Beyond the Bell: Leveraging Community Assets for an Expanded Learning System

November 2018

In this essay, Betheny Gross argues that while the current emphasis on wraparound services has helped meet some of the many needs today’s students face, a more organic, crowdsourced approach to engaging the community could ultimately result in more agile and responsive opportunities for students—but only if key questions about measuring impact, creating coherent learning experiences, and ensuring equal access to educational opportunities are addressed.

“If these out-of-school learning opportunities become more essential than extra, but remain opt-in experiences (as is likely necessary to allow for personalization),” writes Gross, “the field will need to wrestle with these questions: Can there be accountability for equal access in an opt-in system? If so, who should be held accountable and how?”

Explore other essays in this collection: Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education

Related Posts