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What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu. Published by Harvard Education Press, 2015.

Building Hard and Soft Skills Through Out-of-School-Time Programs

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Business leaders, educators, and policymakers agree that young people need a complex skill set that combines so-called “hard” and “soft” skills if they are to be well prepared for productive adulthood in the 21st century. But these leaders have not achieved consensus on how and where these skills are to be developed. Schools surely have an important role to play; the Common Core State Standards reflect this understanding.

Creating Learning Communities: Mind in the Making and Community Schools

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Mind in the Making (MITM) is a national initiative designed to share scientifically based research and applicable strategies for promoting the seven essential life skills based on executive functions of the brain:
  • Focus and self-control
  • Perspective taking
  • Communicating
  • Making connections
  • Critical thinking
  • Taking on challenges
  • Self-directed, engaged learning

MITM is an integral part of the Families and Work Institute, headed by Ellen Galinsky, the inst

Adolescence

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Children’s Aid is committed to quality and excellence, and continually evaluates its effectiveness at achieving positive outcomes for children.  
  • In 2010, independent researchers Brigham Nahas conducted a follow-up study to the original independent research that established the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program as an evidence-based model.

School Age

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Children’s Aid is committed to quality and excellence, and continually evaluates its effectiveness at achieving positive outcomes for children.

SUN Community Schools: Focusing on Effective Kindergarten Transition Supports

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The Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Service System in Multnomah County, Oregon, knows that transitions are key to student success.

Visitor Profiles

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June 24
Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Press Conference at P.S./I.S. 50, A Children’s Aid Community School in East Harlem  

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Children’s Aid Community Schools and Centers Go Healthier by Eating Smarter

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The Children’s Aid Society is proud to announce a new addition to its Go!Healthy Program, an initiative that follows children from pre-school through adolescence and beyond, educating them about wellness through nutrition and healthy cooking programs. Go!Healthy Eat Smart New York Program, launched in April, comes to the Health and Wellness Division because of a five-year $2.3 million var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true};

Lessons We Can Learn from Wales

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As I reflect about lessons learned from United Kingdom schools, I am reminded that standards, accountability, higher test scores, and government mandates are not limited to the educational system in the United States. Like us, our neighbors from across the pond are also responding to government mandates to close the achievement and opportunity gap for youngsters. 
 
In Wales the government has taken a three-pronged approach to tackle student achievement and poverty within schools by concentrating on literacy, numeracy, and family engagement.
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