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September 22, 2009

Youth Engagement in High Schools

"How can high schools be more effective in engaging their students? Why not ask the students? Researchers who have conducted multiple inquiry groups with students conclude that students are an excellent source of information about what's working and what's not in their school."

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 22, 2009 | Resources

Time for School PBS Series

"WIDE ANGLE’s unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, returns in 2009 with visits to seven classrooms in seven countries to offer a glimpse into the lives of seven extraordinary children who are struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted: a basic education. We started filming in 2002, watching as kids first entered school in Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and Romania, many despite great odds. Several years later, in 2006, we returned to film an update — and now, three years later, we travel to check in on our young teenagers who are making the precarious transition to middle school....

While each child in Time for School 3 has a unique story, taken together their lives tell an epic tale, shedding light on one of the most urgent and under-reported stories of our time."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 22, 2009 | Resources

September 07, 2009

Integrating Web 2.0 into Youth Programming

By Anthony Brunner, Peter Kirschmann, Mary Pumphrey and Oanh Vu

"If you work with youth, you know that they are interacting online. They are creating and posting content and remixing, commenting on, and mashing up content created by others. New Web 2.0 tools, which encompass sites allowing for collaborative, dynamic, user generated content, are quickly becoming ubiquitous in everyday life.

Our interest in these tools came about through reflection on our own programs and those of our peers, which include varied views and uses of Web 2.0 tools at different youth serving organizations in the Twin Cities. Many sites are using Web 2.0 tools for outreach and marketing; however, we found that many of our Americorps co-workers were utilizing Web 2.0 tools within their organizations in ways beyond general program outreach.

Contributors to this article are members of a newly emerging generation of youth workers, who have grown up with these technologies and are aware of the possibilities surrounding them. To better inform our colleagues in the field, we interviewed a few of our peers as we identify the field's unique position to integrate Web 2.0 as a critical component in the process of youth-produced media."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 07, 2009 | Resources

A nation of diverse talents or of test-takers?

"National standards will 'cause irreversible damage to an education system already suffering from No Child Left Behind,' writes Professor Yong Zhao of Michigan State University in The Detroit Free Press. No evidence shows centralized standards lead to higher achievement, he contends, and plenty indicates the opposite. 'A child who does not read or do math at the level and time point stipulated is deemed at risk, regardless of other strengths, which may actually be more valuable in future life.' This child is then put in remedial classes, and deprived of opportunities to develop her strengths 'to have a dream.' National standards also discourage innovation by forcing educators to focus exclusively on standards. As a parent and educator, Zhao writes that he wants his children 'to have an education, not preparation to take tests. I want my children to be able to have dreams even if they did not meet the state standards. I want my children's teachers to be educators, not implementers of government mandates. [President] Obama and the nation's governors should preserve the legacy of our Founding Fathers and build a nation of diverse talents and creative entrepreneurs rather than a nation of standardized test-takers.'"

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 07, 2009 | Resources

August 18, 2009

Having a Say: Youth and Educational Activism

"Ever since school was made compulsory for American children in the early 20th century, efforts at reform rarely included input from youth. But that is changing, as U.S. institutions are beginning to value the opinions of youth, and as youth themselves have realized their collective power through new networking media.

'Ten years ago, it was hard for young people, or adults even, to know whom to lobby, to find which elected officials, let alone to figure out how to contact them. And with all that information readily available online, I think the bar is lowering on how difficult it is to do lobbying at the same time that interest is rising among young people to do lobbying,' said Thaddeus Ferber, manager of the Youth Policy Action Center an online youth empowerment site organized by a collection of youth and advocacy organizations around the country.

Youth activism on educational issues takes many forms. It includes volunteering within the school to help staff or students. It also includes fundraising for various school projects and programs and lobbying administration officials for changes in policy or curriculum.

Other forms of activism happen outside of school. Youth write letters or launch rallies to press elected officials and administrators for changes they believe in. They also attend board meetings and city council meetings to present their cases for reform."

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 18, 2009 | Resources

Film series profiles visionaries in 21st-century education

"The nonprofit Pearson Foundation hopes to start conversations and get people thinking about educational innovation with a new film series that profiles remarkable people and their accomplishments in school reform....

The film series, called 'A 21st Century Education,' highlights a dozen innovative and compelling school-reform leaders from around the world. The series was produced by the Mobile Learning Institute (MLI), a co-funded effort by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation.

MLI helps students in the United States and internationally use computers and digital-arts technologies to tell stories about themselves and their communities. The initiative also conducts professional development workshops and hosts leadership summits for school administrators."

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 18, 2009 | Resources

August 03, 2009

Afterschool Matters - Spring 2009 Issue

If you haven't already seen it, check out the current issue of Afterschool Matters, a journal published by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time with support from the Robert Bowne Foundation. Articles include: "Preparing Youth for the 21st Century Knowledge Economy: Youth Programs and Workforce Preparation" by Graham R. Cochran and Theresa M. Ferrari; "The Girl Game Company:Engaging Latina Girls in Information Technology" by Jill Denner, Steve Bean, and Jacob Martinez; and "Making the Most of the Middle: A Strategic Model for Middle School Afterschool Programs" by Holly Morehouse.

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 03, 2009 | Resources

TechSoup Resources for Nonprofits

"TechSoup provides a range of technology services for nonprofits, including articles, a blog, discussion forums, Webinars, and discounted and donated technology products."

To get involved and obtain benefits:

"Join TechSoup and Create a member profile. Once you have a member profile, you will able to post and reply to our discussion forums and you have taken the first step to becoming an authorized buyer of donated products for your organization.
Get a product donation. After you have created a member profile, register your organization to get donated products with TechSoup Stock. If your organization is already registered, you can apply to become an authorized agent.
Subscribe to our free e-newsletters. By the Cup brings you highlights from across TechSoup each week, while the monthly New Product Alert delivers announcements from TechSoup Stock for the latest donations...
Learn how your nonprofit can get the most out of technology. Whether you're trying to choose between TechSoup Stock products or need support for a technology you already have, TechSoup can help guide you through every stage of the decision-making process...
Check out our Global Network."

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 03, 2009 | Resources

July 28, 2009

Bringing Boys And Girls To Computer Science With 'Alice'

"Duke University computer scientist Susan Rodger is hoping ice skaters, cute animals and fearsome dragons will bring new talent to her field. With support from the National Science Foundation, she and collaborators nationwide are using the power of storytelling to draw younger students into programming. An animation program called 'Alice,' invented by the late Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, allows student programmers of all ages to create their own worlds without realizing they're actually writing code."

Incidentally, this software is among the resources the YouthLearn team included in the Technology Curriculum Guide we developed for SEDL's National Center for Quality Afterschool.

"Rodger recalled the rush of introducing fourth-to-sixth graders to Alice during an annual event that brings elementary school girls to the Duke campus to meet with female professors.

'They learned Alice for half an hour, and then they got to create a world with it,' Rodger said... They were creating little stories with Alice, and in the process they were programming. They didn't know they were doing programming, but they were.'"

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 28, 2009 | Resources

July 13, 2009

A Perspective on Why America is flunking science

Writing in, authors Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum assert: Science "is simultaneously admired and yet viewed as dangerously powerful and slightly malevolent — an uneasiness that comes across repeatedly in Hollywood depictions. As science-fiction film director James Cameron ('Aliens,' 'Terminator,' 'Titanic') has observed, the movies tend to depict scientists 'as idiosyncratic nerds or actively the villains.' That's not only unfair to scientists: It's unhealthy for the place of science in our culture — no small matter at a time of climate crisis, bioweapon threats, pandemic diseases and untold future controversies that will surely erupt as science continues to dramatically change our world and our politics. To begin to counter this problem, though, we need to wake up to a new recognition: Fixing the problem of science education in our schools, although very important, is not the sole solution. We also have to do something about the cultural standing of science — heavily influenced by politics and mass media — and that's a very different matter.

There can be little serious doubt that entertainment depictions have consequences. Entertainment industry expert Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, perhaps puts it best when he describes Hollywood films as the 'unofficial curriculum of society.'"

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 13, 2009 | Resources

June 23, 2009

Washington Koen Media Presents "The Beyond The Bricks" Project

"'Beyond the Bricks' Project is a film and discussion tour whose goal is to share and promote ideas on solving one of America's critical issues in education; the consistently low performance of school aged Black males in the public school system. Did you know that America's public schools are only graduating 47% of Black males students. The near 50% drop out is alarming and they are consistently the lowest performing students in 46 states. This is a national crisis....

We have engaged scholars who have focused their research on this problem; we speak with educators and administrators, politicians and activists in gathering these results. We also follow 2 students who tell of their struggles to improve their circumstances.

The Beyond the Bricks project's efforts are to promote hope by engaging communities, policy makers, schools, educators and students in constructive discussions about what we all can do to begin to help our kids better prepare for their futures. The project's website is presented as an additional portal to further the exchange of ideas and provide pertinent information on the issues."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 23, 2009 | Resources

Why After-School Programs Matter

Edutopia blogger Katie Klinger reflects: "Society today seems more likely than ever to accept the idea of holistic solutions to educational and community problems.... Liahona Youth Empowerment is a Polynesian organization doing exactly this. Nate and Linda Dudoit have given freely from their hearts to create a multifaceted service program for special-needs and at-risk youth.

The word liahona refers to a holistic approach, or navigational direction, based on personal empowerment through proper physical, spiritual, and life-skills training. Their chosen vehicle is after-school programs in Hawaii held in local parks and community centers.

In fall 2009, nearly 700 students will apply to participate in the five Liahona programs: Strength/Condition, Healthy Bodies Education, Performing Arts, Dance and Music, Vocational and Computer Programs and Life Enrichment, and Senior Volunteers. It is the design and delivery of these programs -- not the labels -- that has drawn students to the organization for three years."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 23, 2009 | Resources

June 10, 2009

Summer Reading

"The long hot days of summer provide lots of time to read. It's also a time to make sure kids don't fall behind. Researchers commonly find that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do at the beginning. The reading achievement of children from low-income families takes a particularly big hit.

The following articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun.

NEW! Summer Reading webcast
Parent tips
For teachers and librarians
Research and reports
Links and resources
Summer book lists"

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 10, 2009 | Resources

Edutopia's Digital Generation Project

"Today's kids are born digital -- born into a media-rich, networked world of infinite possibilities. But their digital lifestyle is about more than just cool gadgets; it's about engagement, self-directed learning, creativity, and empowerment. The Digital Generation Project tells their stories so that educators and parents can understand how kids learn, communicate, and socialize in very different ways than any previous generation."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 10, 2009 | Resources

May 26, 2009

Opportunity in Hard Times: Building Out-of-School Time Learning Systems that Last

"A number of U.S. cities have been building high-quality citywide after- and out-of-school time systems. This Wallace Foundation conference report suggests forging closer ties with schools, using new data systems to inform budget decisions and making the recession an opportunity for bold changes to make sure these systems endure."

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on May 26, 2009 | Resources

May 12, 2009

Exploratorium's Digital Library

"Welcome to the Exploratorium's Digital Library. The different collections in the library include digital media and digitized museum materials related to interactive exhibits and scientific phenomena, including images, educational activities in PDF and html formats, QuickTime movies, streaming media, and audio files. You may search, select and download digital files for individual, noncommercial educational use."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 12, 2009 | Resources

Planned Reflection Time in Afterschool

"Afterschool programs are increasingly considered partners in supporting youth academic achievement by providing enriching school-related learning opportunities during the out-of-school time hours. In fact, many afterschool programs offer directed homework support, tutoring, science and math-based exploratory activities and standardized test prep. Another pedagogical strategy which supports learning and is naturally suited to youth development and afterschool programs is planned reflection time.

In the field of service-learning, planned reflection time is widely used to promote personal development and learning. Through oral and written reflection, participants give attention to the types of personal changes taking place through the activities and linking actions and effects.... Too few afterschool and youth development programs include planned reflection as a standard component of everyday activities."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 12, 2009 | Resources

April 27, 2009

NECC 2009—Celebrating 30 Years of Ed Tech Vision

"Join us as ISTE looks back on 30 amazing years of change and innovation in Ed Tech—and more importantly, as we look forward to the years ahead.

ISTE members, friends and colleagues in education, are the catalysts who take the knowledge and creativity from all who converge at NECC back to your classrooms, libraries, offices or labs, and continue to build on the energy that is the NECC conference....

Registration for NECC provides you with access to nearly 600 sessions and informal learning environments, exciting keynote presentations, admission to one of the largest exhibit halls in the world, and much more." Early Bird registration deadline is May 1.

