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Weekly Roundup for November 18, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Shanker Blog examined the secrets behind the success of high-performing charter schools this week, which Diane Ravitch summed up as: more time, more money, more attention. Read full post

STEM Shout-Out to Thurgood Marshall Academy

Saskia Traill
Friday, November 18, 2011
I don’t know if Justice Thurgood Marshall was interested in science or technology, but students at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change sure are. Read full post

Learning Through LEGOs

Charissa Fernandez
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Anne-Marie Hoxie, TASC's Director of Research, recently visited JHS 185 in Queens where she met Hunter, an 8th grade student working on a robotics project using LEGOs, computers and a lot of skill and imagination. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for November 11, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 11, 2011
In honor of Election Day, Learning Matters asked ten education leaders to name America’s best “education President.” Who gets your vote? Read full post

An Afternoon of Firsts at PS 59

Chris Whipple
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Yesterday I walked to the local branch library with 20 third graders and a parent coordinator who spends her afternoons leading enrichment activities at PS 59 in the Bronx. This was a special day for the kids, the day on which they were to be issued their first library cards. Read full post

Facebook for the Next Generation

Jess Tonn
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Why do companies spend so much time and money trying to cater to the same audience? Instead, why not spend our energy developing a social media site for a whole different audience, one that (in theory) doesn't have access to social media in the first place: the under-13 crowd? Read full post

New Directions for Youth Development

Saskia Traill
Friday, November 4, 2011
The next issue of the journal New Directions for Youth Development focuses on expanded learning time and is a great addition to the ELT canon. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for November 4, 2011

Jess Tonn
Friday, November 4, 2011
If you bought the hardcover version of Diane Ravitch’s book last year and are curious about the new chapter at the end of the recently released paperback edition, check out Valerie Strauss’ summary. Ravitch’s main argument: “School reform must occur in tandem with social reform.” Read full post

Green Machines and Hackasaurus Jams

Susan Brenna
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wouldn’t you love to be a kid in one of the two new pilot after-school programs at Quest to Learn, a tech-powered public middle school in New York City? The program in green design grew out of seventh graders’ desire to invent more sustainable ways to live on this planet. The school’s multi-media news channel will give kids voice through reporting, blogging, video production and marketing. Read full post

More Time for More Things

Charissa Fernandez
Monday, October 31, 2011
I am not at all surprised that there’s a movement afoot to add more time to school. In fact, I’m surprised that there’s not a movement to add time to more things. Read full post


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