Thursday, August 29, 2013

Proposed Calendar 2.0 References

Research Sources

Starting in 2006, CVSA began studying schools where achievement improved.  The regional group of superintendents soon realized that how blocks of time were devoted to student learning appeared to influence achievement.  Then, in 2010, CVSA officially charged a Task Force to review the current school year calendar, study alternative models, and recommend a calendar based on agreed-upon principles.

That Task Force referred to several sources as they created the proposed Calendar 2.0, including:
  • Regional Educational Laboratory at EDC 
  • National Center on Time and Learning
  • San Francisco Bay Area KIPP Schools: A Study of Early Implementation, First year Report 2004-2005 
  • Evaluation of the Expanded Learning Time Initiative: Year One Report 2006-2007
  • Learning Takes Time for At-Riskers. 2005 Education Digest
  • A New Day for Kids. 2007. Educational Leadership
  • Year-Round Education. 1993. ERIC Document
  • The Bigger Picture: What about Year-Round Education? 2005. Eric Document
  • Review of Extended-Day and After-School Programs and their Effectiveness. 1998.
  • Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk
  • What Twenty Years of Educational Studies Reveal about Year-Round Education. 1994. Eric Document
  • A Five-Year Comparison between an Extended Year School and a Conventional Year School: Effects on Academic Achievement. 2008. Eric Document
  • The Quality Imperative: A state Guide to Achieving the Promise of Extended Learning. 2009. Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
  • National Association for Year-Round Education
  • The Perennial Reform: Fixing School Time. 2008. Phi Delta Kappan. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Opportunities Discussed During Recent Partner Summit

Discussion from recent Partner Summit 7/23/13

On July 23, 2013, CVSA and Vermont Afterschool, Inc sponsored a “Partner Summit,” where a variety of out-of-school organizations and school systems met to discuss opportunities within Calendar 2.0. There were 64 participants total, representing:

  • 13 statewide and cross-region partners 
  • 7 superintendents (and a handful of school leadership members) 
  • 18 afterschool programs 
  • 6 libraries 
The meeting agenda focused on: setting the context for the proposed Calendar 2.0, brainstorming opportunities, creating themes, and discussing next steps.

By the end, the entire group came up with nine themes that needed further exploration: Equity, Intersessions, Funding, Logistics, Communication, Childcare, Transportation, Teacher Contracts, and Learning.

Click here to view the presentation from the Partner Summit.

Discussion between school systems and local/regional organizations will continue into the school year. Partners and school leaders will be present at the upcoming Fall Engagements (Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct. 9, and Oct. 10) - these locations/times will be scheduled soon.

All participants scribed their thoughts about four questions (the first three questions were done in silence as participants walked around tables with large paper and markers)

This Partner Summit was the first time school systems and out-of-school organizations ever met to discuss our communities’ most valuable asset - children - and more specifically, how to create opportunities to enhance their learning experiences, both in and out of school.