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 27, 2009 | Resources

An Educator's Journey Toward Multiple Intelligences

"I had been assigned four classes of rambunctious freshmen, and several of my most squirrelly students were football players. I hoped that demonstrating my interest in their gridiron pursuits might make them a bit easier to manage in the classroom.

My presence at their games unquestionably helped on the management front, but a second, unexpected benefit emerged as well. A couple of those freshmen -- kids in my class who struggled mightily with subject-verb agreement and the function of a thesis statement -- had clearly committed several dozen complex plays to memory. During one particularly impressive series of plays, I remember thinking, 'These guys are really smart! I'm underestimating what they're capable of!' And over the course of my first year in the classroom, that same thought emerged several more times -- at the school musical, visiting the graphic design class, and even just watching a couple of students do their math homework during study hall. Without my realizing it, my relationship with multiple-intelligences (MI) theory had begun."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 27, 2009 | Resources

After School Grows Up: Helping Teens Prepare for the Future

"This commentary takes readers on a cross-country tour of after-school innovation – from northern and southern California to Chicago, New York and New Hampshire. In On the Ground we describe two very different school-based models in California. In Research Update we summarize lessons from recent evaluations of After School Matters in Chicago and the OST Initiative in New York City and identify studies to watch for. In Voices from the Field we talk with leaders from New Hampshire where an ambitious high school redesign effort is building upon successful high school after-school programs."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 27, 2009 | Resources

Enhancing Activity & Nutrition - Resources for Communities

"We Can!™ stands for Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition. We Can! is a national education program designed for parents and caregivers to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

Parents and caregivers are the primary influencers for this age group. We Can! offers parents and families tips and fun activities to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary or screen time.

It also offers community groups and health professionals resources to implement programs and fun activities for parents and youth in communities around the country.

Four of the National Institutes of Health have come together to bring you We Can!"

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 27, 2009 | Resources

April 14, 2009

Science Friday Video Picks

"The weekly public radio program, Science Friday, features a video pick of the week as part of its broadcast. In this example, linked below, "artists Michelle McSwain and Ryan Warnberg (known collectively as MRI) demonstrate how to paint with light. The premise: combine LED lights with long photographic exposures. Vision expert Stephen Macknik, of the Barrow Neurological Institute, explains how our visual system prevents us from seeing the world as light paintings." Other videos document the effects of space travel, beach-ready robots, and many other subjects both ordinary and extraordinary.

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 14, 2009 | Resources

March 31, 2009

Music Videos Help Educators and Students Conquer Copyright Confusion

"Can an animated little bird and a skater girl help young people learn about the concept of intellectual property? Can a 'Schoolhouse Rock' style music video help people appreciate their social responsibilities and rights under copyright law?

Researchers at Temple University's Media Education Lab have created two animated music videos to clarify the purpose of copyright and the doctrine of fair use. Catchy lyrics and clever visuals help people understand how 'context and situation determine how fair use applies' to the use of copyrighted materials. A solid understanding of copyright and fair use is especially important for the use of remix practices that are now common on You Tube, MySpace and other social networking sites. That's why they've posted their music videos to You Tube."

Posted by wrivenburgh on March 31, 2009 | Resources

March 17, 2009

Keeping Kids in School

The America's Promise Alliance has released its updated edition of Grad Nation, a comprehensive guidebook with supporting tools on the best evidence-based practices on keeping students in school, graduating and prepared for college.

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 17, 2009 | Resources

BBC Blast Film Tips and Tools

Designed for young people, this BBC portal offers a wealth of resources on filmmaking. The Tips and Tools page includes interactive filming tools, tips on turning ideas into movies, and more information about careers and education, genres, equipment, and techniques. Note that there's a number of links to external content. Young people can also view galleries of youth media, and upload their own films. Other BBC Blast Tips and Tools sites include Art and Design, Music, Writing, Games, and Fashion.

Posted by wrivenburgh on March 17, 2009 | Resources

February 24, 2009

Online opportunities for meaningful professional development: learning with Wikis & blogs

"In an essay in ASCD's Educational Leadership, Bill Ferriter writes that the Internet has the potential to revolutionize professional development for teachers, which has been susceptible to business-driven reform fads that have little effect on student achievement. 'Thousands of accomplished educators are now writing blogs about teaching and learning,' he points out. 'In every content area and grade level and in schools of varying sizes and from different geographic locations, educators are actively reflecting on instruction, challenging assumptions, questioning policies, offering advice, designing solutions, and learning together.' This accumulated wisdom, which is driven by personal interests and connected to classroom realities, is available for free... Ferriter provides suggested links and tips for getting started as a consumer of and participant in this forum."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 24, 2009 | Resources

Making college a Latino rite of passage

"Latino high school students have put a twist on a traditional rite of passage, the quinceaera, according to The Arizona Star. The ceremony, which Latina girls celebrate upon turning 15, has been transformed at two Tucson high schools into 'Quince para mis Quince,' or 'Fifteen for my Fifteenth,' school-sanctioned clubs that include boys and enlist students to undertake 15 activities that will help them prepare for college. The goal, according to Elizabeth Arnot-Hopffer, is to 'create a college-going culture' in the high school. Participating high school freshmen are often the first in their families to even consider college, and don't have the family experience and resources to help them navigate the complicated application and financial aid process. The clubs also involve parents and help the students to stay on track."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on February 24, 2009 | Resources

February 03, 2009

Federal Programs & Youth Workers: Opportunities to Strengthen Our Workforce

"Policymakers increasingly view youth development and after-school programs as solutions to a host of problems confronting youth, communities and our country overall. Yet, funds for these programs as a whole are scarce and when resources are devoted to training or workforce development, they appear to be included as afterthoughts or minor priorities. The Next Generation Youth Work Coalition undertook a scan of a broad range of federal programs to determine how federal funds are being used to strengthen, support and retain youth workers and to begin dialogue about increasing policy supports for this workforce that we trust to foster the positive development of our nation’s young people."

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 03, 2009 | Resources

January 20, 2009

The Innovation Center and Kellogg Leadership for Community Change Knowledge Well

"At the Innovation Center we're thrilled to announce the launch of our new website!... our site can serve as a resource for anyone – youth, adults, community organizers, educators, activists, social entrepreneurs, engaged citizens – interested in working with youth and creating community change.

The central feature of the new site is the interactive Kellogg Leadership for Community Change (KLCC) Knowledge Well – a virtual nexus of tools, activities, people and ideas all intended to help you engage both youth and adults to affect real, long lasting change in your community. Here, you can browse (and download – for free!) through our ever popular tool kits, as well as tips and activities generated during the course of the KLCC initiative."

Posted by wrivenburgh on January 20, 2009 | Resources

December 17, 2008

National Afterschool Association 2009 Convention

Jazzing It Up Afterschool Style: Leadership, Learning and Creativity in New Orleans - NAA's 21st Annual Convention - is being held April 2 - 4, 2009, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 3,000 afterschool professionals and stakeholders are expected to attend. It's one of the largest conventions for the afterschool field, and, this year, takes place as a joint conference overlapping with the annual convention of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Posted by wrivenburgh on December 17, 2008 | Resources

December 02, 2008

National Girls Collaborative Project Program Directory

"The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and math. More information and resources are available at the project Web site.

One of the valuable NGCP resources is the free, online Program Directory. The Program Directory lists programs and resources that encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborated on STEM-related projects for girls."

Posted by wrivenburgh on December 02, 2008 | Resources

CJC's Cultural Competency Guide

The Chicago Jobs Council Cultural Competency and Employment Initiative offers this concise guide as a resource for organizations based in Chicago and beyond: Ready? Set. Grow! A Starter’s Guide for Becoming Culturally Competent. The authors explain, "Workforce development organizations must recognize and value a diverse set of skills and abilities from their employees and job seekers and provide a workplace environment that is nurturing. CJC believes that creating a nurturing environment and addressing racial, ethnic, and other cultural issues, will lead to more productive workers and better opportunities and outcomes for job seekers. This guide is provided to assist you as you begin to explore diversity training and pursue the building of a more culturally competent organization."

Posted by wrivenburgh on December 02, 2008 | Resources

September 30, 2008

Assessing What Kids Think About Themselves

"Children in the United States tend to experience a decline in positive self-concept during their adolescent years. This decline often begins around age 12 for girls and around age 14 for boys. For some, the decline can become severe in early adolescence (between the ages 14 and 16) before generally recovering
in the mid-teen years.1 Having a negative selfconcept during adolescence has been associated with maladaptive behaviors and emotions. In contrast, having a positive self-concept has been linked to positive social and emotional development. This brief discusses child and adolescent self-concept and provides
information for out-of-school time program practitioners on how to assess self-concept among program participants. The brief also suggests ways that program practitioners can foster positive self-concept in adolescents."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 30, 2008 | Resources

Adobe Youth Voices - Resources for Educators

The Adobe Youth Voices Program provides resources for educators, including links to a wide range of instructional materials and tutorials on digital photography, digital video, and digital storytelling. It is one of the resources highlighted in the recently launched Technology Curriculum Database, developed by YouthLearn for the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

This global philanthropic initiative to empower youth serves educators and afterschool practitioners who are integrating digital media into their classrooms and learning centers. Through media arts production, young people can give voice to issues that they care about—and share their movies, animation, Web sites or other works with a wide audience. Housed in the Adobe Digital Kids Club, the resources for educators feature lesson plans and curriculum ideas as well as expert advice. In addition, galleries in the Digital Kids Club and on the Youth Voices Web site exhibit a variety of works that model techniques for media making and inspire young artists.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 30, 2008 | Resources

September 16, 2008

Geoffrey Canada: 'Whatever It Takes' To Teach Kids

"The Harlem Children's Zone, writes New York Times reporter Paul Tough, is 'the first and so far the only organization in the country that pulls together ... integrated social and educational services for thousands of children' — all under one umbrella, all in one place, all at one time.

It's the brainchild of education and social-services reformer Geoffrey Canada, and it's nothing less than an audacious poverty-eradication effort that, as Publishers Weekly explains, is 'predicated upon changing everything' in the New York City neighborhoods it targets, 'creating an interlocking web of services targeted at the poorest and least likely-to-succeed children.'"

An interview with Geoffrey Canada and Paul Tough just aired on the NPR program Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 16, 2008 | Resources

Strengthening Out-of-School Time Organizations

"Modestly funded and often stretched to their limits, the organizations that provide out-of-school time (OST) programming face mounting demands to deliver higher quality services to more children. The Wallace Foundation recently asked several experts in the OST field to identify what they think are the key organizational, administrative and management obstacles impeding OST providers from lifting the quality of their programs and discuss how those might be overcome."

Download the white papers for free at the Wallace Foundation website: "Strengthening Out-of-School Time Nonprofits: The Role of Foundations in Building Organizational Capacity," by Heather B. Weiss and Priscilla D. Little of the Harvard Family Research Project; "A New Day for Youth: Creating Sustainable Quality in Out of School Time," by Harvard researcher Gil G. Noam; "A View from the Field: Helping Community Organizations Meet Capacity Challenges," by Lucy N. Friedman, president of The After-School Corporation, a New York City-based nonprofit.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 16, 2008 | Resources

September 02, 2008

Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement

The Media Education Lab at Temple University announces the release of its "latest multimedia curriculum, developed in partnership with PBS Teachers, just in time for Election 2008: ACCESS, ANALYZE, ACT: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement.

This curriculum is designed to help develop students' understanding of the Presidential campaign process by harnessing the power of Web 2.0 for teaching media and information literacy, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and technology skills. There are more than a dozen social media tools showcased in this curriculum that can engage young learners in the political process. Teachers will gain confidence in using social media for student learning when viewing these videos and using these lesson plans."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 02, 2008 | Resources

August 12, 2008

Play, Spirit & Character Radio Program

"Stuart Brown, a physician and director of the National Institute for Play, says that pleasurable, purposeless activity prevents violence and promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life's complication. He promotes cutting-edge science on human play, and draws on a rich universe of study of intelligent social animals." You can listen online or download the podcast of this interview by Krista Tippet of American Public Media's Speaking of Faith.

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 12, 2008 | Resources

July 22, 2008

Model Projects: Maker Faire Inspires Learning and Creativity

At an event called Maker Faire Education Day, "the first of its kind, two dozen inventors shared their ideas and creations -- from electronic gadgets to homemade instruments -- and discussed the scientific principles that make their work possible.

Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire -- the larger, weekend-long public event on which the Maker Faire Education Day is based -- says traditional vocational-arts courses are disappearing from school curricula, but many professions still require hands-on skills. This event is one way to keep interest in manual efforts alive."

