- GRIOT students learned about different samba rhythms. Our new students had the opportunity to play and test their skills on different percussion instruments in their first weeks of GRIOT.
- Power Academy participants at PS 192 explored the process of cloud formation as part of their STEM classes. Students made “clouds” using cotton balls and wrote about the function of clouds and the water cycle.
- Harlem Renaissance LTW students and staff attended the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Central Park on Sunday, October 14th. Elaine Mena (a senior at Harlem Renaissance), Chris Martinez (a recent graduate), and Kevin Daniels (program manager) are pictured above. Elaine stated “I didn’t realize how positive the event would be.”
- The Harlem Renaissance LTW program kicked off their “Meet You Half Way” series on Saturday, October 13th. Program manager Kevin Daniels attended a Fashion Week Brooklyn event to support Jada Putman, a senior at Harlem Renaissance. Kevin sat down with Jada’s mother and family and together discussed college and post-secondary education options. The “Meet You Half Way” series provides students and families key future-planning support to fill gaps in school-based guidance resources. Our program staff and counselors attend family events, sports competitions, talent shows and similar milestone moments.
THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Civics Education Helps Create Young Voters and Activists
Youth voices remain underrepresented in local and national public policy due to low voter turnout–we must ensure that our young people know how to register, how to vote, and that they understand their potential to shape the future. Civics education is critical to engaging and empowering our future voters.
- Only half of eligible adults between the ages of 18 and 29 voted in the 2016 presidential election.
- These troubling voting rates follow decades of declining civics education in the United States.
- Starting in the 1960s, civics instruction began to decline in U.S. schools. In the 1960s, young voter turnout declined.
- Just one in three Americans would pass the United States Citizenship test today.
- Only 9 states and the District of Columbia require on year of civics or government classes in high school.
- Some educators believe that schools should start civics education much earlier—perhaps as young as Kindergarten.
- Many educators believe middle school would be the ideal time to incorporate more civics classes. Middle school students are undergoing significant developmental and intellectual changes and are often interested in debating issues.
- Civics lessons could be embedded in a variety of subjects.
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Skittles Rainbow Activity
With Halloween around the corner, consider exploring science through candy!
- Plate or small bowl
- Ask students create a circle of Skittles on a plate or small bowl. Students might want to organize by color or create a fun pattern.
- Once the students have organized their pattern, students will pour water in the middle of the plate or bowl.
- Have students watch closely. As the water soaks into the Skittles, the colors will begin to change the color of the water. Ask students to observe closely and describe what they see.
- Ask students to describe how water changes the Skittles.
- Have students walk around the room and look at the different color patterns.
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