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LEE Voices: Antonio Parés

Time Doesn’t Have to Mean Money

Check out LEE Member Antonio Parés post in Time and Learning Blog: Time Matters about how school districts can manage expanding learning time without going over budget. Parés is a Teach for America Alumni, a graduate of CU Boulder and a former teacher at IDEA Public Schools. Currently he’s a School Design/Redesign consultant, who has worked with Denver Public Schools, Get Smart Schools, and Generation Schools Network to open innovative models in Denver's school turnaround networks.

The momentum behind expanded learning time to improve student achievement continues to grow. Learning time is a resource that education leaders across the country are eager to maximize for students from high-poverty communities. Unfortunately, we often believe, and it’s often the case that more time involves a tradeoff, and in the education sector that tradeoff is money. Principals and district leaders assume that expanding the school day and school year will involve paying teachers more or hiring additional staff. I contend that shouldn’t be the expectation. Instead, as schools and school systems consider implementing expanded learning time they should view it as an opportunity to break out of historical and outdated school structures, rethink their personnel systems, and innovatively expand learning time for their students in a cost effective manner.

To read the full blog post about Antonio’s proposal for schools to expand learning time without overspending, please visit timeandlearning.org.

Unfortunately, we often believe, and it’s often the case that more time involves a tradeoff, and in the education sector that tradeoff is money.
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