A longer school day is most often justified as a way for students to spend more time with teachers, work on core subjects, or engage in extracurricular activities.
But another good reason for extra time is to give teachers more time to collaborate.
In fact, some educators argue that teacher meeting time is the glue that holds schools together.
Beset by massive budget cuts and with more deficits looming in future years, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite has been reaching out to area businesses, nonprofits, and foundations to make up the losses in money and programs.
Last year, he created the Office of Strategic Partnerships to find new allies that would augment the District’s programs and finances, while cementing and enhancing relations with old ones.
Maximizing outside partnerships is a good strategy in any case, but is crucial when a cash-starved district is trying to provide enough quality learning time for students.