BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND THE REAL WORLD

It is mid-morning on a warm, spring Wednesday, and Erick Delcham is darting from student to student in his Algebra III class at North Queens Community High School. 

Delcham smiles and laughs as he pushes his students to explain how they are trying to answer the problems in front of them.   

“Notice what you are doing now?” he encourages a quiet boy named Kuron, who has floated an idea about how to solve a Pythagorean equation. “You are conjecturing!”

Thanks in part to Hilltop Scholars, Lily has progressed from reading at a second-grade level in fourth grade to reading at a 12th-grade level in eighth grade today. The program also sparked her leadership skills and increased her comfort with her peers.

 

HELPING YOUTH PROGRAMS ASSESS QUALITY

Like most youth organizations around Washington state, Peace Community Center is eager to improve the quality of its programs so they can better serve young people. 

When Dawn Clemens became principal of Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, D.C., she held a funeral. Into a mock coffin, she dumped a batch of excuses—slips of paper conveying the many reasons people gave for why students weren’t learning. The ritual was her way of saying that, even though the percentage of students living in poverty exceeded those who graduated high school in the area, she would accept no rationalizations for the school’s failure to reach its academic goals.

NEW ADVOCATES, NEW INSIGHT INTO ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

On a recent Monday morning, a young woman took a seat before the Seattle City Council, opened her PowerPoint slides, and cheerfully introduced herself to the elected officials.

“My name is Montrai Williams,” she told the council, flashing a photograph of herself in pigtails at the age of four. “I go by Trai.”