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Dr. Marciene Mattleman

(ASAP executive director Justin Ennis, far left, and president Marciene Mattleman, far right, pose with Mayor Nutter, philanthropist Vivian Lasko, and Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

More Donations Sought For After-School Programs To Ease Philly Schools Shutdowns

With two dozen schools permanently closing in June, about ten thousand Philadelphia students will attend new public schools next year.

03/18/2013

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Women In Computer Science

An increase in the number of women studying computer sciences is attributed somewhat to companies such as Facebook, Yelp and Zynga and the movie, “The Social Network” portraying the knowledge as hot and coders hip!

04/10/2012

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5-2-1-0

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nine-year-old Ayub Mohamud ate two breakfasts, one at home and one at school, loved candy and chips, got little exercise, and had signs of being pre-diabetic. After starting Portland, Maine’s 5-2-1-0 program, […]

05/02/2011

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Einstein Never Used Flashcards

The Ultimate Block Party, along with Disney, Crayola, Lego and researchers from Columbia University and MIT, are celebrating play and pushing against the belief that education only takes place when kids are in seats, staring at chalkboards and taking notes.

03/07/2011

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Community Organizing And School Reform

A report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform looks at community organizing as a means of systemic education reform.

02/08/2011

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To Really Learn, Take A Test

An article in the journal Science reports that students who read a passage, then took a test asking them to recall the information, retained 50% more a week later than those who used two other methods.

02/07/2011

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Discovering Frances Harper

A poet, novelist, political activist and vice president of the newly formed National Association of Colored Women in 1896… yet the name Frances Ellen Watkins Harper cannot be found in most history books.

02/02/2011

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Liberal Arts Students Solve Real Problems

Liberal Arts students at Lafayette College, part of the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project, are doing community engagement and economic outreach that one might expect from engineering departments.

02/01/2011

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The ‘At’ Sign In Emails

Call it what you want, the universal @ sign is an example of globalism.

01/31/2011

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Tech Programs For Older Adults

Only 30% to 60% of people over 65 ever go online compared with the US average of 79% according to a Pew Research Center study; however, those 74 and over are the fastest growing group on social-networking sites.

01/26/2011

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How California Teaches Environmental Education

California is leading the way in Environmental Education. Since 2004 more than 1,000 people, 6 state agencies and 19 school districts have helped create 85 environmental teaching units, K-12, putting the state far ahead of every other state.

01/24/2011

Teacher-Run Schools

Across the country teachers are taking over schools. Minnesota’s legislature passed a law in 2009 that permits school districts to operate teacher-run schools.

01/19/2011

Using Little Red Riding Hood To Teach

The Washington Post describes an integrated approach to teaching that was piloted in 90 kindergartens across Montgomery County, Maryland. It is expected to be picked up nationwide.

01/18/2011

SAT Savior

Harvard student Jason Shah started INeedAPencil.com — a website offering 60 sessions of free SAT prep in “conversational” language with sports analogies and practice exams.

01/17/2011

US Students Discover UK Colleges

According to The Washington Post, the number of US undergraduates at British schools rose 30% in five years to more than 3500 students, and in 2010, applications increased by 17%.

01/12/2011

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