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ERIC Number: ED521123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success
Dechenes, Sarah; Malone, Helen Janc
Harvard Family Research Project
Learning consists of all the ways that youth acquire new knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors. It happens not just in school, but also through afterschool and summer activities, time spent with the family, and increasingly, through interaction with digital media. Broadening ideas about where, when, and how learning happens helps communities to create richer learning pathways that have the potential to: (1) Include more youth development opportunities to help young people gain the skills necessary for lifelong learning and a healthy adulthood; (2) Offer a seamless learning environment that can help promote school success and stem summer learning loss; and (3) Efficiently use resources outside of schools to help close the achievement gap. This research brief is designed to inform the discussion among policymakers and providers (including districts, schools, and afterschool and summer learning organizations, among others) about how to expand learning time for today's youth. Because examples of various ways to achieve a policy goal are often useful in the early stages of discussion, this brief describes one possible approach--year-round learning--and highlights promising initiatives underway. (Contains 1 table and 14 endnotes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by the Picower Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Maryland; New York; Ohio; Virginia