A Case for Expanded Learning Time

A case for stretching the definition of Expanded Learning Time to include academic and non-academic support services, especially for low-income students.

Not Just About More Time

The attached paper and series of accompanying videos use narrative and other storytelling techniques to explain the evolving concept of Expanded Learning Time, and were prepared by Say Yes to Education with the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

Download the Expanded Learning Paper



In partnership with the Ford Foundation, Say Yes commissioned five videos (each about six minutes in length) to use narrative and other storytelling techniques to explain the concept of expanded learning time to a general audience — and argue for a broad definition that encompasses not just extended time in the classroom but services in support of that effort. These videos were narrated by the award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley.

Say Yes Buffalo: The powerful role of family support services in removing barriers to academic achievement


Say Yes Syracuse: How the efforts of school-based legal clinics can support families (and the learning process)


Say Yes Philadelphia in Africa: The ultimate field trip


Allen Jay Prep Academy in Guilford County, NC: Setting classroom lessons to song


Say Yes Harlem: The transformative impact of an after-school art project

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