Weekly Roundup for April 6, 2012

Principal Danika LaCroix (right) of ExpandED School PS 636 and Tameeka Norville (left) of University Settlement show NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott expanded learning in action yesterday.

Guest post by Rebecca Forbes, Grants & Contracts Assistant, TASC

>>  Here’s a mix of the old and the new. A NYC kindergarten class Tweets the activities of their day, delighting their family followers.

>>  And a recent spelling bee led by City Year corps members became infectiously exciting in one East Harlem school as its students and staff rallying around the spellers.

>>  A 34-year veteran NYC teacher describes how listening to music fueled creative classroom thinking.

>>  Call it the Education Capital of America: Washington D.C., according to the most recent U.S. Census data as analyzed by The Lumina Foundation, is the most highly educated metro area in the nation with 54.37 percent of adults having an associate’s degree or higher. New York placed in the top 20.

>>  South Korea is scaling back its ambitious goal of switching to e-readers by 2015 after educators expressed concern over the long-term effects of screen time.

>>  “By professionalizing the after-school field, we are educating both the after-school practitioners and the community at large that after-school is a profession and a field,” says Katherine Gopie, director of professional development at Prime Time Palm Beach, a CBASS partner, in an Education Week article on the benefits of professional development for community educators. “We provide learning opportunities that help equip young people with the necessary skills to not only reinforce what was learned in the school day, but to be productive citizens, innovators, and leaders.”

>>  As seen through the experience of one Philadelphia student, it won’t be easy to increase non-fiction reading in high schools, according to this NewsWorks article.

>>  This week Kumar Garg of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Gregg Betheil of the New York City Department of Education joined TASC and the National Center on Time and Learning at the American Museum of Natural History to discuss using expanded school days to strengthen science learning. Learn how the founding principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School led a team of teachers and community educators in transforming young children into budding scientists in this report.

>>  In an interview with Jon Stewart former president Bill Clinton extolled the community-building virtues of learning after 3 and the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative that provides support. “I believe that we’ve got to go back to turning these schools into community centers—leave them open every night, leave them open on the weekends. Offer real support to kids,” he said.

>>  Governors are urged to support more informal science learning to build the STEM career pipeline in this recent report from the National Governors Association, The Role of Informal Science in the State Education Agenda.

>>  And here’s a tip for spring break: 21st century learning isn’t just for kids! As Suzie Boss explains on Edutopia, parents can re-invent their own role with a few out-of-the-box ideas.

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity

Art and Culture in Schools
Target helps bring performers to schools so children can experience the arts and learn new forms of self-expression. Programs must have a curriculum component and can take place either inside or outside of schools.

Deadline: April 30

And now for something completely different:

Droid users, the day you’ve been waiting for is finally here: We can Instagram! I’ve been snapping pics and adding quirky retro filters all week, starting with this shot of the world’s greatest cappuccino at Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco on Wednesday:

The barista who made it said that it was the best-looking cup of coffee he’d made all day. I believe it.