Student voices, student support.


February 16, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Higher ed looks to improve community college success and in K-12 media coverage, students lead the narrative.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Following the mass shooting this week in Florida, The Washington Post and The New Yorker emphasize how student voices are shaping the response to the violence.
  • The News & Observer examines the effectiveness of school district efforts to reduce bias in identifying gifted students.


Higher Education:

  • Dan Porterfield, president of Franklin & Marshall College, explains how his institution has been able to identify and support high-achieving, low-income students in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • A new report summarized in The 74 demonstrates that there is a need for more connected advising at community colleges. Related research on institutional strategies for supporting the success of low-income students is discussed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • Following the defeat of two separate immigration proposals in the Senate this week, the American Council on Education releases a statement urging Congress to protect Dreamers, emphasizing that these students “are high-achieving and talented young people who seek only to contribute their knowledge, skills, and energy to America.” Across the nation, Community College Daily reports that some states are considering expanding financial aid to their undocumented students.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • On the Ithaka S+R blog, Brad Bostian writes that first-year community college students are a particularly under-researched and undefined group. Bostian is the president of Two Year First Year, an organization collaborating with Ithaka S+R to identify programs and practices at two-year colleges across the country. The initiative receives support from the Cooke Foundation.
  • The foundation has selected 578 semifinalists for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. See a full list of their names here. The highly competitive scholarship will provide recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years toward their tuition at selective colleges and universities across the nation.


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