EXPANDED LEARNING

In many states and districts, finding ways to increase time for learning is an emerging strategy to support school reforms and for narrowing gaps in student achievement and increasing graduation rates. Cross & Joftus works with cities, districts, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to develop approaches and secure financing for a variety of expanded learning initiatives. This involves research to understand current levels of investment in expanded learning and to identify promising approaches to finance and sustainability. It also includes technical assistance to facilitate new partnerships between schools and other community organizations and to identify new funding opportunities as well as areas where resources can be reallocated to support expanded learning.

Our firm has worked with diverse clients to facilitate expanded learning opportunities in states and communities, including The Wallace Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the United Way of America, the National Center for Summer Learning, the National League of Cities, and Communities in Schools. Cross & Joftus supports multiple approaches to expanding learning time that draw resources from schools and communities partners. Through our firm’s involvement with the Time, Learning and Afterschool Task Force and the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education Coalition, we work closely with a preeminent group of leaders on out-of-school time issues.

Read our Expanded Learning blog posts here.

Expanded Learning TOOLS:

Sustainability Self Assessment for OST Systems- XLSX

City Afterschool System Framework – PPT

City Afterschool System Framework – JPEG

Expanded Learning PUBLICATIONS:

Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in California, 2008 (Executive Summary) – PDF

Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in California, 2008 (Full Report) – PDF

Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in Indianapolis and Marion County, 2008 (Executive Summary) – PDF

Investments in Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Resources for Summer Programming in Indianapolis and Marion County, 2008 (Full Report) – PDF

Funding Summer Learning Programs: A Scan of Public Funding in Maryland

Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Educational Opportunity: A Pilot Inventory of Education-Related Federal Programs for Children and Youth

Dollars and Sense

Using Expanded Learning to Support Reforms