SOURCE: New Jersey After 3

New Jersey After 3

September 14, 2010 16:07 ET

New Jersey's First Expanded Learning Time Summit September 23, 2010

A Policy Forum to Discuss Effective Strategies to Expand Learning Time for Students

NEWARK, NJ--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  Educators, researchers, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and elected officials will assemble at The New Jersey Expanded Learning Time Summit on September 23, 2010. The Summit has been convened to discuss the importance of expanding student learning time as a strategy to better prepare students for success in the 21st century classroom and workplace. 

The Summit will take place at PSEG Headquarters in Newark, New Jersey -- and for the first time in State history -- brings stakeholders together under one roof to discuss and compare cost-effective strategies that expand learning time for children. The summit also provides the critical foundation to ensure stronger collaboration and communication across the public and nonprofit education sectors as New Jersey prepares for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also referred to as "No Child Left Behind."

The summit, presented by New Jersey After 3, is funded entirely through private sector investments, with particularly generous support from: Novartis Pharmaceuticals, The Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund, PSE&G, Valero, The Edwin Gould Foundation, and Caucus Education Corporation.

The Summit will kick off with a keynote address by Dr. Milton Goldberg, former executive director of the National Commission on Excellence in Education -- which was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to produce the landmark report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform -- a report credited with starting the nationwide education reform movement. Through his opening remarks, Dr. Goldberg will inject immediate relevance to the goals of the summit and his reflections will set the tone for the critical need to rethink how schools, families and communities prepare their students for success in the classroom and the 21st century global economy.

The opening plenary will be facilitated by Dr. Priscilla Little of the Harvard Family Research Project. This opening panel will examine the many evidence-based strategies currently being applied across the country, how they are being evaluated, and how they are being funded, in an effort to provide the information and context that informs similar collaborations throughout New Jersey's education community.

Three concurrent panel discussions will follow the plenary. These sessions include: Reading from the Same Glossary: What Do We Mean by "Expanding Learning Time?"; Effective Collaborations Between Nonprofits, Public Schools, and Policy Makers; and Emerging Opportunities to Launch and Sustain Expanded Learning Time Partnerships.

Confirmed presenters and panelists represent several public and private sector groups, including: The United States Department of Education, The Harvard Family Research Project, Rutgers University, The National Summer Learning Association, Massachusetts 2020, The National League of Cities, JPMorganChase, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), LEAP Academy, The Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership, The After School Corporation, Bank of America, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Citizen Schools, Thurgood Marshal Academy, and Public/Private Ventures.

A networking reception will be hosted at the nearby Newark Club following the summit.

Registration is free of charge -- thanks to private grants and sponsorships. Spaces are still available. For more information or registration, please visit:

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    Shannon Boehmer
    New Jersey After 3
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