Okay, maybe this blogging thing isn't going to be as difficult as I thought.
As you know, BES was the recipient of a 21st Century Learning grant to enhance our Bristol After-School/Summer Kids program. Partnering with the Mary Johnson's Children Center, the program will continue to offer after school care in addition to workshop opportunities designed to support, enrich and inspire student learning. I came across this piece on the 21st Century School (http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/What_is_21st_Century_Education.htm) website:
"After School Matters
Lest anyone doubt the reach of America's after-school woes -- more than 14 million K-12 students, including 40,000 kindergartners and almost 4 million middle school students, take care of themselves after school -- it appears even the economy is suffering: A new study by Catalyst and the Women's Studies Research Center, at Brandeis University, shows that the workplace productivity of U.S. parents suffers when they are worried about what their kids are doing after school. 2
We need more after school programs. We need after school programs that meet the needs of the 21st century student. What are those needs? What possibilities exist for designing such programs? How can we create programs that are fun, motivational and educational?
"No one believes that when the bell rings at the end of the school day, children stop learning. Curiosity bubbles inside the minds of children from the moment they wake in the morning to when they go to bed at night."3
Our challenge is to encourage, connect, and foster learning throughout a child’s day. How do we help children make sense of all the information and experiences in their lives? How do we ensure that all children have opportunities to reach their full potential in a competitive world where thinking skills are the most important asset of a society?"
Our first goal is to recognize ALL kids as BASK kids for the '10-'11 school year! Watch for more information in the upcoming weeks and at your Parents-as-Partners meetings!