The announcement of the new districts and schools in the TIME Collaborative was made today at a visit to the Casimir Pulaski School in Meriden, Connecticut, by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, and National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) President Jennifer Davis. Casimir Pulaski School is in its second year with an expanded schedule.
"I am proud Connecticut school districts are bringing stakeholders to the table to adopt innovative measures that will help us to improve public education," Governor Malloy said. "We have a fundamental obligation to students and teachers to ensure that we are doing the most with time allotted each day. Working together with the state's hardworking teachers, we can and must support successful models that break away from the status quo."
The TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative includes five states - Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Tennessee - where select high-poverty schools are developing expanded learning time models to accelerate student achievement and offer students a broader educational experience. Governor Malloy and leaders from the other four states, along with the Ford Foundation and NCTL, announced the Collaborative last December at an event with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The five states participating in the TIME Collaborative are using a mix of federal, state and district funding to cover the cost of adding 300 hours of instruction and enrichment to the school year. The Ford Foundation is providing states and districts with capacity-building grants and supporting NCTL to provide technical assistance to schools as they plan and implement more and better learning time. Under the guidance of NCTL, and through the in-depth planning process involving a broad array of school and community partners, schools build revised schedules that use expanded time in innovative ways to provide teachers extra time to collaborate and build new skills and students expanded academic and enrichment opportunities.
Through the TIME Collaborative, nineteen schools across five states are implementing an expanded calendar in the 2013-2014 school year after having completed a rigorous and comprehensive planning process during the previous school year. The planning process included input from administrators, teachers, community members, union officials and parents. However, not every school that participated in the planning process was ready to implement the high-quality requirements and several schools are getting additional support from NCTL before they move forward with the implementation of expanded-time schedules.
In addition to the TIME Collaborative schools expanding their calendars this year, over 30 new schools nationwide are beginning to plan for expanded time in the 2014-2015 school year. Like the first cohort of TIME Collaborative schools, in order to move forward with implementation next year, these schools will need to develop high-quality plans and engage in a community process.
"It is incredibly exciting to see these schools implementing a new school day that engages students and offers teachers new opportunities to learn and grow. They join schools that are already expanding learning time across the country, both district and charter schools, in order to accelerate student achievement and provide students with a well-rounded education," said Jennifer Davis, NCTL's Co-Founder and President. "As 45 states and Washington, D.C. begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, we know that expanding learning time is a critical strategy for teachers and students, particularly in schools where students are already behind. If we don't give students the time and support they need now, we cannot expect them to be prepared for success in college, careers, and beyond."
The districts and schools participating in the TIME Collaborative are:
2013-2014 Cohort II Planning (for implementation in 2014-2015):
|Bridgeport Public Schools||Beardsley School|
|Bridgeport Public Schools||Edison School|
|Bridgeport Public Schools||Wilbur Cross School|
|Meriden Public Schools||Israel Putnam Elementary School|
|Meriden Public Schools||Roger Sherman Elementary School|
|Windham Public Schools||WB Sweeney School|
|Windham Public Schools||Windham Middle School|
2013-2014 Cohort I Expanded Time-Schools:
|East Hartford Public Schools||Dr. Thomas S. O'Connell Elementary School|
|Meriden Public Schools||Casimir Pulaski Elementary School|
|Meriden Public Schools||John Barry Elementary School|
|New London Public Schools||Jennings Elementary School|
|New London Public Schools||Winthrop Magnet Elementary School|
For details on the districts participating in the TIME Collaborative, visit http://www.timeandlearning.org/ .
Connecticut State Department of Education