New Brief: Integrating Expanded Learning and School Reform Initiatives: Challenges and Strategies

Posted by on April 12, 2010

In this new policy brief, “Integrating Expanded Learning and School Reform Initiatives: Challenges and Strategies,” the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS) and Learning Point Associates offer strategies for turning around struggling school by increasing learning time.

The report sets forth a set of six recommendations to address challenges to a broad adoption of expanded learning strategies in school reform initiatives:

1. Promote a unified vision of expanded learning that includes core elements, appropriate outcomes and reasonable impact indicators.

2. Implement a broad research agenda in expanded learning and its connections to school reform.

3. Encourage strategic use of existing funds for expanded learning.

4. Improve staff quality and career opportunities.

5. Support intermediaries that promote high-quality expanded learning opportunities.

6. Create, validate and disseminate integrated design models.

To read the full brief, please visit:

For more information, please contact Jessica Donner, Director, CBASS, at

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