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  • The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.--and What We Can Do About It +

    Although American millennials are the first generation of "digital natives"--that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet--they are not very tech savvy. That fact would probably come as a shock to most Americans--especially to millennials themselves. After all, millennials are glued to their phones, tablets, and other devices. Many assume that using technology often means using it well.

    Change the Equation's new analysis of results from the 2012 Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) reveales sobering new data on millennials' skills and attitudes. What millennials don't know about their tech skills is costing them dearly.

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  • Enos Garcia elementary creates mural +

    Students and staff at Enos Garcia elementary in Taos work together to design and create a mural to enhance their environment.

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  • MOVE. SHAKE. MAKE Week of Making +

    The Week of Making is an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers. Makers are developing new solutions and products to pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts and design and enabling individuals to learn new skills in design, fabrication and manufacturing.

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  • Albuquerque Journal has highlighted another quality afterschool program - Community For Learning +

    A Program with a Mission - Community For Learning

    By Stephanie Guzman / Journal Staff Writer
    PUBLISHED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Aaliyah Coleman has mastered a twirl in folklorico dancing, held a pose during yoga practice and taken on video editing, all thanks to an after-school program called Community For Learning.

    The third-grader at Coronado Elementary School loves her after-school program so much, she becomes upset when her mom picks her up early.

    Aaliyah’s mom, Kenda Coleman, likes the program, too, because it provides a safe environment with engaging activities for her daughter. It also allows Coleman to keep

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  • Grants available to support phys ed programs +

    KIDS In The GAME is a nonprofit organization focused on inspiring kids to thrive in life through sports. The organization is inviting public and charter schools enrolled or willing to enroll in the Let's Move! Active Schools program, and with no current physical education program, to apply for a GO! grant. The $1,000-$5,000 grants support physical activity in before, during, and after-school programs serving children ages 5-12 years. The programs can be new or an expansion of a current project. Applications must be received by June 1, 2015.

    For more information, visit: www.kidsinthegame.org/go-guidelines

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  • La Promesa Early Learning Center afterschool opera +

    La Promesa Early Learning Center completed their afterschool program with a performance by kinder-grade 3 students. The opera told the story of an old man who lost his dog, Spirit. He searched by the Rio Grande, he asked school children who were at recess, and he went to the dog pound. At the dog pound he set all the lost dogs free and in return they helped him look for Spirit. That night the Angel of Lost Dogs appeared and took them to the sky to look for Spirit. The old man, “El Viejo”, eventually went to the sky and

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  • Richard W. Riley Speech - February 23, 2015 +

    Richard W. Riley, Former Governor of South Carolina, Former U.S. Secretary of Education - House Education Policy Review and Reform Task Force - February 23, 2015

    Good afternoon – and thank you for this opportunity to make a few observations as this Task Force begins its important work. I congratulate Speaker Jay Lucas for organizing this effort, and I thank all of you for being a part of it. It is long overdue. I know that Chairperson Rita Allison will give all a fair hearing, and I commend her for taking on this important work.

    The state of rural education in South Carolina

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  • Legislative Day Speech +

    The following is the transcript of the speech given by Danette Townsend , NMASA Chair at Legislative Day.

    "Good Morning, as was said my name is Danette Townsend and I am the chair of the NM AfterSchool Alliance Leadership Council. NMASA is a network of afterschool stakeholders across NM that work together to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in high quality afterschool programs, that youth development workers - those adults dedicated to youth across our state - have not only the supports and training they need to provide those high quality programs but that they also have a voice

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  • Deadline Approaching: Student Video Contest Closes Feb 19 +

    a1sx2_Thumbnail1_Outreach_Flyer_400x514.jpg World of 7 Billion Video Contest - Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either the sixth mass extinction, available farmland, or global education. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 19, 2015. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found

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  • National AfterSchool Association eNews - January 2015 +

    2015 Afterschool Trends 2015 01 07 13 04 55

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Support Federal 21st CCLC Funding for Afterschool & Summer Learning

alert13Now is an ideal time to reach out to your Members of Congress calling for their support of afterschool and summer learning programs as they consider education, justice, child care, and other relevant spending decisions. Contact your elected officials and make the case for support and funding of school and community based before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs, that inspire learning, keep young people safe and help working families.

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