ERIC Number: ED489230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Supporting Student Success: A Governor's Guide to Extra Learning Opportunities
National Governors Association
Extra learning opportunities (ELOs) help to ensure that children are successful in school and in life. Although before- and after-school programs have been around for decades, much is being learned about how the hours outside of school can be critical determinants of student achievement. With many forms and purposes, extra learning opportunities are a key part of many state policy efforts to support the long-term success of children, families, and communities. State policymakers increasingly recognize the important contributions that high-quality extra learning opportunities can make toward education, youth development, workforce, and prevention priorities. Extra learning opportunities help to keep youth engaged in their schools and communities from an early age. They provide safe havens, promote positive development, and offer additional academic assistance and enrichment to students who require it. ELOs can play a crucial role in state policy efforts to improve schools, help youth develop essential workforce skills, and support families and communities. For example, high-quality ELOs can be an important strategy to close the achievement gap in reading and math. Research also points to the impact of ELOs on outcomes that indirectly affect school achievement: positive social behaviors and attitudes, improved engagement in learning, and development of skills such as problem solving or higher-order thinking. (Contains 95 endnotes.) [Support for this document was provided by the Wallace Foundation.]
Descriptors: After School Programs, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Thinking Skills, Skill Development, Prevention, Educational Quality, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association. Center for Best Practices.