Advanced Math & Advising Models

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July 6, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Read about how higher education is rethinking student advising and financial aid, in addition to dispatches on reading and math from K-12 coverage.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • A federal district court rules that access to literacy is not a constitutional right. Education Week and Chalkbeat share details about the case.
  • BEAM (Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics) recaps the first two weeks of its summer program in Los Angeles. Students enjoyed open math time and engaging problem sets, and are introduced to new tools and for continuing their advanced math enrichment. BEAM’s expansion to L.A. was made possible by a $1 million Cooke Foundation Talent Development Award.


Higher Education:

  • San Jacinto College utilizes open educational resources (OER) and has seen promising success disbursing financial aid “like a paycheck,” reports Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • “The Trump administration said Tuesday that it was abandoning Obama administration policies that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses,” states The New York Times.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education describes how “more intensive advising models” can help colleges and universities better support student success.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Lone Star College celebrates the achievements of Cooke Scholar Anthony D’Souza, who will transfer to Rice University this fall.
  • The Post and Courier reports on how the Advancing Charleston Excellence (ACE) program at South Carolina’s Academic Magnet High School will use the Foundation’s Selective Public High School Grant to expand its recruitment of high-achieving students with financial need.
  • In Virginia, Loudoun County Public Schools will strengthen STEM exposure to 6th and 7th graders, in order to prepare them for advanced high school math and science courses. Loudoun Now and the Loudoun Times-Mirror speak to local leaders about the program expansion, which is supported by the Cooke Foundation.


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Header photo: Provided by BEAM (2017).