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ERIC Number: ED509950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Expanded Learning and School Reform Initiatives: Challenges and Strategies. A Policy Brief
Stonehill, Robert; Donner, Jessica; Morgan, Emily; Lasagna, Molly
Learning Point Associates
Research suggests that students strongly benefit when they are provided substantially more time to engage in academic enrichment and youth development opportunities, both within and outside the school building. Well-designed expanded learning programs can have a positive impact on student achievement, attendance and graduation rates, and other desirable student outcomes--but they are not often incorporated as a key element in school improvement plans. To address this issue, Learning Point Associates and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) launched an initiative to strengthen collaboration between school-focused reform efforts and those that seek similar outcomes. In one event, proponents of expanded learning opportunities came together to discuss their experiences and ideas for a more consistent and deliberate integration of expanded learning. From their ongoing conversations, they have identified key strategies that can address the most significant challenges to a broader adoption of expanded learning strategies in school reform efforts. This policy brief synthesizes these ongoing discussions and observations as six recommendations to extend the integration of high-quality, expanded learning opportunities in state, district, and school reform initiatives. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Learning Point Associates