This is a post by Jennifer Davis, Co-Founder & President of NCTL.

The New York Times today featured the national movement to accelerate student achievement and offer a well-rounded education through expanded learning time. 


This is a guest post by NCTL high school intern, Giancarlo. Giancarlo is an NCTL summer intern through the KIPP Alumni Career Explorations (ACE) internship program. The ACE program is part of the KIPP Through College (KTC) program which provides students and their families with the essential knowledge and preparation they will need for success climbing the mountain to and through college. 


This post is by Jennifer Davis, Co-Founder & President of NCTL. 

In 1989 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad chaired the National Governors Association (NGA) and together with then President Bush (Sr.) called a summit of the nation's governors to set national goals for education. 

This post, by NCTL's Co-Founder and President Jennifer Davis, originally appeared in Huffington Post

This week we mourn the passing of Dr. Sally Ride. It is no exaggeration to say that the word "pioneer" was invented for people like her. The first American woman in space, Ride was an inspiration to a generation of young women and girls who could see the "glass ceiling" shatter as she rocketed beyond the limits of Earth's atmosphere.

As I write this post flying high above the East Coast on my way home from the Annual National Forum of the Education Commission of the States in Atlanta, the things I heard over the last few days are swirling around in my head. The first thing that I must say is that, once again, I found this conference tremendously valuable. (I attended last year's conference in Denver, too.) 

This is a guest post by NCTL's Co-Founder and President, Jennifer Davis. This post was cross-posted on Huffington Post.

Last weekend, as I balanced spending time with my 5-year-old daughter and completing numerous work-related projects, I read Why Women Still Can’t Have it All, the cover article in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter that is generating lots of buzz.  

We have been saying for a while now that the implementation of the Common Core reading and math standards, the most rigorous standards to date, has considerable implications for school time. How can we possibly expect students to know and do more than ever but provide no more time in which to do so?  

This post is by NCTL's Manager of Effective Practices, Roy Chan.  

 For years, researchers in the positive psychology and cognitive behavior fields (e.g. Martin Seligman, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth) have argued that success is not merely the byproduct of greater talent or higher IQ; it’s also about how you respond to and persist in spite of failure.  

This post originally appeared on the News and Updates section of the Time to Succeed Coalition.  

One con that I see consistently come up in the press around expanding the school day and/or year is the issue around transportation routes and schedules. 

This post by Elena Silva, originally appeared on The Quick & The Ed blog June 21, 2012.

Districts across the country are considering cutting the number of school days. The move is an extreme cost-savings measure, one that many are saying is unfortunate but necessary and unavoidable.