21 New Schools Join Movement to Redesign & Expand Learning Time through the TIME Collaborative
The National Center on Time & Learning focuses its work across four broad areas: policy, advocacy, research, and technical assistance to schools and districts as they plan for and implement redesigned and expanded school schedules. Through the redesign process, we support school leaders, teachers, community partners, parents and students as they develop a new school day and year to personalize learning, offers teachers time for collaboration and reflection, and integrates many new enrichment programs into the new school day. This is hard work but the rewards can be phenomenal.
That is why I am pleased to announce that, this fall, 21 new schools in 9 districts in 5 states are implementing redesigned schedules and expanded time as part of our TIME Collaborative. These schools join an earlier cohort of 20 schools that expanded their learning time beginning in the 2013-2014 school. Together, these 41 schools - serving nearly 22,000 students in 15 school districts - are leveraging additional time to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences essential for college and career success.
The TIME Collaborative is a five-state initiative launched in 2012 at an event with Secretary Duncan, and Governors Malloy and Hickenlooper and with generous support from the Ford Foundation as well as The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and growing support from local foundations. These schools are serving as national models for effectively expanding the traditional school day and year in order to accelerate student achievement and close opportunity gaps. Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to visit schools in Colorado, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut and the impact is exciting. Students in Rochester, New York, told me they wanted an even longer school day! You can learn more about the TIME Collaborative here.
As the TIME Collaborative grows so does the larger expanding learning time movement. Across the country, there are more than 1,500 schools with the benefit of expanded learning time primarily in disadvantaged communities. We look forward to continuing to document and share these schools' successes in the months ahead. In fact, later this year we are planning to release an update of our Mapping the Field report which will provide a new look at the field of expanded-time schools in America.
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