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Generous Americans

In 2014, more than $358 billion was contributed to different causes.


Stimulating Young Children To Like Math

New research from the University of Chicago suggests that we underestimate our youngest children in their ability to think about numbers.


Why Cool Is Still Cool

It described the weather in 1600 and an inner state of calm. Now cool is associated with almost anything good – music, a restaurant or a minivan.


50 Ways To Stay Healthy In Your 70’s

A special report in the November AARP Magazine on 50 ways to stay healthy in your 70’s, offers simple well researched ways to change your life at any age.


Inside Startup U.

Graduates and undergraduates can choose from dozens of classes, clubs fellowships and contests that focus on innovation, from technical to conceptual. Professors can take two years away from campus and start their own firms.


Free Meals To All Students

More than 17,000 high-poverty schools offer free, federal subsidized meals to about 8 million students this school year, a 20 percent jump over last year’s total.


Is Financial Literacy Important?

If you ask parents, teachers, elected officials, and business persons if financial literacy is important, they would all agree that it’s critical. Yet a new study from Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, gave only one state, Utah, an A grade.


The Next School Reform Frontier

Congress is now rewriting the federal Elementary and Secondary School Act, known from the Bush administration as No Child Left Behind.


Sesame Street Moves To HBO

More than a thousand studies in the United States have examined Sesame Street, to assess its impact on everything from school readiness to self-esteem to social development and compassion.


Streamlining The College Application Process

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, comprising 83 selective public and private institutions, requires that members graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years and that public institutions charge affordable tuition so that low income students have opportunity.


Startling Statistics About Teen Safety

In 2013, 2,163 teens were killed in motor vehicle incidents — six teens, 16 to 19 died every day.


School Mobility Puts Kids At Risk Of Low Achievement

It’s been shown that many factors affect school achievement — hearing and visual problems, poor nutrition, education level of parents among them. Another issue especially in cities like Philadelphia is school mobility, critical in places with high poverty.


High School Graduation Rates Reach New Highs

Eighty-one percent of the U.S. high school class of 2013 graduated in four years.


Kitchen Cred Offers Teens Recipes For Life

Beyond learning about nutrition and food preparation and cooking creatively, Kitchen Cred students develop self-esteem, leadership and teamwork.


Expanding Dual Language Programs

Since 2003, there has been a 700% growth of dual language, bilingual and associated programs in the US Department of Education database.


Before US Women’s Soccer There Was Althea Gibson

As a young girl, Althea Gibson worked as a sharecropper and later in 1957, also caught the public’s attention as the first person of color to win at Wimbledon.


On The Run: A Worthwhile Read Provokes Questions

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City studies one community’s interactions with the police and courts of Philadelphia.


Changing The Evaluation Of Student Learning

Researchers at the National Assessment of Educational Progress are testing varying questions in interviews with American students to learn more about their non cognitive learning.


High School For Students With Disabilities

While our on-time graduation rate has risen to an historic high of 80%, for those with impairments there is a 62% completion rate, with those from low income families less likely to make it.


Suicide Leading Cause Of Death Among College Students

Educational institutions are mobilizing to address this growing crisis.


Let Gifted Students Accelerate

A report in The Washington Post asks why schools slow down gifted kids when research shows that they do well if accelerated.


The Story Of Anne Frank Still Moving

While The Diary of a Young Girl is a story from World War II of hate, discrimination and torture, it’s about a young girl growing up.


Baltimore Community Schools Are Success Story

A network of forty-five community schools in Baltimore garnering national attention for its successes in helping low-income students.


Learning How To Speak ‘American’

Every language has its idioms and slang; but how do you learn to speak like an American? In a casual setting at the Philadelphia Free Library.


More Philadelphia Students Graduating

On-time high school graduation rates for Philadelphia students has risen from 52 to 65 percent over the past eight years.


Penn Sets Standard For Teaching Entrepreneurship To Neighborhood Students

More than 25 years ago the Wharton School created a program to impact the surrounding area and involve business students in local high schools.


Special Projects Keep Students Learning As School Year Comes To A Close

As the school year comes to an end, teachers must find activities that capture kids’ attention. Self-selected projects seem to do just that.


Young Teachers Turned Off By Testing

Heavy testing in lower grades is causing young teachers to consider leaving the field.


Lawmakers Consider Naturalization Test As Requirement For High School Graduation

Lawmakers in more than a dozen states are considering making the passage of the US naturalization test a high school graduation requirement.


Poor Kids Need More Support All Around

In his new book, Robert Putnam writes, if it takes a village to raise a child…villages rich and poor have shirked their collective responsibility for our poorest kids.


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