Category: Education

Reopening Youth Summer Learning Programs

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The unprecedented public health emergency caused by the novel Coronavirus has created tremendous challenges for cities across the country. In March, over 124,000 U.S. public and private K-12 schools closed their buildings impacting at least 55.1 million children and youth who were sent home to transition to virtual/distance learning. While every school district across the

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Graduating Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Celebrities came together several weeks ago to honor the graduating high school class of 2020 virtually amid COVID-19. With graduation ceremonies around the country canceled or postponed, cities have found their own unique ways to celebrate the achievements of graduating seniors. The cities of Williamson, West Virginia and Lawrence, Massachusetts hosted parades to celebrate graduating

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University Communities Face the New “Normal”

Life in the age of coronavirus has established a new “normal” in college towns across the nation, and that “normal” is anything but. College towns and university communities across the United States have seen large numbers of student-residents return to their homes, dealing a blow to local economies and carefully planned strategies for ensuring a

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The Education Impact of COVID-19

Cities and towns across the country are seeing widespread closures of K-12 and post-secondary education institutions. Currently these closures may be extended well beyond the original two-to-four-week span, pending continued assessment of uncertain developments in the Coronavirus outbreak. Millions of children, parents, teachers and school workers are/will experience significant disruptions that extend well beyond students’ education achievements. Significant social, nutritional, housing and health services are also affected by school closures. The most vulnerable people will be hurt the most, as times of crisis especially expose

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5 Things Cities Can Do to Support Afterschool in 2020

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In 2015, 19 percent of 350 municipal leaders surveyed by the National League of Cities said that they used their bully pulpit to promote summer learning with 11 percent stating that they made policy changes in support of summer learning. Since then, many municipal leaders have embraced summer learning as a strategy to solve some

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Grand Rapids: Using Data to Improve Afterschool Programs

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A growing number of cities understand the value that afterschool programs bring to children, youth, and their families, and in turn to the city. Many cities have built coordinated citywide afterschool systems to increase access and participation of target populations and to set a standard of quality for all programs.  A city or network of

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The Key for Successful City Summer Programs: Start Early

Successful City Summer Programs

Summer in the City – that’s the name we’ve given to the robust summer camp program operated by the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Nestled within the vibrant hub of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, Gaithersburg is an ethnically and culturally diverse community of just over 70,000 people. We know that over the summer, many students

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Denver Uses Data to Improve Youth Outcomes in Afterschool

Denver Wallace Foundation

As the number of cities building citywide afterschool systems continues to grow, a new report, “Using Data to Strengthen Afterschool Planning, Management, and Strategy” from The Wallace Foundation examines eight cities that established a management information system (MIS) to design and support the use of data in afterschool programs; including Denver, Colorado. The National League

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How Pittsburgh Made Progress Bridging the Opportunity Gap with Summer Programs

What began as a project of five cities in 2011 to research whether summer learning programs that offer a mix of academic instruction and enrichment opportunities can boost success in school quickly turned into a commitment to understand and improve the role that summer learning plays in closing the opportunity gap for students. One of

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Why E-Book Access Matters

As digital technologies become more integrated into how people learn, work and interact, ensuring equal access to e-books is more important than ever. And yet, major publishers have changed the rules on e-book access for public libraries through highly restrictive new pricing and lending practices. Notably, Macmillan Publishers launched a new policy this month that

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