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November 8, 2012

Homework time is a great way to keep everyone focused on academic progress and reinforce the skills covered during the school-day. However, it doesn’t have to feel like study hall. We can use homework time to develop important academic and related 21st Century skills that youth need to succeed in life like independent learning, responsibility, and leadership.

Using tools like the Homework Contract Tool can help us find ways to structure homework time and empower youth to develop and improve these skills.

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November 8, 2012

Communicating with teachers is the most efficient way to keep informed about school-day content. A system for interacting with school-day staff should be created to build and cultivate this relationship. It can be as simple as a form that teachers use to recommend help with students’ assignments.

The Survey of Teacher Programming Needs, adapted from SEDL, asks school-day teachers about the subjects or topic areas in which students need additional assistance. For each subject or topic area, teachers list specific skills that the program can help students target during operational hours. Teachers can assign a priority level of low, medium, or high to these skills. Suggestions should be based on assessments of student achievement, observation, student preferences, and parent feedback.

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