Expanded Learning Time


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More time spent on instruction equals is essential for more learning, but longer school days or years only raise achievement if the time is extremely well planned and executed. Learning time must be transformed and aligned inside and outside of school to provide a rich array of learning and enrichment opportunities, especially in traditionally underserved communities. 

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