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The Expanded Exchange

Stuck in the Middle

Christopher Caruso
Thursday, April 5, 2012
As in many parts of the country, NYC middle schools are struggling to effectively educate our adolescents. Last September, responding to the fact that middle school students are underperforming—less than 40 percent of 8th graders are currently at or above proficiency on standardized reading and math exams—NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced a targeted set of initiatives to “turn around” middle schools. Read full post

It Takes A Community To Sustain ELT Reforms

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
No one has done more than the Obama administration to stimulate schools and communities to expand the frozen-in-time schedules of the traditional public school day and year. But in “Off the Clock: What More Time Can (and Can’t) Do for School Turnarounds,” Education Sector’s Elena Silva warns that the current wave of school-time expansion—seeded by the administration’s federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program—could lead to a crushing let-down. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 30, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 30, 2012
A new report by Education Sector—complete with infographic—illustrates this important truth about expanding learning time: It isn’t just the amount of time added to the school day, but the quality of the teaching and learning that happens during that time that makes a difference. Read full post

What Teachers Make

Rebecca Forbes
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Some years ago, the story goes, Taylor Mali, then a teacher, was at a dinner party when a fellow guest snidely asked, “What do you make?” This provoking remark led to Mali’s poem “What Teachers Make,” now viewed millions of times online and at his performances. Today, Mali travels the world, teaching poetry and talking about the valuable, noble work of teaching. And now, the poem and its movement have grown into his new book of the same name, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, out today. Read full post

How Do You Bring Community Partnerships to Scale?

Jama Toung
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Last night the Children’s Aid Society and the Campaign for Educational Equity sponsored a policy event in my neighborhood of Washington Heights. Michael Rebell, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Pedro Noguera all shared interesting thoughts on ways to bring communities into their schools as true partners. New York City Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky’s remarks on the interplay between strong school leadership and effective school-and-community partnerships were still on my mind when I woke up today. Read full post

The Proof Behind Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I'm proud today to join the launch of The Expanding Learning and Afterschool Project. This is a 50-state initiative that gives educators easy and direct access to research and promising practices that can help them use time beyond the conventional school day most effectively for learning. Read full post

Save NYC Beacon Centers

Lucy Friedman
Friday, March 23, 2012
I'm saddened to learn about the closing of seven Beacon Centers in NYC. Twenty years ago, my friend and visionary leader former Mayor David Dinkins asked me to lead the advisory commission that created the Beacons. As crime was at an all-time high in New York City in the early 90s, creating safe environments for our young people to spend their afternoon, evening, weekend and summer hours was paramount. Read full post

Making Kids Part of the Conversation

Rebecca Forbes
Friday, March 23, 2012
At Thirteen’s 2012 Celebration of Teaching and Learning last week, Wes Moore, an author, youth advocate and veteran, noted that the young people of our country can’t just be “subjects” in conversations about education reform, they have to be part of them. He’s right: Right now, our nation’s youth are a relatively silent majority in national and local conversations about education. It is crucial that they become dynamic actors in the dialogue. Read full post

Learning From Teachers Around the World

Lucy Friedman
Friday, March 16, 2012
I’m sharing a couple of quick thoughts from this week’s International Summit on the Teaching Profession. Andreas Schleicher started us off by describing what OECD has learned from international educators about developing teachers and preparing students for 21st century success. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 16, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 16, 2012
Happy AmeriCorps Week to our current TASC AmeriCorps team and the more than 2,400 members who have worked in our schools and programs since 2000. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you. Read full post


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