Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, and Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will serve as panelists in a discussion on the need to create high-quality out-of-school time systems for students in every community. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Shelton and Girton-Mitchell will discuss how the Department is promoting models of collaboration to improve student outcomes and the effective use of extended learning time at the “Re-Imagining Out-of-School Time: A United Way Thought Leaders’ Summit” in Alexandria, Va.
The summit will address a range of issues, including the most recent developments in policy, research, investments, and innovations in out-of-school time and will examine how the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act may impact these areas. The summit also will explore thoughts on how to expand learning during non-school hours, including options such as extended school days, traditional afterschool programs, and summer learning opportunities.
The summit is sponsored by the United Way.