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Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Yourself While Helping Others

Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Yourself While Helping Others | United Way | Scoop.it
Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even stay healthy. Learn how to find the right fit.
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Cities Announced! 2012 Back-to-School Bus Tour | ED.gov Blog

Cities Announced! 2012 Back-to-School Bus Tour | ED.gov Blog | United Way | Scoop.it

Earlier today, Secretary Arne Duncan announced ED’s third back-to-school bus tour. The tour, themed Education Drives America, will take Duncan and senior ED leaders across the country, with stops in the following cities:

Sacramento, Calif. Reno, Nev. Elko, Nev. Salt Lake City Rawlins, Wyo. Rock Springs, Wyo. Cheyenne Denver Limon, Colo. Topeka, Kan. Emporia, Kan. Kansas City, Mo. Columbia, Mo. Mt. Vernon, Ill. Evansville, Ind. Lexington, Ky. Charleston, W.Va. McDowell County, W.Va. Roanoke, Va. Richmond, Va. Washington, DC

The tour will highlight education successes and bring communities together to talk about P-12 school reform, college affordability and the link between education and jobs.

 

Last year’s tour took ED through the Midwest, and in 2010 Duncan and staff visited the South and the Northeast.

 

Secretary Duncan will lead the tour from Redwood City through Reno, Denver through Kansas City, and Charleston through Washington. Deputy Secretary Tony Miller and Under Secretary Martha Kanter will also lead portions of the tour.

 

More details on each stop will be announced in the coming weeks. To receive updates about the tour, SIGN UP for our Education Drives America email list.

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New Haven officials announce first citywide Kindergarten Canvass, engagement campaign.

New Haven officials announce first citywide Kindergarten Canvass, engagement campaign.

 

As part of a new push “to empower parents and build communities of support around students,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr., Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo and United Way of Greater New Haven President Jack Healy Friday announced plans to knock on the door of every incoming kindergartner who lives in New Haven to “welcome them to school and encourage parents to be involved in their children’s education.”

 

Volunteers are sought.

 

Training will be provided to volunteers, with additional information after registration. For information about volunteering, cal Joshua Mamis at 203-772-2010. Parents with questions about kindergarten can call Daniel Diaz at 203-946-5087.

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Cutting through the hype: What "collaboration" really means

Cutting through the hype:  What "collaboration" really means | United Way | Scoop.it

Collaboration is an over-hyped term in the social software world. We offer a simple definition that makes sense and is useful.

 

By Ephraim Freed 

 

 

"We often think of collaboration as this big thing that the whole organization has to get better at, but collaboration is really something that happens on a smaller scale, within teams with clear and often narrow foci.

 

To improve collaboration you’ve got to help all your teams get better at collaboration, help all your managers improve their facilitation of collaboration, and help employees learn to operate in a collaborative mode. Improving collaboration is a specific domain and requires the use of social software tools in targeted ways."

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Race to the Top District (RTT-D) invites districts to apply for $400M to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts

The Race to the Top District competition (RTT-D) will build on the lessons learned from the State-level competitions and support bold, locally directed improvements in teaching and learning that will directly impact student achievement and teacher...

 

Key Dates Technical Assistance Webinars Overview of the Race to the Top - District Competition: August 16 or 21, 2012 Intent to Apply Due: August 30, 2012 Application Due: October 30, 2012 Grant Award Announcements: December 2012
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Fondo Unido de Guatemala Virtual Boletín Julio 2012

Fondo Unido de Guatemala Virtual Boletín Julio 2012 | United Way | Scoop.it

"Comparte nuestro boletín para que todos vean qué se puede lograr si juntos aportamos para desarrollar a nuestra gente

Fondo Unido de Guatemala Virtual Boletín Julio 2012"

 

 

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Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food | Video on TED.com

"Your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we've build around them." - Jamie Oliver

 

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

 

Via my colleague Lauren Kinsey.

 

TED Talks Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

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ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives

ERIN Project (Beta) - A New Way to View American Education Initiatives | United Way | Scoop.it

What is ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project is a powerful tool designed to analyze the U.S. Education system through five key lenses:   policy, research, organizations, funders and technology. 
  ERIN Project is a free, impartial, and up-to-date database.

Who Created ERIN Project?

  ERIN Project was created by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.  You can learn more about LJAF by visiting www.arnoldfoundation.org.

How ERIN Project is Structured

  ERIN Project's data is grouped into five general categories:

Funders; Research; Policy; Organizations working in education; and Information technology.
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CDC VitalSigns - More People Walk to Better Health

CDC VitalSigns - More People Walk to Better Health | United Way | Scoop.it

Physical activity helps control weight, but it has other benefits. Physical activity such as walking can help improve health even without weight loss.

