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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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Statewide Coalition of Citywide ELO Systems kicks off

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, statewide leaders and advocates for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) met in Lincoln to kick off plans for the next year. ELOs refer to the high-quality after-school, before-school and summer learning opportunities that

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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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Celebration of STEM in Nebraska

On the evening of Thursday, November 7, teachers and informal educators, child welfare workers and policy makers, philanthropists and volunteers gathered at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland. They came together to celebrate the progress made in promoting

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Recap of Lights-On Afterschool Activities across Nebraska

By Jeff Cole, Associate VP of School-Community Partnerships On October 17, schools around the country celebrated Lights On Afterschool. This annual network of events is a way to bring awareness to the expanded learning opportunities that go on afterschool. True

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Omaha’s Gwyn Williams Selected as One of Just 12 ‘Afterschool Ambassadors’ from Across Nation

Washington, DC – The Afterschool Alliance today announced that Gwynette Williams, Program Director of Collective for Youth, has been selected to serve as a 2013-2014 Afterschool Ambassador.  She is one of just 12 local leaders from across the country to

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