Weekly Roundup for January 20, 2012

Jess Tonn>     New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his state budget plan for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday. We’ve got a breakdown of proposals that affect education and youth development in our latest newsletter.
>     An article in The Atlanticargues that “we’re cutting traditional after-school activities to make time for academic ones, but the role of play in development shouldn’t be forgotten.” Agreed. Let’s find a way to make time for both.

>     “We can overcome poverty’s effect on students,” Michael Rebell and Jessica Wolff write in this Education Week commentary.

>     The Harvard Business Review explains what you can learn by reading novels. Hint: It’s more than just proper grammar or the essentials of plot development.

>     GOOD reports on how financial literacy classes are putting students on the college track.

>     The Gates Foundation asks: What does the future hold for American workers who make things?

>     The Afterschool Alliance has a new report on the eight principles of effective expanded learning time, based on decades of research of effective after-school and summer learning programs.

>     Calling all Tweeters! Next Tuesday is your opportunity to chat with Elena Silva of Education Sector and the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems about the future of the expanded learning time movement. More time for learning: Has it’s moment arrived? Where’s it going?

>     Can you describe what it means to be a great teacher in just six words? Submit your six-word essay now and you could win an iPad 2 and a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card.

>     February 13th-17th is Respect for All Week here in New York City, a week-long opportunity for schools to build on their programs and curriculum that teach the importance of diversity and respect for one another. How will you be marking the occasion?

>     Busy week at TASC! Our AmeriCorps members had a productive Martin Luther King Day, we released this slideshow on the power of school-library partnerships, and Chris Caruso discussed ExpandED Schools on Baltimore’s WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks. Phew.

Friday Featured Funding Opportunity:

Music Matters Grants
These grants will support existing school and non-profit music programs serving students in grades K-12. Public or charter school programs serving a minimum of 50% low-income students or non-profit 501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education are eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 17

And now for something (sorta) different:

Here’s a tip that could be useful to you personally, but also has implications for our work in education: Research shows that it is better to buy experiences than to buy objects.

Art Markman explains the logic in Psychology Today (and manages to channel my 20-something self), “Think about a big concert going in on your town. You are more likely to regret passing up the opportunity to go to the concert than you are to regret buying a ticket to go.”

He’s right: I would readily trade half of the clothes in my closet in order to go back in time and be at that Paul Simon concert I missed last spring.