The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New, Powerful, and Personalized Options for High School Students

Nicholas C. Donohue

This article by NMEF President & CEO Nicholas C. Donohue was published in the research compendium, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success.

In this piece, Donohue describes the potential that expanded learning opportunities can have in systematically changing a learning ecosystem. Expanded learning opportunities can serve as a "sweet spot" for school-community partnerships and collaboration.

New models are emerging that may help move our educational system from the ‘one-size-fits-all' practice we have known it to be, to a design that might well be described as an orchestra.