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The Expanded Exchange

Tools You Can Use: A Remote Learning & Resource Guide from ExpandED Schools

Monday, March 30, 2020
In an effort to serve our partners during this trying time, ExpandED program managers assembled a list of (free!) online resources that can support remote learning and teaching. We hope you find it helpful. Read full post

Read Me a Story: Ready Readers Uses Read-Alouds to Support Early Literacy

Joel Nunez
Monday, March 23, 2020
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a.k.a. the “nation’s report card,” children in America are flunking reading. Last year, the NAEP results showed that two-thirds of children did not meet the standard for reading proficiency and that the rate had actually dropped since the previous assessment in 2017. Yet, many schools fail to incorporate one of the most effective tools for improving literacy: the read-aloud. Read full post

From the Desk of Saskia Traill: On My Mind

Saskia Traill
Monday, March 2, 2020
We have come a great distance over the last few decades in institutionalizing afterschool as a place where kids can find new passions and hone their skills. Today, afterschool programs are enriching the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people with stimulating programming and eye-opening activities. Yet, there is so much more to do to strengthen and expand afterschool programs to reach the majority of New York City’s 1.1 million school children, 75% of whom live below the poverty line. Currently, only 25% of students have access to afterschool. I spend a lot of time thinking about the challenges and opportunities ahead and I wanted to share my thoughts in the hopes of generating more conversation and collaboration. Read full post

Lights on Afterschool: Holding a Light to the Benefits of Quality Programming

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
ExpandED Schools believes that New York City’s youth deserve equitable access to high quality programs that extend learning beyond the school day into afternoons filled with enrichments, new opportunities, personal development and role models. That is why we proudly join the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebrations taking place throughout the country. Read full post

Students Build Businesses through Market Makers

Daniel Levitt
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
ExpandED Schools works with community partners to provide high quality financial literacy education to middle school students through our Market Makers entrepreneurship initiative. Students participating in Market Makers clubs learn important lessons about budgeting, borrowing, and marketing as they design and execute their own business. Read full post

Looking Back to Look Ahead: Reflections from Every Hour Counts’ Racial Equity Training

Ally Margolis
Friday, July 26, 2019
Fahren Johnson was one of forty participants, from thirteen communities across the country, who traveled to the Minneapolis YMCA Equity Innovation Center of Excellence in June to take part in our racial equity workshop, facilitated by the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and hosted in partnership with Youthprise. Read full post

Advancing STEM Education for All in New York City

Emma Banay
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The City's largest network of STEM educators united this year to transform STEM education of New York City's children. Through five working groups and quarterly citywide convenings, network members developed common purpose on key themes in order to fuel collective efforts. Please join the Network if you are interested in helping to develop and implement these key themes for STEM education. Read full post

Preparing New York City’s Young People for Careers

Saskia Traill
Thursday, July 18, 2019
New York City is at a unique moment to advance career readiness for young people, and the NYC STEM Education Network can be a leader in the City’s collective efforts. Read full post

New York City STEM Education Network Pursues Social Justice

Emma Banay
Thursday, July 11, 2019
ExpandED Schools has had the honor of facilitating the New York City STEM Education Network for the past seven years. The Network serves as a catalyst for new ideas, partnerships and collaborative projects, which expand, enhance and sustain learning opportunities for all learners of all ages in NYC. Read full post

The Benefits of a Longer School Day in Florida and Students' Reading Scores - Our Interview with Dr. David N. Figlio from Northwestern University and NBER and Drs. Kristian L. Holden and Umut Ozek from the American Institutes for Research

Katie Brohawn
Monday, September 24, 2018
In late August, this article in Chalkbeat caught our attention, touting the benefits of a longer school day in Florida on students reading scores. We were fortunate to get direct access to the authors of the study, Dr. David Figlio from Northwestern University and NBER and Drs. Kristian Holden and Umut Ozek from the American Institutes for Research who kindly answered some of our most pressing questions. Read full post


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