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 22, 2008 | Resources

June 17, 2008

Immersion Presents Ocean Exploration - Multimedia Curricular Materials

Immersion Presents is a multimedia program designed for formal and informal settings that engages young people in the excitement and adventure of ocean exploration. It is one of the resources highlighted in the recently launched Technology Curriculum Database, developed by YouthLearn for the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

Founded by oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard in 2002, Immersion Presents broadcasts live expeditions from places like the Black Sea and the site of the Titanic wreckage. Curriculum packages built around these expeditions consist of hands-on activities such as making model volcanoes and exploring the layers of the ocean. Related expedition resources such as mission logs, photo galleries, interactive features, and message boards, dramatically expand the learning experience for youth.

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Resources

A New Literary Hero: Comics Make for Colorful Learning

"First graders in the after-school program at the Bronx's PS 90 spent part of last school year working collaboratively to create a comic book called The Bionic Butterfly. The title character, infected with pollutants, turned into a very strong, intelligent superhero butterfly with a mission to warn insects -- and humans -- about the dangers facing Earth's environment.

This year, groups of kindergartners, first graders, and fourth graders are writing and drawing comics on the topic of bullying. 'The kids get to color and draw, which they love to do anyway,' says Claudia Bostick, after-school coordinator at the school, whose program is funded by the After School Corporation and the Bronx's Citizens Advice Bureau. 'We can sneak in other art lessons in that context. And for literacy, it's great. This encourages them to tell stories, to write stories, and to listen better.'"

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Resources

June 03, 2008

Creativity in Public Education

In a new video clip frontpaged on Edutopia, innovation consultant Sir Ken Robinson talks about the transformation needed in public education to nurture creativity… and he advocates making creativity an “operational idea like literacy.” The clip (15 minutes) was recorded at the Apple Education Leadership Summit in April 2008. An older article written by Robinson on similar themes is also linked.

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Resources

Op-Ed: Put a Little Science in Your Life

"I’ve increasingly come to believe: our educational system fails to teach science in a way that allows students to integrate it into their lives," writes Professor Brian Greene in a New York Times Op-Ed. "When we consider the ubiquity of cellphones, iPods, personal computers and the Internet, it’s easy to see how science (and the technology to which it leads) is woven into the fabric of our day-to-day activities," and yet, "I’ve spoken with so many people over the years whose encounters with science in school left them thinking of it as cold, distant and intimidating. They happily use the innovations that science makes possible, but feel that the science itself is just not relevant to their lives. What a shame.

Like a life without music, art or literature, a life without science is bereft of something that gives experience a rich and otherwise inaccessible dimension."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 03, 2008 | Resources

May 20, 2008

Schools of the 21st Century Conference

"Superintendents, principals, teachers and program directors, from community schools, Schools of the 21st Century (21C) and family resource centers, will gather at a Yale University-sponsored national conference on July 14-16, 2008, to learn from experts - including researchers, foundation executives, and state agency leaders - in the field of child development and education and family support. Sessions on early care and education and school-age care will focus on such topics as financing, evaluation strategies, research, music, brain development and more."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 20, 2008 | Resources

The FunWorks - Digital Library for STEM Career Exploration

The FunWorks is a dynamic digital library designed by and for youth that supports career exploration in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. It is one of the resources highlighted in the newly launched Technology Curriculum Database, developed by YouthLearn for the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

Created in an engaging multimedia format, the FunWorks website consolidates information, activities, interactive games, and other resources tied to an array of career choices including Music, Technology, Art/Design, Medicine/Law, Sports, and Exploration. This resource gives young people the opportunity to pursue their interests and make meaningful connections to careers. A project of EDC, the FunWorks was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 20, 2008 | Resources

May 07, 2008

My Pop Studio - Curriculum and Online Activities/Media

My Pop Studio is a creative play experience and online interactive space for girls, designed to build media literacy and critical thinking skills. A robust curriculum guides educators in facilitating activities that promote candid discussion and reflection. The site enables users to learn about the inner workings of the media industry including music production, television, magazine publishing, and multimedia – to deconstruct the process and discover the techniques media makers use to subtly influence their audiences. In each area, youth experiment with different media-making roles while analyzing the impact media has on their self-image and daily lives.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 07, 2008 | Resources

News-2-You - Online Learning/Interactives

News-2-You, a subscription-based service, provides a weekly online newspaper composed of text and pictures, as well as interactive Web-based games, software-supported activities, and other curricular materials. Designed especially for beginning readers and learners with special needs, this suite of resources gives individuals who are typically overlooked by news organizations access to information about current events. The currency and relevance of the newspaper topics, which are further supported by online games and hands-on activities, draw young people in and accelerate their learning.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 07, 2008 | Resources

OWIKIT - Robotics Kit and Curriculum

Created by RobotiKits Direct Company, OWIKITs provide accessible materials and instruction for those interested in robotic technology, giving users the tools to put together and operate a wide array of robots. The projects are both whimsical and engaging. Young people can work collaboratively to construct hopping frogs, probing moonwalkers, and remote-control beetles. Written by teachers, the curriculum features modules tailored for learners ages 9 and up that introduce concepts such as electricity, gear mechanics, and propulsion. The kits, which often employ microcomputers, are designed for a range of skill and experience levels, from an easy-to-assemble solar-powered race car in the junior science series to touch-sensitive robots in the advanced series.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 07, 2008 | Resources

May 06, 2008

Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit - Packaged Curriculum

The Young Digital Creators (YDC) Educator's Kit and CD-ROM presents a user-friendly curriculum that creates opportunities for young people to reflect on global development issues, and to share ideas and artwork with peers around the world, at the same time as they develop technical skills. This detailed lesson plan and supporting material, written for educators working in schools, youth clubs, community centers, and training institutes, promotes multicultural understanding, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 06, 2008 | Resources

Learning in Hand - Collection of Lesson Plans for Handhelds

This collection of nearly 50 lesson plans for different age groups offers a rich variety of ways to use electronic handheld devices in learning across the curriculum. Educator Tony Vincent has created the Learning in Hand Web site to share resources with teachers who are interested in using handheld devices, such as Pocket PCs, Palm Handhelds and iPods, in innovative ways to enhance learning: putting technology directly in the hands of young people. The lesson plans are straightforward, easy to follow, and standards-based. Educators will find links to free downloadable software on the site that can open doors to a range of possibilities. The site also provides links to additional support for educators, from basic tech support to assistance with implementation.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 06, 2008 | Resources

New Technology Curriculum Database Created by YouthLearn

We're pleased to announce the launch of a website for educators seeking technology curriculum for their programs: Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Technology Resources is a project of the YouthLearn Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education-funded National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning at SEDL.

This collection of resources is designed to help practitioners locate and make informed choices about high-quality technology resources to enrich their programs. We chose these curricular materials because they represent the wide variety of resources, from activity guides to online games to software packages, that can support compelling learning experiences in informal settings.

You can browse through all the resources by title, grade level or subject area. On the search page, you can find curricula that match your specific needs by selecting key words, design features, technology type or subject area.

Note that several resources contained in two other curriculum databases, Afterschool Curriculum Choice Literacy Resources and Consumers' Guide to Afterschool Science Resources, also integrate technology in meaningful ways. If you Browse by Title, a list of additional resources selected from these databases is appended to provide even more choices for you and your program.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 06, 2008 | Resources

April 22, 2008

More Time for Teens—Frequency, Intensity and Duration—In Boys & Girls Clubs

"Mounting evidence suggests that sustained participation in structured out-of-school-time activities is key to healthy development and positive outcomes for youth. Thus, strategies for promoting and maintaining youth engagement, particularly as youth gain independence during the middle and high school years, are of increasing interest to program operators and funders. P/PV explores what it takes to involve teens in positive out-of-school-time activities in a new report, More Time for Teens, written midway through a three-year longitudinal evaluation of the role Boys & Girls Clubs play in the lives of the youth they serve."

Referred by: HCHY List: Resources on assets and service-learning
Posted by wrivenburgh on April 22, 2008 | Resources

April 21, 2008

New Issue Brief Urges Leaders to Promote Equitable Technology Access and Innovative Applications

"The Children's Partnership released Information Technology Making a Difference in Children’s Lives: An Issue Brief for Leaders for Children. The report provides research and case studies demonstrating how digital tools and applications can improve children’s education, health, and opportunities for empoyment and civic engagement.

The report encourages groups working on children’s issues to include technology planks in their platforms and policy agendas. It also prompts children's leaders to work to ensure underserved children have equal access to digital tools and to promote the use of information and communications technology to increase the efficiency and accessibility of public programs."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 21, 2008 | Resources

April 08, 2008

Teaching with Passion: Advice for Young Educators

"For more than forty years, Jonathan Kozol has taught in, worked with, and written about America's inner city public schools. His straight talk in best-selling books such as Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace has made him a hero of many teachers, and he fiercely opposes government policies he believes perpetuate educational inequities.... He also seized the opportunity to opine on what he considers two of the biggest problems facing public schools today: staggering attrition rates among new teachers and the rigid instructional methods many schools employ because of federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Passionate, committed educators can attack inequity, he said, and he offered his audience of nearly 1,100 teachers, mentors, school leaders, and researchers advice for building relationships, fostering creativity, and standing up for their students."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 08, 2008 | Resources

Even Without Technology Youth Media Thrives

"In the growing pantheon of youth media scholarship fine distinctions exist, but at its core, youth media is a process of engaging young people in an artistic enterprise that is based in young people's experience and exploration of the world. Young people endeavor to carve a space for real participation in the public sphere, and forge more balanced meaningful relationships with the larger community—skills necessary for successful participation in civil society.

No young person exists in isolation. Regardless of the means of transmission, youth media practitioners create an infrastructure of support, bringing layered expertise and insight to the practice of educating youth media producers."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 08, 2008 | Resources

Afterschools Investments Project Offers New Resources

"Afterschool Investments, a technical assistance provider for Child Care and Development Fund grantees, among other state and local leaders, has announced four new resources to assist in afterschool programming development. In support of these efforts, Afterschool Investments released the following reports: 'Using Quality Rating Systems to Promote Quality in Afterschool Programs'; 'School-Age Children in Regulated Family Child Care Settings'; 'Building Professional Development Systems for the Afterschool Field'; and 'State Child Care Subsidy Administration Policies for School-Age Children.'"

Referred by: Community Schools
Posted by wrivenburgh on April 08, 2008 | Resources

March 25, 2008

Developing Spaces by and for Teens

Just published: "A guide to creating teen space, which highlights the lessons learned through the ten-year Facilities Initiative of the Children’s Investment Fund and Build the Out-Of-School Time Network... Unlike younger children, older youth have more autonomy and independence regarding how and where they spend their out-of-school time. Whether you are constructing new space or renovating existing space, it is important to consider the voice of the teen user when creating your project.... BOSTnet and the Children’s Investment Fund bring to you the lessons that they have learned throughout over 10 years of the Facilities Initiative. This initiative provided financial and technical support to programs creating new space or renovating existing space to improve the quality of before and after school time in Boston." Excerpts can be downloaded for free. You can order the complete guide for $10.

Posted by wrivenburgh on March 25, 2008 | Resources

March 11, 2008

Community-Based Fact Sheets - Service-Learning Resources

Added to a collection of community-based resources are "four fact sheets that Search Institute created for the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse as part of our role of program advisor for community-based service-learning. Each fact sheet has a Web version (which is longer) and a print version (which is 2 pages long only). The topics are: Developmental Assets: A Framework for Enriching Service-Learning; Benefits of Community-Based Service-Learning; Service-Learning with Disadvantaged Youth; Developing Partnerships for Service-Learning: Starting Points for Community-Based Organizations."

Referred by: HCHY List: Resources on assets and service-learning
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 11, 2008 | Resources

"Growing Up Online" Film and Teacher's Guide

A "provocative new documentary produced by PBS Frontline... delves deep into adolescent online behavior since teens are spending a lot of time interacting with others via digital media.

Viewing and discussing this engaging film with your students is a good start—and it’s available online. Kelly Mendoza and Renee Hobbs recently created the Teacher's Guide which provides a wealth of resources to use in the classroom or at home to help kids and parents understand what it means to 'grow up online.' Here's a sampling of what's available: Quiz for parents and caregivers: What kind of cyber guide are you? Lesson plan: How did Myspace become your space? Activity: The disconnection experiment"

Referred by: Media Education Lab
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 11, 2008 | Resources

January 08, 2008

Simulation Nation: The Promise of Virtual Learning Activities

In a recent article in Edutopia, Marc Prensky writes about "how and why yet another technology that could be enormously powerful for our kids' learning is getting short shrift in our educational system -- despite the successes we can, in fact, find and cite. Simulation is not just another in the long line of passing fads (or short-term opportunities) in educational technology. It is, rather, a real key to helping our students understand the world.

