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The winning combo of SEL + good school climate | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The literature is rife with studies finding associations between classroom management practices (both positive and negative) and students’ academic performance. However, to date, little research has directly examined the association between such practices and school climate. New studies reveal good news about the combination of social emotional learning and praise/reward systems' effect on school climate, and vice-versa. Read full post

Thanks a million! Highlights from our 2017 Spring Benefit

Jama Toung
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Hundreds gathered at our Spring Benefit held at Sony last week to celebrate ExpandED Schools’ reaching its millionth student this school year, and to honor Ted Mathas, Chairman and CEO of New York Life; Esther Dyson, Executive Founder of Way to Wellville; and Laura Overdeck, Founder of Bedtime Math. Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, emceed the program and guests mingled with student ambassadors who shared their enthusiasm for enriched and joyful learning that supports success in college and in life. Read full post

How making friends builds your brain | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, May 5, 2017
While most adolescents in the throws of this period would like to think they are solely in charge of determining their own self-concept, research suggests that, due to brain development during this time, how they define themselves is heavily influenced by their relationships with their peers. Read full post

One in a Million: Discovering Ancient Cultures and Modern Wonders

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Saal, a 6th grader in Brooklyn. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

Meet Ted Mathas: Visionary and Honoree at Our Spring Benefit

ExpandED Schools
Friday, April 28, 2017
We’re gearing up for our 2017 Spring Benefit where we’ll be celebrating our reaching 1 million students since our founding. We are honoring three visionaries in the field of education who have lent a tremendous amount of support toward our mission of closing the learning gap. Meet Ted Mathas, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Insurance Company. Read full post

One in a Million: Solving Problems and Being There for Others

ExpandED Schools
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Elijah, a 6th grader in Harlem. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

4 ways to engage kids in STEM, straight from Design2Learn classrooms

Emma Banay
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Design2Learn educators have been working hard to boost students’ interest and engagement in STEM by using strategies that promote participation, youth voice, relevance and positive relationships in their activities. How do these strategies spark STEM interest? See these tried-and-true approaches, straight from Design2Learn classrooms: Read full post

One in a Million: Bruno Mars, biodiversity and criminal justice

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Christopher, a 6th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I'm reading a report from the Afterschool Alliance on the demand for and accessibility of afterschool programs in areas of high poverty, as well as an author's memoir of being a substitute teacher for a month in Maine. Read full post

One in a Million: Middle School Is the Next Level

ExpandED Schools
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
We’re reaching our 1 millionth student this school year! This blog is part of a series where we journey throughout our expanded learning schools network and get to know some of our students. Meet Joseph, a 6th grader in the Bronx. He’s 1 in a million! Read full post

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