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How to Grow Tech Talent Right Now

Kathrine Mott | Posted 10.08.2016 | Impact
Kathrine Mott

Educators have found--and medical science supports--that children are capable of developing new skills when they are young, especially during the middle school years. It's the critical time to introduce students to coding, engineering, and other high-demand industries in the evolving American economy.

Numbers That Prove Just How Good Volunteering Is For You

Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact

When you were young, you may have been forced to answer the question: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Maybe you've just graduated from coll...

Service And Opportunity Go Hand In Hand

Nicholé Montgomery-Boone | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Nicholé Montgomery-Boone

That moment struck to the core of why I was in the classroom that day: to show students that where you come from and the challenges you face shouldn't distract from your future dreams and pathway.

The Most Powerful Renewable Resource -- Citizen Power

Eric Schwarz | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Eric Schwarz

Recruiting 250,000 Americans into full-time service, with a majority laboring in schools, can be the heart of a massively scaled "second shift" in education and can in turn recruit, train and support citizen change makers.

What Do Wichita and San Francisco Have In Common?

Blair Christie | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Blair Christie

No, it's not a trick question, and the answer has nothing to do with politics or ideology or geography or weather.

How Can We Encourage Students Of All Backgrounds To Go Into STEM?

Blair Christie | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Christie

Three things are true in STEM: There are a lot of job openings. These jobs pay well. And there are not enough qualified people to fill these jobs.

Expanded Learning Time Summit Looks to Build Movement, Scale Success

Eric Schwarz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

More than 200 educators and district leaders across seven states gathered last Friday and Saturday to discuss how Expanded Learning Time can improve learning for students and help schools reach new common core standards, and how to pay for it.

Igniting Moments Of Discovery Through Teaching

Mark Greenlaw | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Mark Greenlaw

Cassidy and Ohani are prime examples that all kids can achieve great things when given the opportunity. These two stories epitomize how professionals from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields can be catalysts for both students and those who are called to teach

Expanding the Definition of Who Teaches STEM, When and How

Theresa Berenato | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Theresa Berenato

As critical skills needs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are escalating in today's changing society -- we are challenged to contribute and collaborate in our own communities.

Poverty and Student Success

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

To move towards high impact, cost-effective student support strategies, we need to adopt evidence-based, targeted student supports and deploy nonprofit organizations to leverage community volunteers and national service to address this challenge.

Making an Impact in Chicago Public Schools

Jenny Methling | Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago
Jenny Methling

There is really no better way to describe the experience than saying it's super cool -- plain and simple. I spend two hours with these students every week, but it's amazing what they remember and how serious they take it.

Lessons Learned from Launching a Proven Educational Model in a City That Needs It: Citizen Schools Illinois

Bryce Bowman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Chicago
Bryce Bowman

Launching a new organization is never easy and there are many moving parts. In urban education, there are a lot of complex moving parts. Here are my greatest takeaways from the last nine months with Citizens Schools.

Seeing Students Transform: One Afternoon at a Time

Seneca Jamison | Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago
Seneca Jamison

I love to serve and work with students as a teaching fellow and mentor. I have seen some of the quietest students come out of their shells and present their brands in front of their peers.

Let Education Reform Blossom in New York

Richard Buery | Posted 06.20.2012 | Education
Richard Buery

Just weeks after President Obama awarded New York State a reform-friendly waiver to onerous federal "No Child Left Behind" education rules, for-profit education firms are threatening to strangle the new reforms.

Why We Need a Longer School Day

Eric Schwarz | Posted 07.11.2012 | Education
Eric Schwarz

More time in school does not have to be a drag in order to get real results. I've been asked, "Don't the kids hate being in school for longer hours?"

WATCH: Arianna And AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Teach Journalism Class At Brooklyn Middle School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

On March 15, Arianna and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong visited middle schoolers at Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters in Brooklyn to teach a class on ...

A Discussion With Eric Schwarz, CEO and Co-Founder of Citizen Schools

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rahim Kanani

As an organization at the forefront of a movement to educate children and strengthen communities, we discussed the founding, evolution, challenges, and opportunities since Citizen School's inception in 1995.

'Citizen Teachers' Help Students Outside The Classroom With Apprenticeships

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Looking to enhance the learning opportunities of children at a Boston school, Eric Schwarz volunteered to teach skills he had acquired from his career...

Active Citizenship: A New Approach to Volunteering

Jonathan Tisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Tisch

What could be more useful than applying high-level professional expertise toward problems faced by those who are less fortunate?

Plum T.V. Profiles Young Activists And Nonprofits In 'Citizen Active' Series

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Sarah O'Brien, an eager young Jumpstart Boston volunteer, dedicated a year to working one-on-one with a pre-school student in at an inner city school....