Computer-simulation technology is a way of looking at objects or systems that encourage a learner not only to wonder, 'What would happen if . . . ?' but also to try out those alternatives virtually and see the consequences.... It is my strong sense that in America's K-12 educational system, simulations are being used only in isolated and nonsystematic ways compared to other teaching tools such as textbooks, videos, and traditional science manipulatives. This meager usage is detrimental to the education of our twenty-first-century kids, and must change."

Posted by wrivenburgh on January 08, 2008 | Resources

December 04, 2007

New Website: "Be The Change: Upstanders for Human Rights" Officially Launched

"Facing History and Ourselves' new interactive website, 'Be the Change: Upstanders for Human Rights', profiles the stories of five extraordinary human rights award winners who have made a positive difference in the world. Designed for middle and high school students, and created with the help of student interviewers, 'Be the Change' looks at the influences, inspirations and motivations that led the five upstanders to take action on behalf of others. By taking the journey through the website, students connect with a growing global network of their peers who care about creating a more just world... In addition, 'Be the Change' offers lists of resources and organizations to help students think more critically about the roles they might play in the world, their responsibilities and obligations towards their communities, and the choices they will make in their own lives."

Referred by: GlobalEdNews
Posted by wrivenburgh on December 04, 2007 | Resources

Afterschool Advantage: Powerful New Learning Opportunities

A collaborative publication addressing key topics in afterschool argues, "Afterschool programs offer a unique opportunity to respond to our students’ needs for skills and understanding to succeed in today’s globally interconnected society and workforce. But bringing 21st-century skills to every child requires a commitment from the community. It also requires a new era of cooperation between traditional K–12 institutions and afterschool and youth development institutions. Designed and implemented imaginatively and creatively, afterschool programs can play a unique role in providing our students with what they need to succeed in today’s globally interconnected society and workforce. And every student across the nation will benefit from this community-based approach to learning for the 21st century."

Posted by wrivenburgh on December 04, 2007 | Resources

November 20, 2007

Let a Thousand Voices Speak: Guide to Youth Radio

"It is remarkable how many different ways there are to set up and run a program for youth in radio. There are projects with lots of staff and money and others with none; projects that are part of a station, projects that are part of a high school, and some that are independent... In this manual you will find descriptions of many programs, sample curricula, information about equipment, additional resources, and stories about lessons learned, obstacles overcome, and challenges still to be met. Let a Thousand Voices Speak is designed to share information about many projects so that community radio stations, high schools, non-profit arts organizations and community groups can start and grow their own youth in radio programs." It is supported by the Youth Initiatives Program of the Open Society Institute.

Posted by wrivenburgh on November 20, 2007 | Resources

Listening Across Borders: Creating Virtual Spaces for Youth Global Exchange

"As we transition into an increasingly global and technology dependant society, new participatory media networks have the potential to affect an international youth-led social justice movement... As youth media educators, how can we create a different kind of pedagogical space where young people from around the globe can use the tools of participatory media (blogs, wikis, social networks, digital sharing sites, etc.) to connect politically and socially? How do we learn to 'listen across borders'—the first step in creating a youth platform for global social justice? These sets of questions inspired [Mindy Faber] to create YouthLAB, a program where youth are in charge, conceptualizing how to use participatory media as a springboard for youth leadership, activism and organizing."

Posted by wrivenburgh on November 20, 2007 | Resources

October 23, 2007

Month of the Young Adolescent

"The National Middle School Association is leading the celebration, once again, of the Month of the Young Adolescent. At their MOYA website, you'll find ideas about ways to celebrate, sample proclamations, and our favorite — the online publication Expressions from the Middle —- which features student artwork with middle grades themes. If you're looking for colorful MS illustrations for those otherwise boring PowerPoints, this is a great resource! There's also a link to send submissions for next year's MOYA student art competition."

Referred by: MiddleWeb
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 23, 2007 | Resources

Technology Help the Old-Fashioned Way

Common Craft "makes simple 'papercraft' tutorials designed to teach users about digital concepts.' Turns out that a papercraft tutorial is a video presentation in which a knowledgable person simply explains a digital tool or concept, using a whiteboard (the dumb kind) and a marker! If you're a visual learner, or just like the idea of 'simply,' explore some of the tutorials at the Common Craft website. The most recent is Social Bookmarking (on the homepage)." They also offer video tutorials on Wikis and RSS.

Referred by: MiddleWeb
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 23, 2007 | Resources

Five Reasons Why Evaluation Can Help Out-of-School Programs

"Child Trends released two new briefs in its series on practical evaluation methods for out-of-school time programs: 1) Why Conduct a Program Evaluation? Five Reasons Why Evaluation Can Help an Out-of-School Time Program... This brief defines program evaluation; addresses common concerns program managers and practitioners have regarding evaluation; and outlines five major reasons why conducting a program evaluation can benefit an out-of-school time program. 2) Five Steps for Selecting an Evaluator: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Practitioners... This brief describes different types of evaluations and outlines five steps for selecting an evaluator that can benefit a program in the long run. It also provides some tips on the cost of evaluations."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 23, 2007 | Resources

October 09, 2007

Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth

"The National Youth Development Information Center has a publication and training module to help staff work effectively with immigrant youth. It includes a PowerPoint presentation that is an effective tool to use with leaders, champions and board members to encourage an understanding of the importance and organizational implications of serving immigrant youth."

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 09, 2007 | Resources

Listening to Youth: The Experience of Young People in Northern Uganda

"The summary report is based on findings from a May 2007 assessment to northern Uganda in which the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children interviewed young people about the impact of war on their lives and prospects for the future, and their recommendations to local, national and international actors. Findings from this study, supported by UNICEF, also contributed to the 10-year Strategic Review of the 'Machel Study' on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 09, 2007 | Resources

TASC Announces New Paper on High School After-School Programs

"The After-School Corporation (TASC) is pleased to announce the release of 'Meeting the High School Challenge: Making After-School Work for Older Students.' This paper, prepared by TASC, provides a description and lessons learned from one of the nation’s largest, longest-running efforts to offer teens high quality, structured after-school programs, filling more than 40,000 seats over nine years in New York City public high school after-school programs. Older students who participate in after-school programs significantly improve their chances for success, yet serving them effectively is one of the greatest challenges for the after-school field. The paper describes promising programmatic models; examines the situations in which they work best; and warns of possible pitfalls."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 09, 2007 | Resources

September 09, 2007

Youth Interview Mentors that Matter

"Who are the significant adults in the lives of teenagers, beyond the home and classroom? How do they reach out to youth, and why? In the first six months of 2007, youth across the nation gave their answers, as they interviewed, photographed, and publicly honored 'Mentors That Matter' in four cities (Chicago, Providence, San Francisco, and Tampa). They nominated people from all walks of life—artists, coaches, public officials, even a school bus driver and a hair stylist—who show that they care about 'other people’s children.'" This What Kids Can Do initiative was sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Resources

Teaching for Social Justice

"The new issue of Urban Education Journal, "Teaching for Social Justice," from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, asks: how can we, as educators, confront the social injustices entangled in a wide range of social tragedies including racism, classism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, and environmental injustice? The articles included tackle a wide range of issues and share a theme of searching, and struggling for re-engagement in the meanings, ways of teaching, learning, and speaking about social justice in education. The "searches" in this issue fall into two categories: investigations into how teachers become social justice practitioners, and analyses and arguments regarding the discourses surrounding teaching for social justice."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 09, 2007 | Resources

August 28, 2007

Helping Our Children with Disabilities Succeed: What's Broadband got to do with it?

"The second in a series on how broadband benefits children, this issue brief examines how children with disabilities use broadband and other technologies. The report concludes that while technology gives children with special needs new opportunities, they are substantially less likely than their peers without disabilities to have access to computers, the Internet, and accessible and assistive technology." This issue brief by Jessica Rothschuh and April KirkHart with Wendy Lazarus was published in July 2007 by the Children's Partnership.

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Resources

Child Trends Reports Assist Out-of-School Time Program Providers

This year Child Trends, a respected nonprofit, nonpartisan research center, has produced a number of reports and research briefs of interest to educators working in out-of-school time programs. They include: "Improving Attendance and Retention in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "Building, Engaging, and Supporting Family and Parental Involvement in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "A 10-Step Guide to Adopting and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices in Out-of-School Time Programs"; "Assessing the Mental Health of Adolescents: A Guide For Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners"; "Enhancing Cultural Competence in Out-of-School Time Programs: What Is It and Why Is It Important?"; "Logic Models in Out-of-School Time Programs."

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 28, 2007 | Resources

August 07, 2007

Beats the Heck Out of School: Producing Music - and Entrepreneurs

"A former industrial building in San Francisco’s Mission District is headquarters for the DJ Project, an after-school and summer program for teenagers and young adults sponsored by the San Francisco youth-development organization Horizons Unlimited. Every year since 2000, about one hundred students have passed through these halls to their classes in audio production, DJ-ing, and break dancing. The program, funded primarily through the San Francisco Department of Public Health's Inhalant Prevention Program, uses hip-hop as a means to teach students critical-thinking, technology, and business skills; nurture their passion for music; and, most importantly, help them steer clear of drugs and other pitfalls of an inner city childhood.... administrators at the DJ Project aim to do more than simply teach music skills. It is, in effect, a vocational program -- an artistic one, but a vocational program nonetheless. Administrators and instructors believe students should graduate thinking of themselves not just as artists but as entrepreneurs as well."

Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Interview with Youth of the Global Challenge 2007 Winning Team

"Team Innovatech, the 2007 winner of the Global Challenge competition, identified a technology that converts factory emissions into energy and devised a plan to take that technology global." In Global Challenge, "teams of US high school students collaborate with international counterparts from October to May to address global climate change and compete for over $60,000 in awards. Students strengthen skills in math, science, engineering, and critical thinking, while learning about global business practices." The young people on Team Innovatech field questions about the science and their experience at the Cogito website. Global Challenge is now an ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) project, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Making an Impact Through Youth Media

"Helping young people express themselves through media -- including new technologies -- can be a powerful strategy for youth development. The latest Youth Worker News from the National Youth Development Information Center offers case studies of programs using youth media, curricula and guides, and funding tools for programs. "

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

Afterschool Can Support Teacher Recruitment, Retention

"While student enrollment is rising, schools across the country are facing a critical shortage of teachers. A new MetLife-Afterschool Alliance issue brief, 'Afterschool: A Powerful Path to Teacher Recruitment and Retention,' explores this vital issue and the role that afterschool programs can play in bringing new teachers to the field and keeping those already in the classroom. The issue brief is one of a series sponsored by the MetLife Foundation that will address the benefits afterschool programs provide to children, families and communities."

Referred by: Afterschool Advocate
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 07, 2007 | Resources

July 24, 2007

Reaching out to Diverse Families

"Family involvement in schools is often limited to a small group of parents who seem to do everything. Culturally diverse families may not feel they fit in at the school or have a different perspective on what it means to be involved, so they are often left out of school activities. How can schools move beyond a limited level of family involvement and encourage all families to become more active in their children's schools and education? A strategy brief from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) helps answer this question. It discusses strategies helpful to schools that want to broaden and deepen involvement beyond the traditional fundraising or party-planning activities. In 'Reaching Out to Diverse Populations: What Can Schools Do to Foster Family-School Connections', author Chris Ferguson says that research has indicated that parents, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, or economic status are interested in their children's education."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on July 24, 2007 | Resources

Using TANF to Finance Out-of-School Time Initiatives

"Quality out-of-school time programs are important elements of an effective system of community supports and services for families and children. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can be a vital source of funding for maintaining, improving, and expanding out-of-school time initiatives. This brief is designed to help policymakers and program developers understand the opportunities and challenges of effectively using TANF funding to support out-of-school time initiatives. It presents general considerations for using TANF to finance out-of-school time initiatives in light of reauthorization, explores three strategies for using TANF funding and considerations for each strategy, and provides examples of innovative state approaches."

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool
Posted by wrivenburgh on July 24, 2007 | Resources

July 10, 2007

Lighting the Way: Photography for Visually Impaired Students

"What would children who are blind show us about the world if they learned to take pictures? The question first occurred to photographer Tony Deifell in 1991, soon after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied anthropology. A year later, he sought an answer by setting up an experimental photography program, called Sound Shadows, at Governor Morehead School for the Blind, in Raleigh, North Carolina... not long after Sound Shadows got under way, Sheila Breitweiser, the school's superintendent at the time, received a package from a student in the program that demonstrated the project's benefits. With her first roll of film, Leuwynda Forbes, then eighteen, had aimed her mechanical eye at cracks in the school's sidewalks. Deifell was dismayed at first, thinking that precious film had been wasted on accidental exposures. Then he saw the note Forbes had attached to one of the photographs, a message for Breitweiser that read, 'Since you are sighted, you may not notice these cracks. They are a big problem, since my white cane gets stuck in them.' The cracks were promptly fixed."

