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Citizen Schools is a non-profit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the nation. The organization mobilizes a “second shift” of afternoon educators who provide academic support, leadership development, and hands-on project experience taught by volunteers from community-based organizations and businesses.
To gauge the success of this approach, Abt Associates is conducting an evaluation for Citizen Schools of its Expanded Learning Time Model in seven states. The study is investigating how schools integrate expanded learning into their school days and the impact of the program on students, particularly their behavioral and aspirational outcomes. Data are also being gathered from a group of carefully matched comparison schools in the same districts. Interim results have already informed Citizen Schools and the education community as a whole about the value of extending the learning day.
Reports & Publications:
Citizen Schools ELT Evaluation Brief
Citizen Schools ELT Evaluaton Final Report Executive Summary
Citizen Schools ELT Evaluation Final Report
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.