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Extended learning time
an hour a day keeps state accountability away
August 16, 2018
Florida told its low-scoring schools to make their days longer. It helped, new research finds
Last year, Camille Watkins’s day as a fourth grade teacher got a little longer. The elementary school where she taught…
a matter of time
July 2, 2015
One challenge in expanding student learning time: giving teachers time to plan
Research suggests that more time in school boosts students’ skills, but adding productive time to students’ days often means cutting time from their teachers’.
August 26, 2014
Are principals prepared to evaluate pre-K teachers?
As New York City expands its pre-K offerings, questions of how best to train principals and evaluate teachers have taken on new urgency.
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August 6, 2014
Fariña: Books are the answer to everything
Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the "learning loss" that affects many students from low-income families when school is out. The implied goal: to make the students enjoy reading as much as Fariña does.
August 5, 2014
As computer science slowly makes inroads in schools, summer programs multiply
As demand for computer science education has increased, summer programs focused on coding have popped up around the city, offering students an introduction to the field.
July 31, 2014
Dispute over grants for longer school days leaves schools in limbo
With a little more than four weeks before the school year starts, eight middle schools that were counting on nearly $8 million in “extended learning time” grants have been told the money is being withheld over compliance issues with state contracting rules.
July 28, 2014
In Brighton, booming enrollment could lead to year-round school
During the last decade, Adams County School District 27J’s enrollment has doubled. And there is no sign of a slow down, according to district officials.
June 25, 2014
City schools to receive $7.6 million for extra learning time
After a long wait, New York City has received a $7.6 million state grant for a program that will keep approximately 5,000 low-income students in class for at…
April 14, 2014
Longer day divides school community at Denver elementary school
Denison Elementary School in southwest Denver has received attention in recent months for its anticipated move towards a longer school day. It's one of several district schools to consider making the change. At Denison, the conflict has divided parents and staff, with a majority of parents opposing the change and a majority of staff supporting it.
February 26, 2014
In a step back from national initiative, Manual ends year-round schooling, longer day
After two years of nearly year-round schooling, a shorter year and day are in store for students and teachers at Manual High School.
October 31, 2013
Pilot tutoring program takes on the “6,000-hour learning gap”
Participants try out the guided-reading tutoring groups at the expanded-learning conference Thursday. Six thousand. That’s how many more learning hours — amassed during parent read-alouds, preschool, piano lessons, summer camp and museum visits — that middle-class kids have racked up by sixth grade than their more impoverished peers, researchers say. The After-School Corporation details that jarring stat in an infographic and video released today. The group also hosted a conference this morning (in partnership with the Ford and Robin Hood foundations) where researchers and advocates described one effort to narrow the gap: a pilot program launched this fall in 20 NYC schools that combines intensive literacy tutoring with an extended school day. Sixth graders in schools participating in the program, called Middle School ExTRA, stay 2.5 hours after the end of the normal school day. We covered the program’s launch earlier in the school year.
September 13, 2013
Middle schools start longer days with a focus on participation
Students at I.S. 340 played a strategic game of tag called "one step" on Thursday during their extended day, part of a city pilot program. After dismissal on the first day of school at I.S. 30, sixth-graders filed into the auditorium, where Principal Carol Heeraman asked an important question: How many had permission to stay for two and a half more hours? Only a handful of students raised their hands, and the rest were dismissed with instructions to have their parents sign the permission form by the next day. "This is your homework assignment," Heeraman said. I.S. 30 is one of 20 city middle schools to pilot an extended day this year as part of the Department of Education's two-year-old Middle School Quality Initiative. Some schools started the year with near-perfect attendance, but others are learning that getting all students who are eligible for the programming to attend can be a complicated endeavor. In I.S. 30's auditorium, one student raised his hand and asked, “What if my mom doesn’t want me to stay?”
August 20, 2013
NYC summer program cuts testing to weigh learning benefits
Jennifer Rosario (right), a social worker with Partnership with Children, teaches students from the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media to make smoothies. An ambitious pilot to stem summer learning loss for low-income New York City students wrapped up its second year this month. But officials will have to wait a little longer before they can tell for sure how much it's working. When the pilot, called NYC Summer Quest, began last summer, city education officials wanted to test students to measure how much the gap narrowed by after finishing the five-week program. They asked schools to give the students an extra set of tests at the end and beginning of the school year. But it didn't work out as planned. Principals in participating schools quickly pointed out that June and September were too hectic to make their highest-need children sit for more tests. "It was really hard on the schools," said Ali Tan, Summer Quest's program director at the Department of Education.
June 10, 2013
City announces the 20 schools that will have longer school days
Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have announced the 20 middle schools whose sixth-graders will get extra instruction time starting this fall. These middle schools are part of a 40-school expansion of the Middle School Quality Initiative, which was started by the chancellor two years ago to provide more support for middle schools. The 20 schools with longer days were chosen randomly from 130 schools that requested to be part of the pilot program. With the two and a half hours of extra time, students will have intensive literacy tutoring and other extracurricular activities. The principals from the schools are meeting with department officials today to learn more about the MSQI and the extended learning day program.
April 29, 2013
City to give longer school day, literacy help to middle schoolers
Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new phase in the Middle School Quality Initiative at the Urban Institute of Mathematics in the Bronx. For thousands of sixth-graders at 20 city middle schools, the school day is about to get a lot longer. The schools will offer an hour of intensive literacy tutoring and 90 additional minutes of community-inspired programming such as yoga and gardening, as part of the city's latest effort to spur improvements in the lowest-performing middle schools. Chancellor Dennis Walcott and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today that they are adding 40 schools to the city's two-year-old Middle School Quality Initiative. Twenty of those schools will be randomly chosen for the three-year extended day pilot program. Walcott made middle schools his priority when he took office, rebranding an initiative that Quinn had spearheaded as MSQI and expanding it to include focuses on literacy, teacher collaboration, and using data to drive instruction. Since then, MSQI has grown from 18 to 49 schools, and in the fall, it will include 89 schools.
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