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 10, 2007 | Resources

Chapin Hall Webinar Focuses on Youth Workforce Development

The Forum for Youth Investment Program Manager Elizabeth Gaines presented in this Web conference "to explore the challenges and solutions for disadvantaged youth entering the workforce. Elizabeth shared the Ready by 21 Framework which focuses on the importance of 21st century skills and the systems coordination that must happen to get those skills to the young people that need them. She also shared some promising state policy examples." At this site you can link to a recording of the Web conference, view panelist PowerPoint presentations, and read the audience Q & A log. You can also see a related Forum issue brief on Ready for Work.

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 10, 2007 | Resources

ESL Social Network/Portal Debuts

"English as a second language (ESL) startup (Hollywood, CA) has unveiled a new ESL Web portal of the same name, which provides teachers and students with online and downloadable tools, materials, activity templates, lesson plans, and audio and video files.

Leveraging the successful model of social media sites such as YouTube, lets users share, update, and download the audio and video. The goal of such an approach is to keep instruction materials fresh and constantly renewed."

Referred by: T.H.E. Journal
Posted by wrivenburgh on July 10, 2007 | Resources

June 19, 2007

Community Programs to Promote Youth Development

"After-school programs, scout groups, community service activities, religious youth groups, and other community-based activities have traditionally been an important part of the lives of many adolescents. But what do such programs contribute in the formation of today’s adolescents? Do we know how to design youth programs so that they can successfully meet young people’s developmental needs and help them become healthy, happy, and productive

Community Programs to Promote Youth Development, a report of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Community-Level Programs for Youth, explores these questions, focusing on essential elements of adolescent wellbeing and healthy development. It offers recommendations for policy, practice, and research to ensure that programs are well designed to meet young people’s developmental needs."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 19, 2007 | Resources

June 05, 2007

AnimAction Gallery of Youth Media

Promoting ‘Awareness through Animation,’ this organization provides professional development and curriculum for animation projects. Their gallery of media works is a great source of youth-produced public service announcements.

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 05, 2007 | Resources

Afterschool Training Toolkit for Technology

"Make the most of afterschool with fun activities that engage students and extend technology learning!" The Afterschool Training Toolkit for Technology has been published online by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). In this resource, "you will find what the research says about promising practices that work, ways to implement them in your afterschool program, sample lessons, and illustrative videos." YouthLearn Director Tony Streit has been working with SEDL for the past three years on development of this toolkit, which includes YouthLearn links and resources.

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 05, 2007 | Resources

Tools for Mentoring Adolescents

"For new approaches and insights, ideas for engaging community members, and resources for building stronger mentor-mentee relationships with teens, check out these tools from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota and the Search Institute."

Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 05, 2007 | Resources

May 22, 2007

What Works in Youth Media: Case Studies from Around the World

"This publication grew out of the International Youth Foundation’s (IYF) core focus on promoting active youth participation in the communities where they live." Written by Sheila Kinkade and Christy Macy, with a foreword by Christiane Amanpour, this is part of IYF's 'What Works' series of publications.

"Our goal through this publication is to profile a diverse range of youth media projects operating internationally in the hope their experiences and lessons learned will help inform and guide the work of others contemplating or undertaking similar activities."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 22, 2007 | Resources

May 21, 2007

Five-Year-Olds Drive Their Own PBL Projects

"At this award-winning kindergarten learning center, shared with a special-education preschool, the students decide what projects they want to tackle, and teachers guide them to resources, on the Internet and in books, that help them create something from what they learn. Whether they're building an airplane or a cruise ship, or conducting a funeral for the class praying mantis, AEEC students are learning more than basic facts and skills. They are acquiring a taste for the process of lifelong learning...

Although the project-based curriculum generates much of the enthusiasm for learning here, a recent infusion of technology -- putting interactive whiteboards in every classroom -- has raised the bar for students and teachers."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 21, 2007 | Resources

May 01, 2007

Science in After-School: A Blueprint for Action

"The Coalition for Science After School is pleased to announce its latest report, Science in After-School: A Blueprint for Action. This report lays out a blueprint for how to build a sustainable system of after-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities at a scale that makes a difference for young people, their communities, and the nation.

The Blueprint calls for action in three areas with a charge to:
-Provide engaging and intellectually challenging programs, curricula, and activities
-Build staff capacity
-Develop appropriate assessment and evaluation measures

The document is available from the CSAS website."

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 01, 2007 | Resources

Minding MySpace: Balancing the benefits and risks of online social networks

"Schools are hard-pressed to balance the benefits and risks posed by kids' online social networks. Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook, LiveJournal and Xanga make it easy for students to post photos, personal information video clips and music files, and to build networks of 'friends' across the country. But they also pose an irresistible lure to pedophiles, and they can be abused by children who use them to post scurrilous attacks on teachers, administrators and other adults. They also contribute to 'cyberbullying' attacks by students on their peers. Carol Brydolf surveys the terrain of this brave new world for the California School Boards Association's California Schools magazine, offering school governance teams expert opinions on how to work with the emerging technology."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on May 01, 2007 | Resources

April 17, 2007

Youth Leadership Online Panel - from the Archives

Before blogs, there were email exchanges, sometimes organized around a particular topic, like the online panels once hosted by the America Connects Consortium at EDC. In light of the horrific events at Virginia Tech, I was compelled to look back at the Panel on Youth Leadership that I facilitated - the online dialogue commenced on September 10, 2001. Because this panel coincided with 9/11, the youth panelists were thrown into a public forum at an extraordinarily difficult time, a time just like the WireTap Blog (above) notes about today, for "mourning and reflection." It may be of interest to review the thoughts this group of teens shared at that time, and to consider how much more - dramatically more since then - young people use online spaces to come together, to talk, to explore issues, and to create media and their own messages.

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 17, 2007 | Resources

WireTap Blog: Mourning and Reflection

As one of many active youth media outlets, WireTap is a prime example of how young people are using technology tools, such as Blogs, to discuss and reflect on current issues of the day. A new post on the WireTap Blog links to information sources and student responses, and addresses the tragic events at Virginia Tech: "As more details of what happened become available, WireTap is working on a series of features on the rise of youth violence on our campuses and our neighborhoods. From Blacksburg, Virginia to the streets of Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Oakland, our country loses more youth to violent deaths than any other industrialized nation."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 17, 2007 | Resources

Earth Day Toolkit

In this TechSoup Wiki, "Learn more about how you can make greener choices through your everyday technology practices and purchases - and share some tips of your own - in this toolkit, which anyone can add to." Topics covered include Eco-Friendly Office Practices, Responsible Computer Use, E-Waste and Its Impact, etc.

Referred by: TechSoup By the Cup
Posted by wrivenburgh on April 17, 2007 | Resources

April 03, 2007

Children's Art Promotes Peace

"Anissa Paulsen, RPCV Bulgaria, has produced two collections of children’s art, from Bulgaria and more recently from Indonesia. The Indonesian exhibit, entitled 'Islam Berwarna-warni!—The Many Colors of Islam,' has been shown in several museums in the San Francisco Bay area. Pdf files showing the artwork and inspiring words of the children, can be found at See [the Global TeachNet Newsletter] for a recent interview with Anissa."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 03, 2007 | Resources

March 13, 2007

Life in New China: Photo Essays by Beijing Youth

"Everywhere you look today, China is in the news. But how much do we know about daily life there?

In April 2006, WKCD, with the support of the Asia Society, spent two weeks with students at Beijing No. 12 High School creating a series of photo essays about life—and school—in New China. Younger students added a postscript: an audio Chinese-English dictionary in their own voices."

Visit the website for their "remarkable images and words in a series of 15 multimedia presentations. Look and listen to what these Beijing youth have to say--in Chinese as well as English."

Posted by wrivenburgh on March 13, 2007 | Resources

Community Schools: Bolstering the American Dream

"How can American schools, where more than half the students are children of color, who speak little English, and come from poor families defy the odds and begin to thrive? One example is Stevenson-YMCA Community School in Long Beach, Calif. It’s open early and late, evenings and weekends; it provides for all students and their families high-quality teaching, tutoring, before- and after-school programs, counseling, health services, parent engagement and leadership programs, arts and recreation, community and business partnerships, and additional opportunities at or near the school. It’s a community school by design -- a hub of productivity for the neighborhood.... People seem to have purpose and feel safe, writes Lisa Villarreal for 'Our Children' PTA’s national magazine. What Stevenson does is not a new intervention or strategy; it’s actually a return to the historical idea of schools as the center of community."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 13, 2007 | Resources

Open-content learning portal debuts

Open Educational Resources (OER Commons)--"A new online resource gives teachers and students free access to more than 8,000 digital learning materials. Educators and students can add tags, ratings, reviews, and comments to help others quickly find what they're looking for. The site's mission is to provide a single point of access through which educators, students, and all other types of learners can search for, browse, evaluate, and discuss these free learning materials..."

Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 13, 2007 | Resources

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

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

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

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

January 02, 2007

National Afterschool Association Conference

"The National AfterSchool Association’s 19th Annual Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, March 21 – Friday, March 23 in 2007 with PreConference events on Tuesday, March 20. The NAA Conference is the premier education and networking gathering of the afterschool professional community...."

Posted by wrivenburgh on January 02, 2007 | Resources

December 07, 2006

Designing Worthwhile PBL Projects for High School Students

By Eeva Reeder

"A project-based-learning teacher and coach with nearly fifteen years of experience writes about "the most effective tool for organizing content and motivating students to think hard.""

Referred by: Edutopia
Posted by hchung on December 07, 2006 | Resources

CASE STUDY: Handhelds are Making for a Whole New Kind of Science Lesson

By Linda L. Briggs

"Kellie Doubek doesn't mince words: Full-size computers don't belong in the field. "You can get a handheld to do the same thing for a fraction of the cost," says Doubek, an educational consultant who advises Midwestern schools on implementing technology....The Palm-based devices with wireless probes are tremendous student motivators, according to teacher Pam Miller, who also serves as science department chair at Seaside. "We're able to get much more meaningful data, and we're better able to share access to the data." The sophistication of the data-gathering devices makes a real difference, she says. "Kids like to feel like they're doing real science, and this is real science."..."

Referred by: THE Journal (SmartClassroom)
Posted by hchung on December 07, 2006 | Resources

October 11, 2006

Digital Storytelling: A Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps

"Digital storytelling is a powerful, evocative, and emotional way of communicating your organization's themes and stories. Read tips on creating your own videos, culled from digital storytelling experts."

Referred by: TechSoup By the Cup
Posted by hchung on October 11, 2006 | Resources

October 10, 2006

After-School Program Toolkit

"The nation's fifth largest youth-serving organization, Communities In Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help kids succeed in school and prepare for life... The body of research on after-school programs – though still maturing – must be accessible to people who run after-school programs. This toolkit was designed to put research into the hands of the people running after-school programs by summarizing:

-After-school programs found to be effective
-Core elements that contribute to the success of these programs
-A body of resources to sustain quality after-school programs
-Toolkit Development."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

Resources on Afterschool, Fourth Edition

"This Web site and CD-Rom, now in its fourth edition, host a substantial spectrum of resources produced by Mott Foundation Grantees on research and evaluation, promising practices, professional development, public awareness and communications, policy development, financing strategies and opportunities to consider in afterschool." This impressive collection of materials is comprehensive, well-organized, and current--updated in 2006. Whatever your need may be, you're likely to find some relevant resources.

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

MENTOR's Afterschool Clearinghouse

"The After School Clearinghouse is designed to provide you with tools and resources to add a mentoring component to your after school program. It also provides resources you can use to implement, manage and strengthen your after-school program. Here you'll find information on how to implement a mentoring component in a new or existing after-school program as well as a clearinghouse of after-school program resources, including: Program Planning and Design; Program Management; Program Operations; Program Evaluation; Mentor Trainer's Manual."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 10, 2006 | Resources

NAM and UCLA IDEA Launch Education Newsletter, Mosaic Monthly

"Offering a synopsis of education issues as covered by some of California’s best ethnic media reporters, Mosaic Monthly will be produced and distributed by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA) and NAM."

Referred by: New America Media Newsletter
Posted by hchung on October 10, 2006 | Resources

September 26, 2006

New Youth Policy Resource Center!

