On October 15, approximately 80 state and local level officials convened for an all-day summit on the UNL campus. The group focused on exploring potential state level policy actions to support ELO (Extended Learning Opportunity) programs powered by strong school-community partnerships. ELOs are the before school, afterschool and summer school enrichment programs that make a dramatic difference in the academic achievement of students – especially students at high risk for failure in school.
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This summit, supported by a grant from the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation and assisted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, provided an opportunity for leaders from the State Legislature, the State School board, the NU system as well as local school board members, school administrators and ELO professionals to discuss the growing research showing the powerful impact that regular participation in high quality ELO programs has on student achievement across a range of critical indicators.
Insights from the summit will inform the Interim Study scheduled in December. In addition, Beyond School Bells plans on collaborating with other stakeholders to convene meetings in communities across the state to continue to facilitate informed discussion about the important role that ELOs can play in strengthening Nebraska’s youth.