Partnership for After School Education

Issue 94

February 17, 2015

Afterschool Programs: Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach

The Afterschool Alliance recently released a report, "Afterschool Programs: Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach," that discusses how afterschool programs can help bridge divides in access to additional learning opportunities, access to caring mentors, and access to resources and peer networks that can excite young people about the acquisition of knowledge. The report also dives into connected learning - the intentional linkage of one's interests, peer groups, and academics - and how it capitalizes on the benefits of all three areas to create a learning experience that is both powerful and enduring. Included in the report are examples of afterschool programs that are offering connected learning opportunities, as well as key takeaways from programs.

February 13, 2015

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, a new report by the African American Policy Forum and Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, combines data on discipline disparities in New York City and Boston schools with findings from focus groups with young women of color to shine a spotlight on the unique challenges girls of color face in classrooms across the country. The report finds that girls of color face much harsher school discipline than their white peers but are excluded from current efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline. It also recommends policies and interventions to address the challenges facing these girls.