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Twitter Chat Tomorrow: #SummerSTEM

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Coalition for Science After School will host a Twitter chat Thursday May 17, 4 PM to 5 PM EDT about STEM in summer learning. During this conversation, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, learn why summer is the perfect time to explore STEM subjects, and hear from experts about resources and best practices. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for May 11, 2012

Rebecca Forbes
Friday, May 11, 2012
The National Assessment Governing Board found that most 8th graders, while making some improvements, still fall short of proficiency on the NAEP’s test of science mastery. Students who participated in hands-on activities, however, scored higher than their peers who didn’t. Read full post

Giving Kids Time to Succeed

Christopher Caruso
Thursday, May 10, 2012
“We have a school day and year designed for an agrarian society that no longer exists,” Ford Foundation President Luis Ubinas said today, as he announced the launch of the Time to Succeed Coalition, a new national campaign to expand learning time especially for students with the greatest needs. Read full post

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Saskia Traill
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
For Teacher Appreciation Week, I’m glad to recognize a few stand-out pedagogues in my life. Read full post

Visualizing ELT

Jennifer Siaca Curry
Monday, May 7, 2012
Over the past few weeks, we've been meeting with our ExpandED School teams to plan for next year. While preparing for the meetings, I put together a list of accomplishments from our schools and created a word cloud, just to see what would happen. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for May 4, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, May 4, 2012
NYCDOE released its first social media policy for educators this week, encouraging teachers to use social media in the classroom, but warning them to keep separate professional and personal accounts. Department officials will review the policy every three months. Read full post

Helping Kids, One at a Time, By the Numbers

Saskia Traill
Friday, May 4, 2012
A Gotham Schools article this week profiled a school, MS 244 in the Bronx, whose leaders use attendance, behavior and academic data to identify children who need extra support. That keen attention to the numbers to identify children who might need extra help, followed by personalized responses by caring adults to address specific needs, is how school/community teams can make sure kids don’t fall through the cracks. And given the huge slide of many kids in middle school, and in particular boys of color, middle school is a particularly important place to use this kind of data-driven process. Read full post

Devastating Cuts to After-School

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Executive Budget for New York City released today at City Hall shows a devastating toll on comprehensive, daily after-school programs that support kids’ well-rounded education all across New York. Here are the numbers by borough. Read full post

Call City Leaders Today, Help Save After-School

Jess Tonn
Monday, April 30, 2012
Today is call-in day for the Campaign for Children. Join us in calling city officials and urging them to save after-school and child care from devastating budget cuts. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for April 27, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, April 27, 2012
Congrats to Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, one of our New Orleans ExpandED Schools, who was selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, a national initiative aimed at improving student achievement through the arts. Read full post

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