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Indian student Shreya creates world record in SAT, TOEFL scores

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Meet Shreya Vardhan, a Class XII student of Delhi Public School, RK Puram, who has created a record by scoring a perfect 2400 in her SAT test and in her TOEFL test for admission to foreign Universities.

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Powerful Schools Presents Powerful People: Jennifer Selby

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Reprinted from the Rainier Valley Post
AUGUST 11, 2012
Powerful Schools Presents Powerful People: Jennifer Selby

in EDUCATION,PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
By Powerful Schools (RVP sponsor)

RAINIER VALLEY – Jennifer Selby (right) – a Powerful Schools’ Reading Tutor at Hawthorne Elementary – is also a Stanford Graduate School of Business alumna and mother of two.

She became passionate about tutoring young children after she taught her own sons, Justin, 8, and Cameron, 6, how to read.

“It was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done!” she exclaimed.

After volunteering in their classrooms for a couple years, Jennifer wanted to find more opportunities to help local children. She did a lot of research before she happened upon Powerful Schools through Social Venture Partners.

“Being a Powerful Schools’ tutor was a dream volunteer assignment,” said Jennifer. “The program is so well organized and in two and a half hours I can really make a difference and see the progress in the young students I tutor.”

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Executive Order: WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS

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From: The President of the United States of America

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Over the course of America’s history, African American men and women have strengthened our Nation, including by leading reforms, overcoming obstacles, and breaking down barriers. In the less than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision put America on a path toward equal educational opportunity, America’s educational system has undergone a remarkable transformation, and many African American children who attended the substandard segregated schools of the 1950s have grown up to see their children attend integrated elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

However, substantial obstacles to equal educational opportunity still remain in America’s educational system. African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education. African American student achievement not only lags behind that of their domestic peers by an average of two grade levels, but also behind students in almost every other developed nation. Over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects. An even greater number of African American males do not graduate with a regular high school diploma, and African American males also experience disparate rates of incarceration.

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Samantha Garvey, Once-Homeless Teen Nominated For Science Award, Moves Into New Home

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(1/25/2012) On New Year’s Day, teenage prodigy Samantha Garvey and her family moved into a homeless shelter on Long Island, wondering what the future might hold after being evicted from their home.

Less than a month later, Garvey had a roof over her head — in the House of Representatives chamber. The 18-year-old high school senior joined a gallery of political luminaries Tuesday night to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Source: http://today.msnbc.msn.com

6 year old wins National Spelling Bee

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UPI/Mike Theiler

ori Anne Madison, 6, of Woodbridge, Virginia, spells out the letters in her word as she competes during the opening round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 30, 2012, in National Harbor, Maryland. Madison, the youngest known qualifier in the history of the contest, correctly spelled the word “dirigible*”, a lighter-than-air aircraft, to advance.

Source: http://www.upi.com/

How the world’s best-performing schools come out on top

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Changing what happens in the hearts and minds of millions of children—the main charge of any school system—is no simple task. That some do so successfully while others do not is indisputable…

Source:http://mckinseyonsociety.com

How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better

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Based on more than 200 interviews with system stakeholders and analysis of some 600 interventions carried out by these systems, this report identifies the reform elements that are replicable for school systems elsewhere as they move from poor to fair to good to great to excellent performance..

Source: http://mckinseyonsociety.com

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