Amrita Sahni, director of instruction at Edwards Middle School in Boston, writes in this blog post that lengthening the school day was "one of the best things we could have done to help reform our school model and improve student outcomes." The schedule -- three extra hours of school time four days a week, and half-days on Fridays -- led to improved academic achievement and engagement. She also lists several tips to make expanded learning time successful, including getting buy-in from students, unions and educators.

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