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The Expanded Exchange

Making Kids Part of the Conversation

Rebecca Forbes
Friday, March 23, 2012
At Thirteen’s 2012 Celebration of Teaching and Learning last week, Wes Moore, an author, youth advocate and veteran, noted that the young people of our country can’t just be “subjects” in conversations about education reform, they have to be part of them. He’s right: Right now, our nation’s youth are a relatively silent majority in national and local conversations about education. It is crucial that they become dynamic actors in the dialogue. Read full post

Save NYC Beacon Centers

Lucy Friedman
Friday, March 23, 2012
I'm saddened to learn about the closing of seven Beacon Centers in NYC. Twenty years ago, my friend and visionary leader former Mayor David Dinkins asked me to lead the advisory commission that created the Beacons. As crime was at an all-time high in New York City in the early 90s, creating safe environments for our young people to spend their afternoon, evening, weekend and summer hours was paramount. Read full post

Learning From Teachers Around the World

Lucy Friedman
Friday, March 16, 2012
I’m sharing a couple of quick thoughts from this week’s International Summit on the Teaching Profession. Andreas Schleicher started us off by describing what OECD has learned from international educators about developing teachers and preparing students for 21st century success. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 16, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 16, 2012
Happy AmeriCorps Week to our current TASC AmeriCorps team and the more than 2,400 members who have worked in our schools and programs since 2000. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you. Read full post

Message to the NYC City Council

Lucy Friedman
Thursday, March 15, 2012
We urge Council members to stop the incremental dismantling of one of the best citywide after-school systems in the country, New York’s Out-of-School Time (OST) system. Read full post

New York Waiver Application Supports Expanded Learning

Saskia Traill
Monday, March 12, 2012
We believe that models that expand the school day to produce a more well-rounded curriculum and to ensure engaging and personalized instruction with school/community partnership are the right way to deliver on the promise of public education. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 9, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 9, 2012
A new survey finds that phys ed is the most popular subject among middle schoolers, followed by art and math. Not surprisingly, kids also said they prefer “hands-on, interactive activities or computer-based lessons to more traditional approaches to learning such as studying textbooks or listening to their teacher lecture,” according to Education Week. Read full post

Campaigning for Children in NYC

Charissa Fernandez
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
While I find it deeply troubling that such a group is needed, I was proud to represent TASC at yesterday's launch of the Campaign for Children, a partnership of The Emergency Coalition to Save Child Care and the NYC Youth Alliance. As the mother of a 2-, 7- and 10-year old, I know all too well that working families need both quality early childhood and after-school programs, so it's great to see these two advocate communities collaborating on behalf of children and families here in New York City. Read full post

Weekly Roundup for March 2, 2012

Jess Tonn
Friday, March 2, 2012
Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Happy Read Across America Day! Click here to find out how folks in your community are celebrating their love of reading. And if you miss today’s celebration, have no fear—World Read Aloud Day is March 7 and Children’s Book Week is May 7-13. Read full post

Learning With #techafter3

Jess Tonn
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Our friends at CBASS (@cbass_national) hosted a great discussion on digital learning beyond the classroom yesterday. The overall takeaway: New technologies present valuable opportunities for kids to explore the world, share discoveries and gain 21st Century skills, but are often underutilized in out-of-school time because of a lack of infrastructure, funding and understanding about how digital tools can be used to engage kids in learning. Read full post

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