Understanding Success for School Integration & Non-Traditional College Students

Cooke Scholar alumni field questions about their professions at our 2018 Scholars Weekend event.

July 12, 2019 – We’re back on the education beat after making time to observe Independence Day last week. National conversations on school segregation, literacy, and college promise programs led the headlines. Read our rundown below to get updated.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Focusing instruction on “reading to learn” rather than “learning to read” might narrow achievement gaps, suggests an excerpt from Natalie Wexler’s upcoming book published in The Atlantic.
  • Following national conversations about busing, Chalkbeat explores research to evaluate the success of school integration.


Higher Education:

  • Policymakers appear increasingly interested in assessing and addressing basic needs insecurity among college students. Inside Higher Ed provides updates from state legislatures and governors in California, New York, and New Jersey and The Atlantic looks at a bill moving through Congress that would collect federal data on food and housing insecurity.
  • “While College Promise programs—often referred to as ‘free college’ programs—increase access to higher education for some, a new report found that a majority of efforts continue to exclude older students,” states NASFAA. This is due to “strict eligibility requirements related to age, enrollment type, and academic standing, as well as a lack of financial support for non-tuition costs.”
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education shares research and advice for educators to better support first-generation college students.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • “One of the things that’s been really affirming as a first-generation college graduate is that I can hold my ground. I can do the work. I can take advantage of all these opportunities,” says Cooke Scholar Larry Thi in The Penn GSE Magazine.
  • “I have graduated with the knowledge that I am strong, qualified, efficient, accomplished, and intelligent —qualities that have carried over into my personal life and that have had a positive effect on my position at work and even on my parenting,” says Cooke Scholar Monica Victoria in Patch.
  • Cooke Scholar Isa Adney has been recognized by the White House as a “Community College Superstar” and she is currently working on her second book, states her alma mater Seminole State College of Florida.
  • NBC4’s “News4 Your Sunday” features the work of Building Bridges Across The River, a 2019 Good Neighbor Grant recipient. Hear from various staff members, including iCAN Technical Theater Internship Program Manager Joyce Milford. Milford describes this unique year-long program for talented high school students in Washington, DC.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholar alumni field questions about their professions at our 2018 Scholars Weekend event.