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Expanded Learning Times The Community Schools Way

Expanding Learning Time and Opportunities: The Community Schools Way
Tuesday January 24, 2012

The Coalition held a webinar discussion exploring how the strategy of
expanding learning time is a central component of the comprehensive community schools strategy. For both strategies, the school is the primary place for more learning time, more engagement, and more opportunities to improve life outcomes. However, in community schools, learning is linked to the community as well. Schools and their community partners collaborate to expand learning time and opportunities as part of the community school strategy to ensure that students are ready for college, career, and citizenship, and to strengthen families and the community. 
During the webinar, participants heard first-hand from three community school initiative leaders from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Tulsa, about how they, in partnership with their school district and community partners, are integrating expanded learning time into community schools.
Tulsa community schools are implementing expanded learning to address summer learning loss, creating more opportunities for students, by adding twenty additional days of instruction for participating students during the inter-sessions, with an additional sixteen days for those who also participate in summer school. Cincinnati’s Community Learning Centers have an extended school year to include a 5th Quarter, allowing learning to continue right after the regular school year ends. Students will be in their same schools, with their same teachers, so the transition will be seamless. Chicago’s community schools’ parents decided that they wanted the school to become a Track E school, meaning, the school year would start earlier in the summer, that there would be a two-week intersession in fall, and longer winter and spring breaks. 
Download webinar materials to learn more about how these communities are providing expanded learning opportunities through the community schools strategy.
·         Jan Creveling, Senior Planner, Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative
·         Rebecca Kelley, Group Vice President, Community Services, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati (a partner of the Cincinnati Community Learning Centers Initiative)
·         Adeline Ray, Sr. Manager, Chicago Public Schools, Community Schools Initiative

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