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The Expanded Exchange

Finding the Right Partner | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Dear Rashida, We’re seeking a great community partner to help develop an expanded learning program in our school, but we’re not sure of the qualities to look for, or even the best questions to ask. Any advice? Read full post

Measuring Math Mindset Proves We're Good at What We Enjoy | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, January 7, 2016
While previous studies have explored the connection between brain activity and math performance, a new study is the first to look at mindset as a potential mediating variable to that relationship and the first to suggest that students’ math performance could be impacted by how they *feel* about math. Read full post

Helping Kids Talk About Their Learning | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Dear Rashida, We’re trying to get our students to share more about what they are learning with their families. What are some questions I can share with families that will get kids talking about what they learned in the expanded day? Read full post

How to Get Better at Getting Better | Q&A With Dr. Anthony Bryk

Saskia Traill
Monday, January 4, 2016
I was fortunate enough to have had a conversation with Dr. Anthony Bryk, author of many books on school improvement and the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was seminal in the creation of the Framework for Great Schools, a foundation for accountability within the New York City Department of Education. We spoke about the findings in his latest book, "Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better." Read full post

Dear Rashida … | A New Blog Series

Therese Workman
Monday, December 21, 2015
Starting in January, the ExpandED Schools blog will feature a weekly advice column entitled “Dear Rashida” in which we will answer burning questions from educators, administrators and site directors on how to develop and run successful expanded learning programs. Read full post

Why Closing the Learning Gap Matters to Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Here’s something that shakes me. Children born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap by the time they reach 6th grade. It doesn’t take much to close this gap. Just two minutes of your time, and a belief that all kids deserve these experiences. Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
I'm reading about the revamped education system in post-Katrina New Orleans, a paper on equity and "deeper learning" and a book on how scientific discoveries often come from failure. Read full post

You Never Outgrow a Read-Aloud | LiteracyConnections

Krista Jahn
Friday, December 11, 2015
When "The New York Times" wrote about the booming popularity of story time at libraries across the city, it offered a promising view of revamped read aloud practices. Increasingly, people are paying attention to the evidence on the vital importance of early exposure to reading and literacy activities, and the positive impact it has on children’s futures. As the prevalence of story times has grown, families, caregivers and teachers have been drawn to these opportunities to introduce new stories and activities into their children’s worlds. Read full post

Passage of ESSA Is Celebration of Collaboration

Saskia Traill
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Yesterday's passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act maintains a separate funding stream for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which includes after-school, before-school, summer or expanded learning time. We were successful in preserving 21st Century in the bill in part because the broad field of those who wish to close the learning gap came together. Read full post

What Made Me ME | Co-Chair of Annual Appeal Describes Personal Connection to Our Mission

Natalia Garzon
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
If it weren't for drama class and being in school musicals, I'd still be afraid of public speaking. Dance class helped me come out of my shell and be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Photography taught me to focus and appreciate my surroundings. Basketball taught me sportsmanship and how to work as part of a team. These enrichment opportunities taught me life lessons and helped me become the woman I am today. Please join me in giving today, so that more kids can discover their talents and develop their potential. Read full post


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