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California’s new standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core

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.”

That approach is similar to a Common Core State Standards strategy that encourages students to be in charge of their own learning. Another expanded learning standard – giving students an opportunity to collaborate with each other – also echoes a Common Core theme.

Other standards are more familiar, such as providing a safe environment, promoting physical activities and good nutrition, and embracing diversity and equity.

The standards come on the heels of a strategic plan for expanded learning recently released by the department, A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, which emphasizes the role of after-school and summer programs in supporting students’ academic work during the regular school year.

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