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Weekly Roundup for February 17, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, February 17, 2012
In an Education Next interview with Frederick Hess, John White, the new Louisiana State Superintendent and former deputy superintendent at the NYCDOE, argues that “we need organizations that are actively building a sense of the community’s power to choose a better education for their children. Until we have that, our reforms will be provider-led rather than consumer-led; that’s sustainable for a while, but not in perpetuity.” Read full post

Data Walls and King Cakes

Christopher Caruso
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Last week, TASC hosted a two-day convening of the schools in our ExpandED national demonstration. Over 50 leaders from New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans gathered in New York to learn from one another, to share challenges and success, and to establish accountability practices. Read full post

A New Gallery in Harlem

Tiffany O'Neal
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I love exploring art galleries. If you were to happen upon my Facebook pics, you’d see I’m that person who takes pictures of the art hanging on the walls and the sculptures along the hallways. I’ll even pose with them as if I’m posing with a friend. So of course I had a great time at yesterday’s opening reception for the Rush Gallery at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School (TMALS), an ExpandED School in Harlem. Read full post

Digital Learning Beyond School

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Today is Digital Learning Day, a great moment to reflect on the potential of informal educators who operate expanded learning time schools and after-school and summer programs to bring digital learning to kids with the fewest advantages. Read full post

Is It Our Common Core Too?

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Many forward-thinking NYC community educators and CBO leaders gathered at TASC today to discuss with Gregg Betheil how they can help their schools help students meet the newly instituted New York State Common Core standards. As Executive Director of the Office of School Programs & Partnerships for the NYC Department of Education, Gregg’s been taking his Common Core road show to museums, universities and all kinds of organizations that partner with teachers and principals to expand learning in schools. Read full post

Summary of Twitter #timechat

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
CBASS hosted a lively discussion on expanded learning with Elena Silva, Senior Policy Analyst at Education Sector and co-author of the report Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning, yesterday afternoon. Read full post

Thoughts on the State of the Union

Charissa Fernandez
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I admit it – I’m a sucker for the State of the Union. I get excited wondering what the theme will be and how effectively it will be employed throughout the speech, predicting who will applaud when, anticipating which special guests will draw tears, calculating when the cameras will pan to the First Lady. It doesn’t hurt that President Obama is a great orator. Read full post

Join Us for a Twitter Chat

Jess Tonn
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Has expanded learning’s time arrived? Where is the movement going? The Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) will host a Twitter chat today, January 24, 2 PM to 3 PM EST to grapple with those questions and others raised in The Wallace Foundation’s recent report Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning. Read full post

What About Expanding High School Learning Time?

Saskia Traill
Monday, January 23, 2012
We‘ve been working with a small group of New York City High Schools to begin to answer that question. Each school works with a partnering community organization, and the teams all came together recently at TASC to update each other and share successes and challenges. While each school-community team is offering a unique set of opportunities to their students, their overall goals are similar: to offer students robust, relevant learning experiences that go beyond traditional classroom instruction. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for January 20, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, January 20, 2012
An article in The Atlantic argues that “we're cutting traditional after-school activities to make time for academic ones, but the role of play in development shouldn't be forgotten.” Agreed. Let’s find a way to make time for both. Read full post


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