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Victory breakdown: How Nebraska took a top 10 spot in afterschool

In The Afterschool Alliance’s 2014 America After 3PM report, Nebraska came in #8, handily outperforming 42 other states in the Expanded Learning Opportunities we offer our students once the bell rings. Here’s a visual breakdown of why Nebraska performs so

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What’s quality look like in ELOs?

An Expanded Learning Opportunity—or ELO—is a high-quality afterschool or summer educational experience that takes place outside the context of the regular school day. These hands-on, experiential, enriching chances to learn that build on, but don’t duplicate, what students are learning during the

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ELOs improve quality of life for working families

In Nebraska, 76.7% of families have all available parents working, according to the American Community Survey. With every adult on call to make ends meet, out-of-school care is a major challenge in Nebraska. In fact, it’s the reason many community-based

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ELOs put STEM learning front and center

In order for the Nebraska economy to grow and thrive, today’s students need to be prepared to develop the high-tech agriculture, software and advanced manufacturing skills that will attract businesses to the state and keep them here. And in the 8-3 school day, there is

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Want smarter students? Expand their opportunities to learn

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are high-quality afterschool or summer educational experiences that take place outside the context of the regular school day. These hands-on, experiential, enriching chances to learn that build on, but don’t duplicate, what students are learning during the school day, and allow new and

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Why ELOs matter: Community crime rates

We talked in a recent post about how violent juvenile crime spikes at 3 pm. Other high-risk behaviors among tweens and teens flourish in the afterschool hours and summer months as well.  We’ve also already talked about how Expanded Learning Opportunities

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Why ELOs matter: Reducing the risk from 3-6 pm

The hours between 3 and 6 pm are a time of opportunity for students. But if they’re not involved in structured, supervised learning, there’s  plenty of opportunity for high-risk behavior. Nationally, juvenile violent crimes triple during the 3-6 pm window. During these

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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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Why ELOs matter: The 6,000-Hour Learning Gap

An Expanded Learning Opportunity—or ELO—is a high-quality afterschool or summer educational experience that takes place outside the context of the regular school day. These hands-on, experiential, enriching chances to learn that build on, but don’t duplicate, what students are learning during the

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ELOs: Looking outside the school day for a transformation in education

What if the biggest opportunity for improvement in education happens outside of the school day? National Education reform discussions focus on a search for an elusive magic bullet that will somehow transform the traditional 8am–3pm school day—and eliminate our educational achievement gaps. Decades of experience

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