Photo: Courtesy of Laura Healy
Strategies for Children is happy to welcome Laura Healy, our new research and field associate, to the staff. Although Laura’s official first day on the job was last Tuesday, she’s already spent a year working for Strategies as a Boston College intern.
A June 2014 graduate of Boston College and a native of Long Island, NY, Laura arrived on campus with an interest in elementary education and English.
“I envisioned myself in the classroom being a teacher in first, second, or third grade,” she explained in a recent interview.
To this end, Laura has worked as a teacher’s assistant for the infant/young toddler room of the Brookline Schools Staff Children’s Center; and she was a tutor for third and fourth graders of the Read Boston afterschool program at Saint Columbkille Partnership School.
But as her college education progressed, Laura found herself attracted to the world outside the classroom. She majored in English and Applied Psychology and Human Development, which allowed her to focus on a broader range of mental and emotional issues and their affect on the way children learn and develop. Continue Reading »
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The Massachusetts state primary election took place yesterday. Below are highlights of the winners of contested races in the 2014 primary elections.
- Governor Democratic Primary – Martha Coakley
- Governor Republican Primary – Charlie Baker
- Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary – Stephen Kerrigan
- Attorney General Democratic Primary – Maura Healey
- Treasurer Democratic Primary – Deborah Goldberg
- US Representative Sixth District Democratic Primary – Seth Moulton
- US Representative Fifth District Democratic Primary – Katherine Clark
- US Representative Ninth District Republican Primary – John Chapman
To learn about the election results in your community and across the commonwealth, visit the elections page of the Boston Globe.
The 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, is 55 days away. This is the time to remind the candidates that investing in high-quality early education and care is one of your top priorities as a voter.
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It’s Election Day in Massachusetts, time to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries.
Unfortunately, Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting a low voter turnout, according to the Boston Globe.
“I would be happy to be wrong,” Galvin said at a State House press conference that the Globe covered. “But I am, at this point, skeptical.”
So please, make Galvin happy by proving him wrong: Vote.
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“We will sharpen our focus on achieving great outcomes for all, so that none of Seattle’s students are left behind. We want Seattle to be the first city in America that eliminates the achievement gap.”
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on his proposal for creating a new Department of Education and Early Learning, September 2, 2014
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This coming Monday (September 8, 2014) is International Literacy Day. Sponsored by UNESCO, the goal of this annual event, which has been celebrated since 1966, is to “mobilize international public opinion” and solicit support for literacy activities that help children and adults lead more vital and informed lives. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Sustainable Development.”
Although rates of illiteracy are dropping, the challenge remains: Some 781 million people around the globe are illiterate, according to UNESCO, and nearly two-thirds of this group are women. “The lowest literacy rates are observed in sub-Saharan Africa and in South and West Asia.”
Boosting literacy is critical. As former UN Secretary Kofi Annan said in 2005, “Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.” Continue Reading »
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Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children
Here at Strategies for Children (SFC) we’re proud to release our annual Highlights report, a summary of our accomplishments over the last year.
“Strategies for Children is evolving to fill a new role in the birth–third grade continuum,” Chris Martes, SFC’s president and CEO, explains in the report. “Building upon our expertise in advocacy, awareness-raising, and coalition building, SFC is bridging the worlds of policy and practice, and helping to ensure public and private resources are allocated effectively to impact outcomes for children.” Continue Reading »
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