Core Qualities for Successful Expanded Learning Time Programs(September 4, 2012)
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recognizes the positive effects of expanded learning time on the academic achievement and social and emotional development of Latino youth and English language learners (ELLs). Expanded learning time includes after-school activities, summer learning, and any other programming that allows youth to learn outside the formal classroom. To develop its expanded learning initiatives, NCLR has prioritized research, professional development resources, and building opportunities for its network of community-based organizations and schools to connect with each other. With the Core Qualities for Successful Expanded Learning Time Programs, NCLR builds on existing research and assessment tools to address the unique needs of community organizations and schools serving Latino students and their families. These Core Qualities will drive NCLR’s efforts to improve the ability of all expanded learning time programs to serve Latino and ELL children. The following framework outlines essential qualities as well as indicators, measurements, and evidence that demonstrate Latino student success in expanded learning time programs.