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Opportunity to learn

Opportunity to learn refers to the variety of learning options available to youth in the home, at school and within the community. Student success in school is facilitated when youth are provided with various tools for learning such as: reading materials, access to clubs and organizations, varied teaching strategies and time to practice/master new skills. Also, it is enhanced when the key adults in the youth's life communicate with each other.


Authors: Sandra L. Christenson, Ph.D., professor in College of Education and Human Development; and Cathryn Peterson, teacher with Armstrong High School, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Reviewer: Kathleen A. Olson, former program director in partnering for school success

Reviewed in 2018

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