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Let's Tackle the Summer Slide! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The summer slide is well documented. Our own Katie Browhan, Senior Director of Research, summarized this research in a post last August highlighting a study showing that students in low-income neighborhoods can lose two months of reading achievement over the course of a single summer. Luckily, we also know a wide range of strategies for keeping kids engaged in joyful literacy learning during the months off of school. Our LiteracyConnections blog series will share several of these strategies over the next several weeks. Read full post

Honor an influential educator and make a difference in the life of a child.

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
As we finish up another great year of expanded learning, we pause to reflect upon all of the educators who make a difference. And we invite you to think about the educators in your life who have inspired you or your child. Maybe it was a math teacher who inspired your career, a dance instructor who lit a spark inside you or a reading tutor who opened new worlds. Now you can honor them through a donation to ExpandED Schools and support our mission of closing the learning gap. Read full post

Deloitte volunteers return to double their impact

Erin Phillips
Monday, June 19, 2017
Recently, Deloitte member firms from around the country participated in their annual Impact Day, a national day of service and celebration of their year-round commitment to volunteerism. Here in New York City, one of our schools, PS 188/The Island School, hosted its second Impact Day for 25 enthusiastic young professional volunteers. In fact, several of the volunteers had so much fun last year that they signed up to be with us again this year! Read full post

Team Up for Literacy: Highlights from our year-end Intervisitation

Natalie Colón
Friday, June 16, 2017
ExpandED Schools recently hosted its final intervisitation of the school year at Renaissance School of the Arts (RSA) located in East Harlem. Among the many opportunities that are provided around capacity-building, trainings and professional development, intervisitations are uniquely designed to foster an environment where school leaders and CBO personnel can learn from one another, ask questions and observe best practices by visiting schools within our network. The theme of this visit focused on how schools and community partners work together to support literacy goals. Read full post

One in a Million: Dreaming of Books, Planes and College

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Elian, a 6th grader in Harlem. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

One in a Million: Chopping onions and standing up for farm animals

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Naomi, a 6th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

SEL & Storytelling: The Power of Comics! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 1, 2017
For several years, ExpandED Schools has partnered with The Comic Book Project, a literacy initiative dedicated to supporting the use of comic books as an educational tool in expanded learning programs. In this school year, we worked together to provide training and curriculum support to 41 expanded learning educators from organizations around the city who then led comic storytelling workshops with their students. Read full post

One in a Million: Chess, Crochet, Cheerleading … and Corny Collins

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Grandee, an 8th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

From Wandering to Wonders with the STEM Ecosystem

Sabrina Gomez
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
...I sat down for breakfast at my fourth STEM Learning Ecosystems National Community of Practice (COP) in Tampa, Florida last month, eager to discuss and learn from colleagues who have become familiar faces and friends. At 8:00AM, representatives from the Indiana STEM Ecosystems Initiative, New York City STEM Funders Network and Orange County STEM Initiative were already engaged in a discussion on college and career readiness... Read full post

How AOL e-Volunteers helped our students—without leaving their offices

Erin Phillips
Monday, May 22, 2017
For those AOL employees who wanted to participate in the 8th annual Monster Help Day but weren’t able to leave their office that day, ExpandED Schools had just the opportunity for them; volunteers could respond to letters written by our students. Read full post

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