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Presidential Approaches to Expanded Learning

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 11.02.2012 | Education
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

From the Oval Office to the principal's office, leaders have worked for years to develop these partnerships in a concerted effort to close the achievement gap. Our recent experience suggests that some approaches are more effective than others.

A Proposition To Educate The Whole Child

Candy Spelling | Posted 10.25.2012 | Impact
Candy Spelling

On Election day Propositions 30, 38 and 39 will decide the future of LA's BEST and after-school programs all over the state of California.

Pure Food, Pure Love

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.

ReThink Review: Brooklyn Castle - Making Chess Club Cool

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's impossible to watch Brooklyn Castle and think that a program like this and the kids who benefit from it should be sacrificed so multi-millionaires can get a tax cut, so hopefully this scrappy, inspiring doc and its chess wizards get all the attention they deserve.

A New War on Poverty

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

When I hear talking points, I see students in my mind. And I know that if we don't fight, and advocate, and write, and rally, Upward Bound and TRiO will disappear.

Investing in Children's After-School Hours

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

For some reason, too many budget-writers seem to see afterschool and summer learning programs as add-ons, something that's nice to have when we can afford them, but not something we can pay for when times are tight. They're exactly wrong.

A Writing Gem in North Philadelphia Encourages Students to Be Creative

Peak Johnson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Peak Johnson

Deep within their North Philadelphia community, students of the Spells Writing Lab prepare for a daily routine of writing, reading, and other engaging activities.

Restore Child Care and After-School Funding to Invest in Our Children's Future

Gordon Campbell | Posted 08.07.2012 | New York
Gordon Campbell

One half of New York City parents say they would feel forced to quit their job if their child no longer had access to child care. But despite the importance of these programs, the mayor's 2013 budget would cut subsidized child care.

Saki Knafo

The After-School Crisis: What Mayor Bloomberg's Massive Cuts Could Mean For One Of The Most Highly Regarded After-School Programs In The Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education

Some of the poems were about love and some were about clouds, but what really mattered about the P.S. 63 poetry reading on Wednesday night was the tim...

Children Mending Hearts Honors Bethany Hamilton, Carson Meyer at 4th Annual Spring Benefit

Lysa Heslov | Posted 05.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Lysa Heslov

The sold-out event was bustling and lively and reminded everyone that the everyday, small differences we can make in another's life creates a hero in someone's eyes.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Moving From Pilots to Policy

Richard Buery | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

If the incoming mayor really means to narrow achievement gaps, he or she must increase access to early childhood education, parenting supports, health and nutrition programs, and after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Every 26 Seconds, A Student Drops Out Of High School

Tyree Dillingham | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Tyree Dillingham

In the United States, a child drops out of high-school every 26 seconds. Every year, we are producing cities the size of San Diego (1.3 million) full of students that don't even have a high

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: NYC's Budget Cuts to Leave Lasting Wounds

Richard Buery | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

The mayor has consistently demonstrated his commitment to New York City's children. That is why the mayor's proposed cuts to early childhood education and after-school programs are so jarring.

Dinner Is Now On The Menu In Nearly 200 California Schools

| Sue Frey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. You've heard about free school lunches and breakfasts, but how about school suppers...

Cookies With Christianity

Bill Berkowitz | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Berkowitz

Bible study programs (a.k.a. sectarian training sessions) are alive and well in thousands of afterschool programs in public school facilities across the country.

Afterschool Programs in Peril

Jodi Grant | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Jodi Grant

We don't have enough afterschool programs. And many programs are being forced to trim their offerings or close their doors due to the struggling economy and budget cutbacks it has brought.

Why Are Longer School Days Vital?

Lucy Friedman | Posted 02.01.2012 | Education
Lucy Friedman

If you believe that to close the achievement gap in this country we've got to close the opportunity gap, I invite you to tweet why you believe our nation should #expandEDin2012.

Counting Success One Student, One Community at a Time

Alma and Colin Powell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Alma and Colin Powell

The volume of conversation about education has increased over the last few years, but what's often lost are the very real stories of the young people whose lives are impacted and the people and programs that are beating the odds.

Congress on More Learning Time

Lucy Friedman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education
Lucy Friedman

Recently a group of senators introduced five bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that included the "Empowering Loca...

The "Write" Stuff

Peak Johnson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Peak Johnson

Mighty Writers is a nonprofit organization where Philadelphia youth are able to participate in free writing workshops to perfect their reading and writing skills.

Raising Standards After 3 PM

Lucy Friedman | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education
Lucy Friedman

Proposed new standards neatly encapsulate a decade of independent research: in order to truly benefit kids, after-school program activities should be based on planned and sequenced curricula that support specific learning and developmental goals.

Chris Romer's Field of Dreams

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last week, Chris Romer said he wants to "make sure we put sports back into middle schools." This surprised me, because I had just watched my son, who plays on his DPS middle-school baseball team, lose badly.

Economic Inequality and Social Immobility

Richard Buery | Posted 07.20.2011 | New York
Richard Buery

In March, NY adopted a budget where a $10 billion budget shortfall was closed by cuts in education, health, and human services. These cuts will have profoundly negative effects on NY's most vulnerable citizens.

Budget Cuts May Spell No More High School Football

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

High school football is undeniably a focal point in many American communities. Friday nights find students, parents, teachers, alumni and other locals...

An Opening for Digital Learning

Lucy Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lucy Friedman

Will these tools to help students go further, faster and be available to kids who have the farthest to go?