Expanding Learning, Expanding Opportunities

Engaging classes in every subject.  Enriching encounters with the arts.  Fun physical activities and healthy nutrition.  Guided explorations of possible careers.

Every young person deserves all of these experiences. At the moment, unfortunately, not all our children and youth do. 

The new video “Expanding Learning, Expanding Opportunities” highlights three proven approaches to providing young people with richer, more varied experiences. After opening comments from Gen. Colin Powell, the video uses programs in California, Kentucky and Massachusetts show how expanded learning opportunities (ELO) help create success in school, college, career and life.

ELO takes a number of forms, such as a longer school day or year or afterschool and summer programs. What these methods share is a commitment to more and better learning time. The first part of that goal is easy to understand: more time enables not just more math and more English, but also more science, more social studies, more arts, more music, morephysical activity, and more social and emotional learning that develops skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and cooperation.  But more in itself is not sufficient — it must also be better. Classes must be stimulating, and all programs must have clear, measurable goals. 

Additional ELO Resources Guide

Accompanying the video is a guide that provides additional resources that can help bring expanded learning to your community, including studies that show the impact of ELO and links to organizations that offer guidance on establishing strong systems. 

The guide also provides more information about the three programs in the video:

  • Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, Roxbury, MA – an expanded learning time school for middle school students in Boston
  • Beyond the Bell, Bell, CA – an afterschool program for high school students in metropolitan Los Angeles
  • Camp Adventure, Clay County, KY – a summer learning program for elementary school students in rural Kentucky

Download the Guide (pdf)