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December 11, 2023 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Examining the Promise and Pitfalls of Teaching During Out-of-School Time

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As educators and education leaders grapple with unprecedented disrupted learning, they’re experimenting with various methods to provide more learning opportunities. 

Some states and school districts have responded by reworking the academic calendar – shortening summer and winter breaks to accommodate additional days of instruction time. Others are offering optional or mandatory academic support during the school day, often adding to the number of hours students spend in the classroom. 

About 1 in 2 public schools have been utilizing after-school hours and school breaks to provide academically focused programs.

But advocates point out, merely expanding learning time doesn’t necessarily translate into academic benefits. Not to mention, student mental health, behavioral challenges, and engagement in school remain important considerations.

Is there a magic number of extra minutes in a school day that could move the needle for students? An optimal number of days in the academic year? What is gained, and what is lost when education leaders use what is traditionally out-of-school time to keep kids in school? 

Find out at an Education Writers Association webinar on Monday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Experts discuss the educational policy landscape, share surprising caveats culled from research reviews, and posit the most effective path forward to academic recovery.