Weekly Roundup for April 20, 2012

Jess Tonn>   Tameeka Ford Norville, director of after-school programs at our ExpandED Partner University Settlement, shared the story of losing her brother to gun violence six years ago in The New York Times. Tameeka “strongly, strongly believes” that her brother would be alive today if his 16-year-old shooter had had a place to go after school. If you agree, join Tameeka (and us) in the Campaign for Children.

>   Middle schoolers at Brooklyn’s IS 318 brought home the national high school chess championship trophy this week, becoming the first group of middle schoolers to win the United States Chess Federation’s high school tournament.

>   Thanks to our NOLA colleague Bob Payne for bringing this fantastic video on expanded learning from the Colorado Legacy Foundation to our attention:

>   Who is the next generation of scientists? Take a look at this infographic by GOOD. The good (no pun intended) news: Women earned nearly half of all bachelors degrees awarded in the sciences in 2009 (47%). The bad news: We’re still very much a minority in the TEM majors—technology, engineering and math.

>   Calling all innovators: Tony Wagner has five essential practices schools must adopt to build the innovators our future demands.

>   Nearly one-in-ten children has been or is at risk of being affected by foreclosures, an event that can have “harmful and lasting consequences on a child’s development,” the Brookings Institution reported this week. In New York, more than one in four kids live in poverty, according to the Center for Economic Opportunity.

>   In Eduwonk, Andy Rotherham rounded up the members of the TIME 100 list with “eduimplications.” For starters: Arne Duncan profiled Jeremy Lin, while Cory Booker wrote up Cami Anderson.

>   How are states and districts using $3 billion in federal School Improvement Grants? And will their efforts make a lasting difference? Education Week, EWA and The Hechinger Report partnered with news outlets in 16 states to find out. Read their findings in this new report.

>   For some mind-blowing info about how kids use technology (6% of 2- to 5-year-olds have their own smartphones?!), check out Tammy Erickson’s latest post in the Harvard Business Review. And then peruse Getting Smart’s list of apps your students are using when you’re not looking.

>   In Valerie Strauss’ blog, Jodi Grant explained what new research on extended school days says. Elsewhere in The Washington Post, Peter Orszag argued why getting rid of the 3PM school day is a price worth paying.

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Mazda Foundation Community Grants
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And now for something completely different:

Rest in peace, Levon Helm.