This is a guest blog post from NCTL's Policy Associate, Kyle Linhares

In a new report, Boston-based Mass Insight Education researchers call for more sustained and better coordinated school reform and improvement efforts.   

Last Thursday, NCTL was invited by Teach Plus to participate in an evening of conversations with their Boston Teaching Policy Fellows.  Teach Plus is a three year-old and rapidly growing organization devoted to creating opportunities for teachers to engage in education leadership and policy, all while staying in the classroom. 

Earlier today, the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) submitted a very detailed comment on the Department of Education website urging the Department to incorporate expanded learning time in the upcoming round of Race to the Top, which is focused on individual school districts as opposed to states.

This blog post originally appeared in the News and Updates section of the Time to Succeed Coalition website. 

When I tell people what I do, an early question is often, "Well, what do teachers think about that?" And at times, if you follow the news, you'd think it is all negative and that teachers do not support expanding learning time.

With more than 600 schools participating, the Chicago Public Schools is taking on the nation’s most ambitious effort to date to expand learning time district-wide.

Expanding learning opportunities for students is a priority for Colorado’s education leaders, with budding initiatives in districts across the state.

This is a guest post by NCTL's Director of Communications & External Affairs, Blair Brown

At the risk of being too self-promotional, I am proud to announce that NCTL, with Ingram Content Media, has won our second Telly Award in two years for our videos featuring the work of expanded learning time schools. 

This is a guest post by Lisa Pryor, NCTL’s Senior Advisor for State & District Engagement.

There is nothing more exciting for us here at NCTL than engaging with schools about the power of expanded learning time to transform their work.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the arts lately. We are in the final stages of preparing a report on the arts in expanded-time schools and, as I spend these weeks visiting and writing about schools with strong arts programs, I’ve come away with a new appreciation of just how much impact arts education can have on children’s lives.

This post was written by Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, and Chris Gabrieli, Chair of the National Center on Time and Learning. They co-chair the Time to Succeed Coalition. This article is cross-posted on the Huffington Post.

Imagine waking up in the morning and taking a horse and buggy to the office. Or doing your work with a quill and ink by candlelight. It’s unimaginable. Yet every day we ask millions of children to make do in an education system designed for life in the 1800s.