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COVID-19 Learning Gap: Opportunities for Educational Re-invention

By Kameryn Point,  American Youth Policy Forum While the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant learning gaps for students nationwide, youth impacted by systemic inequities were disproportionately affected, which exacerbated disparities that already existed within our education systems. Educators are now challenged to meet students where they are, while simultaneously addressing the learning gap created by […]

Back to School in a Pandemic – Sorting Out the Policy Puzzle

By Janet Forbush Millions of students from pre-K through college are now either beginning to or returning to classrooms throughout the United States. The pervasive influence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant continues to create havoc in our lives and cause extraordinary duress in the policy environment. For example, there is a dramatic increase of […]

Connections as currency: A conversation with Stephanie Krauss

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute What do students need to thrive? That’s the question that my friend and colleague Stephanie Krauss set out to answer in her new book out this spring, Making it: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World. As an educator and school leader turned researcher and writer, Krauss describes […]

Someone who ‘gets’ me: How mentees’ perceived positive regard from natural mentors impact youth outcomes

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Sykes, L. A. Y., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). Someone who ‘gets’ me: Adolescents’ perceptions of positive regard from natural mentors. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 29(3), 305–327. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1927438 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Despite the overall benefits of natural mentoring relationships for youth development, the presence of natural mentors appears to […]

What American kids need this summer

To help students recover from a pandemic school year, experts are prescribing fun. By Anna North, Vox  The 2020-2021 school year was difficult for many children. As students around the country struggled to keep up with their schooling during a pandemic, many people became increasingly concerned about children falling behind.     In this article, experts talk […]

5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania, PhD, Christensen Institute  What is this playbook and who is it for? This playbook was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks […]

Effective Tutoring: Out-of-school Time Providers Need To Know What Works

Research shows that high-intensity tutoring is the most effective method to help students who have fallen behind. Here, a trained Saga Education tutor works daily in a group of no more than two students and coordinates closely with classroom teachers. By Stell Simonton, Youth Today In the coming months, after-school and summer learning programs will […]

Mentoring expert, Dr. Sam McQuillin, explains why school closings affect more than learning

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin For Samuel McQuillin, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of South Carolina, the past year has pointed to the […]

What Students Are Saying About Mentors, Uncomfortable School Assignments, and Snitching

  Teenage comments in response to our recent writing prompts, and an invitation to join the ongoing conversation.   By The Learning Network, The New York Times In this roundup of writing prompt responses, students wrote about how their mentors played a role in their lives, how they’ve handled uncomfortable school assignments, and discussed when […]

Missing in the Margins: Estimating the Scale of the COVID-19 Attendance Crisis

By Hailly T.N. Korman, Bonnie O’Keefe, and Matt Repka, Bellwether Education Introduction It’s 2020. Do you know where 3 million students are? By mid-March 2020, most American schools had shut their doors, and about half remain fully or partially closed to in-person learning today. For approximately 3 million of the most educationally marginalized students in […]