Weekly Roundup for October 14, 2011

Jess Tonn>      The economy is on everyone’s minds these days. In The Washington Post, Marcus D. Pohlmann explains why school reform can’t ignore poverty’s toll, while Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane argue that economic equality is the real cause of the urban school problem in the Chicago Tribune.

>      Speaking of inequality: Did you know that two million U.S. students attend high schools that do not even offer calculus?

>      Hopefully this will offer some insight on how we can reach them: Tom Vander Ark’s book on How Digital Learning is Changing the World was released yesterday. Since wireless devices now outnumber people in the United States (2:1 in my household), put me down for the e-book version.

>      I barely know where to begin with all the good news in this Education Next article about extracurriculars. How about here: College attendance rates are 97% higher for kids who participate in extracurricular activities for two years than for those who don’t. And wait ‘til you hear what happens to them once they get to college…

>      Help wanted: The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is looking for help crafting a set of “next generation” standards for arts education.

>      The mommy in me couldn’t help but sharing this fascinating New York Times article about how bilingual babies sort out language.

>      And the former gardener (professionally speaking) in me was pleased to read about the rise in environmental education across the country, including the launch of the federal Green Ribbon Schools program.

>      The Girl Scouts announced their first overhaul of badges in 25 years. Goodbye “Fashion, Fitness, & Makeup;” Hello “Locavore,” “Digital Movie Maker,” and “The Science of Happiness.” Is it too late for me to re-activate my Girl Scout membership?

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Project Ignition
Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for adolescents. Project Ignition grants support student-led awareness and engagement campaigns designed to improve teen driver safety.

Deadline: November 15

And now for something completely different:

The National Book Award finalists are out!

But doesn’t that usually happen in the fall?

Oh, wait…