More hours in the school day for teachers as well as students can lead to improved academic achievement, according to a new report that studies 17 schools across the nation that give teachers more time for collaboration and professional development. The average American teacher spends about seven hours of the workweek outside the classroom, according to “Rethinking Teacher Time,” a report by the National Center on Time and Learning.
California has the largest investment in expanded learning programs in the nation, but there is still “a large, unmet need” for these programs, according to a recent report.
The concept of community schools is starting to gain ground across the country. Districts thinking of embracing this “whole child” approach to education might want to look to a nationally recognized model: Cincinnati, where every school aims to provide health, after-school, and counseling services.
The California Department of Education has issued a set of quality standards for expanded learning programs that include giving youth opportunities “to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation.”
A recent report from the Oakland-based nonprofit advocacy group Partnership for Children & Youth, “Getting a Head Start on the Common Core,” suggests that a number of districts are relying on summer programs to introduce and reinforce the new standards.
Los Angeles Unified’s board members approved a 180-day school year for 2014-15, postponing for at least a year member Mónica García’s proposal to extend the school year to 200 days in the nation’s second-largest school district.
Blending the regular school day and the after-school program sets apart Elmhurst Community Prep, a middle school in East Oakland that has expanded the school day for all students to 5 p.m. with a variety of after-school offerings, such as classes in robotics, music, dance and building self-confidence