Time as a Tool: Strategies for Transforming Schools through Time

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 -
1:45pm to 5:00pm EST
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, NYC
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In the last half of the 20th century, a consensus emerged that time could be a valuable tool to improve schools. Early in the 21st century, NCLB proposed “supplementing” regular school hours with additional ones used in more targeted ways to improve school performance. A few years later, the federal Department of Education called for expanded times as a strategy to fix the lowest performing schools, those eligible for SIG (School Improvement Grants).
Today, more than a decade into the 21st century, there is still no consensus about how to use time so that it actually serves as this valuable tool nor how most effectively to configure time within and outside of schools so that it serves student needs.  The Donors’ Education Collaborative and Philanthropy New York invite you to a discussion highlighting recent research that can shape that consensus by demonstrating how time can be harnessed for maximum effectiveness to transform schools and how students learn in them. 
The discussion also will offer reflections from a pioneer in the field of expanding learning opportunities, illuminate successful practices in reconceiving time in (and out) of schools, and lay out policy implications from both the district and private funder perspectives.


  • Why does time matter more than ever?
  • How can schools and districts reconfigure time in ways that improve school climate, teaching effectiveness, and student outcomes?
  • How can we pay for it? And should we?



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