Morton Middle School and Talbot Innovation School in Fall River, MA are looking to create an innovative expanded learning time model that will be driven by integrating technology into their classrooms.

Conflict is inevitable. But we approach personal conflict (those we encounter at work and at home) differently from public conflict (news and websites). When we encounter conflict in our own lives, we compromise, collaborate, and empathize. Collaboration has been vital in our work throughout the TIME Collaborative. 

Once among the highest performing schools in Palmdale, CA, Tumbleweed Elementary had fallen on tough times over the last decade. Then, in 2010, California labeled Tumbleweed "persistently low achieving," ushering in a new era of school-wide transformation, featuring an expanded schedule, supported by federal School Improvement Grant funding. 

These days, when you read a headline like that, your mind instantly flashes to sequestration or some other partisan fight over the budget.  But, in this case, I want to focus on the public schools in Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts leads the country’s most ambitious statewide initiative to expand the school calendar. This past weekend, CBS Evening News featured one of these pioneering schools, the Kuss Middle School in Fall River, MA.  

Lindsay Cyr is a coordinator for the TIME Collaborative at NCTL.

Earlier this year, parents gathered at A.C. Whelan Elementary School in Revere, MA to discuss the impact of expanded learning time. Schools considering adding learning time will find the video of this discussion a great resource to share with their parents.

At Pennington Elementary in Wheat Ridge, CO, Principal Sandy Craig and TIME Collaborative planning team members have kept their planning process transparent and solicited feedback from all stakeholders from the day the school was selected for the TIME Collaborative. Principal Craig stated that she and TIME Collaborative planning team members knew that their TIME Collaborative work would only be successful if intentional communication with all staff members, families, and the community became a part of their planning process.

Jennifer Davis issued the following statement today on the release of Mathematica Policy Research’s report, KIPP Middle Schools: Impacts on Achievement and Other Outcomes.

Nancy Conneely is a senior associate at the National Center on Time & Learning.

Expanded learning time was prominently featured at one of the largest, most widely covered education events of the year yesterday.  

The New York Times recently highlighted the growing trend of school districts pushing physical education teachers to move beyond soccer, kickball, and tennis to include more academics into traditional physical education time.