

The Research is In: STEM Educators Academy Demonstrates Success

Monday, March 1, 2021
ExpandED’s study of SEA’s impact over the past three years demonstrated the success of the SEA model. Educators—and students—benefitted from the program which provides in-depth professional development and coaching support along with lessons for both in-person and remote implementation. Read full post

Social-Emotional Learning: Putting Theory into Practice

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
ExpandED's National SEL Demonstration Initiative aims to assist schools and afterschool programs in implementing the best SEL practices throughout the entire day, from the first bell through afterschool. Recently, organizations from the five participating cities gathered to discuss the ways they are putting SEL theory into practice and the outcomes they are witnessing. Read full post

ExpandED's 5-City SEL Initiative Demonstrates Strong Results: A Q&A with Jacques Noisette

Monday, January 11, 2021
Even before the pandemic and the recent outcry against systemic racism, ExpandED and its partners were thinking about how to apply an equity lens to social-emotional learning. Today, the National SEL Demonstration Initiative is delivering on this promise -- and showing results -- in five cities across the U.S. Read full post

The Perfect Formula: An Online Afterschool STEM Program Takes Off

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
It’s 3:30 on a Wednesday during the pandemic and students are logging into an afterschool STEM class run by Community Counseling and Mediation at P.S. 238 in Midwood, Brooklyn. One by one a group of a dozen eighth graders appears on the grainy screen, each one greeted with a warm welcome by the two instructors who run the STEM program. Read full post

A Pathway to Teacher Diversity: ExpandED Fellowship Program Uses Afterschool to Train Aspiring Teachers of Color

Monday, December 7, 2020
Curious. Passionate. Talented. Gracious. These words reflect the qualities present in a room full of Pathways Fellows, all of whom are people of color who have embarked on the journey toward becoming teachers. Read full post

Making the Connection: Join Us for a Series on Work-Based Learning

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
To support organizations in their efforts to connect with high schools, ExpandED is launching a learning series for work-based learning providers. Please join us! Read full post

Professional Development in a Pandemic: ExpandED is Up and Running!

Monday, November 9, 2020
Over the past few months, as the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and racial injustice bore down on New York City, we at ExpandED took a step back to define our priorities for the current moment. Our training schedule has been designed with three top priorities in mind. Read full post


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