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On View: Art Exhibit Showcases More Than Student Talent

Therese Workman
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Every artist gets his or her start somewhere, and for the student artists of PS 188, their careers may have begun on a walk around their neighborhood. Read full post

Make data work for students with these four policy recommendations

Shannon Stagman
Friday, October 28, 2016
How can we most effectively use data to drive policy and practice that supports student success? Researchers are always striving to answer this question, and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), an independent advocacy organization, has just come forward with a new set of policy priorities to help push our collective efforts forward. Read full post

Designing a Response | Highlights From Our Peer Conference

Elam Lantz
Thursday, October 27, 2016
“Do educators have a responsibility to teach kids about race?” This was the question asked at our latest peer conference, where program directors from across New York City gathered to discuss how to reshape programs in order to better empower students. Coco Killingsworth, director of programs at Global Kids and 2009 Revson Fellow, facilitated the discussion. Read full post

When Kids Are Picked up Late | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Dear Rashida, Can you share some promising practices to deal with parents picking up children late? Read full post

Go Volunteer Before Brunch

Evan Wu
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Last month, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a few of my friends at the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology (MS/HS 223) in the Bronx. We spent Saturday morning eating too many donut holes and writing cards of encouragement to the high school's incoming seniors. Read full post

From Meeting to Impact: How a Funder Offered a New Path for STEM Education

Saskia Traill
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
What happens when a foundation offers a one-year, $25,000 grant to a network of STEM educators and leaders? It shouldn’t be surprising that the answer is: innovation. Read full post

From the Mouths of Sixth Graders

Deb Levy
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
When we sent notes to more than 150 Bronx sixth graders welcoming them to middle school, we hoped the collective words of advice and reflections – submitted by people from all over the country and even around the world – would be well received. As it turned out, several of the teachers at the school used the notes as part of a lesson on letter writing. And much to our surprise, a giant envelope recently arrived here in the ExpandED Schools office filled with students’ responses – about one hundred hand-written letters addressed to the people who had first written to them. Read full post

Cultivating Passion to Create Pathways

Marissa Badgley
Thursday, October 13, 2016
ExpandED Schools recently launched a new initiative in partnership with NYC Men Teach and the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI). Utilizing expanded learning programs in three boroughs as labs for learning best practices related to classroom management and instruction, the ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month program designed to bring in, support, train and guide passionate men of color (Fellows) who are looking for pathways into teaching or youth development careers. Read full post

Grant From the New York Life Foundation Will Support SEL in ExpandED Schools

Laura Larimer
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Thanks to a three-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation, we are launching an initiative to support social-emotional learning (SEL) programs across the expanded school day, recognizing the importance of collaboration between schools and their community partners in helping students reach their highest potential. Read full post

Design2Learn: Tapping STEM Educators' Imaginations

Emma Banay
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Design2Learn officially kicked off in August, when science teachers and after-school educators attended a week-long Summer Institute held at the New York Hall of Science. Putting on their “student hats” for the first portion of the week, educators experienced a variety of design challenges first hand – from catapults to water filters – and learned by doing, as their students will. Upon completing a crane made of simple machines, one participant reported, “I feel like a mini-engineer!” The training emphasized the New York Hall of Science’s Design-Make-Play philosophy, and educators could certainly be seen at play. A highlight for those of us on the sidelines was watching twenty adults attempt to balance a giant seesaw (or lever, as it is known in science-speak) in the Hall’s science playground. Read full post

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