ROSELLE – An expanded learning program at Roselle Public Schools has been chosen as a model by the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest at Learning Point Associates, officials recently announced.
Expanded Learning is the practice of providing students with structured classroom time and enrichment opportunities in addition to regular classroom hours. Roselle’s Expanded Learning model consists of the following enrichment programs:
• Before the Bell Program (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.): Comprised of academic enrichment activities such as computer instruction, arts and crafts and homework help. A staff of certified teachers oversees the activities. The service is particularly valuable to working parents, who can drop their children off a full hour before school begins.
• During the Bell Program (Lunch hour, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.): This program operates during recess and lunch periods in the elementary and middle schools. It offers structured opportunities for play and physical activity during recess, coordinated classroom game time that focuses on character development, and a peer leadership program.
These activities result in improved instructional readiness for students in the afternoon. After a typical lunch and recess session, students may lose up to an hour of instructional time because they are excited and need time to settle into learning mode. The During the Bell Program engages students and keeps their minds focused on learning during their recess period.
• After the Bell Program (3 to 6 p.m.): This program is for students identified as needing extra academic assistance. Students receive homework help and participate in enrichment activities, such as dance, drama, music and recreation. Students receive individual attention from certified teachers and a personalized learning plan is created to target an individual student’s areas of deficiency.
• Evening Enrichment Program (6 to 9 p.m.): This program is open to all students and is a “drop in” program. Students can come as often as they like to play board games, participate in organized athletics and engage in enrichment activities. Motivational speakers, workshops and discussions are also part of the program and are designed to enhance students’ conflict resolution skills, self esteem and character development.
• 7 to 7 Summer Program (Summer months, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.): This collaborative effort between the Borough of Roselle and the Roselle School District provides students with a full day of recreation and enrichment opportunities during the summer. Students are positively engaged throughout the day, so that they do not lose valuable skills during the summer months. This is a service to working parents as well, as they can drop their children off on the way to work and pick them up on their way home.
Roselle’s Expanded Learning program was also recently recognized by two other organizations, the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition and the New Jersey School Boards Association.
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