A summary report of the peer-learning institute hosted by Every Hour Counts for 25 community teams in Oakland, CA, on March 26-27, 2015.
Around the country, interest is growing in developing coordinated systems of after-school programming to expand students’ access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day, and to help equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive. On March 26-27, 2015, more than 140 people from 25 communities across the system-building spectrum gathered in Oakland, CA, to discuss the essential elements of expanded-learning systems. Leaders in system-building and citywide coordination presented sessions on quality, data, operations, partnership building, and advocacy, and teams of diverse stakeholders from around the country shared their challenges, offered lessons learned, and began planning next steps to take home and implement in their communities.
"From Idea to Action: An Institute for Building Expanded-Learning Systems," was hosted by Every Hour Counts, in partnership with the Partnership for Children and Youth, and with generous support from The Wallace Foundation. This document offers a summary of system-building strategies, lessons learned, and challenges that were discussed over the two-day institute.