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February 27, 2007

Kellogg Leadership for Community Change Newsletter

From the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The KLCC Bridge is a quarterly newsletter providing updates on the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change program. The issues feature stories, information, technology tools, and news about collective leadership efforts. These center around perspectives and experiences of the KLCC fellows and include other views and resources.

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Resources

New Next Generation Youth Work Coalition Publication

Are you interested in improving current conditions for youth workers in this nation?

The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition is an affiliation of individuals and organizations working together to further professionalize the youth work field. The YouthLearn Initiative is proud to be a member of the Coalition and YouthLearn Director Tony Streit serves on the Coalition Steering Committee. A new Coalition news bulletin, Addressing the Work Force Challenge, includes a summary of new research, conducted on behalf of the Coalition by the Forum for Youth Investment, and an action agenda based on the key findings of this new research.

Posted by tstreit on February 27, 2007 | News

Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest

"Reading Rainbow is sponsoring a young writers and illustrators contest for students in grades K-3. The contest is designed to encourage a love of writing in young children. Students who would like to enter write an original story and include original illustrations, and all entrants will receive a certificate signed by LeVar Burton," the host of Reading Rainbow. Prizes include technology products and books. Follow the link to find out the deadline for your local PBS station. Or, if you enter the open qualifying competition, the deadline is March 28.

Referred by: Reading Rockets News
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Activities

Afterschool-related Resource Rooms

PEAR, the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency, is an initiative of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The PEAR website features compilations of resources, including curriculum links, research, and other publications, organized by various themes relevant to the afterschool and youth development fields. Among the Resource Rooms are the following: Afterschool Programming, Extended Day Learning, Funding, Informal Science Learning, Rural Afterschool Programming, Trauma and Violence.

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Resources

Print, Cut, and Fold--Tangible Technology Projects for Students

"Print, Cut, and Fold is a simple enough title, but the reality is that the breadth of projects and examples covered in this lecture is far from simple," writes Paul Love-Kretchmer, an eSchool News reader who covered the Texas Computer Association's annual conference for eSchool News in February. His review of Presenter Jim L Holland's session is available on the eSchool News website: "Mr. Holland has a knack for using common objects in an uncommon way. The ease with which he converts a #10 envelope into a set of pockets for note cards reflects the ingenuity that is a common theme throughout his talk.... The lecture included tips for creating projects from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Using these familiar software programs, teachers and students create and publish a myriad of manipulatives designed to spark learning and facilitate retention." See especially the downloadable zip file of numerous projects to try in your program.

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Activities

Grants to Support Job Skills & Education for Disadvantaged Youth

"Staples Foundation for Learning Grants provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Maximum Award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: April 6, 2007."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Funding

A Toolkit to Support School-Family-Community Partnerships

"The deeply ingrained multiculturalism that makes New Mexico unique also presents challenges in communicating and setting shared priorities. Schools face their own set of challenges in accommodating all families, making them part of the school community and including them as partners in their child’s education. The New Mexico Public Education Department has created, 'Working Together: School-Family-Community Partnerships, A Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities.' The purpose of the Toolkit is to assist educators and education partners with information, resources and strategies to help strengthen parent and community involvement. The Toolkit is designed to make schools places that foster community collaboration and make parents and families feel welcome. The Toolkit has been created by The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Resources

2007 J8 Program for Student Teams

"Morgan Stanley and UNICEF have partnered to bring about the 2007 J8 Program, a global citizenship education program that enables young people, with guidance from a teacher, to learn more about major global issues, form their own ideas about these issues, and develop their group work skills.

As part of the J8 Program, students are encouraged to participate in a competition where groups of eight students (ages 13-17, working with a teacher) write a brief communique on the topics being discussed at the G8 Summit for a chance to earn a spot at the J8 Summit in Germany this June. At the Summit the students will have the opportunity to present their ideas directly to President George W. Bush and the other Heads of State from the G8 countries. Entries must be received by March 29th 2007."

Referred by: GlobalEdNews
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 27, 2007 | Activities

February 13, 2007

New Ways to Work Resources for Engaging and Serving Youth

New Ways to Work, an organization that cultivates partnerships across schools, community organizations, business, education, government agencies, offers a library of free resources on youth development and youth leadership. Among their materials are publications on these topics:

-Tips and Strategies for Engaging Youth in Planning and Decision Making Bodies
-Serving Vulnerable Populations - Youth with Disabilities
-Supporting Youth in the Workplace
-Working with Students and Schools

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Resources

'Augmented reality' helps kids learn

"Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison have developed a project that uses 'augmented reality' to teach students math and literacy skills. The project involves teams of students gathering data on handheld computers to explain why aliens have landed, and in the process students 'interview' virtual characters they encounter at certain GPS hot spots. The researchers say the project holds great potential for engaging students and teaching high-level skills."

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | News

Action! Making Videos & Movies

To help you facilitate a video documentary project for the C-SPAN competition or another purpose/audience, here's a 15-page project guide on "storytelling, editing, planning, lighting, camera handling, making titles, recording sound, as well as showing and reviewing your production."

This is one of many useful curriculum resources and "publications that have been created by Wisconsin 4-H and are available for viewing, printing and downloading free of charge."

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Activities

Youth Media Learning Network Director Joins The Team

We're thrilled to share the news that effective this week, Tim Dorsey has joined our team here at EDC as Project Director of the new Youth Media Learning Network (YMLN). YMLN is our new capacity building and professional development initiative, launched in partnership with Educational Video Center (EVC) in New York, intended to strengthen the practice and expand the reach of youth media. Tim is formerly the Managing Director at EVC ( and brings a great deal of project management and youth media expertise to this new effort.

The project is a two-year pilot effort with initial funding from Open Society Institute and Kellogg Foundation. We'll continue to keep you posted regarding opportunities available for professional development through the Network.
Posted by tstreit on February 13, 2007 | YouthLearn Updates

The Impact of After-School Programs that Promote Personal and Social Skills

"More than 7 million children in the United States are without adult supervision for some period of time after school. Studies show that youth benefit from structured activities with opportunities for positive interaction with adults. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning recently posted a review of analytic research about the impact on children's social and emotional development and school success."

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Research

Student Documentary Competition

"C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition that invites students to identify a current political topic of interest and produce a short (up to ten minute) video documentary that creatively explores an issue while integrating C-SPAN programming. Maximum Award: $3,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individual or teams of students grades 6-8 or grades 9- 12; Deadline: March 30, 2007."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Activities

Awards for Youth Community Service

"The Hitachi Foundation is sponsoring the Yoshiyama Awards for Exemplary Service to the Community, which honors up to ten high school seniors for their community service. Afterschool providers may nominate students. Those selected will be awarded up to $5,000 each over two years. The deadline is April 2."

Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Funding

NEA Grants - Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth

"This program offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Funded projects apply national or state arts education standards."
Deadline: June 11, 2007

Referred by: CTCNet Funding & Events Digest
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 13, 2007 | Funding