Edutopia: Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

Not satisfied with students’ progress on district- and state-mandated tests — and after careful deliberation by administration and staff — the Edwards Middle School implemented the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative in the 2006/07 school year. ELT has since become an integral part of the school day, where students receive an additional 60 minutes of support instruction in some core academic classes like English and math, and 90 minutes of electives in arts, sports and music, and other enrichment activities.