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What a wonderful way to

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What a wonderful way to provide intervention for ALL students. All too often students are taught in the same way, and if they "don't get" the material, they are left behind. I love the fact that with ELT, each student essentially has the equivalent to an IEP (whether special ed. or not), where the focus lies on each child as an individual who learns differently. The usual line of thinking is that if a child doesn't have an IEP, they must be able to follow the pacing and learn the information provided in the curriculum guide in a way that may not compliment their learning style. With this line of thinking, no child is singled out, no child is looked upon as having a disability. I am also impressed that every student is required to participate in extracurricular activities, allowing everyone to "fit in" and gain confidence.

K-5 Life Skills Teacher from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I think that it is amazing

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I think that it is amazing that students are required to participate in extra curricular activities, giving all students equal opportunities to be a part of the school community! I wish more school districts would look at the ELT model. It seems like a creative way to add hours onto the school day without burning out the teachers and students.

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Craig Haas Licensed Special Education Administrator, Edwards Middle School

Edwards Middle School

  • Enrollment
    • (2011-12)
  • student demographics
    • 60% Hispanic
      17% African American
      14% Asian
      8% white
      1% multi-race, non-Hispanic
      49% free or reduced-price lunch
      25% special ed
      38% limited English proficient
  • Per-pupil operating expenditures
    • (2011-12)
      School: $7,651
      District: $17,283
      State (MA): $13,658
  • Student Achievement
    • Since Edwards began expanded learning time in 2006, through 2012,
      the percentage of students achieving proficiency or higher has grown
      - 150% in math,
      - 73% in reading,
      - 533% in science,
      and the average rate of suspensions has decreased 37%.