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The Expanded Exchange

It Takes a Community

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Good things are happening in Cincinnati. Despite high levels of poverty, test scores are going up, more kids are showing up for kindergarten ready to learn, and graduation rates are on the rise. Read full post

Why Are Longer School Days Vital?

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Uncommon Schools, our Twitter friend and charter school management organization, sent us a tweet this morning, asking us to explain “why longer school days are vital.” We couldn’t come up with one 140-character tweet that encompassed the vital-ness of an expanded school day, so consider this series of under 140-character bullet points—an expanded tweet, if you will—our response. Read full post


Christopher Caruso
Monday, November 21, 2011
Last week, my career came (almost) full circle, when I joined the staff of TASC. Through our work in ExpandED Schools, schools and communities are coming together to expand the learning day and increase educational opportunities for students in several cities around the country. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for November 18, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Shanker Blog examined the secrets behind the success of high-performing charter schools this week, which Diane Ravitch summed up as: more time, more money, more attention. Read full post

STEM Shout-Out to Thurgood Marshall Academy

Saskia Traill
Friday, November 18, 2011
I don’t know if Justice Thurgood Marshall was interested in science or technology, but students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change sure are. Read full post

Learning Through LEGOs

Charissa Fernandez
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Anne-Marie Hoxie, TASC's Director of Research, recently visited JHS 185 in Queens where she met Hunter, an 8th grade student working on a robotics project using LEGOs, computers and a lot of skill and imagination. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for November 11, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 11, 2011
In honor of Election Day, Learning Matters asked ten education leaders to name America’s best “education President.” Who gets your vote? Read full post

An Afternoon of Firsts at PS 59

Chris Whipple
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Yesterday I walked to the local branch library with 20 third graders and a parent coordinator who spends her afternoons leading enrichment activities at PS 59 in the Bronx. This was a special day for the kids, the day on which they were to be issued their first library cards. Read full post

Facebook for the Next Generation

Jess Tonn
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Why do companies spend so much time and money trying to cater to the same audience? Instead, why not spend our energy developing a social media site for a whole different audience, one that (in theory) doesn't have access to social media in the first place: the under-13 crowd? Read full post

New Directions for Youth Development

Saskia Traill
Friday, November 4, 2011
The next issue of the journal New Directions for Youth Development focuses on expanded learning time and is a great addition to the ELT canon. Read full post


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