AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jamal Smith

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jamal Smith

I wanted to service the young people in my community through the education field by creating unique programs and raising awareness on opportunities. Citizen Schools is continuously making efforts to achieve equity through education and nurtures and encourages teaching fellows to prioritize forward thinking. As a teaching fellow, I have developed valuable skills with the help of my colleagues and campus directors that I will be able to take with me after my two years of service.

Partnership Spotlight on CAW: Nonprofit Collaboration Maximizes Impact in the Classroom

Partnership Spotlight on CAW: Nonprofit Collaboration Maximizes Impact in the Classroom

One of Citizen Schools New York's most impactful and valued partnerships to-date is with a longstanding nonprofit partner: Creative Art Works (CAW). CAW is a 31-year-old nonprofit that empowers NYC young people through the visual and multimedia arts. A Citizen Schools collaborator and partner since 2012, CAW has led nearly 40 apprenticeships covering innovative topics such as Cartooning and Anatomy, Urban Design, Stop-Motion Animation, and Sneaker Branding.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Madeline Vargas

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Madeline Vargas

I decided to become an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow because I wanted to have the opportunity to discover If teaching was a possibility for me. I am currently In school majoring in Early Childhood Education and plan to continue for my B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Middle School and High School Education.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Honors for Oct. 22, 2017

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette area Business Honors for Oct. 22, 2017

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has presented Alden Andre with its Franciscan Impact Award and named Sandra Launey as Distinguished Alumni, John Vincent as Shining Star Alumni and Dr. Lisa McDivitt as Rising Star Alumni.

 

This no-brainer tool combats teacher turnover

This no-brainer tool combats teacher turnover

Teacher turnover has an impact on all stakeholders in the school environment, and research shows that students struggle to perform well in schools with turnover year after year. Retaining effective staff can be a big challenge for schools and districts, as can figuring out how to solve the issues around this problem.

Dell Youth Learning Support Aims to Unlock Student Potential

Dell Youth Learning Support Aims to Unlock Student Potential

Mariana is currently fifteen years old. As many other students around her age, she enjoys playing with her little sister and learning new subjects. Mariana’s family moved to the United States from El Salvador in 2016 on a quest for enhanced opportunities. “We left so I could have additional chances to work and study,” she says. It has been arduous to move here because I miss my aunts who are still in El Salvador”.

Teacher Co-Design Pilot: Fall 2017

Teacher Co-Design Pilot: Fall 2017

Citizen Schools helps struggling middle schools re-imagine the learning day to meet the demands of high school, college, and the global economy. This fall, we are launching the design phase of a 2 year pilot to build and test a new scalable approach to delivering a new, scalable, approach to delivering our apprenticeships. Our vision for this new offering is to build the capacity of teachers, schools, parents and volunteers to partner in bringing learning to life by integrating our apprenticeships into the traditional school day classroom for students in grades 5 through 9.

A Step in the Right Direction: Career Exploration in Middle School

A Step in the Right Direction: Career Exploration in Middle School

In the quest for college and career readiness, policymakers are slowly but surely coming around to the importance of career readiness. Though much of this nascent effort is focused on career readiness for high schoolers, middle school is beginning to enter the discussion, too. The middle grades are a crucial time to engage, or reengage, students and put them on a path to college and career success. Research has demonstrated that grades, attendance, and engagement in middle school are strong predictors of high school graduation and postsecondary success. The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University found that “sixth graders who failed math or English/reading, or attended school less than 80% of the time, or received an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course had only a 10% to 20% chance of graduating [high school] on time.”

US2020 honors Science Center, more with STEM awards

US2020 honors Science Center, more with STEM awards

The University City Science Center is among the Philadelphia area organizations to receive a national recognition Tuesday morning when US2020 announced it is the recipient of its third annual STEM Mentoring Awards.

The Science Center, Steppingstone Scholars Inc. and Spark are among those honored Tuesday by US2020, a division of the national nonprofit Citizen Schools developed following a White House call to foster science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] professionals.

US2020 Announces National STEM Coalition Challenge

US2020 Announces National STEM Coalition Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 10, 2017 – Today US2020 announced the launch of the STEM Coalition Challenge, a call to action for nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, businesses, and public offices to increase the quantity and quality of STEM volunteerism and maker-centered learning across the country. The challenge will expand the US2020 Learning Network to a total of 16 locations, reaching more than 25,000 children within the first year of programming.

US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

US2020 Honors Leaders of the STEM Mentoring Movement

This morning, US2020 announced the winners of the third annual US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards. The awards are a national platform to celebrate and encourage exceptional work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentoring. Awards were handed out at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where national leaders in this field are discussing strategies for advancing STEM opportunity in the United States.

Becky Shipp, Key Senate Staffer on Child Welfare, Heads to Private Sector

Becky Shipp, Key Senate Staffer on Child Welfare, Heads to Private Sector

Becky Shipp, a veteran policy advisor for the Senate Finance Committee, has been named vice president of The Sheridan Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm that specializes in helping to create advocacy campaigns.

New App Helps New York City Students Navigate High School Admissions

New App Helps New York City Students Navigate High School Admissions

Choosing a high school in New York City can be a daunting task, with more than 700 programs to choose from in 400-plus schools throughout the five boroughs. Now, a new app helps students and families simplify their search by focusing the choice process on a personalized list of 20 best-fit schools.

New App Aims to Help Low-Income Kids Pick Better High Schools

New App Aims to Help Low-Income Kids Pick Better High Schools

To help low-income students pick the right high school, a foundation teamed up with researchers at New York University and a former city director of high school admissions to create a new app — deciding only to include schools with at least a 65 percent graduation rate.

Kronos and Flex Celebrate Innovation in Manufacturing

Kronos and Flex Celebrate Innovation in Manufacturing

LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kronos Incorporated and Flex Ltd. will host innovators from leading organizations on Sept. 29 at the Flex Boston Innovation Center. In recognition of national Manufacturing Day, the event will feature manufacturing and technology organizations including BAE SystemsFlexMass Robotics, and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative at the Flex Boston Innovation Center, offering middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in a day of learning focused on careers in manufacturing.

Enrichment added at East Somerville school

Enrichment added at East Somerville school

Fifth- and sixth-graders at East Somerville Community School have additional learning opportunities, including the chance to serve as apprentices, through a new partnership. The nonprofit Citizen Schools is providing enrichment and academic support to students both in school and during after-school hours to help develop real-world skills and guide them toward college and career success.

Coding Academy Launches this Fall with Google

Last school year we made a shocking realization: only 40% of schools nation-wide currently teach computer programming - and that percentage is drastically lower in low-income communities. Add to that an increasing number of STEM jobs in the US with decreasing numbers of diverse, trained professionals to fill them. Our solution: offering students a year long opportunity to learn rigorous coding skills, build a high quality website, and be mentored by software engineers eager to inspire the next generation of coders.