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Find Expanding Learning Time Tools and Reports

This library contains the latest policy and research reports on expanding learning time, building out-of-school time systems and improving student outcomes, as well as tools for schools and community organizations that are expanding learning time, opportunities and support for students. In this library you will find resources such as research studies, fact sheets and evaluation reports, as well as sample school schedules, curriculum resources and evaluation tools.

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Kids singing the praises of a longer school day? Absolutely. Hear in their own words, along with educators, why expanded learning time is so important.

It’s been a fulfilling 15 years since we first set out to increase learning opportunities for New York City’s most vulnerable kids. As with any milestone, this anniversary has led us to think about our history and how the field has grown over time … and dream of where it can continue to grow.

"At a recent national forum at the Ford Foundation in New York, 140 education and youth development professionals discussed how to better support adolescent learning. Drawing on the discussion and the latest research in neuroscience, psychology and cognitive learning science, TASC presents an action agenda that can be tailored to circumstances in your own city and state."

Remember what it was like to leave grade school for the shockingly adult life of 6th grade? You had to be alert, diligent, hardworking. You had to keep track, keep up and keep going through the highs and lows. In our 2013 Annual Report, we introduce the launch of Middle School ExTRA, one of the nation's largest efforts to re-engineer the outdated school day by focusing on this critical turning point.

"The results are in: ExpandED students spend more time in English and math, and also round out their curriculum with more time for science and the arts. Enrichments such as robotics and gardening enable robust vocabulary development through new experiences. Students have more time for nutritious meals and physical movement, ensuring they are physically ready to learn. And, they have more than three extra hours per week of academic support."

This is the second edition guide for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program leaders, offering a framework and practical advice for creating and maintaining high-quality STEM learning programs in out-of-school time sites.

"An analysis of data from the second year of TASC’s national demonstration of an expanded school day for elementary and middle school students shows that ExpandED Schools improved school culture, decreased rates of students’ chronic absenteeism and helped students develop positive learning habits and attitudes. Schools and their community partners made progress in evolving the culture of their schools to maximize the benefits of expanded time for learning. For the second year in a row, New York City ExpandED Schools outperformed citywide in rankings by parents, teachers and students of their schools’ safety, communication, engagement and academic expectations.

The national demonstration of TASC's ExpandED Schools was launched in 2011-12 in New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans. The ExpandED Schools demonstration is being evaluated by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) and is rolling out at a time when there is heightened awareness among educators, researchers and youth development experts about the importance of cultivating certain students mindsets that are precursors to academic performance.This research brief presents evidence that by working together strategically and collaboratively, schools and community partner organizations can create a positive environment that enables students to take control of their own learning and gain confidence in their ability to succeed.

This guide is a list of strategies and tools that can be used in continued implementation of effective home/school partnerships. This curated resource pulls from across the landscape of policy, research and practice, with a description of each tool gathered directly from its website.

This brief by TASC, Every Hour Counts and ORGE Innovation Consulting presents a strategy to create real-world science learning experiences for kids that integrate Next Generation Science Standards with social and emotional learning experiences. Leveraging external experts, community integration and project-based learning, the model builds flexible science programs in both formal and informal settings. While intended for use by New York, Boston and Providence, the Frontiers in Urban Science (FUSE) initiative cities, this brief could be useful to STEM educators, community partners and district leaders nationwide who are forging new paths to expand access to STEM learning and opportunities