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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

Weekly Roundup for November 4, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 4, 2011
If you bought the hardcover version of Diane Ravitch’s book last year and are curious about the new chapter at the end of the recently released paperback edition, check out Valerie Strauss’ summary. Ravitch’s main argument: “School reform must occur in tandem with social reform.” Read full post

Green Machines and Hackasaurus Jams

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wouldn’t you love to be a kid in one of the two new pilot after-school programs at Quest to Learn, a tech-powered public middle school in New York City? The program in green design grew out of seventh graders’ desire to invent more sustainable ways to live on this planet. The school’s multi-media news channel will give kids voice through reporting, blogging, video production and marketing. Read full post

More Time for More Things

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, October 31, 2011
I am not at all surprised that there’s a movement afoot to add more time to school. In fact, I’m surprised that there’s not a movement to add time to more things. Read full post

Reflections on the Council of the Great City Schools Conference

Saskia Traill
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Three things struck me from the conference: the consensus around the importance of a well-rounded education, the lack of concern over the prices of things, and the use of technology. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for October 28, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, October 28, 2011
If you weren’t at the National Center on Time and Learning’s expanded learning time convening in Boston this week, you can get up to speed on what happened via their Time Matters blog. Thanks to Randi Weingarten for reminding us that “teacher voice and buy-in” are necessary ingredients for ELT success. Read full post

Lessons From Bard High School Early College

Lucy Friedman
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I was proud to be invited to the 10th anniversary celebration for Bard High School Early College this week with my son, who attended the school in its first two years. Read full post

Tough Cookies

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I’ve been strolling down memory lane ever since I attended the launch event for Tough Cookies, the new book about the 100-year history of the Girl Scouts by my friend and Scouts’ CEO Kathy Cloninger. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my weekly Scout meetings, my first lesson in the power of expanding learning time outside of the traditional school day. Read full post

Facebook as a Vehicle for Policy Change?

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, October 24, 2011
Research tells us that kids benefit when all the adults in their lives are working in concert, but the adults who are shaping and setting policy seem unwilling or unable to engage in dialogue with each other (everyone's pretty good at the talking part, the listening not so much). This pattern gives me pause when registering to attend events with otherwise impressive rosters of panelists and speakers. Read full post

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