Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Launch of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

The Florida Afterschool Network invites you to join a growing community of people who are speaking out for school-community partnerships that provide opportunities for student success. We are seeking supporters who agree with the expanded learning principles below.  Your name and/or organization will be part of a powerful cadre announced at the upcoming launch of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project.  

Dedicated to helping schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by sharing research and best practices, this 50 state initiative is supported by a coalition of foundations led by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, including the Florida Afterschool Network.

Principles of Expanded Learning: Quality Expanded Learning and Afterschool opportunities will:
·         Build upon school-community learning partnerships where teachers and school leaders work closely with community-based professionals, sharing a common vision, goals, leadership and professional development opportunities.
·         Incorporate learning that is hands-on, engaging and helps children and youth gain the skills and knowledge they need for success in school and life.
·         Add time for learning and enrichment that complements the school day.
·         Engage family to participate in their children’s lives and learning.
·         Utilize financial models that are affordable, scalable and sustainable.
·         Link to meals and related learning supports for eligible children and youth and their families.

Please join the effort by lending your name.  Sign on now at http://www.expandinglearning.org/signon/ . More opportunities to learn, share and engage will be announced soon.

I appreciate your early support.

Larry Pintacuda
Chief Executive Officer
Florida Afterschool Network

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