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Friday, February 01, 2013

FCPS-Fairfax County Middle School After-School Initiative Featured in New Book

An article on the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) middle school after-school program is featured in a new book, Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. The article about the FCPS program, “A Strategically Designed Countywide Multi-Site Middle School Afterschool Program Achieves Multiple Positive Results,” was authored by Mark Emery and Patricia McGrath.  Emery is administrator of the FCPS program.

The first-of-its-kind book demonstrates the role after-school and summer learning play in improving and expanding students’ education, how communities with different demographics are building successful supports for their students, the role after-school programs play in education reform, and how these programs are helping students become more career and college ready and engaged in learning. More than 100 researchers, educators, community leaders, policy makers, and practitioners have contributed to the book. 

Emery points out that the FCPS after-school initiative is a key element in the efforts by FCPS and the Fairfax County Government to improve academic performance, develop healthy and successful youth, combat gangs, and provide young people with greater opportunities to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to thrive in the workplaces and communities of the 21st century.

FCPS and the County have taken the initiative to establish and fund a rich spectrum of after-school learning opportunities for middle school students. Now in its seventh year, the program has generated improvements in academics, classroom behavior, relationships, risky behavior, and school and community connectedness, with an average weekly attendance of nearly 20,000 students.

The book will be available for sale on Amazon and individual articles can be downloaded at no cost from the Expanded Learning website.  is a 50-state initiative harnessing the power of networks and leaders to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement. A partnership of funders, led by the C.S. Mott Foundation, support the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project.

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Note: For more information, contact Mark Emery at 571-423-1270 or mhemery@fcps.edu.