Museum exhibit spotlights hands-on learning

A new exhibit at the Durham Museum takes hands-on learning to a new level.


Hundreds of people were captivated by the exhibit from the moment they walked in.


"I'm seeing a lot of things that can make music, and I'm seeing that you can race with, and I'm seeing photo booths and a lot of stuff like that," said Leilani Bryson, 11, who saw the exhibit with her family.


Leilani's family was one of the first to check out the Durham Museum's newest exhibit. The Design Zone is focused on art, music and engineering.


One way to explore engineering and maybe get some exercise is through a biking station where people can race against each other to learn about resistance, distance and speed.


Twenty-nine interactive stations teach math and science, and how those fundamentals are used every day to create.


"Basically, learning more about longitude and latitude and how architects design stuff," said Kobe Bryson, 12.


Kids and adults were hooked.   >> READ MORE  

How Expanded Learning Time and Community Partners Can Benefit Students

Significantly lengthening the school day is a promising strategy to close achievement and opportunity gaps that must be considered by state, district, and school leaders who serve large numbers of low-income students. Fortunately, there is already a growing movement among policymakers and educators to increase the amount of in-school time devoted to teaching students the 21st century skills needed for future success. In 2013, a total of 33 states considered legislation related to expanded learning time. What's more, a recent count identified more than 1,500 expanded learning time schools, of which approximately 900 were traditional public schools.


Schools across the country are engaged in the complete redesign of the school day in ways that increase learning time. Effectively closing achievement and opportunity gaps, however, requires more than simply tacking on additional minutes at random. Schools should explore ways to use more time to focus on core academics and enrichment activities-such as art, music, apprenticeships, and sports-that provide a well-rounded education, as well as to provide teachers with more time for collaboration, planning, and professional development. Expanded learning time schools are using a variety of strategies to lengthen the day, from staggering staff schedules to keeping some staff in place for longer periods of time. What can often be overlooked in this mix of approaches is the extent to which community partners can enhance the offerings in schools that lengthen the day. When the two form authentic partnerships based on a school's goals, student needs, and constant evaluation of student data, expanded learning time schools and community partners can develop a promising all-hands-on-deck approach to student learning.   >> READ MORE 

Orioles and Baltimore City Schools continue long-standing partnership with series of events

Continuing their ongoing partnership, OriolesREACH and Baltimore City Schools have planned a series of activities in the coming weeks, including hosting over 7,000 students as part of Baltimore City Schools Night at Oriole Park this Monday, May 12, and player appearances at a city school.


Additionally, to help encourage regular school attendance, the Orioles are providing a fully-catered party suite for Monday's game to two schools that showed the greatest reduction in chronic absence rates this year compared to last. The Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Carver Vo-Tech High Schools will send 75 students to enjoy Monday's game from a suite on the Club Level.


In pre-game ceremonies on Monday, Baltimore City Teacher of the Year ELIZABETH BARLETTA, a 5th grade science teacher at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied by City Schools Teacher of the Year finalists. The finalists will enjoy that night's game from a private suite courtesy of NICK and CHRISTINA MARKAKIS.


The National Anthem will be performed by the Principal of Mount Royal Elementary Middle School, JOB GROTSKY, and the Edmonson Westside High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the colors before the game.


Getting ready for your last high school prom and counting down the days till graduation are all you can think about.  Yes, freedom and plans for a fun-filled summer are just around the corner.  Before you know it, you'll be loading up your belongings in the family minivan and headed off to college.  You're so ready, right?  Well, maybe not.  Here are some tips for things to do this summer before you head off to college.


You're not going to be able to take your whole closet and every cherished belonging with you to the dorm.  Start downsizing now and make a list of all the things you'll need to take with you.  A clean and tidy space will make things a lot more manageable.  Most likely you'll go home a time or two on break and you can swap out things that you don't need for things that you do.  But, in between those trips home, you'll need to learn how to do laundry.  Those whites can turn into some interesting colors and transform into a smaller size if you don't know your way around a washer and dryer.


