Students with disabilities, those learning English and students who live in rural communities learn at the same rate during the academic year – and often faster – than their peers who are not disadvantaged, but they lose much more ground over the summer, according to new research from the nonprofit education policy and assessment organization NWEA.

The finding bolsters calls by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for state education officials and school leaders to offer intensive summer learning programs for students who have incurred the steepest academic losses due to chronic interruptions to learning during the pandemic.

The perception that boys are more interested than girls in computer science and engineering starts as young as age six, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That may be one reason why girls and women are underrepresented in these STEM career fields, reports study co-author Allison Master, assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Education.
“Gender-interest stereotypes that say ‘STEM is for boys’ begin in grade school, and by the time they reach high school, many girls have made their decision not to pursue degrees in computer science and engineering because they feel they don’t belong,” said Master.

ASTC 2022 Annual Conference: Traversing Tomorrow Together
Monday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) 2022 Annual Conference represents a return to an in-person conference for the first time since 2019. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic with a refined vision of the future, we will come together to chart a path forward for our own organizations, our communities, and our world. We encourage you to look toward where we are going, not just where we have been.

As we work to determine the specific parameters of what the post-pandemic exhibit hall will look like, we invite you to make a reservation for your exhibit booth.

  • Earn your high school diploma.
  • Earn a professional trade certification in either construction, health and human services, or business.
  • Receive support in advancing your career pathway by applying to college, applying for jobs, or both.
  • Serve as a part-time AmeriCorps member by performing service through job training and earning an AmeriCorps award, at least $1,200, towards your education.


  • 18, 19 or 20 years old prior to the start of the school year, Sept. 6, 2022.
  • Philadelphia resident.
  • Do not have a high school diploma or GED.

Application deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022

In partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne Light Company is accepting applications for its 2022-23 Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program. The one-year program, which will begin in August 2022, is designed to prepare students for entry-level skilled craft positions associated with electric utilities.

Saturday Light Brigade, a community-oriented radio station based out of Pittsburgh, had its microphones rolling on Tuesday, March 29 at PSAYDN’s Afterschool Advocacy Day in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Brigade crew joined members of the Propel Schools Student Action Team, as they spoke with state representatives to advocate for new legislation that could provide $50 million dollars in afterschool and out-of-school time funding.

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