Opinion piece

Boston Globe: Key lessons on expanding the school day

Boston Globe October 8, 2013

In an opinion piece co-authored by Pat Kirby, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Citizen Schools, and five principals of Citizen Schools' partner middle schools, describes the lessons learned from expanding the learning day in Boston.

Key lessons on expanding the school day

"Expanded Learning Time has been touted as a key lever for school improvement in the Boston mayoral campaign. As a network of middle schools partnering with the nonprofit Citizen Schools, we have first-hand experience navigating the complexities and opportunities of expanding the school day for Boston Public School students.

Together, we are partnering to build better school communities with increased family involvement and the resources necessary to close educational gaps. We leverage Citizen Schools’ “second shift” of AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and volunteers to compliment a swing shift of Boston Teachers Union teachers. Together, we aligned to improve our student’s academic performance and engagement while building greater teacher collaboration." Continue reading.

 

Huffington Post: How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Innovation

Huffington Post: Impact June 18, 2013

How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Innovation

Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools and Executive Chairman of US2020, shares how we can solve the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) crisis through innovative solutions like increasing the number of STEM professionals who mentor students.

"America, it's time to solve the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) crisis. Great scientists -- innovators like Edison, Einstein, and Rachel Carson -- think outside of the box. They look at the natural world in novel ways, opening new pathways forward for humanity. Why should our approach to STEM education be any different?" Read the opinion piece.

Forbes: We Need All Hands on Deck for Science Education

Forbes April 22, 2013

We Need All Hands on Deck for Science Education

Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools and Executive Chairman of the new initiative US2020, co-authored an opinion piece, "We Need All Hands on Deck for Science Education," with Sanjay Mehrotra, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of SanDisk, a Founding Leadership Partner of US2020. The article speaks to importance of connecting students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals to help change the trajectory of STEM education in America and how US2020 will work towards addressing that need. Read the opinion piece.