Cooke Chronicle: Nov. 4, 2016


Nov. 4, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles highlight the need to improve financial support for low-income students in higher ed, and K-12 advocates propose new policies to improve educational access.

Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “For too long, policymakers and many in education have turned a blind eye to the reality that gifted students exist in all populations and communities and that giftedness is not determined by one’s skin color, native language or ZIP code,” states an opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel.

  • High school students who have access to college courses through dual enrollment are more likely to attend college and graduate within six years, says EdSource.


Higher Education:

  • Filing the FAFSA early may help “students to receive more generous financial aid packages and therefore to have more post secondary options truly open to them in terms of affordability,” write Cooke Scholar Ben Castleman and Lindsay C. Page for Brookings.

  • “Some of the brightest students on the path to graduation are more likely to drop out of college if they lose even small amounts of financial aid,” reports The Washington Post. Additionally, The New York Times notes that any unanticipated college fees can be overwhelming for many students and their families.

  • Two publications discuss the difficulties first-generation students encounter when navigating higher education. NPR describes one student’s “balancing act” and The Chronicle of Higher Education details institutional “micro-barriers.”


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • High-achieving high school seniors with financial need have until Nov. 30, 2016 to apply for our $40,000 per year College Scholarship Program. We are also accepting Good Neighbor Grant proposals from educationally-focused nonprofits in the DC area until Nov. 15, 2016.

  • Citing findings from our “True Merit” report on the underrepresentation of qualified, low-income students enrolled in selective universities, Skyward suggests actions for K-12 leaders intent on encouraging college access.

  • Cooke Scholar Chat Travieso is an artist, designer and educator. Watch our newest scholar spotlight video to see how Chat’s multi-disciplinary design practice creates engaging public art installations for communities in the New York City area: