Strategizing for Success in K-12 and Higher Ed

May 25, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Read about successful K-12 initiatives for expanding access to advanced courses, as well as articles on how states and higher education institutions are combating food insecurity and social mobility.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • NPR’s The State of Things discusses the large amount of responsibility that young caregivers take on, as well as how educators can better identify and support these students.
  • The Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access, one of our Rural Talent Initiative grantees, is providing “relatively inexpensive and readily scalable” access to AP Physics courses for high school students, writes The Hechinger Report.
  • In Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools has seen success in closing excellence gaps by changing screening processes for gifted programs and working to hire instructors that reflect the diversity of students in the district’s classrooms. WAMU reports.


Higher Education:

  • “In our research, we find that people from low-income backgrounds who complete college, compared to those who complete only high school, increase their career earnings by 71 percent,” write economists Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein in The New York Times. “That is a hefty return.”
  • College students who are food insecure are often ineligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The Chronicle of Higher Education describes how California’s interpretation of the law assists students while federal changes to food assistance programs are deliberated.
  • The Atlantic outlines strategies undertaken by institutions “doing the most work” for improving their students’ socioeconomic mobility.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • College Advising Corps receives a $20 million gift from Steve and Connie Ballmer. Inside Higher Ed shares the organization’s history, noting that founder and chief executive officer Nicole Hurd was able to nationally launch the near-peer advising model with funding from the Cooke Foundation over ten years ago.
  • “At the nation’s most competitive colleges, students from the richest quarter of the population outnumber the poorest quarter by 25 to 1.” CBS News cites findings from our “True Merit” report in its coverage on low-income college students.
  • Loudoun Now and the Loudoun-Times Mirror share how Morven Park, a 2018 Good Neighbor Grants recipient, provides engaging civics education programs to local students.


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