"Policy makers, administrators and advocates across the country are responding to the research and increasing public awareness of what is necessary to change the odds for youth. They recognize that, too often, society has reacted with fragmented and disjointed responses to youth problems and that no real plan exists to address promotion of youth strengths. Although no one method may be perfect to address the challenges in creating effective youth policies, states, cities and counties are taking steps to find the best among a wide range of possible solutions. This Youth Policy Resource Center shares examples from states, cities and counties that are aligning and coordinating youth policies to ensure young people are Ready by 21™: Ready for work, college and life."

Posted by wrivenburgh on September 26, 2006 | Resources

Educating All Students to be Conceptual Thinkers

"Studies have shown that many of our high schools, even those that boast of high graduation and college-attendance rates, rarely demand that students use information, skills, and technologies to construct new knowledge and to solve complex problems, integrate concepts and ideas across disciplines, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and work in diverse groups. Yet this is precisely the kind of learning students need for a Conceptual Age.... Are we requiring all students to use their minds well to construct knowledge, to inquire, to invent, to make meaning and relevance out of their learning? Hardly, writes Gerry House in the most recent issue of America School Board Journal."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 26, 2006 | Resources

September 12, 2006

New Resources for Middle School Educators

"The New Jersey Consortium for Middle Schools at Kean University is pleased to announce the launch of a special website devoted to topical links for middle level educators. The result of meticulous research into web resources that will be of particular value to educators at the middle level, the site contains over 400 selections arranged into 19 categories," including: Arts, Homework Help, Information Literacy, Middle School Teachers Blogs, Projects and Project-Based Learning, etc.

The site is "free and open to anyone interested in the resource. This work is supported by a grant under the Teacher Quality program of the U.S. Department of Education."

Referred by: Digital Divide Network
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 12, 2006 | Resources

September 11, 2006

Cooperative learning helps create the essential skill of working within a group

"Common Ground"
By Susan Munro, Mary Utne O'Brien, John W. Payton, and Roger P. Weissberg
"What were once called 'soft' skills in the workplace are now essential, key to the success of the business enterprise and the individual worker: working on teams, taking responsibility for one's piece of a larger project, planning for the future, and completing the plan -- these are the gears that will drive their personal and professional lives. All involve cooperative learning." In this article--a nice, concise summary for YouthLearn community members who invest in collaborative learning experiences--the authors cite research into effective cooperative learning, identifying essential elements and benefits.

Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 11, 2006 | Resources

Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People

"The Freechild Project announces the availability of a new publication focusing on youth action. The "Guide to Social Change Led By and With Young People" provides a brief introduction to the issues and actions addressed by children and youth around the world as they lead community action. The Guide also includes an introduction to Freechild's unique Cycle of Youth Engagement, as well as a resource directory."

Referred by: The Freechild Project List
Posted by hchung on September 11, 2006 | Resources

August 18, 2006

IFC's Film School Curriculum

"Check out "IFC's Film School Curriculum, a FREE public service initiative that uses the excitement of filmmaking to engage high school students in their English classes. Developed to meet the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, as well as the National Education Technology Standards from ISTE, IFC's Film School Curriculum provides the tools to get students energized about classroom activities while simultaneously accomplishing core educational goals."

Referred by: Media-L listserv
Posted by hchung on August 18, 2006 | Resources

Sites to See: Technology Integration Resources

"A growing number of Web sites offer knowledgeable and useful ideas, suggestions, lesson plans, activities, and resources for integrating technology. Whether you're a newbie or a technology guru, you'll learn something new at these featured sites."

Referred by: Education World Weekly Newsletter
Posted by hchung on August 18, 2006 | Resources

Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit

DigiArts is one of "UNESCO's major initiatives aiming at the development of interdisciplinary activities in research, creativity and communication in the field of media arts".

"Enabling young people to using ICT creatively to address global challenges of development, cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue is the aim of UNESCO's Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit that is now published and available online."

Posted by mbiswas on August 18, 2006 | Resources

August 14, 2006


CITIZENShift is a website that features film, photos, text and audio all with a focus on social issues and activism. Check out the CITIZENShift's latest feature, Youth Empowerment Through Media. This dossier features media by youth exploring issues that are important to them.

Posted by hchung on August 14, 2006 | Resources

August 08, 2006

Handle With Care: An essay on teaching everyday ethics

"Most children and adolescents want to be good, but they find it very difficult. There are many competing pressures on them, and they often feel that they must choose between loyalty to friends and 'doing what is right,' as dictated by parents and teachers. Children need opportunities to talk with sympathetic adults who can help them to understand that they are not alone in their ethical confusion and that they are not the only ones who sometimes fall short of their own ethical ideal. The latest issue of Greater Good magazine features several essays on the topic of 'everyday ethics,' including an essay by Nel Noddings about how to teach children to make ethical decisions in their daily lives."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 08, 2006 | Resources

July 25, 2006

Youth as E-Citizens, an Online Tour

"This 'Youth as E-Citizens' Online Tour is the digital piece of a much larger research project," based at the Center for for Social Media at American University. The online tour includes categories such as: Voting; Local Community; Global Issues; Media; Tolerance; Youth Development; and Activism.

"Youth as E-Citizens' provides a groundbreaking overview of Web-based civic efforts, by and for youth. Beginning with a close-up examination of website content, the report also examines the organizations and institutions creating that content, and the larger environment in which civic sites function."

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 25, 2006 | Resources

Paths to Success for Young African-American Men

"On July 18, the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a forum, "Paths to Success for Young African-American Men," which featured experts (and actor Bill Cosby) discussing findings from a major new survey by the Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University. A recap, a webcast of the event, and the related materials are available online."

Referred by: Connect for Kids Weekly
Posted by wrivenburgh on July 25, 2006 | Resources

July 13, 2006

Making Diversity Count - Free Online Course

"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is now enrolling participants for the pilot of its first ever web-based A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias course. Making Diversity Count: An Online Course for Educators, developed with funding from the Ford Foundation and the Sylvia and Leon P. Family Foundation, is a new groundbreaking online educational initiative to combat bias and promote respect. The course is developed for secondary level educators in public, private and parochial schools. Educators enrolled in the pilot may take the 12-15 hour course online anytime from August 28th - October 27, 2006."

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 13, 2006 | Resources

July 06, 2006

Getting in the School Door...and Staying There

"Partnering with schools can be tricky, but with know-how and strategizing, it can be done."

"Most youth media organizations wanting to reach a diverse group of young people consider, at some point, collaborating with schools. "Let's face it," says Kathleen Tyner, who teaches at the University of Texas and helps bring media education to schools, "schools are where the kids are, and the kids are hungry for this."

Referred by: Youth Media Reporter
Posted by hchung on July 06, 2006 | Resources

June 27, 2006

Afterschool Action Kit

The Afterschool Action Kit is a "free, user-friendly resource for parents, educators, community and business leaders, and elected officials, includes:

*A checklist of qualities to look for in an after-school program;
*Information on what after-school programs should offer children of various ages, from kindergarten through high school;
*A list of organizations that offer tools, resources and information on how to start or fund an after-school program; and more. "

Referred by: National Community Education Association
Posted by mbiswas on June 27, 2006 | Resources

June 20, 2006

Using Thematic Units to Improve Your Summer Program

The mission of the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University is "to create opportunities for high quality summer learning for all young people." This workshop material, including handouts, explains why and how to effectively use thematic activities in a learning program, and provides an example suitable for younger children. For more information about research and issues around summer learning, see the numerous Center Publications and Presentations.

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 20, 2006 | Resources

June 15, 2006

What's the Fuss about FOSS, Part 2: A Chat with David Thornburg

From Andy Carvin

"I've just posted the second part of my two-part essay, What's the Fuss About FOSS?, which explores the role of free and open source software (FOSS) in K-12 education. In the second installment, I interview author and edtech expert David Thornburg, who's just released a new book about FOSS and education."

Referred by: DIGITALDIVIDE mailing list
Posted by hchung on June 15, 2006 | Resources

June 06, 2006

How to Have a Conversation about Equity & Excellence

"In terms of excellence, we know what it looks like. We can all point to examples. However, excellence in education is extended to only a privileged few. But if you want to have excellence at scale, you must include the notion of equity. You cannot have excellence at scale without equity at scale. This is where the conversation becomes difficult... This issue of Voices in Urban Education examines some new ways to talk about equity and excellence and considers some of the steps involved in realizing our stated goal of attaining those elusive aspirations." For this piece, the publication editor interviewed Linda Powell Pruitt and Kenneth Jones.

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 06, 2006 | Resources

Growing Community Schools: the Role of Cross-Boundary Leadership

This paper, published by the Coalition for Community Schools, "highlights 11 communities around the country whose community school initiatives are moving toward the 'tipping point'... The report focuses on how innovative cross-boundary leaders from education, local government, public, private and community-based agencies, business and other sectors are organizing themselves and their communities to create and sustain community schools. Leaders in these communities recognize that helping all young people succeed means providing them with as much support and as many pathways to success as possible."

Posted by wrivenburgh on June 06, 2006 | Resources

May 10, 2006

Sites to See: Online Games

"Education World reviews some of the best K-12 games for classroom use. Included: Our suggested first stop for educational games arranged by grade level..."

Referred by: Education World Weekly Newsletter
Posted by hchung on May 10, 2006 | Resources

May 09, 2006

Integrating Mentoring and After-School

This spring, the Forum for Youth Investment published "Out-of-School Time Policy Commentary #11: People, Places and Possibilities: Integrating Mentoring and After-School" (8-page PDF) and followed up with an audio conference, the transcript of which is now available.

Posted by wrivenburgh on May 09, 2006 | Resources

May 08, 2006

Healthy Computing

"...a site with tips on setting up computer workstations to provide teachers and students with a "healthy" environment for computer work; (a student booklet and lesson plan I put together may be found here:"

Referred by: Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on
Posted by hchung on May 08, 2006 | Resources

April 21, 2006

TILT Episode 10 - Beginning Excel in the Classroom

"Most teachers I've talked to want to use Microsoft Excel with their students but don't know where to begin. This episode guides you through a simple but interesting project with Excel which involves doing a real-time survey, entering that data into Excel, and very quickly and easily turning that data into a pictograph."

Referred by: TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology Blog
Posted by hchung on April 21, 2006 | Resources

April 05, 2006

"Digital History" aims to make history instruction more interactive

"Faculty at the University of Houston's history department and College of Education have designed the "Digital History" web site to support the teaching of American history to K-12 students. The site includes an online textbook, annotated historical documents, and more than 70 interactive, inquiry-based modules. Students can view a timeline to see notable political, socio-economic, and cultural episodes in United States and world history...."

Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by hchung on April 05, 2006 | Resources

SEDL Afterschool Training Toolkit

"The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory has developed a versatile online toolkit designed to help AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM directors and staff create engaging and academically enriching environments for students." (YouthLearn Director Tony Streit serves as a technology consultant to SEDL on this effort, and is currently helping SEDL develop the Technology Toolkit, featuring a number of resources from YouthLearn and available in early 2007.)

Referred by: ECS e-Connection
Posted by hchung on April 05, 2006 | Resources

March 28, 2006

Free Resources: EBSCO's History and Reading Web-based Resources

"EBSCO Publishing has launched two free Web-based resources for school libraries: History-It's Happening! and It's a Reading Rave! "History-It's Happening!" for middle and high school libraries focuses on North American history and special events such as Women's History Month..."It's a Reading Rave!" helps young adults find articles from a favorite magazine, explore literature with the help of NoveList, and use other interactive reading resources."

Referred by: MultiMedia & Internet@Schools Magazine
Posted by hchung on March 28, 2006 | Resources

CASEL Newsletter: Focus on Adolescents

For any and all folks in the YouthLearn community who work with teens, this is an information-rich publication:
CASEL Connections: SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Research and Practice Updates from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the University of Illinois at Chicago

"In This Issue: Focus on Adolescents

In this issue we turn our attention to the issue of the educational, social, and emotional needs of high school students and the challenges facing educators in helping students to succeed in high school and beyond.

Spotlight on Research: SEL and High School Achievement...
Spotlight on Practice: Keeping kids in school; SEL at the heart of school reform...
Spotlight on Policy: New York State mental health/SEL policy 2006...
Resources: Helpful websites about school reform...
[Plus] New Books, Grants, Conferences"

Posted by wrivenburgh on March 28, 2006 | Resources

March 24, 2006


"Youth Radio, an award-winning producer of youth voices, has released a new curriculum resource called the Fourth R, which adds radio to our traditional line-up of reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. Each month, the Fourth R provides free, online lesson plan suggestions and standards alignment linked to a radio story written and produced by youth. The content applies to a range of school subject areas, including English, social studies, and health classes. Use of these materials is being piloted in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be launching nationally in the fall of 2006. Teachers using the Fourth R will be invited to submit their students' stories through the Youth Radio's website, making the project an exciting way to connect students to real audiences and publishing opportunities."

