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Race to the Top Winner Delaware Utilizing Funds to Support Afterschool and Summer Learning

By Diana Delfin

It seems the role of afterschool programs is seen as an effective way to utilize Race to the Top (RTT) funding and meet state reform goals. See a comprehensive list of implementation plans from each of Delaware's school districts. Delaware is directing some of their RTT funding to support the creation and expansion of local afterschool and summer programming. In fact, according to their plans posted online, each one of Delaware’s school districts are reinforcing Delaware’s requirement for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to support increasing learning time with enriching activities.  Here are some of the initiatives and innovations school districts in Delaware plan to implement RTT funds:

Appoquinimink ($65,000; 2011-2012) has proposed dual enrollment options for high school students through SpringBoard, a new program aimed to increase participation in AP and honors courses.  The SpringBoard program also includes field trips to colleges in Delaware and a tour of an out of state regional college.
Brandywine ($1,609,582; 2011-2012) has proposed to expand summer AP courses and a Summer Bridge Program for all students. By providing additional support through acceleration and remediation strategies for students, the Brandywine school district hopes to motivate and prepare students for long-term success.  

Capital ($1,582,253; 2011-2012) aims to support both after school and summer programs at existing 21st CCLC sites and increase access to intensive math academies. The Capital School District has expanded afterschool and summer enrichment opportunities in addition to summer math academies.
Polytech ($97,356; 2011-2012) plans to provide numerous extended opportunities and tutoring in core subjects before and after school for academically low performing students. High school students will also have access to credit recovery programs after school and during the summer. 
While it is up to the school to follow through with their plans, it is still noteworthy to mention the different ways districts plan to provide expanded learning opportunities through RTT funding. What creative ways does your school district support afterschool and summer learning opportunities? Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Also, please stay tuned to this blog as we continue this series on highlighting how the rest of Delaware’s districts are utilizing RTT funding to support afterschool and summer learning opportunities!