Expanded learning time (ELT)—adding time to the school day, week or year—is a relatively new approach to expanding learning opportunities. Like quality afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs, there are essential principles of these programs that increase the likelihood of success. At a minimum, expanded learning time programs should go beyond simply adding additional time to the school day and incorporate successful afterschool practices: engaging students in their own education by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities through community partnerships that build on—but do not replicate—learning that happens during the school day.
The Afterschool Alliance has created a publication to define and outline the eight principles of afterschool best practices key to developing successful expanded learning programs. Below, we’ve also compiled a variety of additional perspectives, evaluations and analysis from our own resources as well as from outside sources to provide you with a comprehensive guide to this model of expanded learning.
Eight Principles of Effective
Expanded Learning Programs