When you see a young person skip to their drama class after school to explore Shakepeare in-depth, you know that expanded learning opportunities–learning beyond the classroom–make a difference. And now the research provides the evidence we need to make the case.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT (2:00 – 3:00 PM Central), in a special presentation for educators and other decision-makers, researchers Joseph Durlak and Roger Weissberg will share the results of their meta-analysis of 68 studies revealing that afterschool programs seeking to enhance the personal and social skills of children and adolescents were successful. Compared to control programs observed, participants in the programs seeking to enhance the personal and social skills demonstrated significant increases in their self-perceptions and bonding to school, positive social behaviors, school grades and levels of academic achievement, and significant reductions in problem behaviors.
Following the presentation, join the discussion about the next generation of expanded learning and afterschool. More than 100 leaders from education, communities, states and national foundations are in support of high-quality expanded learning opportunities that provide engaged learning powered by school-community partnerships. The Web event on March 27 will explore the intersections of the research and practice and how you can engage in the movement.