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Send a Note, Impact a Future!

Deb Levy
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
If you could go back in time, what would you say to your adolescent self? Now you’ve got that chance! Not to time travel, but to impart words of wisdom and encouragement to a 6th grader on his or her first day of middle school. In 45 seconds, you can customize a simple message to a student in the Bronx. Read full post

Join Us in 'Market Makers,' Our New Financial Literacy Program!

Erin Phillips
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
ExpandED Schools has developed Market Makers, an entrepreneur-based financial literacy program for students in underserved schools and communities. Market Makers will provide kids with an opportunity to gain financial literacy skills in a hands-on and fun way, benefiting their lives, their families and their communities. But the program’s success depends on the generosity of committed volunteers who will act as business coaches in Market Makers clubs, providing valuable input in running a business, sharing information and ideas about their career and motivating students. Join us today! Read full post

What's Lucy Reading?

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I'm reading a new report from the Rennie Center for Education and Research Policy on the benefits of credit-bearing summer internships for teens, an exciting international spy novel, and the Every Hour Counts 10-year report on advances in systems building in expanded learning. Read full post

Write on! How Handwriting Impacts Literacy | NeuroConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
In a study published in "Trends in Neuroscience Education," researchers Karin James and Laura Engelhardt hypothesized that learning to write letters by hand (as opposed to tracing or typing them) would in fact lead to better reading ability. Read full post

Crucial, Courageous Conversations: How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence | Dear Rashida...

Rashida Ladner-Seward
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dear Rashida, Everywhere you look, there's another headline, another video, another hashtag to commemorate a life lost to horrific racial violence. It's hard enough for me, as an adult, to try to wrap my head around these tragedies. I know that I should be trying to help my students (and my own kids) deal with these events, but I don't even know where to start—and I don't want to do more damage than good by saying the wrong thing. Can you help? Sincerely, At a Loss for Words Read full post

Better Together: STEM Educators Academy Research Brief

Julianne Kanter
Thursday, July 7, 2016
We are excited to release a report on the promising findings of our STEM Educators Academy. The collaborative model has generated positive impacts—not only on classroom and community educators, but also on the young people who participate in these STEM activities. Read this report and discover practical, feasible solutions to help your school or community build strong STEM learning activities that connect across the learning day. Read full post

How to Cultivate Your School's Character & Culture

Erika Samuels
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Establishing a positive school culture is a large undertaking; norms, values, beliefs, traditions and rituals are built over time, and changing a school’s “persona” may require a fundamental shift in perspective for some educators. However, given the impact that a positive culture can have on student outcomes, we are always trying to identify concrete steps that schools can take to alter it. Read full post

MediaBreaker -- Talk Back to Media!

Francisco Cervantes
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This past school year, ExpandED Schools, in partnership with The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project), implemented Connect2Tech with MediaBreaker to equip teams of educators with the skills and confidence to lead technological activities that engage middle school students in digital media activities. Today, we share playlists and resources to facilitate MediaBreaker activities. Read full post

My Morning with the Great Debaters

Danielle Kennedy
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Last week, Junior Board member Danielle Kennedy served as a volunteer judge for the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Debate Championship. This initiative, a partnership between MSQI and the New York City Urban Debate League, provides students with an opportunity to compete in a series of four tournaments each year. Read full post

Impact That Matters: Deloitte Volunteers Visit an ExpandED School

Erin Phillips
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Imagine over 20,000 people around the U.S. dropping everything on the same day to engage with local nonprofits and make an impact that matters to the communities in which they live and work. On June 10th, Deloitte member firms did just that with their annual Impact Day, a national day of service and celebration of their year-round commitment to volunteerism. Here in New York City, our Junior Board member and Deloitte consultant, Omar Njie, initiated a partnership so that one of our schools, PS 188/The Island School, could host an Impact Day for 23 enthusiastic young professional volunteers. Read full post

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