Expanded Learning

Expanded Learning programs are an integral part of young people’s education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career, and life.

Expanded Learning refers to before and after school, summer, and intersession learning experiences that develop the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of students. Expanded Learning opportunities should be hands-on, engaging, student-centered, results-driven, involve community partners, and complement learning activities in the regular school day/year.

NOTE: Many SFUSD schools receive state and federal funding for ExCEL after school programs. For those schools with the ExCEL after school program, the Quality Action Plan process incorporates the SFUSD Community Schools Framework.  All SFUSD Beacon sites also have ExCEL after school programs.


Practices and Indicators

Shared Leadership & Vision

♦ CBO’s mission and goals are in alignment with SFUSD mission and goals.

♦ CBO  acts as a thought partner with school leadership regarding how their organization contributes to the goals/objectives of the school site’s Balanced Score Card (BSC)

♦ Lead agency/CBO participates in site based leadership meetings

♦ Expanded learning programs support school site vision goals/objectives

Data Collection & Analysis to Match Needs & Assets

♦ Enrollment and program priorities are based on student needs (i.e. EWI, chronic absenteeism, homeless and foster youth,  etc.)

♦ ExCEL Quality Action Plan goals and strategic actions are completed

♦ The Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) is completed

♦ ExCEL student, family and staff surveys are intentionally distributed/collected

♦ Community partners are recruited to fill in service gaps

Continuous Learning & Improvement

♦ QAP & YPQA data is analyzed on an ongoing basis

♦ ExCEL program profiles and academic data are analyzed

♦ Joint (school day & ASP) professional development aligned to school vision, goals, priorities is provided

Intentional Coordination

♦A minimum of three meetings per year are held between CBO and school leadership – Goal Setting, Progress Update and Reflect & Plan meetings – to review current scope of work, analyze data and plan for implementation.

♦CBO partners closely with Academic Liaison to ensure close communication and programmatic alignment between school day and after school.   

♦ Regularly attend/support facilitation of Community Partner Collaborative meetings at the site.

♦ Expanded learning staff  work during the school day to support cohesion and alignment.

To access this as an Expanded Learning Community School self-assessment, go here.

School Day Activities, Academic Support, Skill Building and Recreation

School day activities: “Should be inclusive of the needs and interests of students and guided by clear learning goals. Examples include hosting student clubs, assisting teachers in class-based activities, hosting structured and ongoing skill-building, academic support and leadership activities.”

Academic Support: “Should provide all students opportunities to participate in academic support activities such as homework help and tutoring (individual or group).”

Skill Building: “Should intentionally focus on a specific skill, promote successively higher levels of mastery, and culminate in a final event or project that allows youth to present their work. Skill building activities can include, but are not limited to, arts; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); culturally based activities; life skills and leadership. Activities should integrate a mix of learning styles. Activities should foster creative expression and development and include opportunities for youth to reflect on what they have learned.”

Physical Activities: “Should provide all students the opportunity to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, including, but not limited to, structured games, sports, dance, and martial arts.”

Program Examples

Acceleration at Everett Beacon: Providing an academic equity strategy for all Everett students, there is a 30 minute before AND after school period for targeted academic support.

Summer Academic Program: Power Scholars: Provide summer learning loss prevention curriculum with family engagement components and fidelity markers.

Making the most of academic time for K-1: A structure for working on project based literacy activities instead of homework for the youngest grades.

Flag Football League: League that promotes citizenship, academic achievement and non-violence.

Lunchtime Activities: Physical activities (basketball, soccer, etc) identity-based lunch clubs, free rec time, 1:1 counseling, etc.