Providing children with high-quality learning opportunities beyond the regular school day can promote academic achievement, bridge the gap between high- and low-achieving students. To ensure that children have access to services and programs that effectively increase their learning time, schools and districts should work to align instruction between the regular school day and additional academic activities, maximize student participation and attendance by addressing common barriers, organize instruction to engage and meet the needs of students, evaluate programs in an ongoing improvement process, and structure time for a longer school day, week, or year.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement.

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Second-Grade Units of Study for Reading Workshop

An IES expert panel recommended that increased learning time be used to provide more individualized instruction. This reading and writing workshop lesson plan depends on individualized support to...

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06/02/2014
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Learning Together: Organizing Instruction in Expanded Learning Time Schools

Use this tool to provide a two-session workshop on instructional strategies to individualize instruction and engage students. Related Media and Files: Providing Innovative Learning...

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05/23/2014
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Resources for Improving Instructional Quality

This tool introduces resources from across the Doing What Works website that align to key concepts of delivering engaging instruction tailored to students' needs.

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05/23/2014
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Planner: Collaborating With Community-Based Organizations

Schools are encouraged to use these worksheets to identify possible community-based partners for expanded learning time initiatives and setting goals and expectations.

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05/23/2014
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Providing Innovative Learning Opportunities in Expanded Learning Time Schools

This tool can help school and district administrators plan three levels of support for learning opportunities in expanded learning time schools.

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05/23/2014
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Self-Evaluation Tool: Providing Individualized and Engaging Instruction in Expanded Learning Time Schools

Use this tool to self-reflect on instructional practices and identify opportunities for improvement.

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05/23/2014
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Planner: Instructional Innovation During the Longer School Day

This tool shows a model of a cycle of instructional improvement that can be used to inform processes of instructional planning in expanded learning time schools.

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05/23/2014
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Steps for Recruiting, Interviewing, and Hiring After-School Staff

These documents can be used to see the steps one school uses for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring staff for four different positions: (a) Director; (b) Group Leaders; (c) Assistant Group...

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05/23/2014
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Expanded Learning Time Site Coordinator: Two Sample Job Descriptions

Explore these two site coordinator job descriptions to understand the position's responsibilities in planning, organizing, and conducting activities that enable a longer school day or school year....

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05/23/2014
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Expanded Learning Time Facilitator Job Description

This document provides an example of a detailed job description for an expanded learning time program facilitator. Related Files: Jacob Hiatt Magnet School Description

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05/23/2014
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Rethinking the School Day

Rethinking the School Day

This interview describes how the school redesigned the school day to add two more hours of instructional time. Students received both more academic support and enrichment activities. Related...

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05/23/2014
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Rounds as a Model of Professional Development

See how an expanded learning time school structures professional development for teachers. “Rounds” engage small groups of teachers in understanding the instructional process at work within a...

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05/23/2014
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