Referred by: The AMLA Update
Posted by hchung on March 24, 2006 | Resources

March 14, 2006

Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding

"The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has created a list of bibliographies called 'Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding for Children in the United States.' The list includes books that accurately depict contemporary life in other countries. Five regions: Africa; the Americas; Asia and the Middle East; Australia and New Zealand; and Europe are represented."

Referred by: GlobalEdNews
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 14, 2006 | Resources

February 13, 2006

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Youth Action Guide

TakingITGlobal's page on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
"We are the first generation that can end poverty - we're glad you're here to learn how. No matter what your level of understanding, this site offers you many ways to get involved through action. Now get started! Play the MDG card game, send MDG e-cards, submit artwork and writing, discuss the MDGs in our discussion boards, or tell us about what you are contributing to end worldwide poverty. Plus, find useful resources to download like an action guide and a youth-written policy paper. We can change the world - but only with your voice!"

Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Campaign Kit: Youth Action Guide

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Referred by: Young People's Media Network
Posted by hchung on February 13, 2006 | Resources

January 12, 2006


"From global warming to state politics, from gay rights to media diversity, the 16 shorts in the fifth annual Media That Matters Film Festival will make you laugh, make you think, and motivate you and your students to take action. The films can be viewed in their entirety online and are also available as a DVD compilation. Looking for ways to bring media into your classroom? The Media That Matters Film Festival Teacher's Guide has everything you need to incorporate these powerful short films into your curricula -- discussion questions, hands-on activities, resources and more."

Referred by: The AMLA Update
Posted by hchung on January 12, 2006 | Resources

Current's new Storytelling Guide for teachers and filmmakers

VC2 Survival Guide: "online training package meant to give filmmakers (and teachers) the help they need with equipment, shooting tips, legal advice and editing skills"

As a part, the "Storytelling Guide includes advice from Robert Redford, Elvis Mitchell, Ira Glass, Xeni Jardin, Catherine Hardwicke, Jonathan Caouette, Bonz Malone, Dave Eggers, Sarah Vowell and Orville Schell."

Referred by: Current TV
Posted by hchung on January 12, 2006 | Resources

Web Site Launch ARTOPIA: media literacy elements

"South Carolina Educational Television's (PBS) new media division has just unveiled ARTOPIA a website project created by funds from the National Endowment for The Arts. Of particular interest to media educators and students is the MEDIA ARTS section with material about photography, radio, television, film and electronic arts under BE A MEDIA CRITIC."

Referred by: MEDIA-L Discussion List
Posted by hchung on January 12, 2006 | Resources

January 11, 2006

NEA Jazz in the Schools now online

"NEA Jazz in the Schools is a web-based curriculum, found at The five-unit, multimedia curriculum is designed for high-school social studies, U.S. history, and music teachers, to help their students explore jazz as an indigenous American art form and as a means to understand American history. A free multimedia toolkit containing a modified version of the curriculum, designed primarily for high schools without adequate web access, can be ordered on the website."

Posted by hchung on January 11, 2006 | Resources

January 03, 2006

The Freechild Project's Youth Movement Mapping Project

"Several categories of action in the international youth movement"

"This movement, which is leaderless and diverse, is complex. It is obvious to say that young people everywhere are complex with broad needs and interests, and that young people everywhere are responding to their situations uniquely. This page represents our first deliberate effort to paint a clear picture of the diaspora of activity under the common umbrella of connecting young people and social change."

Referred by: The Freechild Project
Posted by hchung on January 03, 2006 | Resources

December 13, 2005

New Literacies for a Changing World

The Winter 2006 issue of Cable in the Classroom'sThreshold: Exploring the Future of Education features "articles focused on New Literacies for a Changing World, produced in partnership with The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation."

In "Framing the Future of Literacy," Alan November, Kathleen Tyner, and Henry Jenkins "explore the new, active literacies students will need in a global, participatory culture." Kathleen Tyner spoke to YouthLearn Director Tony Streit for her piece on "The Three Ts of New Literacies."

Posted by wrivenburgh on December 13, 2005 | Resources

November 17, 2005

Teen Radio Reporter Handbook

"Want to help someone become a radio producer? Here's a source that instructs the reader in great interview approaches, provides good technical tips, lists of other Web resources, and contains a library of wonderful stories."

Referred by: Young People's Media Network
Posted by hchung on November 17, 2005 | Resources

Revised Teachers' Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

"One of the key tools available to educators who would like to internationalize their classrooms is the newly revised "Teachers Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet." (, which is now available on the Department of Education's website. The Teachers' Guide was written and revised by a
team assembled by iEARN-USA."

Referred by: WWWEDU Group
Posted by hchung on November 17, 2005 | Resources

November 16, 2005

TechLinks for CTCs: Science, Math, Health & Literacy Activities for Community Technology Centers

"This publication contains 34 inquiry-based science, math, health and literacy activities for students in grades K-12. Each activity lists the appropriate grade level, estimated time, materials needed, education standards, safety concerns, adaptations for children with disabilities, the educational objective, questions to ask students as they do the activity, information on why it happens, links to web sites, software suggestions, recommended reading materials, and career connections. Topics include electricity, magnetism, air pressure, density, understanding numbers, measurement, thinking skills, and much more."

Posted by hchung on November 16, 2005 | Resources

November 15, 2005

Guide to Creating Teen-Adult Conversations in Your Community

"For those who would like to join us in creating public conversations between teens and adults on issues that matter to both, we have created a free 40-page guide filled with sample panel discussions, interactive exercises, handouts, tips, resources, and readings. We are also making available ten small grants of up to $500 to schools or communities that would like to host one or more teen-adult public forums—along with deep discounts on multiple copies of What We Can't Tell You. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact"

Posted by wrivenburgh on November 15, 2005 | Resources

November 02, 2005

Athena Media launches 'Get With IT'

"A parents' guide to new media: understanding and sharing the new media technologies with your children"

Referred by: Young People's Media Network
Posted by hchung on November 02, 2005 | Resources

October 28, 2005


"This new strategy brief from the Finance Project and the Council of Chief State School Officers describes how six major funding streams included in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) can support extended learning opportunities.
'Using NCLB Funds to Support Extended Learning Time: Opportunities for Afterschool Programs,' provides important context for those seeking to access these funding streams, and includes a discussion of strategies, considerations and tips for accessing each source."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on October 28, 2005 | Resources

October 26, 2005

[TALKBACK] Educational Technology: What's Behind the Hype?

"Laptops, Internet access, scanners, and video cameras can help teachers and students access information and resources quickly and easily...How effective is cutting-edge equipment in improving actual achievement? Behind all the bells and whistles, does hi-tech gear really help students learn? Tell us what you think."

Referred by: EdWeek Update
Posted by hchung on October 26, 2005 | Resources

October 18, 2005

Focus on High School

The new issue of Education Development Center's report series, Mosaic, may be of interest to folks working with high school-aged youth in and outside of the classroom. Articles include: "The Role of High School in K-12 Education," "High School Students Thinking Like Scientists," and "Creating Healthy High Schools."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 18, 2005 | Resources

October 06, 2005

FREE food for thought TOOL KIT

"The Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME at continues its 2005-2006 "Monthly Media Education" resource offerings with their "ACME Food For Thought Tool Kit", a FREE downloadable resource detailing a wide variety of ways health, language arts, history, civics, social studies and journalism teachers can use media education to focus on a host of food-related matters: obesity, nutrition, health, corporate power, agriculture - of vital importance to all of the globe's citizens today."

Referred by: ACME Member List
Posted by hchung on October 06, 2005 | Resources

September 22, 2005

Education World's Internet Scavenger Hunts

Check out the Education World's lesson planning resources on "Internet Scavenger Hunts."

Posted by hchung on September 22, 2005 | Resources

September 16, 2005

T+L2 Conference in Denver Oct. 26-28, 2005

"T+L2 : Leading Learning to a Higher Level takes place October
26-28, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. This is the nation's only K-12 education technology conference designed for district leadership teams. Over 2,000 education leaders from across the country are expected, including education technology directors, superintendents, principals, school board members, administrators, curriculum directors, and educators."

Referred by: GLEF
Posted by mbiswas on September 16, 2005 | Resources

August 26, 2005


Maryland State Department of Education

"ASSIGNMENT: MEDIA LITERACY provides a wide range of teaching tools and resources for incorporating media literacy concepts and skills into the K-12 curriculum. This web site displays samples of the curriculum materials available in the kit."

Posted by hchung on August 26, 2005 | Resources

August 03, 2005

Media Arts Conference Opportunity

The National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) 17th Conference &
25th Anniversary Celebration is happening September 28 through October 2,
2005 in Philadelphia, PA. Join this call to action: An opportunity to
affiliate, activate and put meaning to the media arts as a practice of

URL: Link:
Source: CTCNet
Posted by tstreit on August 03, 2005 | Resources

July 28, 2005

Media Smarts

"Most students spend more time each day watching TV, listening to music, and playing video games than they do attending class. Experts say it's time to give kids the tools they need to think critically about the media they continually absorb...Most American students remain poorly equipped to think critically about, and express themselves through, the media that defines them...Cue the herald trumpets, and enter the Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA), an organization that promotes media literacy as an essential life skill...Media literacy means various things to different people, encompassing everything from the basics of graphic design to critical analysis of advertising images and news broadcasts."

Posted by hchung on July 28, 2005 | Resources

July 12, 2005

Free Cmap software rivals Inspiration

"A research institute in Pensacola, Fla., is taking concept-mapping software designed in part to preserve scientists' knowledge and is giving it to schools worldwide at no cost, as a tool to help children learn.....

Cmap Tools can be used to assess student knowledge, encourage thinking and problem solving instead of rote learning, organize information for writing projects, and help teachers write new curricula, IHMC [Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition] officials say."

Posted by wrivenburgh on July 12, 2005 | Resources

July 08, 2005

Companion Tool Kit to Elements of Effective Practice

"MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has just released a comprehensive tool kit that shows organizations How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program Using the Elements of Effective Practice. The new tool kit offers step-by-step instructions that programs can follow to implement and adhere to the four components of the Elements—Program Design and Planning, Program Management, Program Operations and Program Evaluation."

Referred by: Promising Practices in Afterschool (PPAS) Listserv
Posted by hchung on July 08, 2005 | Resources

July 05, 2005

Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, The Asset Lists

Whether you're familiar with these resources or not, they're good to keep in mind if you're involved in youth and/or child development programs. And, the Search Institute published a couple new lists last year:

The 40 Developmental Assets for adolescents. The two newest asset lists: 40 Developmental Assets for early childhood (ages 0-5); 40 Developmental Assets for middle childhood (grades 4-6). The original lists of age-specific assets: 40 Developmental Assets for infants; 40 Developmental Assets for toddlers; 40 Developmental Assets for preschoolers; 40 Developmental Assets for elementary-age children. Elementos fundamentales del desarrollo: The 40 assets for adolescents in Spanish

Referred by: Healthy Communities • Healthy Youth discussion list
Posted by wrivenburgh on July 05, 2005 | Resources

June 21, 2005

Podcasting-Education Blog

"Information and discussion regarding podcasting as an educational tool in today's classroom. Teachers, educators and others share how you have used podcasting thus far, how you hope to use it soon, or any special projects that you envision using podcasting in a school setting. Exchange ideas, tech tips, lesson plans, or even your podcast."

Posted by hchung on June 21, 2005 | Resources

June 20, 2005

Framework for After-School Programs

"Moving Towards Success: Framework for After-School Programs is now available from Collaborative Communications Group. The Framework is a working document developed by a committee of preeminent researchers, evaluators and program experts with funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation. It describes a theory of change approach to help guide the thinking and implementation of program goals and elements, outlines a broad range of desired participant outcomes to consider, and discusses conditions most suitable for achieving positive results that meet the needs of the after-school participants."

Referred by: Promising Practice in Afterschool (PPAS) Listserv
Posted by hchung on June 20, 2005 | Resources

June 15, 2005


"A new guide from the National Education Association provides a multi-themed approach to closing the achievement gaps -- focusing on Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.).... By focusing on the themes of cultural, economic and language differences; unrecognized and undeveloped abilities; the power of resilience; and the importance of effort and motivation, "C.A.R.E.: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps" advances the idea that if educators view these qualities of students as strengths, rather than deficits, they can be successful in closing achievement gaps."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 15, 2005 | Resources

May 31, 2005

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

"National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped offers a free library service, NLS Talking Books, to help people of all ages whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult for them to read a standard printed page. Books & magazines on cassettes & in braille, as well as audio equipment, are mailed to individuals at no cost."

