STEM enrichment

Are Field Trips A Valuable Educational Tool?

Field trips have been a staple of modern American public education going back generations. Despite the logistical headaches, the safety concerns, the expense and hassle, schools have been exposing their students to myriad educational and cultural sites, providing kinesthetic experiences beyond the classroom. In recent years, though, the field trip has been in decline. Museums […]

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 […]