Expanding Learning

Time for Teachers: Leveraging Expanded Learning Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers

This National Center on Time and Learning report describes how 17 highly effective schools have expanded their learning time in ways that allow for more professional learning opportunities. It includes assessment charts schools can use to judge how they can improve.

The Case for Improving and Expanding Time in School: A Review of Key Research and Practice

This research review from the National Center on Time and Learning describes how adding time to the school day and/or year can have a positive impact on student proficiency. The report outlines the potential benefits of expanded time for students and teachers, including more dedicated time for teacher collaboration and embedded professional development. 

Out of the Debate and Into the Schools: Comparing Practices and Strategies in Traditional, Pilot, and Charter Schools in the City of Boston

Research conducted by American Institutes of Research (funded by The Boston Foundation) on extended school days in Boston found that the best-performing schools allow time for teachers to plan cooperatively, focus on professional development, and assess and work with individual students. High-performing schools were purposeful about their teachers’ time (for example, no teachers monitor lunch), and professional learning was built into the school schedule.
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