Weekly Roundup for April 27, 2012

Jess Tonn>   Congrats to Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, one of our New Orleans ExpandED Schools, who was selected to participate in Turnaround Arts, a national initiative aimed at improving student achievement through the arts. Read more about the initiative—and the celebrities who will be participating—in Curriculum Matters.

>   Other schools receiving awards this week—the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The 78 schools make “science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future,” according to Arne Duncan.

>   If you missed the Alliance for Excellent Education’s webinar on expanded learning last week, you can listen here.

>   In ASCD’s Education Update this month, one educator examined what motivates students to read. His conclusion: It depends, but using multiple reading instruction approaches can help appeal to all types of learners.

>   This could be handy: The Citizens Budget Committee just launched a new online tool designed to help folks navigate the New York State and City budgets.

>   Expanded learning time made the mainstream news this week—NPR ran a feature story on the longer school day debate in Chicago and our board chair Soledad O’Brien discussed the value of more learning time with Steve Perry on CNN’s Starting Point. The reoccurring theme? Time and quality matter.

>   And in her Educated Reporter column, EWA’s Emily Richmond took a look at the Center for American Progress’ recent report on NCLB waivers and ELT.

>   The Fordham Institute released a new book on Education Reform for the Digital Era, which examines “how current arrangements need to change—often radically—if instructional technology is to realize its potential.”

>   Are you between the ages of 15-25? A parent of someone heading to college? Working in a job related to higher ed? Complete this 4-question survey to help Graduate NYC! build a powerful website (and qualify to win a $100 gift certificate). Good idea, right?

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
These grants support planning and design activities for spaces that foster experimentation and creativity for middle and high-school youth in libraries and museums. The labs should be grounded in evidence-based research and should be designed to support learning in 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and STEM.

Deadline: June 15

And now for something completely different:

The NYC Department of Records has made public more than 870,000 images of the city taken over the past 100 years. Demand for the new online database is overwhelming, but you can see a selection here.

One of my favorites: the view from 40th and 6th Ave (one block from our office), May 18, 1940. Wouldn’t mind having that luncheonette there still.