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May 7, 2015
Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning
Across the United States, in six of the nation’s nine largest school districts, average graduation rates are below 50 percent. Low-performing schools tend to ...
May 7, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 4: The Traps that Stymie Youth Success
Any parent would be thrilled to hear positive feedback during a parent-teacher conference. The next step in helping a child progress isn't always an easy one to ...
May 1, 2015
Skip A Grade? Start Kindergarten Early? It's Not So Easy
New research is disproving the myth that jumping ahead in school is bad for students, even high-achieving ones, when in fact, it has a positive impact on some ...
April 22, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 3: In Pursuit of Equity, Themes from the 2015 Ready by 21 National Meeting
This is part three in a short series about readiness
. Karen Pittman reflects on a difficult question that many people were left pondering during the Ready by ...
April 22, 2015
The Powerful Undercurrents of Readiness and Well-Being
Co-director of The Readiness Project, Stephanie Krauss, describes the undercurrents she faces during her journey to advocate for young people's readiness and ...
March 26, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 2: Readiness is Real
This is the second in a short series of blogs about the right to readiness
Let’s define it by what it is, not by what it isn’t.
March 24, 2015
Playing Nicely With Others: Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning
Competnecy based learning is no longer just about math and reading, it also incorporates social emotional learning which measures a number of areas, like manging ...
March 23, 2015
Winning Habits for School and Life
Watch this awesome video from What Kids Can Do (WKCD) using youth voices to talk about critical social and emotional skills like managing stress, motivation, ...
March 20, 2015
Readiness as a Right Part 1: I’ve Played it Safe
Let’s stop playing it safe. Readiness is more than a goal; it’s a right
. This isn’t just an outward call to action. ...
March 20, 2015
Building the soft skills for success
We know that reading and math are fundamental skills that children should learn, but what about soft skills like communication and team work? The Pew Research Center ...
March 19, 2015
Readiness as a Right: A Four-Part Exploration of our Work
If you’re like us, you want to challenge and be challenged. You’re here because you believe there are better ways to get every young person ready for ...
March 18, 2015
7 things every kid should master
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
March 10, 2015
Juvenile Justice Solutions Should Always Start with Positive Youth Development
Positive Youth Development is a youth justice system that focuses on a young person's strengths and positive development rather than a deficit-based correctional ...
March 9, 2015
All Lives Matter: Improving the Lives of Young Boys and Men of Color
In communities across the country, demonstrators have peacefully organized to protest against violence. These protests are being done in an effort to demonstrate that ...
February 27, 2015
Benefits of Social-Emotional Programs Far Outweigh Their Costs, Study Finds
What happens when schools invest more in social-emotional learning programs such as positive action, life skills training and responsive classroom? The programs ...
February 12, 2015
Empowering Youth to Chart their Course to Readiness
For students whose lives and learning styles make traditional school hard, Boston Day and Evening Academy's competency-based approach to learning is making a big ...
January 22, 2015
Op-Ed: Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional
On consecutive days this week, the United States was introduced to two very different visions for its most important education law. Quite soon, Congress will choose ...
November 3, 2014
In Nashville, a Middle School Adds More than Hours to the School Day
Nashville's Creswell Magnet Middle School is expanding its school day, but the change is not primarily about time. It’s about fundamentally redefining how ...
October 27, 2014
How to Stay Up-to-Date with What’s Happening in Competency-Based Higher Education (When You Have Very Little Free Time)
Read Stephanie's guide to staying up-to-date on competency-based higher education from websites, books and twitter handles.
October 16, 2014
In a Rural California School District, a “Quiet Revolution” in Learning
What if a school started with the principle that students learn differently, but everyone can learn—and then designed a system around that? It would look a lot ...
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