The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Expanded Learning Team provides professional development and technical assistance to After School Education and Safety (ASES), 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs), and Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs (ELO-P) in San Diego County. The team assists districts in the implementation of a variety of comprehensive programs designed to increase academic achievement by promoting positive behaviors and engaging students in learning, academic enrichment, and physical activity before and after school.
Expanded Learning, as defined by Education Code 8482.1, "means before school, after school, summer, or intersession learning programs that focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. It is the intent of the Legislature that expanded learning programs are pupil-centered, results driven, include community partners, and complement, but do not replicate, learning activities in the regular school day and school year."
SDCOE is committed to providing opportunities to expand the way we think about learning, and the staff at the County Office are champions for bridging opportunities in the larger communities in which our students and families live with real-world learning opportunities at the districts and charters where they learn. SDCOE forms partnerships, leverages resources, and harnesses time and space to help facilitate creative learning environments that build experiences and foster meaning. Priorities of this work in Expanded Learning include:
- Providing customized support to districts and charter schools implementing meaningful before and after school programs that focus on learning outside the four walls of the classroom
- Developing multi-level relationships to create collaborative opportunities with community partners that seed new ideas, opportunities for funding, and innovative Expanded Learning programming