Mary Ford Elementary college bound

College-bound Culture at Mary Ford Elementary

Building a culture where attending college is the normal state of affairs, Mary Ford Elementary School sets time aside each Friday for theme-based assemblies around the idea of succeeding in primary school and heading off to higher education. The students gather in the assembly hall and each class chants the fight song of the school […]

After-school program with enrichment

The Power of After-School Programs

When you were a child, what was an after-school activity? Depending on your age, it might have been the cheerleading squad, a sports team, or band practice. In other words, there might not have been an after-school program per se. After-school programs abound today. Just between 2004 and 2014, enrollment in after-school programs skyrocketed from […]

closing the opportunity gap with outcomes-based programs

The Gap is About Opportunity First, Achievement Second

“We’ve squeezed all the benefits we’re going to out of our laser-like focus on measuring outcomes.” That’s the assessment of Dr. Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and editor of a book about closing the opportunity gap. Welner bases part of that assessment on the limited success of […]