Expanding Learning, Expanding Opportunities (VIDEO)

January 8, 2014

Engaging classes in every subject.  Enriching encounters with the arts.  Fun physical activities and healthy nutrition.  Guided explorations of possible careers.

Every young person deserves all of these experiences. At the moment, unfortunately, not all our children and youth do. 

This video highlights three proven approaches to providing young people with richer, more varied experiences. After opening comments from Gen. Colin Powell, the video uses programs in California, Kentucky and Massachusetts show how expanded learning opportunities (ELO) help create success in school, college, career and life.

ELO takes a number of forms, such as a longer school day or year or afterschool and summer programs. What these methods share is a commitment to more and better learning time. The first part of that goal is easy to understand: more time enables not just more math and more English, but also more science, more social studies, more arts, more music, morephysical activity, and more social and emotional learning that develops skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and cooperation.  But more in itself is not sufficient — it must also be better. Classes must be stimulating, and all programs must have clear, measurable goals.

After you watch the video, click the link below to download Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunities: Resources to Help Community Members Expand Learning Opportunities for All Young People