It turns out that one size doesn't fit all. In a new opinion piece for Fox News, our executive director describes how education's focus on averages (such as with test scores) often relegates teachers to "teach to the middle" of the class. Levy writes:
We've been grateful to exchange ideas for closing the Excellence Gap with teacher leaders, counselors, and administrators and now we're calling on you again. In pursuit of our mission to support high-achieving students with financial need, we select a cohort of seventh graders each year for our Young Scholars Program.
LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the nation’s largest private scholarship for high-achieving community college students from low-income backgrounds who seek to transfer to a selective four-year institution. Cooke Scholars will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at any four-year accredited college or university.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy today issued the following statement urging Congress to maintain key provisions affecting the success of low-income, high-achieving students in the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization legislation:
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.
In January, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded the Talent Development Award to the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa to implement the STEM Excellence and Leadership program. The Cooke Foundation’s Talent Development Award recognizes exemplary practices that transform high-potential, economically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students into high achievers, thus narrowing the “excellence gap” – the disparity in the percent of lower-income versus high income student who reach advanced levels of academic performance.
You’ve had a great internship and now want to add the experience to your resume. Here are some important tips to make sure you make the most of your experience on paper.
Internships have become a must-have on any college student’s resume. Whether paid or unpaid, a student can learn more as an intern than in a classroom. As the difficult job search continues for many recent college grads, internships are now considered a steppingstone to full-time employment.