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Standing Up for What's Right | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
When speaking about children, James Baldwin noted that “we will all profit by or pay for what they become.” This weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville—set against a national backdrop of escalating, discriminatory rhetoric and action towards Muslims, transgender individuals, immigrants and other marginalized groups—highlights the potency of Baldwin’s words, as well as the duty of parents and educators to engage in challenging conversations with children about racism, bias and how to stand up for what’s right. In fact, we’ve provided resources in the past for having these conversations in light of national events. Read full post

Let's Tackle the Summer Slide: Part 2! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, July 6, 2017
The summer slide is well documented. Our own Katie Brohawn, 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

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

When Kids Are Picked up Late | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Dear Rashida, Can you share some promising practices to deal with parents picking up children late? Read full post

The Key to Keeping Kids Active? Get Creative! | Dear Rashida

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Dear Rashida, Even though fall starts this week, the weather is still warm and summer vacation play still fresh in the minds of our students. How can my program incorporate a healthy amount of physical fitness opportunities, especially with our limited recreation space? Read full post

Crucial, Courageous Conversations: How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dear Rashida, Everywhere you look, there's another headline, another video, another hashtag to commemorate a life lost to horrific racial violence. It's hard enough for me, as an adult, to try to wrap my head around these tragedies. I know that I should be trying to help my students (and my own kids) deal with these events, but I don't even know where to start—and I don't want to do more damage than good by saying the wrong thing. Can you help? Sincerely, At a Loss for Words Read full post

A Tale of Two Programs: When Gentrification Meets Expanded Learning Time | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Dear Rashida, My 10-year-old son goes to school in a gentrifying neighborhood. We like most things about the school, including its free afterschool program. But recently, a group of parents decided to start their own afterschool program, which charges a considerable fee. With the cooperation of the principal, the new program offers foreign language, ballet, chess and piano to children whose parents can afford the fees. It seems to me that afterschool should be where all kids come together and have equal opportunities to experience new things. But we now have two programs in the same building, side-by-side: one for “rich” parents and one for poorer parents. Read full post

Finding Time to Plan with Your Principal | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dear Rashida, How can I engage my principal (and staff) in deeper discussions so that the school is a true thought partner in helping to shape the program for next year? Read full post

Including Student Choice & Voice in the Expanded Learning Day | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Dear Rashida, How do Expanded Schools programs manage giving students choice in their expanded learning time activities? Read full post

Struggling to Find Staff | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Dear Rashida, A few of my staff recently transitioned into full-time job opportunities and I’m struggling to find quality people to fill the vacancies. I also run a summer camp, so I need to fill these positions soon. Help! Read full post

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