Teachers at Home & Students at Work

Students attend an activity hosted by Book Club for Kids, a 2018 Good Neighbor Grant recipient.

August 31, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Employment and summer melt are obstacles to college success. K-12 coverage explores teacher home visits and the rising participation in computer science courses.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Female, black and Latino students took Advanced Placement computer science courses in record numbers, and rural student participation surged this year,” reports USA Today.
  • KQED asks, “Can Inviting Teachers Over to Your Home Improve How Kids Learn?”


Higher Education:

  • In Vox, Alvin Chang illustrates why texting and chatbots are such effective interventions to prevent summer melt among disadvantaged students.
  • Students from families with modest incomes are likely to work longer hours than their higher-income peers, often in jobs that don’t align with their career goals. The Hechinger Report summarizes the findings of a new study and shares Cooke Foundation research on making college affordable.
  • “The U.S. Department of Justice is throwing its support behind an anti-affirmative action group that is suing Harvard University over alleged racial discrimination in its admissions policies,” reports NPR.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Foundation is currently accepting applications for our Good Neighbor Grants program, which provides up to $35,000 in funding to nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that focus on supporting students with financial need in reaching their full potential through education.
  • Six programs receive a total of $1.1 million in funding from Cooke Foundation Academic Enrichment and College Access and Success Grants. “These grantees provide a proven framework of programming to help close these excellence gaps and enable students to reach their fullest potential,” stated Executive Director Seppy Basili.
  • “Fifty-nine students from across the U.S. participated with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program in July on the Storrs campus,” shares the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. View photos of three Cooke Young Scholars getting hands-on experience for Professor Joerg Graf’s lab.


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Photo header: Students attend an activity hosted by Book Club for Kids, a 2018 Good Neighbor Grant recipient.