Each family's situation is different - make sure you understand what your family may or may not be able to contribute.  You should've already applied for financial aid.  If not, you need to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ASAP!  Make sure you list on the application the school code of the college you plan to attend so your information is sent to that school. If you still haven't decided it's best to list any school you think you may attend.  The financial aid office will then notify you of any financial aid you might be eligible for.  Know what each of those types of aid is and in what order you should accept them.  Visit for information on planning and paying for college.  Do you have enough money to pay for school?  Will you need to work part-time?  Make a budget and know what you can spend on certain things. >> READ MORE


* Using Math for Sports, Cooking & Entrepreneurship
* Creating Stories Through Scrabble
* Promoting Image through Look Books, Fashion Shows and the Movies
* Connecting with the Neighborhood through Community Service and Volunteerism
* Sharpening Writing Skills through Journal Writing about Guest Speakers and Site Visits
* Using Planning Principles to Support the SEP Graduation Ceremony and Celebration


Contact the Summer Enrichment Program Team (Marilyn West, Julian House & Justin House) for more information:  804.782.1938, 888.937.8904, or
M. H. West & Co., Inc.'s Young Entrepreneur Program has won the Norfolk Education Foundation's Collaborative Award. The award was presented at their 7th Annual Together In Education Awards Gala & Silent Auction.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. has designed its Young Entrepreneur Program with this in mind. The Young Entrepreneur Program helps youth experience the journey felt by individuals in becoming business owners and in the process pick up skills and guidance that they can use inside and outside of the classroom.


The program ties to standards of learning of the state or jurisdiction where the program is implemented. The program can be offered as an enrichment program over several weeks or an extended period to elementary, middle and high school students. Discussions matter and the program revolves around small and large group participation, individual study, internet research, media presentations, roleplaying and site visits.


1. Laying the Groundwork
2. Turning Ideas into Action
3. Preparing the Business Plan
4. Opening the Business
5. Evaluating Progress

* Elementary, Middle and High School Students
* Girls and Boys Club Members
* After School Students
* Summer Camp Participants
* Youth Reentry Citizens
* Administrative, Teaching & Support Staff

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* Technical Assistance for Program Development
* Professional Development for Program Staff

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Summer Reading Keeps Kids' Minds Sharp

Summer vacation for Tennessee's students is upon us! It's a time when children can enjoy being outdoors, playing video games or doing any of the other fun things that they like to do. It's also a time when they often forget a significant portion of what they learned in school the year before.


That's right. Research has shown that, on average, students lose the equivalent of one month of instruction time from the academic year preceding summer break. For some students, the loss may be even greater - in some cases, up to three months. >>READ MORE 

More than 60,000 low-income Washington, D.C.-area students are skipping school lunch each day, forgoing a free or reduced-price meal provided by taxpayers, according to a review of school district records by the News4 I-Team.


Local school districts are losing access to millions of dollars in federal subsides each month because of it. And some low-income children, who have limited access to balanced meals at home, are missing an opportunity to eat a nourishing meal at no cost.


The News4 I-Team investigation found approximately 24,000 low-income students are skipping lunch each day in Prince George's County. Nearly 13,000 in Montgomery County, 4,000 in Frederick County, 4,600 in Prince William County and 7,600 in Fairfax County are doing the same.  >>READ MORE 

At the White House Science Fair, Chicago Public Schools today was awarded a competitive grant through the US2020 City Competition, which challenged cities and school districts to develop innovative models for increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring students and increase STEM opportunities for girls, minority students and children from low-income families. CPS students have been participating in the White House Science Fair.

"A high quality STEM education opens the door of opportunity for our students to explore new interests, build new technology, and discover scientific breakthroughs that will define the future of our City," Mayor Emanuel said. "Our goal as a City is for every child to be 100% college ready and 100% college bound, and this grant is part of our larger efforts to prepare our children to be the next leaders in the 21st century highly-specialized, technical economy."  >>READ MORE 


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