People need safe, convenient places to walk. People are more likely to walk and move about more when they feel protected from traffic and safe from crime and hazards.  Maintaining surfaces can keep people who walk from falling and getting hurt. This also helps wheelchairs and strollers and is safer for people with poor vision. People need to know where places to walk in their communities exist that are safe and convenient. Walking routes in and near neighborhoods encourage people to walk to stops for buses, trains, and trolleys.

 http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/index.html

 

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Graduating Our Future Initiative 2012 Results - The United Way of Forsyth County

The graduation rate for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools was 70.8% when United Way of Forsyth County rolled out Graduating Our Future --- a breakthrough initiative --- four years ago. Their goal was --- and is --- to improve student success and increase the graduation rate to 90% by 2018. 

 

They recently received the 2012 graduation rates and are pleased to see there's been significant improvement. Overall, the graduation rate is up to 80.9%. At three schools where UWFC's programming is focused, the results are equally dramatic. At Parkland, the rate has increased from 65.8% to 74.3% over that period. At Carver, it's improved from 66.1% to 72.6%. At North Forsyth, it's up from 74.1% to 82.3% in just one year!

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United Way of Central Iowa Launches Volunteer App

United Way of Central Iowa has launched an iPhone app to connect users with central Iowa organizations seeking volunteers.

 

The app will allow users to browse and register for the 200 volunteer opportunities on United Way of Central Iowa’s database.

 

You also may upload and save a custom profile to match you with the volunteer assignments that best match your interests and schedule.

 

This the second volunteer app launched in Iowa – and believed to be the first two nationally.

 

Check out a short video about the app. The app is available on the iPad and iPhone app store, or download through United Way’s website, www.unitedwaydm.org/app.

 

United Way of Central Iowa is a nonprofit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa, that improves lives in the areas of education, income and health by uniting the caring power of our community.

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Sen. Katherine Clark: Focusing on literacy will help every student succeed

Sen. Katherine Clark: Focusing on literacy will help every student succeed | United Way | Scoop.it

If a child is a proficient reader by the end of third grade, he or she is more likely to finish high school.

 

Senator Katherine Clark sponsored legislation to address the challenge of third grade reading proficiency.   "The Massachusetts Early Reading Council will advise state education officials on  early age language and literacy strategies. It will ensure that our curriculum  is language-rich, engaging and rigorous. It also will sharpen our focus on  assessment strategies that are comprehensive, developmentally appropriate and used to inform practice."

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Spark Action KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge Launches September 5!

The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Spark Action KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge Launches September 5! | United Way | Scoop.it

It's not only what you say, it's how you say it.

 

Here’s your chance to create your own “beautiful thing”— a clear, colorful infographic that engages, educates and entertains—and win cool prizes for your effort.  We invite you to enter the KIDS COUNT Infographics Challenge!

 

The Challenge is a crowd-sourced competition that asks young people (13 to 21) and adults (22 and older) to creatively present the 2012 KIDS COUNT (http://datacenter.kidscount.org/) data that matter most to them. Focus on data about your city, your state or an issue area that affects the nation as a whole. It's up to you, because we know it's not just what you say that matters, it's how you say it.

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Study Links Healthy Weight in Children With Tough Snack Laws

Study Links Healthy Weight in Children With Tough Snack Laws | United Way | Scoop.it
The study, conducted over three years in 40 states, is likely to stoke the debate over government efforts to reduce obesity rates.
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United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education announces openings at its Demonstration School

The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education announces openings at its Demonstration School for children ages 3-4.  The Demonstration school has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – one of the nation’s leading organizations of early childhood professionals.  In 2010, the School also received the (APPLE) Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment accreditation, awarded by the Florida Association for Child Care Management, another leading accrediting organization. 

The School is also a member of the Educare Learning Network, an exclusive network of high quality, high performing early education centers from around the country. 

 

Preschool and VPK slots are available for children ages 3 through 4 at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education Demonstration School, Educare of Miami-Dade, beginning August 20, 2012.

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STEM Interns in the house! Boston STEM Network Blog!

STEM Interns in the house! Boston STEM Network Blog! | United Way | Scoop.it

Drums, please! 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMXVV0c9eSw&feature=player_embedded

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Starting education early aids kids’ learning. Pennsylvania's EITC business contributors invest in high quality early learning.

