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Alternative Scheduling

Not all school schedules are created equal. Explore and share alternatives to traditional schedules such as year-round schools, extended-day programs, block scheduling, and more.

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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Tech staff developer and education author A.J. Juliani introduces 20% time, a variation on the traditional class schedule that allows students to follow their passions.

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"School Time" in New Zealand

Traveling ed blogger Adam Provost checks in from New Zealand with a report on how rethinking the daily school schedule can make a world of difference.

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Students and Parents Debrief on Their First Social Media Summer Program

Principal and Edutopia blogger Joe Mazza shares the success of Summer Knappmodo, a.k.a. Knapp Elementary's summer program on Edmodo.

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Summer: The Third Trimester

Edutopia's senior fellow and executive director emeritus Milton Chen shares some success stories of summer programs.

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Hawaii Can Turn the Tide Despite a Shortened School Year

Hawaii's loss of instructional days because of budget cuts may signal an opportunity for its school leaders to focus on quality.

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An After-School Network That Works
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An After-School Network Expands Learning Time

The Providence After School Alliance, or PASA, is a citywide program that has networked community programs to provide after-school and summer learning experiences for kids.

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A New Day for Learning, Part Two

A Deeper Look into Four Full-Time-Learning Programs.

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Alternative Schedules: A New School Day Dawns

Extended class schedules enhance learning and achievement.

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Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention

Hood River Middle School shares its seven-step model for including student-interest enrichment courses and intervention support within the regular school day.

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Students and Parents Debrief on Their First Social Media Summer Program

Principal and Edutopia blogger Joe Mazza shares the success of Summer Knappmodo, a.k.a. Knapp Elementary's summer program on Edmodo.

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Resources and Downloads for Expanded Learning Time

Resources on This Page: Resources from Edwards Middle School Learn More About Edwards Middle School: Website, Articles, Videos, and Blogs

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A High School Offers Alternative Scheduling for Late-Night Learning
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Late-Night Learning: Alternative Scheduling for the School Day

This unique Las Vegas high school caters to students with full-time day jobs and other responsibilities.

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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills (Is School Enough? Series)
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Constructing Sustainable Houses Develops Collaborative Skills

Teens in Philadelphia learn how to solve math and engineering problems while working together to build high-efficiency homes designed for disaster relief, as part of an alternative senior year program called the Workshop School.

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A New Day for Learning, Part Two

A Deeper Look into Four Full-Time-Learning Programs.

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How After-School Programs Expand the Educational Experience
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A New Day for Learning: Expanding the Educational Experience

An overview of how after-school and summer programs engage community partners to extend the learning day and year.

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