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expanded learning time
September 7, 2018
In victory for teachers union, Newark superintendent scraps longer hours for low-performing schools
Superintendent Roger León is ending a program that tried to revamp struggling schools by extending their hours.
October 9, 2014
How I transformed my school with just five new hours a week
The principal of Denver's Grant Beacon Middle School describes the expanded school day program that he says has helped propel his school from "on watch" to thriving in just a few years.
August 25, 2014
As city seeks out new pre-K teachers, a training challenge grows
Knowing that schools and private organizations would need as many as 1,000 new instructors before classes start next week, city and school officials have tried to devise creative training and hiring strategies. That makes questions about how they can be trained effectively and efficiently more important than ever.
expanded learning time
August 6, 2014
Fariña: Books are the answer to everything
Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the "learning loss" that affects many students from low-income families when school is out. The implied goal: to make the students enjoy reading as much as Fariña does.
July 31, 2014
Dispute over grants for longer school days leaves schools in limbo
With a little more than four weeks before the school year starts, eight middle schools that were counting on nearly $8 million in “extended learning time” grants have been told the money is being withheld over compliance issues with state contracting rules.
Summer in the city
July 15, 2014
Fariña talks future of Summer Quest on visit to Bronx school
Chancellor Carmen Fariña met with students, administrators, and even a few chickens on a visit to a summer enrichment program at P.S. 154 in the South Bronx on Tuesday. Fariña was there to promote Summer Quest, a free, five-week program that seeks to stem summer learning loss in Brooklyn and the South Bronx.
June 25, 2014
City schools to receive $7.6 million for extra learning time
After a long wait, New York City has received a $7.6 million state grant for a program that will keep approximately 5,000 low-income students in class for at…
Getting to 53000
June 12, 2014
In pursuit of pre-K goal, city goes to great lengths to enlist yeshivas
As the city rushes to make 53,000 full-day pre-kindergarten seats available by September, one way it is trying to round up seats is by turning to Jewish schools. So when some yeshivas hesitated to sign on, the city went to great lengths to convince them.
June 11, 2014
Across elementary schools, an array of motives for adding pre-K seats
Principals and teachers from five schools preparing for pre-K next year shared the logic behind their individual decisions to apply for new seats, offering a window into the varied hopes and calculations at play at schools across the city.
Summer in the city
June 10, 2014
In its third year, an expanded Summer Quest looks to prove its academic effects
As the city pushes to expand out-of-school time programming for middle schoolers, a summer camp with a mixed record will grow significantly next month.
May 8, 2014
De Blasio's first budget kicks in aid for after-school programs and arts education
In his first executive budget presentation on Thursday, de Blasio announced a $73.9 billion spending plan that he said was built with an eye on schools and improving educational opportunities for the city’s highest-need students and their families.
May 5, 2014
Educators question contract's bet on teacher training over student tutoring
Reallocating tutoring time to professional development and parent outreach makes sense to many, but others note that professional development can vary widely in quality—and question whether teacher training ever trumps instructional time.
April 28, 2014
City hurrying to allow charter schools to open pre-K programs, but big questions remain
The city is racing to allow charter schools to tap into new state funds allotted for its pre-K expansion plan. But charter leaders are waiting for answers to a number of thorny logistical questions, the subject of a meeting last Thursday between city officials and charter school leaders.
March 31, 2014
State budget leaves dollar figure for city after-school expansion unclear
Expanded after-school programming is still a go in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said today, even though the state budget announced over the weekend does not set a dollar figure for the initiative.
March 24, 2014
IBO: City’s after-school expansion plan leaves out summer programs
Updated at 4:55 p.m. with response from the Department of Youth and Community Development. The Independent Budget Office noted in a report today that the…
March 3, 2014
New details on after-school expansion include higher per-student costs
A report released by the mayor's office provides the first glimpse into how the city wants to spend $190 million more on after-school programs, and its per-student cost estimates indicate that the plan has undergone significant shifts over the last few months.
February 26, 2014
Sensing interest, group wants to replicate Brooklyn school's unusual schedule
Brooklyn Generation School offers an enticing model: a longer school year for students, but not for teachers. But the school's record so far has been mixed.
November 19, 2013
Middle school students trade TV for tutoring to boost reading
Tutor Aaron Whidbee with sixth-graders Elijah Parrilla (left) and Manuelle Lamboy, who attend a new extended-day tutoring program at the Highbridge Green School. It was nearly 5 p.m. on a recent chilly November afternoon — in other words, a time of television, text messages, and snacks for most middle-school students. And yet four sixth-graders at the Highbridge Green School in the Bronx were scouring a young-adult novel, “The Skin I’m In,” for clues about the way writers develop their characters. “I would like to add on to what Manuelle said,” said Elijah Parrilla, waiting for a nod from his after-school literacy tutor. “It says, ‘Good writers get close to their characters.’” The tutor, Aaron Whidbee, a former teacher from Yonkers, then asked another question about the chapter, and another student found the right answer. “You guys know what you’re doing here,” Whidbee said. Highbridge is one of 20 district middle schools in a pilot program run by the city and private partners that extends the schools' days by two-and-a-half hours — including an hour of small-group literacy tutoring for some students — in the hopes of raising students’ often alarmingly low reading skills. At Highbridge, for instance, 83 percent of sixth-graders read below grade level when they started the year.
June 28, 2013
City schools struggle to connect students with summer options
Lettie Edgerton says it's a struggle to keep her granddaughter Kyndal busy over the summer. Jovani Nias’s 21 years as a mail carrier in Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn has given her unique insight into how families in the neighborhood spend the year. Now that school is out, she said, differences among families even in the same building are even more obvious. “You see some kids leaving for programs or summer school, and the other kids are just out, hanging on the corners," Nias said. Which direction a student takes over the summer can change the course of her education. Researchers have pegged students’ academic regression — known as the “summer slide” — as the equivalent of two months of school or more. Students who are occupied in summer learning are more likely to sustain their progress from the previous year. But whether city students can avoid the summer slide is often a matter of luck, depending largely on how their school’s approach to summer learning and their family’s access to information that schools don’t always provide. “There are opportunities that are invisible in my community that are more visible in other communities,” said Sheryl Davis, a Brooklyn parent. “We all have that conversation, what are you kids doing this summer? And I find that a lot of schools do not help with that.”
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