Starting education early aids kids’ learning. Pennsylvania's EITC business contributors invest in high quality early learning. | United Way | Scoop.it

If Smart Start-Centre County could have one lasting message, it would be that high quality learning experiences before age 5 are vital. From birth to age 5, the brain produces 700 synapses per second, while after age 5 no new circuits develop.

 

Related:   http://www.centredaily.com/2012/05/03/3183813/investing-in-early-education-pays.html#storylink=misearch

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Enroll your child at Osborn | United Way for Southeastern Michigan | Live United

Enroll your child at Osborn | United Way for Southeastern Michigan | Live United | United Way | Scoop.it

By Samantha Sullivan, AmeriCorps State/National Member

 

In 2008, Osborn High School became one of the United Way Turnaround Schoolsas part of the Greater Detroit Education Venture Fund, which supports eligible school turnaround efforts in high schools that have low graduation rates. The school was divided up into small schools which assured that no student would go unnoticed.

Along with corporate partners, the AT&T and Skillman Foundations, the school is financially supported to provide proven methods for educational success.

 

Michael Tenbusch, Vice President of Educational Preparedness at UWSEM, played a significant role in choosing Osborn as one of our turnaround high schools. In 2008, the campus was broken up into four small schools, the Upper School of Global Communications and Culture; Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Osborn; Evergreen Academy of Design, Technology, and Alternative Energy; and Osborn College Preparatory Academy.

 

Because of its success, the school, along with several others, was chosen by Roy Roberts to be self-governing, which means that a governing council of civic, community, business, government, local leaders and parents will take responsibility of the performance of the school’s success. The school is now part of the Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools.

 

The mission of United Way for Southeastern Michigan is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.
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St. Landry-Evangeline United Way will host community conversations about education

As a commitment to the students and families of St. Landry and Evangeline parishes, the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way will hold a series of “community conversations” in August related to education.

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Out of Reach 2012: Are people earning enough to afford rent?

Out of Reach 2012: Are people earning enough to afford rent? | United Way | Scoop.it

Published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (MSAs/HMFAs), combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States.  According to the report, Out of Reach 2012 demonstrates that a mismatch exists between the cost of living, the availability of rental assistance and the wages people earn day to day across the country. The Housing Wage consistently exceeds the actual wages earned by renters, in both urban and rural communities nationwide.

 

Elina Bravve, Research AnalystMegan Bolton, Senior Research AnalystLinda Couch, Senior Vice President for Policy and ResearchSheila Crowley, PresidentOut of Reach is a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county,...

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Health Equity Obesity Resource Toolkit - Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Download the Health Equity Obesity Resource Toolkit here: http://www.centertrt.org/content/docs/Health_Equity/HealthEquityObesityToolkit_07_25_12_FINAL_508_compliant.pdf

 

The goal is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit's primary focus is on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity.

 

The Toolkit can be found on the Center for Training and Research Translation's (Center TRT) website, www.centertrt.org,click on Health Equity tab.

 

Coming this spring will be a web-based training to compliment the Toolkit. This training will: (1) inform States, communities and their partners on the purpose and use of the toolkit; (2) orient practitioners on the range of specific approaches and interventions for disparate populations; and (3) assist in the selection and integration of interventions with appropriate environmental and policy strategies and approaches into existing programs or the implementation of new programs to achieve health equity.

 

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) advances health policy and systems change with a health equity focus.

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Development group awarded $150,000 to develop 200x2020 workforce development collaborative

Development group awarded $150,000 to develop 200x2020 workforce development collaborative | United Way | Scoop.it
Belknap CountyThe Community Development Finance Authority Tax Credit Program has awarded $150,000 in tax credits to the Belknap County Economic Development Council toward the 200x2020 workforce development collaborative.The 200x2020 initiative is ...
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Johnson and Reardon: Health Investment for Cities, Nation Is Smart : Roll Call Opinion

Johnson and Reardon: Health Investment for Cities, Nation Is Smart : Roll Call Opinion | United Way | Scoop.it

Two mayors, one Republican, one Democratic, use the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to ensure that their public health and prevention investments have the highest rate of return.

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College Access 101: How Afterschool Can Bridge The Gap

College Access 101: How Afterschool Can Bridge The Gap | United Way | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. EST, the Afterschool Alliance presents the first installment in their new webinar series, "College Access 101: How Afterschool Can Bridge the Gap."  They have invited representatives from two leading organizations dedicated to increasing the opportunities available to the most at-risk youth.  Amy Smitter, director of Institution Development at Campus Compact, and Jason Hamilton, executive director of Arkansas Commitment, will share how they have leveraged relationships with parents, high school staff, universities and peer mentors to support the transition from high school to college.

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