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|1,908||Youth Today: Small is Essential||
By Karen Pittman, October 1999
Construction of a new 5,000-student high school in Los Angeles was halted last month because someone discovered that is was being built on a toxic site. Because of land scarcity, it turns out that this is a problem in big cities across the country.
|5,989||Youth Today: Some Things Do Make a Difference||
By Karen Pittman, April 2003
While the debate over whether after-school programs make a difference in academic achievement takes shape inside the Washington Beltway, more good news has been deposited on the bridge where research, policy and practice meet.
|2,481||Youth Today: Still at Risk, but Not at Sea||
By Karen Pittman, June 2003
Twenty years ago in April, the National Commission on Excellence in Education gave the country a wake-up call with the release of A Nation at Risk, the report whose warnings about the prevalence of low expectations and low performance in American schools set the stage for today's educational standards movement.
|3,389||Youth Today: Strength in Unity||
By Karen Pittman, November/December 1994
|2,457||Youth Today: Striving to Succeed, Daring to Fail||
By Karen Pittman, February 2001
The achievement gap between young black and white Americans is like the Energizer Bunny: It keeps going and going and going. And there are latent fears about whether the achievement gap can be closed.
|4,348||Youth Today: Superintendents of Learning||
By Karen Pittman, March 2008
|2,141||Youth Today: Supports, Opportunities and Services||
By Karen Pittman, October 2000
I like to coin phrases — simple ways of saying things that help people remember important concepts. Years ago I coined, “Supports, Opportunities and Services,” or S.O.S. Young people need steady doses of all three. They need services: Healthcare, housing, transportation, crisis intervention, instruction, financial assistance, public spaces — things provided for them. They need supports:
|5,383||Youth Today: Taking Risks for Transition-Age Youth||
On any given day, scores of young people with limited individual and social capital are simultaneously struggling to exit some systems and enter others: foster care, residential treatment centers, higher education, mental health programs, gainful employment.
|2,326||Youth Today: The 8 R's: Building Community Within Schools||
By Karen Pittman, June 1999
“Shoelace monitor.” This is the new job that a group of four-year-olds asked their teacher to post so they could apply. Their logic: Lots of kids still can’t tie their shoes well. The teacher spends time tying shoes, straining her back and cutting into playground time. The solution: Certify lace tie-ers to help.
|2,084||Youth Today: The Algebra of Development||
By Karen Pittman, July 1998
“Youth development is what you’d do for your own kid on a good day. We don’t need a fancy definition to know what to do.” This practical advice was offered recently by Hugh Price, president of the National Urban League. He’s right. We don’t need a fancy definition. We need a functional equation.