There is lots of talk in education about skills needed for the 21st century workplace. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, predicts that creative, right-brained people will be in great demand in the 21st century workforce. Our job as parents is to prepare our kids for a future we can only imagine. So, what are 21st century skills exactly? Why do they matter to “art smart” parents and how do we help our kids?
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Family-engagement practitioners and researchers say educators are adopting systemic and sustained efforts to integrate parents into the fabric of their schools—a welcome shift for advocates who have complained of lip service but scant support for programs they say can have a big impact on student achievement.
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Do you have a passion for community service? Have you worked hard to solve a local problem, and now want to do more? Apply for the National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) Youth Ambassador Program, a year-long program that helps young leaders (ages 16-22) create change around critical issues facing youth today. Application deadline: June 10, 2015.
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How can we encourage our kids to take action when the need arises?
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
Read more at the Greater Good Science Center website.
2015 Spirit of Youth Award Recipients
Youth voice refers to the ideas, opinions, attitudes, knowledge, and actions of young people. Engaging youth voice is considered an essential element of effective organizational development among community and youth-serving organizations.
Learn more about youth voice and how organizations and programs are encouraging it, here. (www.casel.org)
Visit the Spirit of Youth website, an Alaska organization that is dedicated to creating, promoting, and recognizing youth involvement and youth voice!
The state of reading instruction in grades K-3
Early-grades reading instruction has long been a central point of emphasis—and concern—for educators and policymakers. That’s in large part owing to a provocative body of research showing that students who don’t read with proficiency by the end of 3rd grade are far more likely to experience poor academic outcomes, including leaving school without a diploma. This Education Week special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.
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Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities.
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For the last dozen years, waves of idealistic Americans have campaigned to reform and improve K-12 education. Yet I wonder if the education reform movement hasn’t peaked. K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. It’s Agincourt, the day after. So a suggestion: Refocus some reformist passions on early childhood.
Continue reading here. (op-ed at nytimes.com)
The Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) is offering summer institutes. The theme of each institute centers around arts and culture; all participants will be kept thinking, laughing, creating, and challenging themselves throughout the one or two weeks together. All institutes are led by highly qualified artists-educators and by traditional cultural elders and artists. Registrations will close when full; register now if you want to be part of these highly engaging and classroom applicable experiences. See www.akartsed.org.