Happy New Year! Looking Back, Looking Forward
Happy New Year! As this new year begins, NCTL is grateful for the work of educators, administrators, and education leaders across the country who are working tirelessly every day to accelerate achievement and provide well-rounded opportunities for students in high-poverty expanded-time schools. Below you’ll find some of our recent publications, announcements, and collaborations made possible through partnerships with education leaders in schools, districts, and states and the national philanthropic community. We look forward to our continued work together to ensure that all children receive a broader educational experience that will prepare them for success in college and careers, and beyond.
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TIME Collaborative Welcomes New Districts!
In November, NCTL's President Jennifer Davis and the Ford Foundation’s President Darren Walker joined Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy at a TIME Collaborative school to announce the 11 new districts across the country that joined the TIME Collaborative. Over 30 schools in these districts serving more than 13,000 students are planning to redesign and expand their schedules by 300 hours for the 2014-2015 school year. The planning schools joined a cohort of 19 implementing schools that expanded their calendars beginning in the 2013-2014 school year as part of the TIME Collaborative. Together, these implementing schools serve over 9,000 students. You can watch a news segment and read the Associated Press story on this exciting expansion of the TIME Collaborative.
Learning Time in America: Trends to Reform the American School Calendar
Throughout 2013, we continued to see states and school districts around the country make significant headway in their efforts to develop and implement innovative and cost-effective ways to improve schools through more and better learning time. Learning Time in America provides a comprehensive overview of policy developments at the federal, state, and district levels to enable and fund innovative school models with expanded time to close achievement and opportunity gaps.
Empire State Allocates $20 Million for Statewide Expanded Learning Time Initiative
This past spring, Governor Cuomo and New York state legislators took a bold step in passing a state budget that includes a $20 million expanded learning time grant program, putting the state at the forefront of the movement to close achievement and opportunity gaps for students through redesigning the school calendar. With nearly 60 expanded-time schools across the state, these funds will fuel efforts already underway throughout New York state. You can read more about New York’s efforts here.