Family support, encouraging STEM, and preventing summer melt

Educational Adviser Patricia González

July 13, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Various articles share tips for supporting girls in STEM, identifying students experiencing homelessness, and ensuring that recent high school graduates arrive to college.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Homeless students and unaccompanied youth exist in every state and every district,” states Jamie Warren in Education Post. Awareness of their presence can help schools improve identification and support for these students.
  • “A new study from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education finds that low-income children or children enrolled in urban schools do not benefit more from enrolling in private school between kindergarten and ninth grade.”
  • The Conversation explains how parents and educators can combat stereotypes about gender, intellect, and STEM to encourage girls to pursue science and math careers.


Higher Education:

  • “There’s a growing body of research that reveals poverty as a kind of mental tax,” writes The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The cognitive burden of day-to-day rationing crowds out room for deep reading, reflection, creativity, social engagement — all the things that successful students are supposed to be doing with their time in college.”
  • Inside Higher Ed summarizes a new study that demonstrates the impact of family emotional support on the college success of low-income students receiving financial aid.
  • Following recent news on affirmative action and campus diversity, The Wall Street Journal investigates legacy advantages and The Hechinger Report shares other admissions statistics.
  • In The 74, Melissa Fries describes how counselors, students, parents, and colleges each play a role in preventing summer melt.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Philanthropy magazine finds common threads among the stories of From the Top musicians – including Cooke Scholar Alice Burla – and the legacy of our benefactor, Jack Kent Cooke.
  • Cooke Scholar Peter Dugan will be the first in a series of guest hosts for From the Top. Peter’s last appearance on the NPR program was in April 2007, when he performed piano at 18 years old.
  • Silodrome features photos of a jet-powered scooter, the latest project of Cooke Scholar and artist Randy Regier.
  • The Hickory Record celebrates Kristina Stuckey, a 2018 recipient of the Cooke College Scholarship. Kristina will begin her freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.


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Passion for Learning (P4L), one of our 2018 Good Neighbor Grant recipients, brings middle school students to a local college campus as part of its Go2College program:


Header photo: Educational adviser Patricia González working with Cooke Young Scholars.