Weekly Roundup for May 18, 2012

Jess Tonn>   A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that up to 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year, one of the key indicators of whether a student is on track to graduate.

>   Education Week’s Erik Robelen gave us a peek at the new national standards in K-12 science and the folks who are writing them.

>   Missed yesterday’s #SummerSTEM chat with the Coalition for Science After School? They’ve got an archive, chock-full of summer STEM resources, on Storify.

Two-thirds of Chicago public school parents support a longer school day, according to a new poll by two local news outlets.

>   In a much less scientific poll, ASCD Smartbrief readers overwhelmingly supported giving kids more downtime in schools:

>   Interested in “using technology to change the use of time in teaching”? Then you don’t want to miss the Alliance for Excellent Education’s webinar next Thursday

>   …or Edutopia’s new primer for creating social media guidelines in your school. Lots of great tips and links in there.

>   In The Atlantic, Joel Rose explained how technology can help us “break free of our 19th-century factory-model education system.”

>   In their latest Research Update, the Harvard Family Research Project examined how the 21CCLC program has sparked innovation in out-of-school time.

>   Just in time for summer: Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative launched a new website designed to help families find sports programs in their communities this week.

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Learning and Leadership Grants
These grants help educators participate in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, or engage in collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study or mentoring experiences.

Deadline: June 1

And now for something completely different:

Don’t you wish you’d been in the room with these kids the first time they watched this video?