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New York City Middle Schoolers are World’s First to Sequence DNA in Class
PlayDNA launches hands-on STEM curriculum in data science and genomics at Village Community School...

New York City, NY – May 9, 2017  – A new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) pilot curriculum is underway at Village Community School [VCS] in Manhattan where 34 seventh graders are the world’s first to sequence DNA in class. The curriculum is the creation of PlayDNA: a start-up company dedicated to educating students about data science and genomics. 

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America’s Promise Alliance Releases New Collaborative Framework For Improving Outcomes For Children And Youth
‘Our Work’ Turns Key Learnings from Youth Development, Economic Mobility Research into Actionable Ideas for Communities

NEW YORK (April 2017) – How do we accelerate progress for more young people in America? To answer this question, America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, reviewed the strongest research in youth development and economic mobility, pulled from 20 years of experience, spoke directly to young people, and consulted 200 leaders from nonprofits, corporations, foundation, government, education institutions, research and policy entities, and other systems.

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Prestigious National Commission To Meet With Cleveland Educators, Parents, and Students
Commissioners To Learn How City’s Schools Embrace Social and Emotional Learning

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Melissa Mellor
Melissa.Mellor@AspenInstitute.org   (202) 736-3552

CLEVELAND — April 19, 2017 — The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development will host its first site visits and public meetings May 1-2 in Cleveland. The 25-member Commission will meet with educators, parents, students, and policymakers to learn how Cleveland is integrating social and emotional learning across schools and programs.

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Secure Schools Alliance Research & Education Releases First Brief in ‘Securing Our Schools’ Toolkit
Two more briefs to be launched with the Police Foundation for K-12 learning institutions, law enforcement officials

WILMINGTON, DE (April 20, 2017) – The Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization has released the first brief in its new toolkit for K-12 learning institutions and law enforcement – Securing Our Schools – entitled, “Starting the Conversation About School Safety.”

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Over 14 Million Student Service Hours Managed Through x2VOL from intelliVOL; Official Service Transcript Verifies Hours for National Honor Society, Scholarships and College Applications
Life Without x2VOL is a “Big Mess of Paper”

DALLAS – March 20, 2017 - This spring, high schools across the country will perform their induction ceremony recognizing new members of the National Honor Society (NHS). When these students walk down the graduation aisle with gold cords adorning their gowns, schools using x2VOL will be able to hand them an Official Service Transcript of the hours they have given in community service during high school. These official transcripts are valid for scholarship and college applications.

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Georgia Center for Opportunity Thanks Sen. Hill for Leadership on Education Savings Accounts
ESA can be used for tuition and other educational fees

Atlanta, GA - The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO) would like to applaud State Senator Hunter Hill (R-Atlanta) for authoring and introducing Education Savings Account legislation, SB 68 last week during the legislative session. This bill will establish and fund an education savings account program (ESA) for all Georgia elementary and secondary school students.