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Document Number: 10637

Year-Round Learning: Continuity in Education Across Settings and Time Through Expanded Learning Opportunities - Instead of putting the entire burden of educating America's youth on schools, why not recognize the richness of education outside the classroom and spread the wealth? That is, spread the school day and spread the summer so learning is year-round. Do it with a coordination of public, nonprofit, and private budgets and it's possible all parties will save money. The third in a series on Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs), this brief from the Harvard Family Research Project and the National Conference of State Legislatures suggests such a plan allows amplification of school learning with hands-on activities, it allows for an individualized learning plan that recognizes a student's needs and interests, and it prevents summer learning loss. (Erin Harris and Ashley Wallace, National Conference of State Legislators, December 2012)...

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