2011 LESN Fall Seminar: A Look at the Research and Policy Around Time and LearningKids and computer

This seminar was held in Tampa, Florida on December 2-4 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel.  High-quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) often engage youth through innovative learning methods and complement what students learn during the traditional school day. ELOs can keep youth engaged in learning at a time when nearly one in four students fail to graduate from high school on time.

The purpose of this seminar was to take a look at research on ELO best practices, how time can be used innovatively to support student success, and discuss the policy implications related to these findings. Our hope is that participants gained firsthand knowledge of the benefits and challenges facing ELOs through a site visit to an after-school program. With cities and states facing budget gaps, cuts to ELO programs have become prevalent. Participants were able to study the range of policy options that can support high-quality ELOs during this difficult fiscal climate. 


The Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN) is co-sponsored by NCSL and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) as part of an effort to provide opportunities for staff to meet and compare notes with colleagues from other states who are tackling may of the same issues. 

NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Wallace Foundation for supporting this seminar. 

If you would like more information or have questions about issues around Time & Learning, please contact Ashley Wallace at 303-856-1655 or ashley.wallace@ncsl.org

If you have questions about the Legislative Education Staff Network, please contact Sara Shelton at 303-856-1647 or sara.shelton@ncsl.org


Seminar Agenda 

Friday, December 2Saturday, December 3 | Sunday, December 4 | Resources

December 2, 2011

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Welcome, Introductions and Expectations
Brief overview of the meeting agenda, the goals for the meeting and some context for the site visit and why it was chosen.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Site Visit to Afterschool Program:  George M. Steinbrenner Boys and Girls Club 

December 3, 2011

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Time as a Resource: A New Look at Where and When Learning Takes Place
Participants will learn how schools, districts and states are using time in innovative ways to support student success. This session will provide a big picture of time as a resource and what the research shows about time and learning as well on the ground details of extended learning time initiatives.


Julie Pelegrin, Assistant Director, Legislative Legal Services, Colorado General Assembly, LESN Interim Co-Chair, NCSL


Zakia Redd, Research Scientist, Child Trends

Jennifer Davis, President and CEO, National Center on Time and Learning

Chris Colwell, Professor, Stetson University

Additional Resources

Reimagining the School Day: More Time for Learning, The Wallace Foundation

On the Clock: Rethinking the Way Schools Use Time, Education Sector

Helping Older Youth Succeed Through Expanded Learning Opportunities, NCSL/Harvard Family Research Project

Learning Time in America, National Center on Time and Learning/Education Commission of the States

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Quality Features of Effective Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: Connecting Research to Policy
Research indicates that high-quality ELO programs can positively affect student development and academic success. Participants will be given a summary of research on summer learning loss, the features of high-quality after-school programs, best practices in ELO programs, and the implications for state ELO policy and practice.


Kara McCraw, Staff Attorney & Legislative Analyst, North Carolina General Assembly, LESN Steering Committee Member


David Hansen, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas

Matthew Boulay, Interim CEO, National Summer Learning Association

Patrick Duhon, Director of Expanded Learning, Providence Public School District/ Providence After School Alliance

Additional Resources

Video: Expanded Learning in Providence, Rhode Island

Video: AfterZone Summer Scholars

Video: Summer Learning

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

The Cost of Out-Of-School Time Initiatives
Participants will be given an overview of what is currently known about program costs from extending the school day or year to after-school, summer and weekend programs. Participants will also discuss ways they might create greater flexibility with existing state funding streams and other financing strategies states may consider in the development of ELO policies.


Paul Headlee, Principal Budget & Policy Analyst, Idaho Legislature, LESN Steering Committee Member


Lori Connors-Tadros, Vice President, Children and Family Services, The Finance Project

Heather Schwartz, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Additional Resources

The Cost of Quality Out-of-School Time Programs, Public Private Ventures/The Finance Project

Financing and Sustaining Afterschool Programs, The Finance Project

Calculating the Costs of High-Quality Out-of-School Time, The Wallace Foundation

Out-of-School Time Cost Calculator, The Wallace Foundation

A Fiscal Map for Expanded Learning Time (ELT), The After-School Corporation

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Effective Program Implementation and How State Policy Can Support Local Implementation
Participants will gain knowledge around individual and city-wide ELO program implementation, the unique qualities of these programs and collaborations, and how state policy can support local implementation. 


Ken Warlick, Committee Staff Administrator, Kentucky General Assembly

LESN Steering Committee Member


Joe Small, Vice President, School and Government Partnerships, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

George Chu, Chief Financial and Analytical Officer, Citizen Schools

Saskia Traill, Vice President of Policy and Research, The Afterschool Corporation (TASC)

Additional Resources

Citizen Schools

December 4, 2011

8:30 am - 10:00 am 

State Policy Strategies for Expanding Learning Opportunities
Participants will walk away with knowledge of concrete state policy examples that support ELO initiatives and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that each policy option presents. Given the state budgetary context, there will be an emphasis on low-cost/no-cost policy options.


Cheryl Reinhart, Staff Attorney, Arkansas General Assembly, LESN Steering Committee Member


Heather Schwartz, Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Saskia Traill, Vice President of Policy and Research, The Afterschool Corporation (TASC)

Ashley Wallace, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL Education Program

Additional Resources

Learning Beyond the School Day, NCSL LegisBrief

A State Policymaker's Guide to Expanding Learning Time, National Center for Time and Learning/Education Commission of the States

Beyond Walls, Clocks, and Calendars: Rethinking Public Education in Colorado

Summer Counts: Making Summer Programs Part of the Learning Equation, RAND Corporation

Seminar Resources

Seminar Agenda

Participant List

Speaker Bios

Featured Wallace Foundation Research & Publications:

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Student Learning

Hours of Opportunity: Lessons from Five Cities on Building Systems to Improve After-School, Summer, and Other Out-of-School-Time Programs


Other Resources

Brain Rules

Statewide Afterschool Networks