Time to "Just Listen"? | October 15, 2013

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We're excited to officially announce First to Finish College, a joint project between SparkAction and Demos. This network is designed to inform and inspire first-generation college students and those helping them succeed.

The First to Finish College blog and companion Facebook group and Google+ Community bring together the voices of youth, alumni, researchers and innovators who are tackling the challenges and crafting solutions to help first-gens get through school and launch successful careers.

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VIDEOS: Students Talk About Teaching & Learning in "Just Listen"
In this series of video clips from What Kids Can Do, students speak directly to viewers about teaching and learning, sharing their thoughts about everything from the role of humor to quality teacher-student relationships. These videos show that the most authentic answers to questions about how youth learn often come from youth themselves.


I Almost Quit Teach for America
In this article published in The Atlantic, A young Teach for America volunteer from New York City describes the difficulties of attempting to teach a group of rowdy, misbehaving students in the Mississippi, and why, despite her challenges, she returned for a second year.

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The SparkUpdate links policy and practice to improve the lives of children, families and youth. We bring you stories to inspire, research and policy developments to inform, and tools and opportunities to take action.  About SparkAction


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