Arne Duncan – The biggest lie is this idea around guns and violence and kids. You never find anyone who says, “We don’t value our kids. We don’t care about them.” But I don’t listen to words. I look at actions. And the truth is, we’ve raised a generation of kids on mass shootings and gun violence. During my seven and a half years running Chicago Public Schools, we had a kid killed every two weeks on average, due to gun violence, which is a staggering rate of loss. Then Sandy Hook happens. This just doesn’t happen in other countries. You know, England, Canada, Australia have basically solved this. We don’t lack the intellect. We lack the political will. We lack the courage.

Serving some 1.7 million young people nationwide, 21st CCLC programming ranges from small, school-based centers to large, multi-site programs that leverage public and private funding. The programs operate in remote rural areas where they are literally the only program for miles around, to programs located in our largest cities, to many mid-size communities in between. Altogether, children in thousands of communities are benefitting from participation in 21st CCLC programs.

Comparing the 2013 STEM education plan with the 2018 plan — the new STEM education strategy has a strong focus on workforce preparation and employability. Additionally, the plan includes a strong emphasis on the role of STEM ecosystems, as well as industry and corporate partners to increase STEM education opportunities in communities across the United States. The plan is also noticeably shorter, opting for an approach that focuses more on setting guiding principles and objectives for the federal government regarding STEM than specific pathways and directives for agencies to implement. This broad approach still provides an opportunity for the afterschool and summer field to draw connections to the goals of the new plan and show how afterschool and summer programs can fit into the efforts during the coming years for STEM education.

When I think about the people who have made the biggest difference in my life, Susan Bauer tops the list. Mrs. Bauer taught math at the girls’ school I attended in Dallas in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and she forged the path that led me to my career in technology—and my life as I know it.

For 10 years, Remake Learning has worked to ignite engaging, relevant and equitable learning opportunities for every student — opportunities that leverage technology, art and the learning sciences to upend the factory model paradigm. We believe that to truly prepare learners for the future, we need to equip them not only with deep content knowledge and high-tech tools, but also the skills and creativity to adapt to and thrive amid dramatic advances in technology.

“$100 to $200 a day to incarcerate someone? It’s going to cost the American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to incarcerate my brother, only to put him back out and do the same thing over and over again because he’s still not getting treatment. There has got to be a better way to spend $1,000 on him upfront to get him treatment for his anxiety. If we spent $50 upfront to get him into an afterschool program where he could learn some resilience. There are so many places where we missed to intervene that ultimately turns into millions of dollars this country is spending on trying to punish a chronic disease,” stated Jerome Adams, United States Surgeon General.

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