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The Expanded Exchange

Meet Dana Gethers, MS ExTRA Tutor

Deborah Taylor
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Dana Gethers is a beloved tutor at one of our MS ExTRA schools whose inspiration for working with students came from her own experience as a child learning to read. Read full post

What Factors Spark STEM Engagement?

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Recently, colleagues from Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) trio made the trek to New York City with a specific aim in mind: to figure out how ExpandED Schools creates opportunities for students to engage in high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning after school, specifically through partnerships with formal (school day) and community (out-of-school) educators. Read full post

Calling All High School Teachers: Spend Your Summer with ExpandED Options!

Candace Brazier-Thurman
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
We are looking for certified, high school level (grades 7-12) Department of Education teachers to co-teach the visual arts, STEM and computer sciences programs part of our ExpandED Options high school initiative. Read full post

A Tale of Two Programs: When Gentrification Meets Expanded Learning Time | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Dear Rashida, My 10-year-old son goes to school in a gentrifying neighborhood. We like most things about the school, including its free afterschool program. But recently, a group of parents decided to start their own afterschool program, which charges a considerable fee. With the cooperation of the principal, the new program offers foreign language, ballet, chess and piano to children whose parents can afford the fees. It seems to me that afterschool should be where all kids come together and have equal opportunities to experience new things. But we now have two programs in the same building, side-by-side: one for “rich” parents and one for poorer parents. Read full post

You May Be Wrong Though You May Be Right

Penny Wang
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing for the ExpandED Schools research team: Spring site visits! As the largest external evaluator of 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees across the city, we visit over 30 sites twice a year throughout New York City. Observing activities in the field is always a pleasure for research team members, like me. Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
I'm reading a new report from Boston After School & Beyond on how youth leadership can positively impact community, and Angela Duckworth's new book, "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance." Read full post

Call for Applications: Join Us in Design2Learn to Boost STEM Education

Sabrina Gomez
Thursday, May 26, 2016
ExpandED Schools, the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), invite applications from schools and community partners to join us in Design2Learn, a three-year study of a professional development program designed to boost students’ interest, engagement and academic performance in science during the middle school years. Read full post

Dimensions of Sustainability for Expanded Learning Time: Our Fifth National Convening

Marissa Badgley
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Earlier this month, ExpandED Schools and National Demonstration partners from New York, Baltimore and New Orleans convened in Washington, D.C., for their fifth National Convening. Over two days, participants explored the dimensions of sustainability for expanded learning time programs, heard from key stakeholders regarding relevant changes to national legislation, and even went to Capitol Hill to advocate for continued federal support and resources for expanded learning time. Read full post

Finding Time to Plan with Your Principal | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dear Rashida, How can I engage my principal (and staff) in deeper discussions so that the school is a true thought partner in helping to shape the program for next year? Read full post

Mind Over Matter: The Science Behind Mindful Meditation | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Back when I was a grad student doing my dissertation research, which involved inducing stress in subjects and exploring patterns of brain activation, Britta Hölzel and Sara Lazar were (literally) down the hall doing the exact opposite – researching how the practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has the ability to physically change your brain. Ten years later, I am happy to have had a chance to catch up with Britta and learn even more about the ways in which her research can help us leverage the power of MBSR to help our students in the classroom. Read full post


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