For many children in rural communities, an after-school program is their only opportunity to get help with homework, take part in extracurricular activities and socialize outside of school. But small rural school districts struggle to provide transportation, find qualified staff and enroll enough students to generate adequate funding to keep these programs going.
KIPP charter schools are providing ongoing support, including building partnerships with universities, to help ensure that their students – many the first in their families to go to college – make it through college.
Linked learning high school programs hold promise in boosting student engagement and lead to “moderately greater” success in school, according to a new independent evaluation of nine such programs in California.
An after-school program at Garfield Elementary School in Oakland provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere to help students grasp the Next Generation Science Standards, which are starting to be implemented statewide. The standards include integrating engineering design into science education.
A review of 30 well-designed studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance. Students who were below grade level in English gained the most from these programs, according to some of the studies.
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, a new report concludes.
As California school districts implement the Common Core State Standards in English and math, more of them are looking to after-school and summer programs to help acquaint both teachers and students with the new approach to learning.
Community groups in East and South Los Angeles have spent the past decade making L.A. Unified officials listen and respond to their needs, long before districts were required to do so under California’s new Local Control Funding Formula.