Slate: A math teacher in Falls Church, Va., is concerned that technology may be impeding the progress students are having in the subject and not helping to give them the math skills they need to succeed in college. And according to a 2011 report by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, 89 percent of high school math teachers think their students are ready for college-level mathematics. But only 26 percent of post-secondary teachers think the students are ready once they get there.
Throughout the Communities In Schools network, there are many programs dedicated to helping students raise their math scores. The Great Leaps Math Program at Mars Hill Elementary, a Communities In Schools of Madison County, N.C. initiative, puts young students in line with early comprehension of the fundamentals. A site coordinator at Communities In Schools of Peninsula, Wash., recruits volunteer mentors to help kids achieve math success. Math labs and proficient tutors sprinkled throughout middle and high schools across the country aim to deepen students’ knowledge and help them prepare for college-level math.
USA Today: Last week our country marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark legislation Title XI, with conferences and celebrations and references to how far women have come since its passing. The legislation called for prohibiting discrimination in any education program that received federal funding. A lot of the talk last week was around women in sports – participation in college athletics has increased from 30,000 to 190,000, and the number of girls participating in high school sports has increased a whopping 1,000 percent. But the advances aren’t so great when the discussion turns to women and participation in science and technology.
The U.S. Education Department’s data for 2009-10 shows that only 17 percent of engineering and 18 percent of computer science-related bachelor’s degrees were earned by women, and that women make up only 25 percent of the STEM workforce.
At Hamilton High School, a Communities In Schools of Los Angeles partner school, the Ladies First club was created with the goal of empowering young women and preparing them to succeed in college and the workplace. Similar initiatives exist in other schools where Communities In Schools continues to play a role in boosting interest and involvement so all young women are better prepared to take on STEM subjects.
The Journal.com: At Communities In Schools, collaboration is woven into our DNA. That’s why the announcement this week made by U.S. Secretary of State Arne Duncan, about designating this coming August as “Connected Educator Month, is in alignment with our model of integrated student services.
More than 50 organizations will participate in the month-long online event that will include forums and webinars, all with the intention of engaging and providing resources to educators across the country.
Said Duncan, “Every educator needs to be connected with the best digital content, tools and resources in order to enliven the learning environment for students, and to fully connect with peers and experts.”