Center for American Progress

: Extending School Time to Improve Learning Outcomes
Past Event

Extending School Time to Improve Learning Outcomes

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM EST

Extending School Time to Improve Learning Outcomes


Jennifer Davis, Co-Founder and President, Massachusetts 2020
Ayeola Fortune, Director, Extended Learning Opportunities and Development Project, Council of Chief State School Officers
Susan Schaeffler, Executive Director and Founding Principal, KIPP DC

Moderated by:

Cynthia G. (Cindy) Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress

In the 21st century, Americans must no longer tolerate mediocre student performance and huge academic achievement gaps. Bold and innovative ideas being implemented at the state and local levels – such as extending learning time in high-poverty schools and districts – hold the promise of increasing student achievement and closing educational gaps. The KIPP Academy public charter schools and the state of Massachusetts are using extended school time as a key part of their strategy to prepare all children for the demands of a globalized economy. Without making better use of learning time, our nation’s competitiveness and the strength of our democracy are threatened. Join the Center for American Progress and our distinguished panel for a discussion on extended learning opportunities, their demonstrated successes, and the challenges of implementation.



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More Than Just Moments in Time, by Elena Rocha, February 13, 2006
Reorganizing the school year and providing greater learning time and opportunities

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Program: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch will be served at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.

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Jennifer Davis is the Co-Founder and President of Massachusetts 2020, a non-profit foundation founded in 2000 focused on expanding educational and economic opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts. In 1998, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed Davis to serve as the Executive Director of the Boston 2:00-to-6:00 After-School Initiative. In this capacity, she designed and implemented strategies to expand high quality, affordable, after-school opportunities for youth in communities across Boston. Davis’ work involved leveraging new resources, opening new programs in Boston Public Schools, launching an innovative training initiative, organizing press events highlighting the importance of after-school, and publishing several reports including one for the Mayor’s Task Force on After-School Time, Schools Alone Are Not Enough: Why Out-of-School Time is Crucial To The Success of Our Children . Davis served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, at the U.S. Department of Education. Davis’ responsibilities involved working with elected officials across the nation on a range of education reform issues. She also worked as the Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley from March of 1993 until March of 1997 where she helped to coordinate the successful Congressional passage and implementation of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Davis has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California, and a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in government and sociology from Connecticut College.

Ayeola Fortune is Director of the Extended Learning Opportunities and Development Project within the Division of State Services and Technical Assistance at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this capacity, she has researched quality extended learning programs in high-poverty, high-performing schools and assisted the Council in its efforts to provide technical assistance to state education agencies as the 21st CCLC program transitioned from federal to a state-based administration. Ayeola has also conducted research on summer learning opportunities in high-poverty schools and districts. She supports states in their efforts to build statewide capacity and infrastructure for extended learning programs through her work with the Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative. In addition, Ayeola provides support to state education agency staff responsible for administering the supplemental educational services provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Ayeola has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Lehigh University.

Susan Schaeffler is the Executive Director and Founding Principal of KIPP DC. Under her guidance KIPP DC has grown from one school opening in 2001 to schools serving over 400 students, with a projected growth to serve over 1,000 students in the next four years. In 2001 Ms. Schaeffler founded KIPP DC: KEY Academy after being selected as one of three inaugural KIPP Fisher Fellows.  The Fisher Fellows program is a highly competitive program endowed to train school leaders with the skills to found KIPP Academies across the United States. Prior to founding KIPP DC Susan Schaeffler spent nine years in the classroom.  In 1992 she began her teaching career as a Teach for America corps member at John Howard Elementary School in Baltimore, MD.  Her extraordinary teaching ability was recognized the next year when she won Teacher of the Year. Ms. Schaeffler earned a B.S. in human development and family studies from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.  Ms. Schaeffler is also an Aspen Institute Scholar.

Cynthia G. (Cindy) Brown is Director of Education Policy and served as Director of Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future National Task Force on Public Education, a joint initiative of the Center and the Institute for America’s Future. Cindy has spent over 35 years working in a variety of professional positions addressing high-quality, equitable public education. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, she was an independent education consultant who advised and wrote for local and state school systems, education associations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and a corporation. From 1986 through September 2001, Brown served as Director of the Resource Center on Educational Equity of the Council of Chief State School Officers. She was appointed by President Carter as the first Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (1980). Prior to that position, she served as Principal Deputy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s (HEW) Office for Civil Rights. Subsequent to this government service, she was Co-Director of the nonprofit Equality Center. Before the Carter Administration, she worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, the Children’s Defense Fund, and began her career in the HEW Office for Civil Rights as an investigator. Brown has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She serves as Chair of both the Institute for Responsive Education and American Youth Policy Forum Boards of Directors and on the Boards of Directors of the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School and the National Association for Teen Fitness and Exercise.