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The Expanded Exchange

Yoga, Pottery and Robotics, Oh My!

Michelle Phillips
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Here’s a snapshot of all the many ways our students find joy in school, discover their talents and renew engagement with learning. Read full post

How to Keep Moving When It's Too Cold for Recess | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Dear Rashida, How do we continue to maintain physical fitness activities in the cold winter months? Read full post

We Did It! Celebrating a Successful End-of-Year Appeal

Jhaneel Lockhart
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I’m happy to announce that, thanks to your generosity, we’re celebrating the most successful ExpandED Schools end-of-year appeal on record! To everyone who helped spread the word on social media, sent in a donation, or told friends and family about the work we’re doing to close the learning gap: thank you. Read full post

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


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