> “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.”