The Exceptional Child

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Ebenezer Collier The Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child Article Review Weingarten, R. (2012). Extended Learning Time offers Promise in Raising Achievement. American Teacher This article reflects the reaction of the President of the American Federation of Teachers, Mr. Randi Weingarten on the report of a study on how schools are using extended learning time to improve student achievement. Through interviews and site visits on 30 academically high-performing schools that serve a large percentage of low-income students, with longer school days and years, the study, “Time Well Spent”, documents and analyzes how schools allocate their time, and, more significantly, the specific practices which ensure that expanded school time is used productively and well. In this report, the study identifies the following eight practices that are “proving successful” especially in schools that serve disadvantaged children: (1) Make every minute count; (2) Prioritize time according to focused learning goals; (3) Individualize learning time and instruction based on student needs; (4) Build a school culture of expectations and mutual accountability; (5) Provide a well-rounded education; (6) Prepare students for college and career; (7) Continually strengthen instruction; and (8) Relentlessly assess, analyze and respond to student data. Randi Weingarten argues that extended learning isn’t the one and all way to raise achievement, but can be one of many tools to do so. He also pointed out that these changes have to be implemented with “input and buy in” from teachers, and also compensation to teachers for additional time which the study does not address. Educational leaders and policymakers are grappling with strategies that will provide students, especially those living in high-poverty areas, with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st
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