A survey released by the Gates Foundation in 2014 reports that teachers have just a few minutes a day for collaborative work.
Expanded learning time empowers teachers by ensuring they have time to meet the needs of their students by consistently analyze student data and providing individualized support to students who need it. With more time teachers are able to engage their students in hands-on learning and make sure students grasp the material before moving on.
Between lesson planning, instruction, and meetings, the expectations for teachers today are higher than ever. With more time, teachers can collaborate and reflect with their colleagues and use data more effectively. Teachers in expanded-time schools are also strengthening instruction through time dedicated to professional development and peer observation embedded in the school day.