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Weekly Roundup for March 9, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 9, 2012
A new survey finds that phys ed is the most popular subject among middle schoolers, followed by art and math. Not surprisingly, kids also said they prefer “hands-on, interactive activities or computer-based lessons to more traditional approaches to learning such as studying textbooks or listening to their teacher lecture,” according to Education Week. Read full post

Campaigning for Children in NYC

Charissa Fernandez
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
While I find it deeply troubling that such a group is needed, I was proud to represent TASC at yesterday's launch of the Campaign for Children, a partnership of The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance. As the mother of a 2-, 7- and 10-year old, I know all too well that working families need both quality early childhood and after-school programs, so it's great to see these two advocate communities collaborating on behalf of children and families here in New York City. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 2, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 2, 2012
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Happy Read Across America Day! Click here to find out how folks in your community are celebrating their love of reading. And if you miss today’s celebration, have no fear—World Read Aloud Day is March 7 and Children’s Book Week is May 7-13. Read full post

Learning With #techafter3

Jess Tonn
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Our friends at CBASS (@cbass_national) hosted a great discussion on digital learning beyond the classroom yesterday. The overall takeaway: New technologies present valuable opportunities for kids to explore the world, share discoveries and gain 21st Century skills, but are often underutilized in out-of-school time because of a lack of infrastructure, funding and understanding about how digital tools can be used to engage kids in learning. Read full post

The Finland Phenomenon

Susan Brenna
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I didn’t see many of the movies that were celebrated at the Academy Awards this past weekend, but I am grateful for the last movie I did see: The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. Read full post

Where Justice Serves

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, February 27, 2012
Courthouses are often described as places where justice is served and when everything works as it should, they are. But during my recent visit to the United States Supreme Court, where I had the privilege of participating in an hour-long Q & A with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (fellow Bronx native!), I developed a new view of the Court. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for February 24, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Wallace Foundation and Big Thought launched www.creatingquality.org this week, a new website that provides information, tools and other resources to evaluate and improve the quality of arts education and creative learning in schools, after-school programs and summer learning opportunities. Read full post

“America’s Special Sauce”

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I couldn’t help but smile while reading Mike Petrilli’s commentary on the secret ingredient of American innovation this morning. Mike’s post was inspired by a recent meeting he had with a group of Japanese scholars visiting American schools, intent on discovering how America produces so many innovative leaders. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for February 17, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, February 17, 2012
In an Education Next interview with Frederick Hess, John White, the new Louisiana State Superintendent and former deputy superintendent at the NYCDOE, argues that “we need organizations that are actively building a sense of the community’s power to choose a better education for their children. Until we have that, our reforms will be provider-led rather than consumer-led; that’s sustainable for a while, but not in perpetuity.” Read full post

Data Walls and King Cakes

Christopher Caruso
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Last week, TASC hosted a two-day convening of the schools in our ExpandED national demonstration. Over 50 leaders from New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans gathered in New York to learn from one another, to share challenges and success, and to establish accountability practices. Read full post


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