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Traveling Players Ensemble: Where Theater Meets Adventure

Posted by Jennifer Krasilovsky on Sep 27, 2016 1:09:05 PM

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

-William Shakespeare

Take a stroll through Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia during the height of the summer and you may stumble upon Shakespeare’s Puck frolicking through the woods, or Snow White and the Evil Queen exchanging an apple by the lake. Off to the side, you might find a woman in modern dress sitting on a tree stump mending a Renaissance gown. These are the members of Traveling Players Ensemble, a local theater school that offers acting classes throughout the year in addition to several camps over the summer.

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Topics: Arts, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

One Selective High School LIFTs Students Up with Enrichment Program

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Sep 12, 2016 3:43:50 PM

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is one of six inaugural recipients of the foundation’s Selective Public High School grant program. The foundation’s grant of $99,744 is supporting a program titled Learning through Inquiry, Fellowship, and Tutoring (LIFT) over the period of two years beginning in June 2015.

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Topics: low income, high school, Grantee Spotlight, STEM

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM): Nurturing the Love of Math

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Jul 13, 2016 1:19:19 PM

How many integers between 1000 and 9999 have four distinct digits? This is one example of what students in Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics program (BEAM) are tackling over the summer. And they love it! BEAM aims to create pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. Andy, a participant in the 2013 summer program, says of his summer experience at BEAM: “I learned to love math’s beauty.”
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Topics: grants, Grantee Spotlight, STEM

Do Schools Prioritize Counselors and College Access?

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 31, 2016 4:23:07 PM

This week, The 74 Million published a headline that gave many college access advocates pause for concern: “Data Shows 3 of the 5 Biggest School Districts Hire More Security Officers Than Counselors.” You can read the education news site's full article here.

Matt Barnum is The 74 Million’s policy and research editor who authored the analysis. “I was interested in this because there has been a lot of discussion about school discipline and school-to-prison pipeline issues, but not many hard numbers on how districts are investing in both proactive and reactive strategies,” he informed the Cooke Foundation. “I think the data starkly highlights, at least by this one measure, different districts' priorities.”

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Topics: high school seniors, low income, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight, excellence gap, True Merit

Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra "PREPs" Musicians to New Levels

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Dec 3, 2015 1:57:12 PM

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Topics: grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

Expanding AP/IB Access at the White House Next Gen High School Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 10, 2015 9:22:47 AM

Today the White House is convening teachers, administrators, researchers, industry and philanthropic leaders from across the country committed to redesigning high school education and making the high school experience more innovative and inclusive of students from all backgrounds. One of the Cooke Foundation’s grantees, Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS),will not only be participating in the first ever Next Generation High School Summit, it will also announce a new Lead Higher initiative to help one state become the first in the U.S. to fully reflect its diversity in the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses taken in its K-12 schools.

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Topics: high school, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight

Grantee Spotlight: Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Oct 20, 2015 9:46:09 AM

While primarily a scholarship provider, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation identifies and invests a portion of its funding in strategic grant initiatives to expand educational opportunities throughout the United States as well as in our local region. The foundation’s Good Neighbor Grants program provides us with the opportunity to partner with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia, metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Maryland areas that are helping students with significant financial need reach their full potential through education. Since 2012, the foundation has supported 32 organizations through grants between $10,000 and $35,000 who have used it to provide unique educational experiences and services for thousands of students in our area.

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Topics: low income, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

Grantee Spotlight: LEDA at the Schools For Tomorrow Conference

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 30, 2015 11:01:10 AM

The Cooke Foundation is proud to share an exciting update from one of our grant recipients, the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA). Each summer 100 rising high school seniors from around the country are selected as LEDA Scholars, which both enables them to gain admission to our nation’s most selective colleges and prepares them for the social, financial, and academic challenges that they will face when they attend. LEDA supports Scholars through the college admission process and continues to work with them through graduation, and beyond.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight

Inspired Teaching Enriches Students' Summer

Posted by Jennifer Krasilovsky on Sep 15, 2015 11:30:05 AM

In spring 2015, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded a $35,000 Good Neighbor Grant to Center for Inspired Teaching to support their four-week summer enrichment program, Dive Into Inquiry, part of the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. The summer enrichment program is offered to 100 students in grades preschool-3rd at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Classes this year were taught by the 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellows who have completed their residency year and coursework and are planning to begin teaching as leads in the fall.

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Topics: grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

JKCF Grantee Featured in Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Jul 27, 2015 4:51:53 PM

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.

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Topics: Grantee Spotlight, STEM, JKCF in the News

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