The Opportunity to Learn campaign, a partner of the Coalition for Community Schools, highlights community schools as the alternative to closing schools. They believe that public schools are the heart of every community, a place where the next generation of leaders learn and grow. It provides the space for parents, teachers and community members to collaborate to support their children. When schools lack resources, however, policymakers have increasingly turned to mass closures as a solution. This is disproportionately affecting students of color and students from low-income families. There are better ways to support our schools and our children.
STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Environmental Education Foundation present the following challenge to middle school students: Create a 2-minute video addressing why climate change matters and what you plan to do about it. The deadline for submission is March 18. Learn more.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll:The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The application deadline is April 3, 2014 at 5:00pm ET. Learn more here.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board: You can apply to be a part of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The YAB is one of the nation’s most exciting opportunities for youth empowerment and development. The board is comprised of 30 youth from around the country who serve as equal members on the board. The board is given responsibility over $5 million dollars to grant service-learning and community impact projects that seek to solve important domestic issues.
Happy World Read Aloud Day!
Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
Who are you reading aloud to today?
Join the White House for a conference call on March 5th at 3:30 PM EST to discuss the President‘s Budget. This call will focus on the sections of the budget that support and expand opportunity for children and youth, with a focus on education.
The call will be with Martha Coven, associate director of OMB and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy. Feel free to forward the information to your networks.
This call is off the record and not for press purposes.
To join the call, you must RSVP using this link: RSVP HERE
To view webinar topics and register, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFSP2014
Please join the interactive webinars about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to learn how you can get involved with this wonderful program that feeds hungry children during the summer. Or simply join the webinars to share your experiences and connect with other interesting people. SFSP is a very creative program and it allows everyone to have a role whether you are a parent, business owner, non-profit, school employee, or elected official.
Background on the Summer Food Service Program:
Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they received when they were in school. The USDA has created the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to cover this summer meal gap. However, SFSP is one of the most underutilized government programs with only about 16% of eligible kids participating. This is why we need your help. You, as an individual or organization, can get involved in so many different ways. You can serve the meals, promote the program, provide transportation, volunteer at summer food sites, or even go out and find sponsors. Join our webinars to learn all about the program and how fun it is to get involved.
For more information about SFSP please visit: www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp
Please join the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am (ET).
Dial In 888-989-3422, Participant Code: 6322473
NOTE: Due to the high volume of calls please dial in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled call time to ensure that you are on the line by 11:00 am (ET).
PRESENTATION OUTLINE: The presenters will discuss questions, challenges, and opportunities that may arise about the purpose and design of 12th grade, based on student performance on Common Core and other college-readiness assessments in the 11th grade. They will describe some early approaches, such as transition course strategies, for getting more students ready for college before graduating high school, summarize research about their impact, and identify areas where more innovation is likely to be needed.
Please cut and paste the link below into your browser to down load the power point presentation for this Affinity Group Call. There you will also find updated information on news and events within the US Department of Education, White House, and much more. http://www2.ed.gov/news/av/audio/college-access/index.html
For archived presentations, visit http://www2.ed.gov/news/av/audio/college-access/index.html
To receive Outlook calendar reminders for group calls, please email a request to CollegeAccessAffinityGroup@ed.gov
HOLD THE DATE! Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 11:00 am (ET) will be the next College Access Affinity Group Call: The College Summit App Map!
In March, Read Aloud is working to make sure every parent and caregiver, everywhere, to hear the message: “Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Every child. Every parent. Every day.” The initial key message of the campaign from March 1 to March 8 is Babies are born learning.
They will be active with new campaign messages every day in social media. Please share these messages with family and friends. Also, don’t forget, NEA’s Read Across America Day on Monday, March 3. Grab your hat and read with the Cat!
Help reach millions of Americans this month and build awareness that babies are born learning and reading aloud starting at birth is the best way to prepare a child for lifelong learning success.
Kick off Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Month by celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Monday, March 3 is Read Across America Day. http://fb.me/1aDHPF5WH
On Wednesday, Seth Rogen gave impassioned testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee. The comedian and his wife Lauren Miller recently started a charity dedicated to Alzheimer’s education and research advocacy, Hilarity for Charity. Video of the ever-unassuming Rogen’s plea to support Alzheimer’s research resonated widely across the Internet, already having been viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube.
It’s not just that Rogen is a funny guy and that Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, but also that a third of people fear dementia more than they do death. At odds with the massive public response to Rogen’s message, of the 18 members of the subcommittee, only two—Senators Tom Harkin and Jerry Moran—attended the hearing. “Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing,” Rogen tweeted. “Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer’s. Seems to be a low priority.”
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Jan. 13, 2014 Federal Register concerning its policy development for high-impact learning technologies. OSTP seeks recommendations for public and private actions that could accelerate the development, evaluation, and adoption of such technologies. The RFI focuses on “pull mechanisms,” which are incentives from the federal government that reward only the technologies that succeed in significantly improving a given learning outcome and not attempts that are unsuccessful.
In an effort to stimulate a national conversation about if and how pull mechanisms might be used to accelerate the development of high-impact learning technologies, OSTP has asked for comments on several key questions listed in the RFI.
Comments must be received by March 7, 2014 and may be provided by: