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The Expanded Exchange

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

"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


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