- Power Academy participants from PS 85, PS 33, and PS 175 went apple and pumpkin picking at Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Granite Springs, New York on Wednesday, September 19th. Students used their five senses to observe apples and learned about how apple trees grow.
- Power Academy staff at PS 192 attended a staff training about how to create and implement engaging lessons. Staff members created lesson plans about a variety of topics including Election Day, how to create a family tree, and the water cycle.
- GRIOT students participated in Guitar, Beat Making Exploration, Capoiera, Percussion, and Vocals & Cypher classes this week.
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
College rankings need to focus more on graduation rates of low-income students
Bridget Burns, the executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, discusses the college ranking system and the lack of focus on the experiences of low-income students in this recent Washington Post article.
- Only 14% of students from low-income families graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Burns believes that colleges should focus more on helping low-income students graduate.
- Recently, Georgia State University made a significant effort to help minority and low-income students graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Rather than “cherry-picking” the “best low-income students”, Georgia State focused on improving their advising and other support systems for students who had the potential to graduate—but tend to drop out.
- Georgia State’s graduation rate increased by 23 percentage points. However, the school dropped more than 20 places in the next U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.
- The most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking system considers social mobility and outcomes. It focuses less on the exclusivity of the school. Georgia State jumped from 223 to 187.
To learn more about Burn’s recommendations for improving how college ranking systems, click here.
Build an Apple Volcano
Students will learn about chemical reactions by creating an apple volcano.
- baking soda
- dish soap
- food coloring
- knife—an adult will need to cut a hole in the center of the apple
- Have an adult cut a hole in the center of the apple. Make sure not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the apple.
- Put a couple of scoops of baking soda inside the apple.
- Add a drop of dish soap for a foamier eruption.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to make colored “lava”.
- Pour vinegar into the apple and watch the chemical reaction take place.
To learn more, click here.