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The Expanded Exchange

"Learning Takes Place Everywhere, At Any Time"

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
One of the most popular standing Twitter chats in education—#edchat—typically focuses on learning and technology. This morning's question was: How do we consider time differently to re-build school schedules and calendars to maximize learning? Read full post

Weekly Roundup for January 13, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, January 13, 2012
Check out SchoolBook’s roundup of reactions to Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City address. And if you follow NYC politics, take a couple minutes to watch the Mayor’s opening video (you’ll laugh! I promise!) featuring Irish step dancers from PS 59, an ExpandED School affiliate. Read full post

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


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