On April 19, the Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America held a webinar, “Leveraging the Time Beyond School to Accelerate Student Achievement,” that examined how student achievement can be improved and accelerated when schools and districts rethink and reconfigure what happens during and beyond the traditional six-hour school day.
The webinar featured Elena Silva, senior policy analyst at Education Sector and author of the recent report, Off the Clock: What More Time Can (and Can’t) Do for School Turnarounds. It also featured Joe Davis, chief operating officer for the Florida Afterschool Network, who presented research confirming that high-quality afterschool programs can have a positive impact on student attendance, behavior, and course-work performance, and Lucy Friedman, president of the After-School Corporation (TASC). Friedman discussed TASC’s model for an active, balanced learning day that gives students approximately 35 percent more learning time at just 10 percent of the cost of the school day.Phillip Lovell, vice president for federal advocacy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, discussed how federal education policy, including the administration’s waiver policy under the No Child Left Behind Act and the federal School Improvement Grant program, impacts efforts to extend the school day.
Archived video and PowerPoint presentations from the webinar are available at http://bit.ly/Ii6aBm.