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Tough Cookies

Lucy Friedman
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I’ve been strolling down memory lane ever since I attended the launch event for Tough Cookies, the new book about the 100-year history of the Girl Scouts by my friend and Scouts’ CEO Kathy Cloninger. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my weekly Scout meetings, my first lesson in the power of expanding learning time outside of the traditional school day. Read full post

Facebook as a Vehicle for Policy Change?

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, October 24, 2011
Research tells us that kids benefit when all the adults in their lives are working in concert, but the adults who are shaping and setting policy seem unwilling or unable to engage in dialogue with each other (everyone's pretty good at the talking part, the listening not so much). This pattern gives me pause when registering to attend events with otherwise impressive rosters of panelists and speakers. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for October 21, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, October 21, 2011
Nicholas Kristof urges us to Occupy the Classroom in his New York Times column this week, arguing that “the single step that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with finance at all. It’s an expansion of early childhood education.” Read full post

"I Just Want to Learn Things, You Know?"

Saskia Traill
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Along with revamping the place, time, and ways that older youth learn, we need to think about how to rise above their skepticism, calcified by years of boredom and coursework that feels unchallenging and irrelevant. Read full post

Delivering on the Promise of Public Education

Saskia Traill
Monday, October 17, 2011
The phrase “delivering on the promise of public education” came up in a meeting recently, and has stuck with me. What can each of us do to deliver on the promise of public education? Read full post

Waviers and Expanded Learning

Lucy Friedman
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Education Sector is taking a look at the “fine print” on the Department of Education’s announcement about NCLB waivers this week and I was pleased to see that they chose the language affecting 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC), the only federal funding stream devoted to expanded learning time, for their first entry. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for October 14, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, October 14, 2011
The economy is on everyone’s minds these days. In The Washington Post, Marcus D. Pohlmann explains why school reform can’t ignore poverty’s toll, while Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane argue that economic equality is the real cause of the urban school problem in the Chicago Tribune. Read full post

A New Kind of Test Prep

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The New York Times reports today on graduates of New York’s specialized high schools who have taken it upon themselves to tutor disadvantaged kids for the elite schools’ admissions test. Yesterday I met two 8th grade boys, best friends Ricardo and Hector, who attend IS 89, a TASC ExpandED School in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Ricardo wants to be an astrophysicist, Hector an engineer in digital electronics. Both are set on attending Brooklyn Tech, where the percentage of admitted black and Hispanic students is dropping. Hector’s and Ricardo’s counter-offensive is to learn as much science as possible. Read full post

21st Century Report Cards

Jess Tonn
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A new design contest by GOOD got me thinking about how little information report cards actually report to kids and their families. Honestly, I get more data about my performance when I finish a Scrabble game on my iPad. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for October 7, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, October 7, 2011
Richard Kessler reports that federal K-12 arts ed funding is on the chopping block again. But here’s one of the many reasons why we should preserve it: A Canadian study finds that music training enhances children’s verbal intelligence. Read full post


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