Increased Learning Time
Research promotes a three-pronged approached to Increased Learning Time that includes the following elements: (a) increased academic learning time; (b) increased enrichment activities; (c) and increased teacher collaboration and professional development. Increased learning time necessitates strategies that maximize the number of sustained, engaging instructional minutes, the result of which is “higher academic achievement, especially for disadvantaged students” (Jez & Wassmer, 2011; Gettinger & Seibert 2002). To be utilized successfully, increased learning time must be applied strategically. Effective strategies include providing a rigorous, well-rounded education that prepares students for college, improving teacher training, improving and aligning the curriculum, reducing distractions, year-round schedules, block scheduling, using the time for teachers to thoroughly analyze and respond to data, and setting aside time to coach and develop teachers in ways that continuously strengthen their instructional practices (Chalk Board Project, 2008; Kaplan & Chan, 2011).