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Expanded learning has come to the forefront of discussions about education reform, as policymakers and providers work to discover the best ways to support students beyond the traditional school model.

In this report, we examine one approach to expanded learning—what we call year-round learning—which consists of intentional, community-based efforts to connect school, afterschool, and summer learning to support positive youth outcomes, develop continuous learning pathways, and provide equitable opportunities for both students and families.

Year-round learning builds on the notion that learning consists of all the ways that youth acquire new knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors, both inside and outside of school. We offer examples of year-round learning efforts from 14 initiatives across the K–12 system and discuss how these efforts remove barriers to learning, are student- and family-centered, use organizational commitment and capacity, and support local community needs.

We hope this brief advances the conversation about a more expansive view of learning—one that includes all the environments where learning takes place including school, afterschool, and summer.

Continue to "Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success."

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