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Find Expanding Learning Time Tools and Reports

This library contains the latest policy and research reports on expanding learning time, building out-of-school time systems and improving student outcomes, as well as tools for schools and community organizations that are expanding learning time, opportunities and support for students. In this library you will find resources such as research studies, fact sheets and evaluation reports, as well as sample school schedules, curriculum resources and evaluation tools.

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Policy Studies Associates (PSA) has evaluated the national demonstration of ExpandED Schools since the demonstration, supported by The Wallace Foundation and others, was launched in the 2011-12 school year in 10 schools in New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans. Over four years, the evaluation explored the approaches that participating schools took to adopting the ExpandED Schools model, in particular seeking to understand the conditions that support—or hinder—the implementation of an expanded day.

What do we do with an expanded day? Create more joy. Spark curiosity. Uncover new talents. Close the learning gap.

Here are highlights from the ExpandED Salon, where Soledad O’Brien talks with YouTube creators about the changing landscape of information access, and learns from Dale Russakoff what went wrong with Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools.

Through hands-on experiences, personalized instruction and enriched learning, children discover their talents and develop their potential. Here are some of the activities that students enjoy in ExpandED Schools.

We’re committed to developing the professional capacity of staff in our ExpandED Schools network every year and at every level—from principals to AmeriCorps members—and gathering them frequently for exchanges among peers. Here are some of the trainings we offer

In this interview with Dr. Anthony Bryk, he offers ways to rethink the structures and processes that lead to student achievement. As the NYC Department of Education is currently conducting a pilot using the tenets of improvement science to drive individual school efforts to improve their practice, we share Dr. Bryk's responses to our questions about improvement science and NetworkED Improvement Communities (NICs).

3,800 books. That’s what our middle school students read in one year outside of the traditional school day, thanks to the help of our literacy tutors. These community members don’t just support young readers. They enhance young lives.

We invite you to experience what's different about ExpandED Schools by TASC, including a broader and enriched curriculum, more teaching talent, a schedule that meets the needs of kids and their parents and—most importantly—more opportunities for kids to develop their full potential. Our 2014 Annual Report highlights important initiatives like MS ExTRA, which lengthens the middle school day in order to build in daily book clubs, enrichment and social/emotional supports, and the STEM Educators Academy, which promotes collaboration between classroom teachers and community educators to spark student passion and transform kids into explorers and scientists.

Mayor de Blasio’s bold vision for Community Schools describes how schools can work in collaboration with families, non-profits and other community organizations to that ensure young people reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. This paper outlines promising practices in expanded learning, a key component in Community Schools, and includes examples from schools that work with TASC, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, Generation Schools Network and National Center on Time & Learning.

What we learned is that ExpandED Schools offers a powerful strategy for schools to advance their culture, foster healthy social and emotional development of young people, and promote academic progress. Over three years, as we’ve built growth mindsets in the children we educate, we have also fostered within the school communities we’ve supported a belief in their continued growth as well. These schools can assess progress and evolve, continually building skills for future success. These implementation findings are coupled with strong academic, social and emotional gains for students, and strong ratings of school climate by parents, teachers and students.