Referred by: EDInfo
Posted by mbiswas on May 31, 2005 | Resources

May 24, 2005

New Resource Kit Available

"Involving youth with adults in evaluation and action planning: The Youth and Adult Leaders for Program Excellence: A PrACTical Guide for Program Assessment and ACTion Planning: (YALPE Resource Kit) developed by a team led by Linda Camino and Shepherd Zeldin at University of Wisconsin Extension is designed for groups that are seeking to promote positive youth development through strategies of youth participation, civic engagement, youth voice and youth-adult partnership across a full range of contexts..."

Referred by: EVALTALK - American Evaluation Association (AEA) Discussion List
Posted by hchung on May 24, 2005 | Resources

May 22, 2005


"To learn at high levels, students need supports that schools alone cannot provide. Educators increasingly recognize that schools must form links with community partners to enhance student learning opportunities, but how can this be done effectively? The new issue of the Annenberg Institutes quarterly journal, Voices in Urban Education, looks at the latest thinking about community partnerships, with compelling examples of how partners can enhance learning opportunities for young people."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on May 22, 2005 | Resources

May 10, 2005

New Youth Web site! : What is

"What is (also known as The Youthhood) is a free, dynamic Web-based curriculum and tool to help youth set goals and plan for the future. Although the site addresses youth directly, it is intended to be used in classrooms, community programs, or any other settings where adults work with youth. The Youthhood includes information, interactive activities, and a wealth of other tools to help youth connect their future goals to their academic learning."

Referred by: SafeYouth Listserv
Posted by hchung on May 10, 2005 | Resources

May 09, 2005

What Works on the Web for Teens

"While a lot of time and effort goes into creating radio snippets, videos, and articles, few youth media nonprofits focus on making their website design appeal to teens. Others hire web specialists who may not be experts in teen design. As a result, some youth media groups' websites are more alluring to adults than to their target audience. This is a missed opportunity—no matter how strong the content, a website that is not designed with youth in mind will fail to attract teen visitors, according to a new study by the Nielsen Norman Group (NNG)..."

Referred by: Youth Media Reporter
Posted by hchung on May 09, 2005 | Resources

May 04, 2005

A Techtorial: Make a Concentration Game with Word

By Lorrie Jackson

Remember Concentration? Sets of cards with pairs of matching images (words or pictures) are turned face down. Players turn two cards over at a time. If the cards match, they remain face up. If they don't match, the cards are turned face down again and players must remember where those cards are (thus the "concentration" part of the game!). See the Dr. Seuss Cat's Concentration Game for an example of Concentration in action."

Referred by: Education World Newsletter -- Techtorials
Posted by hchung on May 04, 2005 | Resources

May 03, 2005

Mountain Voices: Educational Website

"This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development. The interviews on this site have been gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute in partnership with local organisations.... Visitors to the website can choose from a list of countries, including Mexico, Peru, Lesotho, Kenya, Ethiopia, Poland, Pakistan, India, Nepal and China. You may also search interviews by theme. Summaries are available for all visitors, but to access the full transcripts you must apply for a password through the site."

Referred by: Global TeachNet Announcements
Posted by wrivenburgh on May 03, 2005 | Resources

April 14, 2005

School of the 21st Century National Conference

"Partners for Success: Linking Communities, Families and Schools. Yale University - New Haven, CT. July 18-20, 2005 at the Omni New Haven Hotel.

A leadership and staff development conference for Schools of the 21st Century, Family Resource Centers, School-Age Programs, Community Schools and other school-based family support programs. Choose from more than 40 workshops; network with colleagues from around the country; learn from experts in child development, family support and related fields."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 14, 2005 | Resources

April 12, 2005

New School Boards Association Report on Afterschool

"The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has released a report that profiles ways school boards are supporting after-school and summer programs. Building and Sustaining After-School Programs: Successful Practices in School Board Leadership features eight school districts whose boards are providing strategic and innovative leadership for after-school programs through policy and partnerships.... [The report] was produced through NSBA's Extended-Day Learning Opportunities (EDLO) program, funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation."

Posted by wrivenburgh on April 12, 2005 | Resources

April 07, 2005

Sites to See: World History

"World History sites offer students, teachers, and the general public a wealth of resources for teaching and learning about world history. Included are primary documents, lesson plans, multimedia exhibits, Webcasts, teaching strategies, and more. Included: Ten practical world history resources for students and teachers."

Referred by: Education World Weekly Newsletter
Posted by hchung on April 07, 2005 | Resources

March 22, 2005

Virtual manipulatives aim to engage students in math education

"Created by a team of researchers and educators at Utah State University with support from the National Science Foundation, this new online library of interactive manipulatives is intended to help educators accomplish the often challenging task of engaging students in daily math lessons."

Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by hchung on March 22, 2005 | Resources

March 18, 2005

Workforce Opportunities Launched on NYDIC site

"A 'map' designed for youth workers to find staff development
opportunities in their geographic area is just being launched. Find out
where there are youth worker certificate, degree, practitioner
apprenticeship programs and more on the new 'map' of professional
development opportunities on the website. The information on
the site is just the beginning and we invite you to complete the short
form and add your own information."

Posted by hchung on March 18, 2005 | Resources

March 14, 2005

Math, Science Performance Troubling

"The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) has issued a report analyzing student performance on math and science assessments, and the news, says this organization of influential leaders, isn't good. "The most recent data about the performance of U.S. students in math and science is cause for deep concern," reports William H. Swanson, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company and co-chair of the BHEF's Initiative on Mathematics and Science Education. The organization's recent report, "A Commitment to America's Future: Responding to the Crisis in Mathematics and Science Education," warns that America is at risk of losing its preeminence in math and science instruction. Read more on the BHEF Web site."

Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by wrivenburgh on March 14, 2005 | Resources

March 02, 2005

It All Adds Up!

"Dynamic site for teens on personal finance.
Grade Level: 9-12

It All Adds Up is an engaging, interactive site for teens that helps them understand how to responsibly manage their personal finances and how to properly use credit. It was developed by the National Council on Economic Education with a grant from American Express."

Referred by: Education World Reviews Newsletter
Posted by hchung on March 02, 2005 | Resources

February 24, 2005

HFRP Out-of-School Time Conference Presentations: Learning What Works: An Evaluation Overview

"We have put a PowerPoint presentation from a recent workshop on evaluating after school programs on our website. The workshop is entitled 'Learning What Works: An Evaluation Overview' and was presented by Priscilla Little, Associate Director here at HFRP, at Beyond School Hours VIII, Foundations, Inc.'s annual conference, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. Her presentation reveals how after school programs are collecting meaningful data and what they are finding. It also includes an overview of the 'shoestring approach' to evaluation for those who are short on time, money, and other resources."

Referred by: Harvard Family Research Project News
Posted by hchung on February 24, 2005 | Resources

February 15, 2005

The Whole Child: A Framework for Education in the 21st Century

ASCD Infobrief: "Education leaders have long argued that education is about more than just academic learning -- it should also provide students with the skills to make moral and ethical decisions, help prepare them for active participation in a democracy, allow them to fully access and engage in the economy and live as responsible citizens within a community."

Posted by wrivenburgh on February 15, 2005 | Resources

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 student’s 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 01, 2005

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

December 30, 2004


"Teachers today are under growing pressure to perform. But most new teachers are not adequately prepared to meet the needs of their students, and many experienced teachers have yet to adapt to new standards. Just like practitioners in other professions, teachers need to deepen their knowledge and improve their skills over the course of their careers. Unfortunately, the need for quality professional development for those in the teaching profession all too often goes unmet. This publication suggests why this is so, proposes ways to rectify the situation, and offers resources for those who want to learn more. This new publication is a collaborative effort of The Finance Project and Public Education Network (PEN)."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on December 30, 2004 | Resources

December 13, 2004


"The high-tech, screen-centered life style of today's children -- at home and at school -- is a health hazard and the polar opposite of the education they need to take part in making ethical choices in a high-tech democracy. A new report by the Alliance for Childhood challenges education standards and industry assertions that all teachers and children, from preschool up, should use computers in the classroom to develop technology literacy. That expensive agenda ignores evidence that high-tech classrooms have done little if anything to improve student achievement, the report says. The report strongly criticizes the extensive financial and political connections between education officials and school technology vendors. It urges citizens to wake up to the increasing influence of corporations in policymaking for public education.... It is time for concerted citizen action to reclaim childhood for children."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on December 13, 2004 | Resources

November 30, 2004

Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families

"One of the most frequently accessed items on the CASEL web site is our packet for parents, consisting of four handouts on how parents can help promote the social and emotional development of their children... We are pleased to announce that this popular resource, with support from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory for Student Success, has been substantially expanded. Titled Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families, the packet now includes the four handouts above, plus:
Research: Background on the role of families in teaching SEL, and how families and teachers can work together to promote SEL Parents’ Voices: Parents’ views on SEL programs being used at their children's schools based on a series of interviews with parents
SEL Resources: Books, organizations, and programs emphasizing SEL
In addition, the four handouts for parents are now available in Spanish."

Posted by wrivenburgh on November 30, 2004 | Resources

November 29, 2004

Put Downs & Comebacks: How to Respond to a Discouraged Kid

"What do you do when a child is struggling with reading? It can help to acknowledge that it’s hard and find appropriate materials. Reading Rockets offers this and more advice for parents and educators."

Referred by: Connect for Kids Weekly
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 29, 2004 | Resources


"Since the middle of the last century, interscholastic debate programs have been common throughout the nation's more affluent public and private schools. These programs have provided generations of more privileged students the substantial academic benefits that result from training in rhetoric, persuasion, organized communication, and argument. In debate, the preparation and delivery of argumentation provides students with the opportunity to think critically, develop their academic research skills, improve their communication abilities, solve problems creatively, and increase their self-confidence.... Urban Debate Leagues, now flourishing in low-income schools, are designed to teach advocacy skills so that students are empowered to be the architects of their own futures."

Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on November 29, 2004 | Resources

November 01, 2004

From Spider Maps to Double-Cell Diagrams: Graphic Organizers Support Student Learning

"Explore the many styles of graphic organizers, from the simple to the complex. When students organize their thoughts visually, they progress from dependent to independent learning."

Referred by: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Posted by mbiswas on November 01, 2004 | Resources

October 20, 2004

ASPIRA's 4th Annual Conference Announced

"The ASPIRA National Association and the Council for Opportunity in Education are proud to announce the 4th Annual Technology Tools for Management and Instruction Conference, on December 5-8, 2004."

Posted by tstreit on October 20, 2004 | Resources

August 30, 2004

Enhancing Curriculum

"The editors of eSchool News have compiled a one-stop source for expert advice and key intelligence regarding online resources for enhancing curriculum. Don't miss this helpful online toolkit, which features an extensive collection of stories and articles from the eSchool News archives, as well as links to outside resources."

Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 30, 2004 | Resources

August 29, 2004


"A new framework has been unveiled for building quality after school
systems in the United States that all young people have access to. A
group of business leaders is calling on local, state and federal
government entities, as well as private and non-profit sectors, to assess
existing after school programs, consider philanthropic priorities, review
policy proposals on 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and other
programs, and formulate policy positions that provide more after school
care to working families."

Referred by: PEN NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on August 29, 2004 | Resources

August 10, 2004

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Wikipedia is both an encyclopedia and a wiki community.

Wikipedia ( is a copyleft encyclopedia that is collaboratively developed using wiki software. In addition to standard encyclopedic knowledge, Wikipedia includes information more often associated with almanacs and gazetteers, as well as coverage of current events."

Posted by lpenney on August 10, 2004 | Resources

July 14, 2004

Technology training for teachers: A better way

"Everyone believes teachers have to understand technology before they use it in their classrooms, and professional development is the preferred method to grow that understanding." This article offers TeachNet as a solution.

Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by lpenney on July 14, 2004 | Resources

June 30, 2004

Fostering Family Partnerships

"Turning Points, a comprehensive school reform initiative for middle schools, has just released a new guide titled Creating Partnerships, Bridging Worlds: Family and Community Engagement. The guide is filled with practical strategies for emphasizing family strengths, creating partnerships, and promoting equity."

Referred by: Coalition for Community Schools
Posted by mbiswas on June 30, 2004 | Resources

June 17, 2004

Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count

"The Kids Count 2004 Data Book, released by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is available online. Users can generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles or download the entire data set as delimited text files."

Referred by: Venture Philanthropy Partners
Posted by tstreit on June 17, 2004 | Resources