July 3, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.
You may remember Oscar Paz-Suaznabar from our blog post last November celebrating our 10-year partnership with From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians broadcast weekly on NPR. Oscar is a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient who performed at a special taping of From the Top in Washington, DC. He started to play the keyboard at the age of two, and by the age of nine he was performing at Carnegie Hall. He was recently interviewed about his music on NPR's All Things Considered.
Each year From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program provides 20 outstanding young musicians with financial need between the ages of eight and 18 with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists also perform on From the Top and participate in arts leadership training to spread the power of classical music.
Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.
The Massachusetts Education Reform Act has reshaped the Bay State’s public education landscape, and now stands as an exemplary model for other states. Policymakers and citizens should be proud of the progress and committed to supporting it. However, while achievement gaps narrow, there is a pernicious gap that has gone unnoticed and it continues to widen.
A Bahamian immigrant who was once homeless in New York City, recent Westchester Community College graduate and new Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Wellington Mackey is headed to Yale this fall. His remarkable story of perseverance and transformation was featured today in the Daily Mail.
New Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Michael Novak was one of four students profiled in an article by John Kopp on PhillyVoice.com about students transferring from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to the University of Pennsylvania. In "From community college to the Ivy League,” Mr. Kopp writes:
By Wilson Criscione
BELLINGHAM -- Sharalyn Sentinella likes solving puzzles.
In some ways, her own life has been a puzzle. From growing up training horses in Montana, to dropping out of school to build websites, and now graduating from Whatcom Community College, the stages of her life never seemed to fit together.
It took Shannon Connor, 48, a long time to realize her dream of college, and she had to overcome many obstacles along the way. But once she enrolled in Seminole State College of Florida, she excelled.
Businessmen from China and Sioux Falls are video conferencing, conversing in their native tongues but understanding each other in real time though neither speaks the other's language.
How is this possible?
It isn't entirely, not yet — at least up-to-the-moment real time. But when that day comes, a 2015 Lincoln High School graduate from Sioux Falls likes to think he can play a role in conjuring that technological wizardry.