By Emmelie De La Cruz
At Neval Thomas Elementary School, Mayor Vincent Gray joined by Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the winners of the Proving What’s Possible grant funds to encourage innovation and dramatically improve student achievement in public schools.
With 85 percent of the $10 million dollar going to the 40 lowest performing schools in the District, the Chancellor and Mayor are looking to use technology in a creative way, increase STEM education, and foster innovation to heavily increase student academic gains.
But perhaps the most striking among the Proving What’s Possible initiatives, is the extended school day in 13 public schools including CW Harris Elementary, Dunbar High School, Malcom X Elementary School, Kelly Miller Middle School, and Tyler Elementary School.
During the press conference, Chancellor Henderson confirmed that these schools will serve as pilot runs before taking the extended school day system-wide. According to Henderson, parents and teachers are supportive of this initiative and DCPS will work with the Washington Teachers’ Union to ensure compliance with the teachers’ contract.
The push for an extended school day according to Mayor Gray, comes from the inability to complete all education during the normal day. The extended school day will allow for other kinds of learning.
As a DCPS teacher, what do you think of the idea of an extended school day?