Extended Learning Opportunities

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 1:00pm

On Wednesday, May 12th from 1:00-2:00 pm EDT ICW hosted a webinar on learning more about extended learning opportunities such as afterschool programs and longer school days and calendars. These types of programs often offer students a safe learning environment that can be used to reinforce what’s learned in a core academic curriculum (including language arts, mathematics, and science) through a variety of alternative means, such as work-based learning opportunities, the arts, and physical education.

These educational programs are tailored to meet community desires and needs, filling in the gaps left open by the traditional school day. Research suggests that extended learning opportunities also have a positive impact on reducing crime, raising graduation rates, and increasing productivity among workers with children. Extended learning programs can reinforce skills that are vital to building a workforce capable of competing globally in the 21st century—the “soft skills” that often mark the difference between success and failure among potential employees. Chambers of commerce and corporations can—and do—work closely with afterschool providers and extended learning time programs to reinforce these skills and help secure a workforce that meets local and regional needs.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the archived version of this webinar is currently unavailable. We will re-post the file as soon as possible. 


Speakers included:

  • An-Me Chung, PhD, program officer, C.S. Mott Foundation
  • Betsy Brand, executive director, American Youth Policy Forum
  • Melissa Lazarín, associate director of education policy, Center for American Progress
  • Moderator: Rosemary Lahasky, director of communications and education/workforce policy, ICW

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