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The Expanded Exchange

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

Weekly Roundup for December 2, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, December 2, 2011
New research out of Harvard suggests that the transition to middle school really is challenging for kids—and not just because of acne and cliques. Researchers found that kids who transitioned to middle school in 6th grade experienced “sharp drops” in math and English achievement and were more likely to drop out of high school than kids who attended K-8 schools. Read full post

Make Your New Year’s Resolution to #expandEDin2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, December 2, 2011
Earlier this week, Susan published a blog post explaining “why longer school days are vital.” When she and I put our heads together, we found that it took us no time to come up with more than a dozen reasons to expand education, in 140 characters or less. That’s how a Twitter campaign was born. Read full post

It Takes a Community

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Good things are happening in Cincinnati. Despite high levels of poverty, test scores are going up, more kids are showing up for kindergarten ready to learn, and graduation rates are on the rise. Read full post

Why Are Longer School Days Vital?

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Uncommon Schools, our Twitter friend and charter school management organization, sent us a tweet this morning, asking us to explain “why longer school days are vital.” We couldn’t come up with one 140-character tweet that encompassed the vital-ness of an expanded school day, so consider this series of under 140-character bullet points—an expanded tweet, if you will—our response. Read full post


Christopher Caruso
Monday, November 21, 2011
Last week, my career came (almost) full circle, when I joined the staff of TASC. Through our work in ExpandED Schools, schools and communities are coming together to expand the learning day and increase educational opportunities for students in several cities around the country. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for November 18, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Shanker Blog examined the secrets behind the success of high-performing charter schools this week, which Diane Ravitch summed up as: more time, more money, more attention. Read full post

STEM Shout-Out to Thurgood Marshall Academy

Saskia Traill
Friday, November 18, 2011
I don’t know if Justice Thurgood Marshall was interested in science or technology, but students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change sure are. Read full post

Learning Through LEGOs

Charissa Fernandez
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Anne-Marie Hoxie, TASC's Director of Research, recently visited JHS 185 in Queens where she met Hunter, an 8th grade student working on a robotics project using LEGOs, computers and a lot of skill and imagination. Read full post


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