This term refers to the belief that legitimate (i.e. "credit-bearing") and effective learning can and should occur at any time and in any place. Extended learning opportunities are those that require that educators, families and students will seek learning opportunities beyond the schoolhouse walls. These can include enrollment in post-secondary classes and programs, online opportunities, real-world experiences such as internships, and/or areas of study defined and pursued by learners. Also referred to Anywhere-Anytime Learning.
"This is an aspect of mastery learning that is relatively undeveloped in the field. Most programs still rely, almost exclusively, on brick-and-mortar schools as the context for student learning, even when schools are located within communities rich in resources. Breaking outside of the school-house walls is a complicated process for district schools, but it's an essential component of providing students with ""agency"" and ""voice and choice"" (see definitions) about aspects of their learning experience. To begin with, schools might Pursue waivers from the district to allow credit to be given to students already engaged in activities outside of school: the church choir, a regular sports team, a musical instrument, etc. As the school become more stable and benefits from some economies of scale, develop a robust set of partnerships that students can tap into to pursue their own interests. Over time, you can build playlists and upload learning assets and student-facing curriculum that students can undertake.
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Begin with digital learning opportunities. Provide students with home-based technology so that they can undertake their own learning. Find adaptive software programs that students can work with to fill in gaps in skills and understanding. Another option is to use an off-the-shelf curricullum such as Eureka or Edgenuity, that students can undertake at their own pace.