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Wanted: Your input on extended learning

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Learning doesn’t take place just in a classroom. It can happen before school, after and during the summer.

Called in educational circles “extended learning,” it enhances students’ overall educational experiences. The best programs, research shows, involve both school and community involvement.

And to that end, the Iowa General Assembly directed the Iowa Department of Education to produce a report due Dec. 15 on best practices for extended-learning opportunities in the state. To accomplish this, the Department and the Iowa Afterschool Alliance are seeking input from Iowans on extended learning, both in the form of a survey as well as a series of meetings hosted around the state.

The report for the extended learning pilot model comes from funds appropriated by the 2013 Iowa General Assembly in House File 215.

The survey can be accessed here:

For specific information on the individual state meetings, contact the local host. Here are the dates and locations of the meetings:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Location: Aldo Leopold Middle School
3075 Sunnyside Ave, Burlington, IA 52601
Key Times:
1:15-2:15 PM students' discussion (Library)
2:30-3:30 teacher discussion (Library)
3:45-4:45 parent and community discussion (Auditorium)
Local Host:
Jackie Swink, Burlington Community School District;

Thursday, October 3, 2013  
Location: Vets Club and East Elementary
107 6th St NW Waukon, IA 52172
Key Times: 11:45 AM-1:15 PM stakeholders meeting (Vets Club)
3:30-6:00 program site visit and parent discussions (East Elementary)
Local Host:
Barb Winters, Allamakee Community School District;

Sioux City
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Location: TBA
Key Times: 2:15-3:15 PM school staff discussion (location TBA)
3:30-4:30 youth conversations (location TBA)
4:45-5:45 parent discussions at pick-up (location TBA)
Local Hosts:
Matt Ohman, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership;
Jenna Meyer, Beyond the Bell Program;

Des Moines
Thursday, October 17, 2013  
Lights On! Afterschool Day
Local agenda TBA
Local Host:
Jodie Warth, CPO, Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa;

Council Bluffs
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Local Agenda and Host: TBA

Cedar Falls
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Location: Holmes Jr. High School
Key Times: 4:15-5:15 PM stakeholders discussion
Local Host:
Dave Welter, Principal; and Dan Bower, Holmes Jr. High School

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on December 12, 2017 at 7:48pm.