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Q&A: TMALS Principal Discusses ExpandED Schools

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
In December, The After-School Corporation (TASC) launched an initiative to take its ExpandED Schools program to the national stage. ExpandED Schools connects schools to community organizations in order to provide students with increased learning opportunities in the community through an extended school day. At Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School (TMALS) in Harlem, an ExpandED School, Principal Dawn Brooks DeCosta discusses her experience with the program. Read full post

2011 Highlights, 2012 Inspiration

Lucy Friedman
Friday, December 30, 2011
For the New Year, I resolve to visit schools more often, talk to more principals and teachers, and give more kids more reasons to jump up and down with a joy of learning. Are you with me? Read full post

Weekly Roundup for December 23, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, December 23, 2011
New York public schools will be seeing Big Red—in a good way—when the new Cornell engineering grad school comes to Roosevelt Island. According to Crain’s New York, “Cornell committed to launching a $150 million start-up financing fund, and to create programs that will reach 10,000 NYC students and 200 teachers per year.” Read full post

Anytime, Anywhere Winter Break Learning

ExpandED Schools
Thursday, December 22, 2011
And now for something completely different. Guest blogger Martine King, TASC’s new Director of Education, offers eight ways that parents and kids can have fun and exercise their minds together over winter break. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for December 16, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, December 16, 2011
A group of Chicago teachers released a report containing 49 ways “to build a better school day, week and year,” such as implementing a longer school day with a staggered teaching schedule, converting to a year-long quarterly schedule, and starting the day with extracurricular activities. Read full post

ExpandED Schools Go National

Charissa Fernandez
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Today we are re-introducing TASC and our community and school partners through the national launch of ExpandED Schools, the approach to expanded learning time we’ve been piloting in New York City public schools since 2008. Read full post

NYC Budget Cuts Threaten Learning After 3 PM

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I know you hear every day about cuts coming from all levels of government toward schools and services that support the most vulnerable kids and families. I’m especially concerned today about threats to the integrity and stability of New York’s Out-of-School Time (OST) system, which has done so much to support families and help students succeed. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for December 9, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, December 9, 2011
Top education stories in NYC this week: The New York Times reports that enrichments such as music and art are replacing recess in some NYC schools. Meanwhile, NYC was the only big city whose NAEP scores dropped this year, though the achievement gap seems to be narrowing. Read full post

Top 10 Lessons From State Legislative Staff

Saskia Traill
Thursday, December 8, 2011
It’s clear the real question is not how to extend time, but how to remove the clock so that kids are learning throughout the day, everywhere. Read full post

Best Testimony Ever from an 8-Year-Old

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Yesterday at Hilton Elementary School in Baltimore, an ExpandED School, I met an 8-year-old boy named Sylvil. Without going into detail, let’s say Sylvil has faced some challenges in school. This year, he had a chance to join the chess club hosted by the school’s community partner, Child First Authority. With unprecedented speed he rose from beginner to intermediate to advanced level. Then Sylvil was chosen to represent his school at a statewide chess tournament. He returned to Hilton with a big win and a trophy. Read full post


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