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ERIC Number: ED502276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Complementary Learning: Emerging Strategies, Evolving Ideas
Bouffard, Suzanne; Goss, Claire Brown; Weiss, Heather
Harvard Family Research Project
The focus on the achievement gap and growing debate about No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization have sparked increased recognition that schools alone cannot meet the learning needs of American children. There is growing interest at all levels in identifying non-school supports and opportunities that both complement learning in schools and collectively result in better developmental outcomes for children and youth. In 2005, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) introduced the complementary learning framework, the idea that a systemic approach to learning that intentionally integrates both school and non-school supports can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed. On November 1-3, 2007, HFRP, in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Programs in Professional Education, hosted "Closing the Achievement Gap: Linking Families, Schools, and Communities through Complementary Learning." This institute provided an opportunity for diverse stakeholders from around the country to discuss innovative and comprehensive solutions for overcoming achievement gaps and preparing all children for success in school and life and focused on connecting the pieces to build comprehensive systems of support. The institute targeted two primary goals: (1) to describe what complementary learning is and what it looks like in practice; and (2) to explore strategies for building complementary learning, both in individual communities and in the field at large. This report provides a summary of the institute by: (1) Describing the growing demand for complementary learning and the current policy window for mainstreaming complementary learning approaches; (2) Highlighting themes about strategies for building and sustaining complementary learning that emerged before and during the institute; and (3) Looking forward and pointing to next steps for the field. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
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