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College Prep for All - Extended Learning Time

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Extended Learning Time:
A Tool to Close the Middle Grades Gap,
Prepare All Students for College, and Drive Whole School Reform

"The skills that many students do not achieve mastery of when they are in middle school are the same skills that they fail to display when they arrive at the doorsteps of college.  Even though they have met the requirements for high school graduation, they remain profoundly limited in their abilities to do college-level academic work, in many ways because of what they did not learn in middle school."

A Report on K-12 and Access Partnership, Office of Collaborative Affairs of the City University of New York


Education is Liberation: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos believes that all students deserve a quality education that prepares them for college and beyond.  In Denver Public Schools, approximately 70% of all middle school students entering Lincoln, North, Montbello and West High Schools, the majority of which are students of color, are two to three years below grade level in their core classes (based on CSAP scores).

While these numbers are alarming, the future holds promise.  Many schools that utilize Extended Learning Time through a longer school day and year have transformed their schools into true college-prep institutions. They don't just add more hours to the days, days to the year - they use the added time to drive whole school reform, turning low-performing schools around and inventing a more effective model for teaching and learning.

Through an expanded day and longer school year, schools can reorganize their time to provide better learning opportunities and improved outcomes for all students. Teachers have more planning and curriculum prep time and students receive more individualized, personal instruction.   The model also supports students who are English Language Learners by providing more academic support and effective intervention programs.

Currently, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is equipping parent leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to push for the implementation of Extended Learning Time to drive whole school reform.  These parent members are calling on Denver Public Schools to replicate the teaching practices that have begun to close the achievement gap in low-income neighborhoods of color throughout the country: more and better learning time that prepares all students for college and meaningful careers.

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos' call for quality Extended Learning Time is the focal point of our Middle School Action Platform. Download our report and entire platform for more info.

For more information or to get involved with our College Prep for All - Extended Learning Time Campaign, contact Veronica Dufner at (303) 458-6545 or veronica@padresunidos.org


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