August 28, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.
Naperville, Illinois, high school sophomore Sarah Sahibousidq is a 2014 Cooke Young Scholar and one of two recipients of the Cooke Foundation’s 2015 Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award, which she was awarded for developing and implementing a mentorship program and a summer enrichment program to assist students in elementary and middle school.
Agata Bykovtsev, a 2012 Cooke Young Scholar, is rising high school junior from Goleta, California, and a world ranked chess player. She is a female FIDE (World Federation of Chess) master, a female FIDE (World Federation of Chess) master, a WIM (Woman International Master), and a national chess master. As a national chess master, she is one of only 24 women in the United States. Agata was a gold medalist at the Pan American Chess Championship in 2014 and the North American Junior U20 Chess Championship in 2015.
Chat Travieso, a 2007 Cooke Graduate Scholar, is a talented architect committed to using socially conscious and creative art to make positive changes in low-income communities around New York City. This year, the Cooke Foundation awarded him a $10,000 Matthew J. Quinn Prize in recognition of his outstanding service to his community.
The list includes some helpful tips on evaluating transfer institutions, understanding their agreements, and how to find ways to finance your transtition (including a reference to our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship!).
Read the full article at U.S. News & World Report.
As exciting as it is to go back to school, students from low-income families may not have the same opportunities to learn as their wealthier peers. Due to current education policies, these students are often ignored for accelerated learning options and academic support.
The Cooke Foundation is committed to closing this Excellence Gap. Executive Director Harold O. Levy discussed the issue over the weekend with CBS Baltimore's Marcus Washington.
Did you know the United States spends $20 billion annually on K-12 instructional materials? This money is often spent without any measure on the impact of students, and schools unintentially waste public funds, provide students inferior or inappropriate materials, and perpetuate a system that makes it difficult for new, more effective curricula and instructional materials to break into the market.
Low-income students are at a particular disadvantage when programs are poorly implemented. One pilot program issued iPads and Chromebooks to students in six schools, only to later realize that 30 to 40 percent of the participants did not have internet access at home. Additionally, 41 percent of school site administrators identify digital equity as a "critical" technology challenge, according to Project Tomorrow.
Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars represent a diverse and talented group of individuals. When you gather them in a single room some pretty interesting stories begin to emerge. At Scholars Weekend this year, we discovered a few remarkable accomplishments that might not have made it onto their college resumes.