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ERIC Number: ED504581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 54
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 162
The Federal Role in Out-of-School Learning: After-School, Summer Learning, and Family Involvement as Critical Learning Supports
Weiss, Heather B.; Little, Priscilla M. D.; Bouffard, Suzanne M.; Deschenes, Sarah N.; Malone, Helen Janc
Harvard Family Research Project
This report makes a research-based case for federal provision of out-of-school complementary learning supports from birth through high school, particularly for poor children, so that all students gain the skills that economists, educators, and employers agree are necessary for success in the 21st century. Four decades of consistent research evidence demonstrate it is necessary to redefine learning--both where and when it takes place--and to follow up with innovations that enable communities to move to a complementary learning approach, if the country is to achieve its national goal of educating all children. Report highlights include: (1) Research and evaluation evidence that shows the benefits of out-of-school complementary learning opportunities in family involvement, after school programs, and summer learning programs; (2) What federal leaders can do to build state and local capacity for complementary learning services and interventions that measurably contribute to children's development, particularly their academic outcomes; (3) Legislative and policy tools and examples of public-private partnerships that enable innovation, accountability, and evaluation for continuous learning and improvement of complementary learning pathways; and (4) Recommendations for the federal government to develop, implement and test a national strategy for complementary learning, culminating in a proposal for a "Pathways to Educational Success Act." Commissioned as part of a series of 11 papers on "Rethinking the Federal Role in Elementary and Secondary Education," the report was presented at a forum on Capitol Hill in November 2008. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Center on Education Policy
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; No Child Left Behind Act 2001