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The Expanded Exchange

Thank You, Team ExpandED!

Jhaneel Lockhart
Wednesday, March 23, 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

Notes From Learning and the Brain Conference | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
I recently attended a conference in San Francisco entitled "Shaping Student Mindsets: Promoting Academic Attitudes, Persistence and Performance." It was hosted by Learning & the Brain, whose mission is to connect educators to neuroscientists and researchers. Read full post

ICYMI … Reliving the ExpandED Salon in Video

Deb Levy
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
You may recall hearing about our ExpandED Salon held at YouTube Space NY a few months back. Soledad O’Brien moderated a panel that explored access to enriched learning and how best to bring about change in education. She was joined by an impressive panel that included Kevin Lieber, host of Vsauce2 on YouTube; Matthew Tabor, editor of educationnews.org; and Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize. Lucky for everyone, the event was filmed in front of a live audience, and the highlights are now available! Read full post

How to Prepare for When Staff Is Absent | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Dear Rashida, I’m wringing my hands! What to do?? One of my staff members is absent! Read full post

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

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