Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Diplomas Now: Educational program having positive effects at Broadmoor Middle School [The Advocate]

The room at the end of the hall contains the hottest table at Broadmoor Middle School. There 12-year-old Kimery Smith twists apart a cream-filled cookie while she chats with 22-year-old Laura Dardinac, who munches from a bag of almonds. They talk, giggle and share snacks away from the bustle of the crowded lunchroom, part of the school’s lunch buddies initiative.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Poverty and Student Success [The Huffington Post Blog]

For children growing up in generational poverty, graduating from high school or college and becoming career-ready is often an uphill climb. Poverty keeps students from attending school regularly, diminishes their ability to pay attention in class and undermines a foundational driver of positive student behavior -- the belief and experience that effort leads to success.

Monday, February 4, 2013

AmeriCorps proves its worth in urban classrooms [The Boston Globe]

It’s puzzlIng why some members of Congress are so keen to blot out AmeriCorps — the umbrella agency that helps to fund City Year, teach for America, and other highly regarded programs. Vocal Republican critics, some of whom have tried to eliminate the program entirely, rightly demand quality, efficiency, and accountability.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Help for the high school dropout rate [The Boston Globe]

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY for education has been a social and moral imperative of our society. In the looming budget battles, it is now an economic imperative. The secondary education system annually produces 1 million dropouts nationally — 10,000 in Massachusetts alone — at a staggering cost to society.

Friday, December 7, 2012

It Takes a Village: City Year’s Role in Dropout Prevention [PBS News Hour]

Wherever you go in East Baton Rouge’s Broadmoor Middle School, it’s easy to pick out a member of City Year — the service organization whose aim is to keep kids in school. Each of the near-peer mentors is dressed identically, from the pressed white dress shirts, to the red, fleece vests, khakis and brown boots. And there’s another identifying factor: one or more teenagers in close orbit.