"Much of Mr. Escalante's success with students stemmed from his ability to persuade them to work on lessons in his classroom after school each day, and to attend Saturday and summer classes to prepare for calculus. He rejected the usual markers of academic excellence and insisted that regardless of a student's GPA, he would let her take the AP course if she promised to work hard." Read more
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Monday, March 22, 2010
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Join the party and make a difference in your community. Our goal is to raise awareness of the academic issues affecting the youth in our community.
The blueprint provides incentives for states to adopt academic standards that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and create accountability systems that measure student growth toward meeting the goal that all children graduate and succeed in college.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The MACY Awards committee, which awards the best student musicals in the region, will be there on March 26th. The staff at Valley High hopes to have support for the students at each performance, but they are particularly targeting March 26 as the night to have THINK Together staff, volunteers and supporters in attendance.
Friday, March 12, 2010
“Fight Crime: Invest in Kids,” (FightCrime.org) a group of more than 400 Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, DAs, crime survivors and others, released the report entitled “California’s After-School Commitment: Keeping Kids On Track and Out of Trouble." The people behind “Fight Crime” are calling on state leaders to help prevent crime by protecting and, as the economy recovers, increasing access to quality after-school programs.
While the report acknowledges that California already leads the nation in its commitment to after-school programs, it urges Sacramento Legislators to do more.
Presently 400,000 California students are supported through after-school programs each school day; however, as the report documents, many more low-income children are left unsupervised because there are still not enough programs to meet demand. Consider that THINK Together alone has a waiting lists of 5,000+ students.
The Fight Crime report details by County the number of low-income schools across the state that are without after-school programs. Here’s how that shapes up across THINK Together’s Southern California footprint:
- Los Angele County – 405 schools w/o
- Inland Empire – 328 schools w/o
- Orange County – 75 schools w/o
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Maria Sanchez, Human Resources Coordinator, was awarded the Home Office Star THINKer Peer Recognition Award for February 2010. Here are some of the nominations she received from her peers:
“I would like to nominate Maria for always stepping up when things need to get done, especially in tight timeframes. She is always ready to help at a moment’s notice. She is a great team contributor. Thank you, Maria!”
“Maria is very patient and helpful. She is constantly bombarded with calls and requests and she handles them all with patience and a smile.”
“Maria takes the initiative to get things done and she is always so willing and able to help out whenever and wherever she is needed.”
“Maria helps out whenever a time-sensitive project or information is needed. She’s a shining star!”
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This year, AAHHE added a high school leadership component to the conference on March 6th and invited 50 high school students to participate in the national event. Five students from THINK Together’s “Bridging Dreams” class at Century High School in Santa Ana received invitations to participate: Nancy Alcala, Perla Balderas, Ambar Castaneda, Alicia Duque, and Eder Penaloza.
The students began the day listening to an open panel discussion on immigration and education, moderated by ABC news anchor, John Quinones, and then attended a series of workshops on leadership and networking. Cal State Fullerton sponsored their participation.
Friday, March 5, 2010
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
My wife Alma and I are honored to have President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joining us today to announce a new multi-year campaign to mobilize all Americans to help end the high school dropout crisis. We call this work Grad Nation.
For the past two years, America’s Promise Alliance has been traveling the country, raising awareness about how high dropout rates and low readiness for college and work undermine our nation’s future. In nearly all 50 states and 55 cities, we have convened high-level Dropout Prevention Summits that brought together nearly 30,000 mayors and governors, business and community leaders, school administrators, students and parents. They have committed to concrete action plans to improve graduation rates in their states and communities.
To that end, the time for talking and planning has ended. Now we must turn our attention to solutions. This means acting on all the lessons we’ve learned at our summits, and more importantly, making sure all Americans see their stake in this and join us to reach an important goal, which is to see that 90 percent of today’s fourth-graders graduate from high school on time. If we achieve this, we will not only be a more healthy and prosperous nation, but we can also help realize President Obama’s goal of making the United States the global pacesetter of college graduation by 2020.
The simple proposition is this—improving graduation rates is not just an education issue; it’s a community issue. We cannot expect more from our schools and young people until all Americans are prepared to be more involved, because so many of the building blocks that make for success in school involve effort outside of the classroom.
Grad Nation is the way for us to mobilize to win this battle.
Much like the Olympic athletes we’ve been inspired by recently, we all need to push past our comfort levels and make our work benefit something greater than ourselves — our country. Whether it is through City Year’s “In School and On Track” initiative or The First Tee’s National School Program, our nearly 400 national Alliance partners and their local affiliates are stepping up to lead the way. We’re already seeing the impact of this type work in cities like Philadelphia and Tucson, which have improved their graduation rates by more than 20 percentage points in a decade.
So the question remains: What will you do? How can you help? The choice is simple. If we are to remain a great nation, we must be a Grad Nation.
To learn more about America’s Promise Alliance and Grad Nation, visit: http://www.americaspromise.org/.
General Colin Powell is founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance
Hector Martinez has been promoted to Site Coordinator at La Primaria Elementary School in El Monte (Mountain View School District). Hector joined THINK Together as a Program Leader (PL) in 2007. Most recently, he was the Lead PL at Walnut Elementary in Baldwin Park Unified School District and acted as a Site Coordinator for two weeks at Geddes Elementary in that same District. In Fall 2010, Hector will continue his studies at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Child Psychology with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development.
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