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Why ELOs matter: Closing the opportunity gap

Call it the achievement gap or the opportunity gap, it adds up to the same thing. Kids from low-income families perform at a lower level in school than their more affluent peers—and much of this gap has nothing to do with their school day

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Expanded Learning Opportunities Week in Nebraska

By Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells Network Lead At a ceremony in the Capitol last Thursday, Governor Heineman signed a proclamation  identifying the week of January 20 – 24th as Expanded Learning Opportunity Awareness week across Nebraska.  At the ceremony,

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How can we stop summer learning loss? Support summer learning.

By Jeff Cole, Associate Vice President of School-Community Partnerships As we ease into the break from our school year routines, enjoying the beautiful weather that has blessed Nebraska this spring, it is easy for us to forget that learning never

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Education, Poverty and the Achievement Gap

By Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells Network Lead People are talking. As we emerge from the Great Recession, political and business leaders are united in pointing to increasing the education levels of American youth as the mechanism necessary to prepare the

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