National Mentoring Movement for Students in Marginalized Black Communities
The National CARES Mentoring Movement is pioneering new paths forward that enhance the education of students in marginalized Black communities and underresourced schools. Anchored by a 58 US-city affiliate network, National CARES provides children and low-income parents with the emotional, social, academic, and career-readiness support they need in order to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their family, community, and society.
CARES’ 32-week curricula are built to help children heal the multiple traumas of impoverishment and override the debilitating effects that unaddressed will be lifelong. CARES’ evidenced-based initiatives instill hope, critical thinking skills, racial pride, and love for learning and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Young ones come to understand that they are greater than their greatest challenges, as they share their stories and heal together, supported by trained psychologists, social workers, and volunteer mentors in CARES’ wide-spreading Wellness Mentoring Circles. Youth learn to transform their thinking and behaviors. They learn how to love themselves, as well as one another, and prepare for success in school, careers, and life.
Schools generally have until the fall of 2024 to use the last of their federal COVID relief dollars. In a January 26 letter, the US Department of Education offered recommendations to help school districts use their remaining coronavirus relief funding to plan for the long-term success of education technology programs.
We Have to Do Something Different is a documentary film produced by the Teaching Systems Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The film provokes important conversations about the big challenges facing schools by taking a detailed look at the small steps teachers around the country are taking every day to help their students succeed.
Ripple Effects, a leader in social–emotional learning (SEL) for more than 20 years, provides a digital suite of evidence-based preK–12 programs that help learners and educators understand the root cause of social and behavior challenges, allowing them to customize plans to meet their specific needs. The programs are developmentally appropriate to promote personalized SEL skill-building, behavioral support, and positive mental health. In 2022 the Ripple Effects for Teens program was designated a recommended program by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), and its early learner program, Bouncy’s Ready to Learn Resilience, was a finalist in the 2022 EdTech Cool Tool Awards.