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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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ExpandED Schools works to build education enrichment into an expanded school day because extra time spent in engaging learning activities leads to better outcomes in school and beyond. There’s one month, however, when students in many schools lose learning time: June. In this resource guide, we offer some specific strategies to increase learning time and attendance rates, boost engagement, minimize summer learning loss, and accelerate performance in the next grade.

New York City is the nation’s second largest and fastest growing technology hub, with tech-related jobs increasing by over 28% in the past 5 years. However, few teachers are prepared to teach computer science (CS). The after-school field and expanded learning programs can fill this gap by offering exposure to STEM careers, creating on-ramps for computer science, and empowering people to express themselves with technology.

ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC) has spent the past 17 years helping schools and community organizations find the right partners. This resource guide offers a guide to the strategic questions school teams might ask themselves and their potential partners to have the best outcomes for young people.

Kids singing the praises of a longer school day? Absolutely. Hear in their own words, along with educators, why expanded learning time is so important.

It’s been a fulfilling 15 years since we first set out to increase learning opportunities for New York City’s most vulnerable kids. As with any milestone, this anniversary has led us to think about our history and how the field has grown over time … and dream of where it can continue to grow.

"At a recent national forum at the Ford Foundation in New York, 140 education and youth development professionals discussed how to better support adolescent learning. Drawing on the discussion and the latest research in neuroscience, psychology and cognitive learning science, TASC presents an action agenda that can be tailored to circumstances in your own city and state."

Remember what it was like to leave grade school for the shockingly adult life of 6th grade? You had to be alert, diligent, hardworking. You had to keep track, keep up and keep going through the highs and lows. In our 2013 Annual Report, we introduce the launch of Middle School ExTRA, one of the nation's largest efforts to re-engineer the outdated school day by focusing on this critical turning point.

"The results are in: ExpandED students spend more time in English and math, and also round out their curriculum with more time for science and the arts. Enrichments such as robotics and gardening enable robust vocabulary development through new experiences. Students have more time for nutritious meals and physical movement, ensuring they are physically ready to learn. And, they have more than three extra hours per week of academic support."

This is the second edition guide for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program leaders, offering a framework and practical advice for creating and maintaining high-quality STEM learning programs in out-of-school time sites.

"An analysis of data from the second year of TASC’s national demonstration of an expanded school day for elementary and middle school students shows that ExpandED Schools improved school culture, decreased rates of students’ chronic absenteeism and helped students develop positive learning habits and attitudes. Schools and their community partners made progress in evolving the culture of their schools to maximize the benefits of expanded time for learning. For the second year in a row, New York City ExpandED Schools outperformed citywide in rankings by parents, teachers and students of their schools’ safety, communication, engagement and academic expectations.