Tonight's Homework Assignment: Prepare for Disaster

Fifth grade students are getting homework from an unlikely source, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, through a school program developed to teach children how to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies and then develop those plans with their families.


Full-Day Kindergarten Twice as Good for Hispanic Children, Study Finds

Full-day kindergarten significantly increases literacy skills for all children, with the biggest gains seen among Hispanic children, according to a new study from the University of Virginia.


Low-Income High School Students Get Less Time to Learn, Calif. Study Shows

The difference between attending a high-poverty and a low-poverty high school in California is nearly two weeks of instructional time a year, UCLA researchers find.


Study Aims to Track Career Choices of Staffers in Out-of-School STEM Programs

SRI International and the California School-Age Consortium are seeking volunteers for a study to determine if the young professionals working as science, technology, and math instructors in after-school, weekend, and summer programs for middle school students are influenced to pursue STEM careers based on the type of curriculum they're using.


Expanded-Learning-Time Program Expands its Reach

An additional 21 high-poverty schools have joined an initiative in five states to expand the school year by 300 hours and redesign the school day, in order to close the achievement gap through personalized learning, enrichment activities, and more time for teacher professional development and collaboration.


After-School Arts 'Light a Fire' in Students, Says First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama presented $10,000 awards to 12 community-based, after-school, summer, and weekend arts programs through the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, which was established to increase the number of arts-enrichment programs for underserved students.


Grants Available to Study After-School Literacy

The deadline is drawing near for applications from university researchers to partner with out-of-school providers to study literacy in after-school programs through a competitive grant program from the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.


Connecticut Awards $4.7 Million for After-School and Expanded Learning

Connecticut awards $4.7 million in grants from the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to expand school days to create new before- and after-school programs that provide students in low-performing, high-poverty schools with academic tutoring, sports, art programs, dance, and hands-on learning.


White House Kitchen Opened to Students for Virtual Healthy Cooking Demo

Thousands of students across the country took a virtual field trip to the White House kitchen for a cooking demonstration and a lesson on healthy eating by White House top chef Sam Kass during a live-streamed, interactive webcast.


Take Your Physics Class Out to the Ballgame

The baseball World Series is one example of how incorporating students' out-of-school interests in class can improve their understanding of complex concepts by giving them a concrete point of reference, while also increasing student performance.


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