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ExpandED Schools: Re-Imagining the 21st Century School Day

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June 30, 2010
ExpandED Schools: Re-Imagining the 21st Century School Day

ExpandED Schools (formerly Expanded Learning Time / New York City schools) are expanding the school day by three hours under TASC’s leadership. TASC’s model builds on research-tested school-and-after-school partnerships that demonstrably improve students’ achievement, intellectual and creative development and their motivation to succeed.

The ExpandED Schools strategy sends teams from community organizations, into schools to partner with teachers in offering kids more learning time and opportunities. Empowered principals use the additional staff, curriculum and TASC’s technical assistance as a lever to boost school quality and student outcomes.

ExpandED Schools have the time and staffing which most schools lack to offer more core academics and round out the curriculum with arts, music and other activities that resonate with kids. They give kids life-changing opportunities to try out sports such as crew and fencing, and technology such as digital cinematography. Science inquiry – often squeezed out of the typical six-and-a-half-hour school day – is a staple of expanded learning hours. Schools offer individualized instruction to kids who need it, and support to kids and families who live with the stress poverty engenders.

This brief, which compares achievement in ExpandED Schools to peer schools, provides an update on Year Two of this three-year pilot initiative.

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