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Education Leaders Advocate Expanding Learning Time to Improve Struggling Schools

January 6, 2009

Chicago—Quality afterschool programs are now accepted as an effective strategy for engaging students in school, increasing academic achievement, and keeping children safe and healthy. Research shows that high-quality programs that extend learning outside of the traditional school day—whether these programs occur before or after school, or during summer or vacation breaks—keep students from dropping out of school, help improve their test scores and grades, and support their overall well-being.

Increasingly, education leaders are starting to recognize the value of well-designed expanded learning programs as a strategy for improving overall school performance. On January 12, 2009, Learning Point Associates and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) will release the report Enhancing School Reform Through Expanded Learning. This report is a call to actionfor education and afterschool leaders to work together in new ways to foster enhanced school reform through better integration with expanded learning opportunities.

Where:
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045

When:
Monday, January 12, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Who:
Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and President-Elect Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Education (Invited)
Thomas Brady, Superintendent, Providence Schools
Gina Burkhardt, CEO, Learning Point Associates
An-Me Chung, Senior Program Officer, C.S. Mott Foundation
Lucy Friedman, President, The After-School Corporation in New York City
David Sinski, Executive Director, After School Matters in Chicago

About Learning Point Associates and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems
Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit education research and consulting organization that helps clients to achieve breakthroughs that improve teaching and learning. CBASS is working to change policy, integrate afterschool into broader education reform efforts, and catalyze the development of afterschool systems nationally.

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