Category: Expanded Learning

Nov
12

Youth Hunger For Connection Served Up By Online Expanded Learning Opportunities

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:24pm

With the music pumping and blue disco lights flashing (well…in one kid’s room, at least) students and instructors from Tacoma Arts Live’s Hip-Hop Movement class moved together, via webcam, through the steps of a routine they had just learned. “I’m panting like my dog.” one of the students said, coming closer to the screen as > Continue Reading

Oct
8

The Legacy of Mr. Rogers In Tacoma’s Whole Child Virtual Expanded Learning

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 2:21pm

For more than 30 years Mister Rogers used his groundbreaking PBS television show to make a personal connection with millions of children.  Speaking directly into the camera, he invited his viewers to join him in learning new things, playing together, and reflecting on what it means to be a good “neighbor”.  “Expanded Learning Opportunities have always provided a unique space for students to make connections with each other and with a caring adult.”  Building on > Continue Reading

Aug
13

Local Online Learning Adapts For Youth Who Don’t Want To Feel Alone

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:31pm

‘I just don’t like feeling alone.’ The youth Choreographer’s Workshop at Tacoma Arts Live looked a lot different this summer.  Gathering on screen via Zoom, instead of in a dance studio, each student rehearsed their routine in their own individual square with their sound settings on mute.  Whenever a classmate had a question or needed > Continue Reading

May
14

Social Emotional Learning Helps Kids Navigate COVID-19 Disruptions

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:17pm

Sharing is usually something adults encourage kids to practice. That’s why Tess Guerrero understood how strange it sounded when she explained to a student that they couldn’t share their supplies because of safety measures due to COVID-19. “I don’t want to hear one more thing about this virus!” the student exclaimed. Tess said the student’s > Continue Reading

Mar
11

Parents See the Difference Caring Adults Make for Their Students

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:44pm

Members of the Vision Step team at Edison Elementary School marched into the cafeteria as they wrapped up their after-school step dance session on a recent afternoon. As the girls waited for their rides to arrive, Codi Scharry and Danielle Bryant, parents of team members, handed out Rice Krispy treats to everyone. “I bring snacks > Continue Reading

Feb
13

Every Adult Can Build Youth Resilience and Help Students Thrive

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 1:01pm

During the end-of-school hustle and bustle on a recent afternoon at Tacoma’s Reed Elementary School, a group of students gathered around Gary Lowery. He sat on the steps of a stage in the cafeteria strumming his guitar. After playing a couple tunes of his own, Gary passed the guitar around the circle and let each > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Simple Strategies Help Students (and Adults) Move Through Challenging Emotions

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:16pm

An easy way to soothe stress is right at your fingertips. Using your forefinger, slowly draw a sideways figure 8 in the air. Breathe in as you move your finger to the right. Breathe out as your finger closes the loop. Repeat drawing the figure with the breaths as many times as it takes to > Continue Reading

Dec
12

Warm Greetings, 3 Breaths, And A Constitution Help Students Thrive

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 4:19pm

When the bell rang on a recent Tuesday afternoon at Jennie Reed Elementary School, the halls were filled with students in neat, single-file lines. Each line moved in a different direction depending on where the students went after school. A handful of these lines converged on the cafeteria where students gathered for Jaguar Jump, Reed’s > Continue Reading

Nov
14

20 Minutes Can Make All The Difference For Students In Expanded Learning

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 2:18pm

When school lets out at Tacoma’s Birney Elementary, Sergio Beltran can be found outside the cafeteria greeting students as they head into Expanded Learning at the All-Star Center. On a recent Thursday, Sergio noticed one student looked a little down as he entered the space. Sergio took a few minutes right away to talk one-on-one > Continue Reading

Oct
9

Working Together, Tacoma Organizations Remove Barriers to Expanded Learning Opportunities

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:46pm

When the bell rings at the end of the day at Tacoma Public School’s DeLong Elementary, some students head home with their parents, some get on the bus, and some of them go to Dragon’s Club. Dragon’s Club is an after-school program that provides Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) like dance, art, and mentorship. Located in > Continue Reading