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5 Jun 2014
Topics: » After-School System-Building, » Effective Practice, » Policy & Advocacy, » Program Quality

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A summary report of the peer-learning institute hosted by Every Hour Counts for 25 city teams in Baltimore, MD, on May 13-14, 2014.

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 May 13-14, 2014, over 100 people from 25 cities across the system-building spectrum gathered in Baltimore, MD, 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, with generous support from The C.S. Mott Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and the Family League of Baltimore. This document offers a summary of system-building strategies, lessons learned, and challenges that were discussed over the two-day institute.