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The Expanded Exchange

Mark Your Calendars for Our 2017 Spring Benefit!

Jama Toung
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Save the date for our annual Spring Benefit when ExpandED Schools will be celebrating our reaching 1 million students this school year. We are proud to be honoring Esther Dyson, Chair of EDventure; Ted Mathas, CEO of New York Life; and Laura Overdeck, Founder of Bedtime Math. Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media will emcee the event. Read full post

Designing Culturally Responsive Organized After-School Activities

Katie Brohawn
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
In the past six months or so, I’ve noticed the term ‘cultural responsiveness’ coming up more and more around the office. I hear it in meetings across a broad range of topics from social-emotional learning strategies to pilot projects in informal STEM education. As we work to incorporate cultural responsiveness into our own work and examine its impact, a review of the literature for best practices shows we aren’t the only ones thinking about this. Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
I'm reading reports from the Frameworks Institute and the New School Center for New York City Affairs on poverty and school integration, as well as Christopher Emdin's book on urban youth brilliance and teaching method issues. Read full post

Squad's Goals: How We'll Use 'Growth Mindset' in 2017 | A Staff Round-up

Therese Workman
Thursday, January 5, 2017
While many articles and studies may cite different tips, hints or strategies to set achievable goals, the common thread they share -- which resonates with our own support of social and emotional learning in our schools -- is that having a growth mindset makes all the difference. That is, believing in personal change is a major part of achieving that change. And taking time to set intentions can have measurable and tangible results. We surveyed the staff to learn what kinds of changes they'd like to make in their lives this year. Check out some of our 2017 goals: Read full post

Meet Bijon Miles, ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellow

Marissa Badgley
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Bijon Miles is a fellow in the first cohort of the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship. We asked him a few questions about what led him to forging a career in education. Read full post

DREAM-ing in the Dominican Republic

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Before graduate school, I spent two years in the Dominican Republic serving in the Peace Corps. The DR has held a special place in my heart since then, and for the past ten years or so, I have been involved with the DREAM Project. Read full post

Our Growing School Network Drives Innovation

Monica Ingkavet
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Our network of expanded learning schools is … expanding! We now support close to 50 schools that are dedicated to closing the learning gap by expanding the school day, partnering with a community-based organization and offering students enriched educational experiences in STEM subjects, the arts, sports and character-building activities. Read full post

Calling all runners! Run with ExpandED Schools in the NYC Half

Charles Yoo
Monday, December 5, 2016
Great news: ExpandED Schools has been selected to participate as a community charity partner in the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half marathon for the 3rd year in a row! We have five guaranteed entries for the 13.1-mile race through Manhattan on March 20, 2017. Apply today! Read full post

Lessons Learned From Nurturing SEL in Expanded Learning Time | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, December 2, 2016
How intentional should educators be when implementing SEL in the expanded learning space? Do they need a commercially available curriculum or can they make their own? Do students need to take an SEL ‘class’ or is SEL best delivered as a set of overarching practices? How much training does staff need? A recent report by Public Profit titled "Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time" sought to explore the answers to these questions Read full post

Why I support ExpandED Schools (and why you should, too!)

Soledad O'Brien
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
When it comes to equity, it’s not enough to just level the playing field. You have to make sure everyone has access to a great education. And it shouldn’t matter if you’re in a rural, urban or suburban school. A just system is one in which no matter where you learn, you do so in a clean, safe building. You have well-trained teachers who are enthusiastic. It means being with peers who are well fed, prepared and eager to learn – not just to advance from grade to grade, but to move forward in order to become successful in life. Read full post


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