Happy Monday! We’ll start you off with an excellent Edudemic video which takes an in-depth look at a middle school just a few miles away from our office at MIT. Edwards Middle School in Charlestown has had tremendous success with their extended school day, and this video will show you why.
Amrita Sahni, director of instruction at Edwards Middle School in Boston, writes that lengthening the school day was “one of the best things we could have done to help reform our school model and improve student outcomes.” The schedule — three extra hours of school time four days a week, and half-days on Fridays — led to improved academic achievement and engagement. She also lists several tips to make expanded learning time successful, including getting buy-in from students, unions and educators.