Learning doesn’t end when the school bell rings—so why should our investment in Washington’s students stop at the end of the school day?
New research from Washington state reiterates the benefits of high-quality expanded learning opportunities – including afterschool and summer learning programs – on students’ development and academic achievement.
Exactly how impactful are high-quality afterschool programs on kids’ success?
Last year, we partnered with the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and researchers from the American Institutes for Research to answer that question. Here’s what we found based on a survey of 11 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs serving students in grades 4 through 9 across the state:Read More
The students of Stoneman Douglas High School’s leadership in the aftermath of the horrific shooting at their school is a powerful reminder that young people can change the world. From Black Lives Matter focusing the nation on police violence, to #MeToo forcing a long overdue conversation about sexual assault and harassment, to the extraordinary students of Stoneman Douglas High School demanding action on gun violence, young people are driving and leading change from all corners of the nation.
We stand with all of you and are in awe of your moral clarity and courage. Today, we’ll personally contribute $25,000 to March For Our Lives. Let's keep this movement going.Read More
In every city and state across the country we are seeing the same alarming and disturbing trend: People of color are dramatically overrepresented in the population of people experiencing homelessness. Here in Seattle, African Americans make up just 6 percent of the overall population, but make up 29 percent of people experiencing homelessness.
In response to this stubborn trend, last week we co-hosted a first-of-its-kind national summit on Racial Equity and Homelessness in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together, we supported the Center for Social Innovation to bring together state and national leaders and funders from communities throughout the U.S. to discuss how to address these unconscionable trends in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness.Read More
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we celebrate the life of a Civil Rights hero who believed in ordinary people’s ability to do extraordinary things. It’s an important day to reflect on his legacy, but too often Martin Luther King Jr. Day is tokenized in schools. When we fail to engage students in meaningful conversations about Dr. King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement, we fail to help students understand their own place in the ongoing struggle for racial justice.
Last week I gave a talk at Lakota Middle School’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly, and I asked students to consider five lessons from Dr. King. I also asked students to share their own ideas about how to bring people together to fight for racial justice, both in the world and in their own middle school.
Here are the five lessons from Dr. King that I asked students to consider.
Lesson one: The importance of recognizing our collective humanityRead More