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The STEM Educators Academy: Making Minds (and Plants!) Grow

Abby Montine

Abby Montine is TASC's Development Officer.TASC’s STEM Educators Academy brings together teachers, after-school educators and cultural institutions (like the New York Hall of Science and Institute o ... read more

It Takes a Community: Sharing Best Practices for Community Schools

Shahira Payano

Shahira Payano is TASC's Policy Analyst.This fall, over 100 public schools and their non-profit partners will implement the Community Schools initiative, which aims to improve student achievement thro ... read more

Debate League: All Pros, No Con

Erika Samuels

Erika Samuels is TASC's Research Associate.(Image: NYC DOE/MSQI)Earlier this month, I had the honor to serve as a volunteer judge for the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Debate Championship. T ... read more

Making Summer a Season of Learning | TASCers Round-Up

Therese Workman

Therese Workman is TASC's Senior Manager of Digital Content Strategies.Summer's here! For many, that exclamation point is both full of excitement for fun in the sun and trepidation about how to keep k ... read more

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman

Lucy Friedman is TASC's president.Looking at our nation’s history, our strongest periods of growth coincided with times of great innovation – be it in industry, space or technology. So how do we f ... read more

Advice to Middle Schoolers: Be a Giant

Marissa Badgley

Marissa Badgley is a Program Manager at TASC.I recently had the honor of delivering the following keynote address to 35 inductees to the ARISTA Jr. National Honor Society at IS 340, which works in par ... read more

From the Learning Brain to the Teaching Brain

Penny Wang

Penny Wang is TASC's Research Programs Assistant.Recently, both Lucy and I read a book called The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education. In it the authors state that teaching ... read more

More and Better Learning: Reflections and Improvement

Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill is TASC's Vice President for Policy and Research.In 2011, TASC launched a national demonstration of ExpandED Schools in three cities: Baltimore, New Orleans and New York City. We worked ... read more

Broadway Comes to Harlem

Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor is a Program Manager for MS ExTRA.I spent an incredible evening of theater on a recent weekday evening, watching a middle school production of Disney’s Aladdin. The students at Thurgo ... read more

Avoiding the Attendance Slump: What You Can Do This Month

Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill is TASC's Vice President for Policy and Research.Click to enlarge.At TASC, we are always on the lookout for ways to give young people more quality learning time without additional cost. ... read more


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