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Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 16, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 16, 2016 2:19:38 PM

Dec. 16, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Investing in students pays off, and advocates in both the K-12 and higher ed realms encourage support for high-achieving students with financial need.

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Topics: high achieving, college choice, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

In The Huffington Post, Harold O. Levy Calls for Celebrating Scholars

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 1, 2016 12:00:12 PM

In his latest op-ed for The Huffington Post, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy explores the dichotomy between recognition of student athletes and their academically talented peers.

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Topics: high school seniors, high achieving, college admissions, JKCF in the News

The New York Times Features Cooke Prize Honoree's Accomplishments

Posted by Amber Styles on May 16, 2016 11:54:38 AM

In his Sunday column for The New York Times, Frank Bruni describes the efforts towards diversity that earned Amherst College the foundation's Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college access, college admissions, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

$1 Million Cooke Prize Recipient Announced

Posted by Amber Styles on May 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Amherst College Gets $1 Million Cooke Prize for Admitting, Supporting and Graduating Outstanding
Low-Income Students

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Amherst College in Massachusetts is the 2016 recipient of a $1 million prize awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said today.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college success, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

3 Facts on Pell Completion from the Department of Education

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 24, 2016 11:15:31 AM

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Media Release, college access

Top 10 Moments of Our 2016 Closing the Excellence Gap Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 2, 2016 1:43:37 PM

Last week, we hosted our second Closing the Excellence Gap Summit with CLASS Coalition in Washington, D.C. The event brought together 100 principals from top-performing STEM and magnet public high schools to discuss ways to better serve low-income, high-achieving students and strengthen the school-to-workforce pipeline.

We've compiled some of our favorite images and social media posts to illustrate the two-day summit that brought attendees to advocate in Congressional offices, share ideas in small breakout groups, and meet with leaders in educational access. Notable speakers included Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative; the Honorable Chris Lu, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; and Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Event, college access, excellence gap

December 11: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 11, 2015 4:12:58 PM

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Friday Roundup,

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Applauds New K-12 Education Law

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 10, 2015 3:11:48 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Alexandra Sollberger
December 10, 2015
202-879-9365
asollberger@podestagroup.com

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Topics: low income, high achieving, high school, excellence gap

Watch an Update on the Excellence Gap

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 6, 2015 10:36:15 AM

Last week, a panel of education policy researchers gathered in New York to discuss recommendations and strategies for closing the Excellence Gap. America’s low-income students often lack equal access to our country’s gifted and talented programs, but the resulting inequity remains off the radar for many of our country’s leaders.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Event, excellence gap, gifted programs

Harold Levy Explains the Excellence Gap and Joins Brightest Kids Panel

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 27, 2015 4:43:51 PM

Failing Our Brightest Kids Panelists (from left to right): Chester E. Finn, Ed.D., co-author of Failing Our Brightest Kids; Brandon Wright, co-author, Failing Our Brightest Kids; Brother Brian Carty, President and Founder, De La Salle Academy; Harold O. Levy, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; and Jack R. Smith, Ph.D., Interim State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland Public Schools. Photo via the Hoover Institution on Twitter.

Yesterday, the Cooke Foundation’s executive director and other education leaders gathered at two separate events in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to the persistence of the Excellence Gap in the nation's schools. In her coverage of a morning session, Lauren Camera of U.S. News & World Report describes how low-income, high-achieving students are largely overlooked by public policy:

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Event, excellence gap, gifted programs

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