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After-School Learning

Discover how activities and learning opportunities beyond the school day can make a difference for some kids.

  • A second grade teachers reads to her students during virtual story time

    Keeping Story Time Alive in the Pandemic

    Story time is a powerful tool for helping preschool and elementary kids and their families feel connected during distance learning.
    Wendy Gustavel
  • Science experiment using onions

    How to Set Up a Science Fair During the Pandemic

    A middle school science teacher preps her students for science fair by exploring their interest in real world issues.
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  • Scaffolding Academics With Social and Emotional Skills in the Afterschool Space

    Scaffolding Academics With Social and Emotional Skills in the Afterschool Space

    The often-overlooked hours after school can be a great opportunity to build in lessons around self-regulation and decision-making.
    930
  • Teenage girl reading book on floor at home.

    How to Set Up a Virtual Book Club for Students

    An online book club organized by a teacher or school librarian can be a good way to foster social interactions during the pandemic.
    4.3k
  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
    1.6k
  • Girl at home working on a project with beads.

    Creating Online Clubs for Students During Remote Learning

    A teacher who sponsors a coding club shares how it helps students meet peers with similar interests and feel less alone while learning at home.
    1k
  • Connecting School and Afterschool With Shared Practices

    Connecting School and Afterschool With Shared Practices

    In Tacoma, a community-wide effort to better serve children is underway, and the first step is common language and shared best practices among the adults.
    864
  • Interior of the Grimm & Co store in Rotherham, England

    ‘The Human Connection Is Everything’: Dave Eggers on What He’s Learned From Tutoring Students

    A new book details how a tutoring center movement that Eggers started almost 20 years ago works to spark students’ creativity.
    1.5k
  • Laptop with student online newspaper on the screen

    How to Set Up an Online School Newspaper

    When this fifth-grade teacher shifted his school newspaper online, he found that students were motivated to produce high-quality work for an authentic audience—and felt more connected as a community.
    812
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
    20.5k
  • Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

    Middle school English language arts teacher Hassan Mansaray shares how he uses an individualized learning model, Readers and Writers Workshop, to reach his students in an expanded learning time program.
    10k
  • Lesson 5: Teaching Directions, Maps, and Coordinates

    Give students a lesson in navigation -- from the points of the compass to GPS mapping.
    12.1k
  • Two parents and three children are playing outside on the sidewalk in front of their house, setting up a lemonade stand.

    Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

    To help combat summer learning loss, Matt Davis has curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break. 
    4.3k
  • A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

    5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
    3.6k
  • Two students laughing at a table while working on a science project.

    Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

    Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects.
    2k

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