Weekly Roundup for October 7, 2011

Kids at PS 182 learning to spell during music class.

Jess Tonn>      Richard Kessler reports that federal K-12 arts ed funding is on the chopping block again.

>      But here’s one of the many reasons why we should preserve it: A Canadian study finds that music training enhances children’s verbal intelligence.

>      Don’t miss Arne Duncan talking about the importance of expanding the school day at the release of the National Center on Time & Learning’s new ELT report last week.

>      Why we’re working to make every school a great school: Boston’s school lottery leaves thousands of kids in limbo.

>      NYC Comptroller John Liu’s audit of the city’s school reveals that most are not meeting P.E. time requirements.

>      In response, Walt Gardner offers this reality check in his Ed Week blog: It makes little sense to develop the mind if the body is neglected.

>      Also from Ed Week: Parent Rhonda Present explains why longer school days work for families.

>      See what you think of Mike McGalliard’s ways to extend learning time with no teachers and no money.

>      And while you’re at it, check out Esther Cepeda’s argument for why a longer school day should be more than just more of the same.

>      Wednesday was World Teacher’s Day, but it’s never too late to thank the educators who teach, inspire and support our young people everyday. We salute you.

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Spirit of Community Awards
The Spirit of Community’s goals are to applaud young people who are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute. Students can win up to $6,000, plus a $5,000 grant for a non-profit of their choice.

Deadline: November 1

And now for something completely different:

Here’s an infographic that should add a little sunshine to your Friday: Ninety-two percent of American’s took action for social change this past year, according to the Social Change Impact Report from Walden University.

Now that’s a trend worth watching.