Last spring, California Governor Jerry Brown made clear that, given the state’s ballooning deficit, the state might be forced to make drastic cuts in education funding to local districts and, in turn, to then allow school districts to cut days from the school year by up to three weeks. 


I have long been an admirer of Teach Plus, an organization that works with teachers to help make their voice heard within the many education policy debates that run through the public discourse. In service to their mission, Teach Plus recently released the results of a survey of over 1,000 teachers... 

It is not often that one gets the opportunity to capture in one place all one knows about a particular topic. (Certainly, in these blog posts, I often feel like space allows for only “scratching the surface” type discussions.) 

Often, when we cite research that purports to identify a connection between time and learning, we suggest that the findings are correlational, not causal.

This post, authored by Jennifer Davis, the Co-Founder and President of the National Center on Time & Learning, originally appeared on the Teach For America Blog, Pass the Chalk. 

Over the last few years we have seen a revolution in public education reform in America. 

This is a guest post by NCTL's Manager of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative, Emily Raine.    

As they head back to school, we've been asking veteran ELT principals to reflect on their proudest accomplishments last year and what they look forward to doing even better this year, as they seek to strengthen implementation of expanded learning time.

This is a guest post by NCTL's Manager of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative, Emily Raine

While it is great news that two additional schools will receive the state's ELT grant this year, perhaps even more exciting is the way in which an ever-increasing number of schools and communities across the Commonwealth are expanding learning time outside of this grant opportunity. 


This is a guest post by NCTL's Manager of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative, Emily Raine

This year, Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature affirmed their commitment to meaningful school reform by increasing the line-item that supports the first-in-the-nation statewide Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative to $14.17M. 

Last night, in a speech before the Democratic National Convention (and the nation), Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts waxed on about a school in his state that offered a terrific example of how an under-performing school can get a new lease on life when given the tools to turn itself around.

This article originally appeared in CNN Opinion. 

(CNN) -- In America, summer holds a special place in our hearts: lazy afternoons, camping at the lake, warm evenings gazing at the moon. For children, especially, summer can unleash the free flow of discovery. For older children, summer often brings their first job.