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+ EXCEL-lent Middle School Math Lessons!
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January 31, 2005

Dr. King's Words Into Actions

"Two nonprofit organizations working for equity in education -- Teaching for Change and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) -- have joined forces to create a thought-provoking quiz on the Civil Rights Movement that motivates and inspires students of all ages. Instead of offering easy answers, the questions are crafted to inspire discussion and further inquiry. Supplemental chapters and lessons are available during the month of February, giving families, schools, and church groups the option to delve deeper into these empowering stories."

Referred by: PEN
Posted by mbiswas on January 31, 2005 | Resources

January 21, 2005

How to Establish Service-Learning In Your After School Program

By Robert Schoenfeld
"Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning that enriches the studentís life by engaging the student in meaningful hands on service to the community while gaining valuable knowledge and skills that connect with classroom studies. Today there are over four million students, K-12, who are improving their lives and the lives of people in their community through Service-Learning..."

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS)
Posted by hchung on January 21, 2005 | Resources

January 20, 2005

Wireless Solutions for Education

"Today's wireless technologies open many doors for learning. No longer tied down to available ethernet ports, students can work at anytime or anywhere on school grounds. The editors of eSchool News have assembled a collection of news, information, and resources that will help you connect to the brave, new world of wireless."

Referred by: eSchool News Online
Posted by hchung on January 20, 2005 | Resources

January 19, 2005

EXCEL-lent Middle School Math Lessons!

"Can a computer program motivate math students weary of "drill and kill"? Teachers all over the country use Microsoft Excel in ways that excite students about the power of math in everyday life. Education World talks with Illinois middle school teacher Kelly McMahon about three important roles Excel plays in her seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms."

Referred by: Education World Newsletter
Posted by hchung on January 19, 2005 | Activities

January 18, 2005

New Voices Seeks Proposals for Citizen Media Ventures

"New Voices, a program to seed innovative citizen media ventures around the United States, has issued a call for its first round of grant proposals. New Voices is funded with a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is administered by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, part of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. New Voices will help fund the start-up of twenty hyper- local news ventures over the next two years and will support them with an educational Web site.... Nonprofit and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Funding is available for start-up news initiatives only. Ongoing efforts are not eligible to apply unless they are proposing a new venture. Funding is available for print or electronic news initiatives, including online, cable, broadcast, narrowcast, satellite, and mobile efforts. Each project may receive as much as $17,000 in grants."

Referred by: The Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on January 18, 2005 | Funding

New issue of The Evaluation Exchange on family involvement programs

"We have just released the Winter 2004/2005 issue of our "The Evaluation Exchange" periodical, which you may find of interest. The latest issue's topic is evaluating programs that promote families' involvement in children's learning and development. The new issue compiles the current knowledge base on family support and involvement programs and provides a continuous perspective on family processes surrounding children's learning and development, from a child's early years through adolescence."

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool
Posted by wrivenburgh on January 18, 2005 | Research


"Tracks to Success - A Weekly Primer on Grants Development. The best way to get started writing a grant proposal is to collect information often used in writing grant requests, and then set up files for each of these items. This 12-part series on "Getting Started" will walk you through the process of deciding what information you need to collect, how and where you need to store it, and how to best use it in your grant requests. Beginning this week, the current week's issue of Tracks to Success will be available for everyone - you no longer need a username and password to access this valuable information. To read the third article in the "Getting Started" series, which addresses the organization's structure, visit the GrantStation website."

Referred by: CTCNet GrantStation Insider
Posted by wrivenburgh on January 18, 2005 | Funding

January 11, 2005

A Techtorial: Create a PowerPoint Photo Slide Show

By Lorrie Jackson
"Creating a photo slide show is as easy as 1-2-3. You will learn how to insert sound and pictures into a PowerPoint presentation to create a photo slide show"

Referred by: Education World Newsletter
Posted by hchung on January 11, 2005 | Activities

National Ed Tech Plan Released

"The new National Education Technology Plan -- Toward a New Golden Age in American Education: How the Internet, the Law and Today's Students are Revolutionizing Expectation -- focuses on signs of progress in core subjects, benefits from reforms stimulated by NCLB and the success of innovative new approaches to learning through advances in educational technology."

Referred by: TechLEARNING News
Posted by hchung on January 11, 2005 | News

January 03, 2005

Announcing the new Afterschool Academies, limited opportunity!

With the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the YouthLearn team has been working with other key partners in the field of afterschool to design an exciting new professional development offering for launch in the new year. This offering, the Afterschool Teaching Institute (ASTI), will be a three-day intensive training in developing content-rich afterschool curriculum. YouthLearn has been integrally involved in creating the materials, and we'll also be on the training team leading the sessions. These will run concurrently with the Beyond School Hours Conference put on by Foundations, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia from February 16-19, 2005. Please see the links for more detailed information.

This intensive training is free to Beyond School Hours attendees, but there are only 60 spaces--so sign up asap! If you have any questions about the ASTI or our other work on the Afterschool Academies, please send an email to We're hoping that the YouthLearn community will be well-represented at this event!

Posted by hchung on January 03, 2005 | YouthLearn Updates

January 01, 2005

Hasbro Children's Foundation Announces Funding Guidelines

"In making funding decisions, the foundation is guided by three values: Caring, programs that work to ensure that all children have safe and caring environments where they can grow and thrive; Opportunity, programs that provide healthcare, education, and social services that give young children the help they need to join their peers in learning and achieving; and Joy, opportunities for the most vulnerable children to experience joyful moments as part of their everyday life.... Local grants for model community programs typically range from $500 to $35,000. For multi-site expansions, awards are from $35,000 up, and are granted over a period of one to three years. The largest grants are awarded to programs that are national in potential impact and scope.... Requests for funding are reviewed on a rolling basis."

Referred by: The Foundation Center
Posted by wrivenburgh on January 01, 2005 | Funding

ACC Evaluation Tools and Resources Database

"ACC conducted a search and review of existing resources - via existing reviews, related sites (technical assistance organizations, governmental departments, foundations, and universities), recommended tools and resources, and a broad internet search - during the summer of 2004. This database allows you to easily search these tools and resources for use in your programs."

Posted by wrivenburgh on January 01, 2005 | Resources