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The Importance of Being Bold

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Evie Hantzopoulos

The question on everyone's lips was "How did you get Michelle Obama to visit your program?" The answer is simple: one of our students asked.

Survey Finds Support and Need for Summer Learning Programs

Jodi Grant | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Jodi Grant

This phenomenon has been identified by researchers who have determined that elementary, middle and high school students actually lose ground on what they've learned in school during the summer months.

Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap

Emily Richmond | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Emily Richmond

A new report suggests that when it comes to summer enrichment programs, the opportunities that might help slow that academic slide for struggling students are out of reach for many families.

Don't Fight Summer Fun -- Make It Educational

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Some youth will go off to summer camps, or spend their free time exploring museums and nature; however, others will find themselves without important learning opportunities. Inevitably, a lack of exposure to learning opportunities from one school year to the next leads to summer learning loss.

What Gains Do Children Make in Curiosity, Creativity and Persistence, in 100 Hours? What Age Do You Start?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.18.2014 | Education
Tara Chklovski

Over time, as the little ones got used to the environment and people, they became more comfortable with expressing their ideas and goals.

Daniel Koffler Fuses Old Practices With New Technology, and Offers 5 Key Tips for Students Struggling With Learning Disabilities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Daniel and his team are experts in assisting students with challenges in academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Refocusing On Rural Education

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

As Summer Advantage USA has grown to increasingly diverse communities, including rural communities in Colorado and Indiana, my eyes have been opened to the unique challenges that face our rural communities across the nation.

Learning From The School Of Rock's Community-Focused Approach To Inspiring Passion

George Bradt | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
George Bradt

The art of leadership begins with figuring out what inspires the people you lead - what buttons ignite their passions, what chords touch their souls. ...

Remediation Nation: A Blueprint for Collaboration Between Gates, Lumina & National Association for Developmental Education

Carol J. Carter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Shedding the label of "remediation nation" will take creativity, commitment, collaboration, and a larger vision for the success of the whole person--not just the academic student, the dropout, the fast food worker, the graduate, or the successful and contributing member of society.

Negative Impact Of Summer Vacation On Students?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents

When summer relaxation is over and school starts back up, many students may find they've fallen behind. A recently released survey from the Nationa...

14 Apps and Games to Make Summer Days Fun for Kids

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether they want to write code for a video game or make an origami crane, children can explore their creative side with these 14 apps, games and websites we love.

100 Ways to Spur Creative Learning This Summer

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

With summer break just around the corner, it's a perfect opportunity to get hands-on and creative, and we've shared some of our favorite creativity tools in our Digital Fun for Creative Kids Guide.

The Time Tipping Point

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

Schools are approaching a tipping point on time. Throughout the country, educators are reconsidering the traditional school day and school year calendar and exploring ways to increase the amount of learning time provided to students.

How Can Low-Income Students Succeed?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Poverty is complex, but one tool that is known to crack the poverty cycle is an education. Although many low-income parents may want their child to go to college, they may not know how to get them there.

What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers

Jennifer Peck | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

For California schools, the consequences of the sequester mean broad spending cuts to public school systems that will hit low-income children the hardest.

Expanded Learning, California Style

Jennifer Peck | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

With the passage of Proposition 49, an unprecedented half a billion dollars was devoted to after school programs -- more than all other states' investments combined.

Is Social Mobility Ending in America?

Varun Anand | Posted 02.02.2013 | College
Varun Anand

Education is no longer the great American equalizer, and in order to effectively level the playing field, those for whom the odds were in their favor should give back to the school system and assist the disadvantaged in breaking the odds that are so dauntingly stacked against them.

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.

Science for the Summer! Part Three: Explorations

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

If you think of everything in your environment as an opportunity to teach science to your child, you can create a wonder-filled summer of exploration.

Science for the Summer! Part Two: Explorations

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 10.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

It's fun to play with lights and shadows, whether in the sun outdoors or with a flashlight indoors.

Science for the Summer

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 09.23.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Learning about science doesn't have to be limited to a museum. Here are some suggestions for creating opportunities right in your home:

Stock in Summer

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

We lose 20% of our public investment in education, every year, when we fail to take stock in summer and give kids opportunities to keep learning from one grade to the next.

Is 'Summer Brain Drain' A Real Thing?

| Posted 06.19.2012 | Teen

Preventing summer brain drain is a top priority for parents and educators. With teens roaming parks and pools instead of high school halls, they're sa...

How to Combat Summer Learning Loss (Hint: It's Not Math Camp)

Darell Hammond | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
Darell Hammond

This summer, we need to let our kids go play and we need to stop worrying about whether or not it's going to ruin their chances of getting into college. (It won't.)

Amid Massive Budget Cuts, Teachers Opt To Work For Free

Posted 06.14.2012 | Education

A group of teachers at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Ga. are offering free reading classes to students this summer. Led by teacher ...