Summer Enrichment Helps Students Maintain Gains

The “summer slide” has long been documented as a major threat to the academic achievement of children in high-poverty schools. They lose much of the gains they make during the school year and fall further behind their peers from higher-income homes. To combat the summer slide, Charleston Promise Neighborhood provides literacy enrichment to Mary Ford […]

The Critical Importance of Community Engagement in Schools

Research has demonstrated repeatedly and convincingly that parental and community involvement in schools leads to improved academic and behavioral outcomes for the children. One study found that family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times […]

21st century skills

Why We Must Teach 21st Century Workplace Skills

The skills we all need in today’s information-age workplace are very different from the skills required not so long ago. Mid- and late-20th century jobs built on the assembly line required physical strength and a work ethic. Pre-computer office jobs required reading and math literacy, and some critical thinking skills for those in management. Jobs […]