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The Expanded Exchange

Building Strong School-Community Partnerships & Other Highlights From Our Peer Conference

Monica Ingkavet
Monday, March 14, 2016
We recently held our Peer Conference, which provided an opportunity for program directors to talk about their challenges and promising practices in expanding the school day, and included professional development. Thirty directors from 18 community-based organizations gathered at our offices for a full day of conversation, training and collaboration. Read full post

New White House, NYC DOE Initiatives Highlight Attention to Summer Learning & Career Readiness

Saskia Traill
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Recently, the White House, in partnership with the tireless National Summer Learning Association, announced the Summer Opportunity Project, aimed at giving teens access to a first job. Locally, the New York City Department of Education announced a revitalized summer curriculum that encourages “rigorous, hands-on learning and real-world connections that engage students,” a welcome change for young people, parents and teachers. We are excited to be playing a role by organizing apprenticeships for teens through our ExpandED Options initiative. Read full post

Charity Spin Ride Raises 250 Hours of Expanded Learning for ExpandED Kids

Jhaneel Lockhart
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Members of the Junior Board and their friends were all smiles as they challenged themselves to an intense 45-minute sweat session, while raising funds to close the learning gap for kids in low-income communities. Their efforts raised close to $2,000, which is the equivalent of 250 hours of expanded learning. Read full post

Meet Esther Akinbolaji, MS ExTRA Tutor

Marissa Badgley
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Esther Akinbolaji has been a literacy tutor at Village Academy, which partners with the YMCA, for three years. Learn why she turns to Shakespeare to describe her work with middle school students. Read full post

Helping Parents Join the Party | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Dear Rashida, We just had a big event for families, but barely anyone came. How can we engage parents for next time? Read full post

29 Reasons Why Being a Leap Day Baby Is Great (And Other Miscellaneous Leap Day Facts)

Marissa Badgley
Monday, February 29, 2016
I'm proud of being a Leap Day baby! Here are 29 reasons why... Read full post

Join Us on Monday to Celebrate the ExpandED Year!

Therese Workman
Thursday, February 25, 2016
What are you doing on Leap Day? Come to our party! Meet us in Times Square to join us in a group leap photo-op, or join our virtual flashmob. Read full post

Introducing 'Team ExpandED Schools'

Jhaneel Lockhart
Friday, February 19, 2016
On March 20, ExpandED Schools will be participating in the United Airlines NYC Half for the second year, and we couldn’t be more excited! Announcing out 2016 team of runners who have committed to run to close the learning gap ... Read full post

When Kids Leave Early and Miss Out | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Dear Rashida, How do you deal with parents who pick up their kids before the end of the day because they are tired? Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I'm reading Ta-Nehisi Coates' memoir that explores the question of "how one should live within a black body" and the new Pew Research Center report on parenting in America. Read full post

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