Expanded Learning Time
Citizen Schools partners with school districts in more than 20 cities across the country to expand the learning day. They provide academic support, leadership development, and hands-on learning projects by mobilizing a second shift of afternoon educators consisting of AmeriCorps members and volunteers from business and civic organizations. Citizen Schools’ deep local partnerships help transform schools and ensure that students of all backgrounds develop the skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life. Operating in low-income schools with disadvantaged students, Citizen Schools’ participants have a 20% higher graduation rate than their matched peers.
In a partnership with The Sheridan Group, Citizen Schools embarked in an advocacy strategy to make federal funding for afterschool flexible, allowing local schools and districts to provide their students with additional learning time by expanding the learning day, week or year. In September 2011 after intensive advocacy by Citizen Schools, the Department of Education announced that they would allow states and districts to use existing federal funding streams for expanded learning time reforms, both through an optional waiver pertaining to 21st Century Community Learning Centers and by using Title I funds to turn around low-performing schools.