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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Edwards Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Charlestown, MA

Resources and Downloads for Expanded Learning Time

Educators from Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, Massachusetts have provided a sample school schedule, lesson plans, professional-development resources, and more for expanded learning time.
By Doug Keely

Edwards Middle School in Boston added three hours to the school day and use the longer school day for both focused academic attention and a wide array of extracurriular enrichment activities.

Credit: Alyssa Fedele

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Resources from Edwards Middle School

Below are documents provided by Edwards Middle School.

 

  • Edwards Middle School Daily Schedule - See how Edwards schedules their extended school day. Regular school hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with expanded learning time happening Monday through Thursday from 1:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

  • Edwards Middle School Assessment Calendar - The assessment calendar for the 2012-2013 school year includes district predictive tests as well as state and national tests. Once students complete predictives, they are placed in their respective academic blocks, then Edwards staff can begin to prepare students for state and national tests. These include Massachusetts Comprehensive Asessment (MCAS) and National Assessment Education Progress (NAEP).

  • Curriculum Team Long Term Plan - This document helps to show how Edwards teachers and staff lay out their curriculum schedule for the entire school year. Each week, teacher leaders from content area teams, or "families," as they call it, turn in a Curriculum Team Alignment Plan to the Director of Instruction. The Director of Instruction makes sure that Edwards is keeping up with all standards for both Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Common Core.

  • Teacher Collaboration - This document is used to plan the Edwards professional development schedule. Edwards has 80 minutes of planning time each week, twice as much as the standard for BPS schools. Edwards prefers having 80 minutes of professional development time for creating and fine tuning their master schedule and working with the curriculum long term plan.

  • Curriculum Team Alignment Plan - The curriculum team alignment plans are turned in by teacher leaders to the Director of Instruction every week. These sheets display objectives and expectations for BPS curriculum, Common Core in math and science, the mastery learning objective for the week, and the language objective. The document has flexibility with pacing plans for weeks when classrooms require high levels of differentiated instruction, language readiness, and learning profiles of students.

  • Edwards Lesson Plan Expectations - This document lays out a list of lesson plan expectations, including thinking objectives, mastery learning objectives, skill coverage, engagement, activities, assessment, and homework. The document also includes Edwards's five-step approach to planning and pacing 60 and 80-minute class periods. The five-step approach includes warm-up, mini-lessons, exploration (group or independent work period), reflection, and closing procedure.

  • English Language Arts (ELA) Lesson Plan - Completed lesson plan from ELA teacher Hassan Mansaray

  • Edwards Lesson Plan Template - Blank lesson plan template

  • ELT Electives Schedule - Schedule of electives offered at Edwards in winter 2012 and spring 2013

  • ELT Elective Descriptions - Document provided to parents with detailed descriptions of electives offered at Edwards

  • ELT Elective Descriptions - Another document for parents with more descriptions of electives at Edwards

  • Academic League Schedule - Schedule of the focused academic intervention session at Edwards calle Academic Leagues

  • Below are documents from a poetry unit provided by English Language Arts teacher Hassan Mansaray.

     

  • Poetry Vocabulary Terms - Vocabulary and key terms used in poetry

  • Poetry Example - Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken

  • Reading and Interpreting Poetry - Worksheet on which students must answer four questions based on a poetry example from class -- two questions are discussed in class and two are answered in notebooks that students hand in

  • Reading and Interpreting Poetry - Another poetry worksheet

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Learn More About Edwards Middle School: Website, Articles, Videos, and Blogs

Below are links to information as well as articles and other media coverage featuring Edwards Middle School from media outlest including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

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Websites for Expanded Learning Time

  • National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) - Nonprofit dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement and enable a well-rounded education

  • Mass 2020 - Affiliate of the NCTL, committed to expanding educational and economic opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts

  • Mass 2020 overview of ELT - Overview page on ELT, includes examples and case studies in language arts, mathematics, and science

  • Citizen Schools - Nonprofit that partners with middle schools with ELT across the United States

  • The Wallace Foundation - ELT resources from The Wallace Foundation including books and research findings

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