August 2012 Archives

A City Council member in Houston has a new idea for funding after-school programs: take money from police-training academies and put fewer officers on the street. Councilman C.O. Bradford's rationale? The programs that keep children safe from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and help prevent crime should receive additional funding, rather than supporting the law-enforcement officers who have to maintain order after crime occurs, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. He proposes having 10 fewer cadets in each of two incoming academies, a step that could save $1.6 million. "No [one] would miss" these ...


In just two weeks, "Hot Cheetos and Takis," a rap song by a group of kids in an after school program in north Minneapolis, has gone viral, boasting more than 1.1 million views on YouTube.


Extended and expanded learning programs can have a positive impact on students, particularly those who are low-income or at-risk, but more research is needed to determine what and how significant those effects are, says a new report from the Wallace Foundation. (The foundation provides support for Education Week's coverage of expanded learning time.) Researchers examined 80 independent evaluations of extended school days, extended school years, and expanded learning opportunity programs. They found that while some evaluations showed promising outcomes, there was a limited base of solid research, particularly randomized, experimental studies, supporting such programs. However, even with the limited research, ...


Next week, the National Park Service turns 96, and parks throughout the country will be hosting celebratory festivities. You may remember my article from last fall on the National Park Service's push to expand education offerings, particularly in STEM, for students, through real and virtual field trips, teacher professional development, and increased partnerships with organizations like NatureBridge, which I visited for the story. An outdoor science program located in Olympic, Golden Gate, Yosemite, the Santa Monica Mountains, and Channel Islands National Parks, NatureBridge teaches hands-on science in some of the country's most beautiful spaces. From recent news, it seems like ...


A summer employment program for Chicago youths has continued efforts to curb the city's long-standing problem with crime for at-risk teenagers this year, but initiatives like it are now threatened by district budget cuts this fall, reports the Chicago Tribune. Anti-violence initiatives in the city's public schools have ranged from school day mentoring to innovative after-school programs to summer employment initiatives like the one profiled in the article. It was sponsored by a local youth center and After School Matters, a nonprofit that helps provide out-of-school programs for Chicago teenagers. I wrote about a few of the efforts here last ...


Three summer programs have been awarded the National Summer Learning Association's annual Summer Excellence Awards.


Seven schools will be expanding their school day in Denver this fall as part of a pilot project the district is undertaking with $2.5 million in reserve funds. The schools—elementary, middle, and high—will have freedom to determine how to use the additional time; one elementary school has already stated it plans on using the time to provide more teacher professional development and an enrichment block for students, making use of local community organizations like the public library and zoo to provide more enhanced in- and out-of-school experiences. Other district schools, while not part of the pilot, will...


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