Will Expanded Learning Time = Better Outcomes?
In the fall of 2011, the U.S. Department of Education established a waiver process to help states obtain additional flexibility in meeting No Child Left Behind Act performance standards. The "optional flexibility" choice, also known as Waiver 11, captured the attention of leaders in education agencies, schools and community-based organizations.
Waiver 11 gives states the option to use funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to support expanded learning opportunities during the school day – leaving many leaders to wonder if quality afterschool programming would be sacrificed in the name of a slightly longer school day, and prompting discussion about the definition and value of expanded learning time.
Webinar: Dec. 8, 2011
Experts from the education and youth development fields discussed the implications of this waiver in a webinar organized by three members of the Ready by 21 National Partnership - the Forum for Youth Investment (the Forum), American Association of School Administrators and United Way Worldwide – and moderated by Forum Policy Director Elizabeth Gaines.
- Michele McNeil, Assistant Editor, Education Week
- Mary Ronan, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
- Lindsay Torrico, Manager, Public Policy, United Way Worldwide
- Nicole Yohalem, Director of Special Projects, the Forum for Youth Investment
- States intending to apply for flexibility
- Education Week blog (scroll for stories in NCLB waivers)
- Youth Program Quality Assessment
- National Center on Time & Learning report, Time Well Spent: Eight Powerful Practices of Successful, Expanded-Time Schools
- Department of Education webpage on ESEA flexibility
- Karen Pittman's commentary on Expanded Learning Time
- Learning in Afterschool – a project that helps leaders to be thoughtful about the learning that happens after the regular school day.