July 31, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.
Last week, five Cooke Scholars headed to the White House to connect with educational leaders at the Beating the Odds Summit. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher initiative, this summit brought together 130 college-bound, high school graduates to participate in panels and discussions designed to prepare them better for their academic journeys.
Current Cooke Scholars Myles McMurchy (Dartmouth College) and Merilin Castillo (Harvard University) helped facilitate one of the summit's sessions with Cooke Foundation staff. Three rising Cooke Scholars—Dawit Gebre, Emily Janis, and Isaac Guerrero who also represented The Opportunity Network—attended the summit's sessions with other recent high school graduates invited to attend.
We asked them to share their reflections and memories of this inspirational event with us.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Speaking before the National Governors’ Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee during the NGA’s 2015 Summer Meeting on Saturday, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy warned the nation’s governors of the threat the Excellence Gap poses to the strength of the American workforce.
Fun comes in many different forms, and for high-achieving students, a rigorous summer program is the kind of challenge they love and need. High-quality summer learning programs can spark student curiosity and passion, augment academic achievement, nurture intellectual peer support, and influence educational and career trajectories. Yet, such programs remain out of reach for many low-income, high-achieving youth who cannot afford the tuition and related costs of residential programs or whose local community does not offer a program specifically geared toward such students. Since 2012, Cooke Foundation’s support enabled William and Mary to provide an extraordinary opportunity to over 160 talented low-income students in the Williamsburg area. Over two weeks at Camp Launch, students tackle academic challenges, experience college life, make new friends – it’s a unique experience, and for many, life-changing. It’s an opportunity that allows students to dream big, work hard, and achieve.
While their peers enjoy the summer sun, a group of rising seventh- and eighth-grade students are spending part of the summer learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Rising Cooke College Scholars Dawit Gebre and Emily Janis will join 130 college-bound, high school graduates from across the country today for a special event at the White House. During the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dawit and Emily will take part in resource-rich panels and discussions designed to prepare them better for their academic journeys. Two of the summit’s sessions will be facilitated by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation staff, and one will feature current Cooke College Scholars Myles McMurchy, a student at Dartmouth College, and Merilin Castillo, a student at Harvard University.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Low-income students often lack the guidance and support needed to submit successful entries to scientific research competitions, a critical milestone for students intending to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is piloting a new program to recruit teachers, counselors, and scientists to become advocates for these students and help close the Excellence Gap, the disparity between the numbers of low- and high-income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. Thirty to 50 low-income students will participate in the program’s first year.
Cooke Scholar alumna and author Isa Adney recently interviewed a fellow Cooke Scholar, current Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Angel Sanchez, for Tallahassee Community College’s show The Skinny. The segment, titled What's Your Story?, explores Angel's journey from community college to the University of Central Florida. Watch the interview below.
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