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How Can Private Schools Contribute To the Public Good?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Some have called summer the “most unequal time of the year,” and Johns Hopkins researchers found that summer learning loss in elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. And yet, swimming is a crucial part of the Horizons program, a public-private partnership to give local public school students the kind of summer experiences that more affluent families pay for over the break. The program is designed to help reduce the summer slide.” (more)

Math with good posture means better scores

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“If you’ve ever felt like a deer in the headlights before taking a math test or speaking before a large group of people, you could benefit from a simple change in posture. As part of a new study by researchers at San Francisco State University, 125 college students were tested to see how well they could perform simple math — subtracting 7 from 843 sequentially for 15 seconds — while either slumped over or sitting up straight with shoulders back and relaxed. Fifty-six percent of the students reported finding it easier to perform the math in the upright position.” (more)

How The San Francisco 49ers Are Using Football To Expand STEM Education In The Silicon Valley

The Huffington Post – Alicia Jessop

“The Silicon Valley is known as the world epicenter of the tech industry. Yet, when the San Francisco 49ers relocated to Santa Clara to begin playing at Levi’s Stadium, the team was surprised to learn that a mere three-percent of high school students in the Santa Clara school system passed the AP Calculus examination. Since its founding in 1991, the 49ers Foundation has been committed to providing opportunities to children in underserved communities to help keep them, “safe, on track and in school.” Recognizing the likely cause of low AP Calculus test score results as a gap in STEM education opportunities, the 49ers shifted their educational strategy to address this issue upon moving to Santa Clara.”(more)

Teacher collaboration leads to Common Core math success

Ed Source – Theresa Harrington

“Fifth-grade math teacher Wei Zhang moves her hands in small circles with her palms up, coaxing her students to think about the math problem on the board. “This way makes it easier to certain people,” Zhang said as she explained how to set up an equation that included both addition and multiplication using brackets. “Do you have to do it this way? No. What are the other ways you have learned?” It’s a lesson in learning math the Common Core way – using multiple methods to come up with the right answer. The state standards require students to think critically as they solve problems – and math test scores at E.M. Grimmer Elementary School in Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area reflect the impressive growth that students have made during the past two years.”(more)

Where Sports and Science Meet: San Francisco 49ers Expand Support of STEM With New Lab at Calif. HS

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“Since 2014, when the San Francisco 49ers made their first foray into STEM education, the local Santa Clara schools have revolutionized how they engage students in the study of science, technology, engineering and math. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, which started with 60 kids at Cabrillo Middle School, now has 180 students in grades seven through nine who study a rigorous curriculum both in and out of school.”(more)