Communities In Schools National, through its Milliken Center for Innovation and Student Success, is now accepting fellowship applications for 2018-2019 through this first-ever call for applications. This opportunity is for CIS alumni who wish to spend nine months in residence in the Washington, DC area or work remotely from home with regular visits to the National Office, tackling a public policy development project or problem of practice related to Integrated Student Supports. The selected Fellow would work alongside CIS National staff in a collaborative, cross-functional exploration of some of the most important and compelling issues facing CIS and the students we serve. Through this annual call for applications, we seek to advance our collective work and give voice to the next generation of CIS leaders and thinkers, while honoring Bill and Jean Milliken’s unique contributions to this organization.
2018 Fellowship Focus
This year’s focus, derived from the inaugural Milliken Dialogues, is “Preparing All Students for College, Career and Civic Engagement.” Dialogue participants suggested several subject matter areas worthy of further exploration or work, as follows:
- Developing an advocacy strategy for CIS with the nation’s governors.
- Developing partnerships for “soft skill” development and CIS affiliates.
- Engaging with school districts to set and understand goals for CIS in helping all students be prepared for college, career and civic engagement.
- Fostering work-based learning or internships/apprenticeships during high school
- Working on measures of “soft skills” and social emotional learning (research at CIS is already underway).
- Working with CIS to prepare training or materials for principals to understand how Integrated Student Supports help their students be prepared for life after graduation.
Interested applicants should consider how they might approach one or more of these topics, and propose a project that addresses site coordinator training, public policy, or innovation. Projects might include research, curriculum development, proposed policy changes, advocacy training, or a product/service to advance the topic. Be bold! Projects that demonstrate creative thinking, even if the idea is not fully formed yet, will be a good demonstration of your talents.
All projects must focus on the work of CIS and the provision of Integrated Student Supports in a way that achieves the organization’s mission to surround students with a network of support, so they stay in school and achieve in life.
Download the Call for Applications to learn more and apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 31, 2018.
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Pay stubs of first-generation students match those of wealthier peers
A February 2018 report found that, nationwide, those who earn a bachelor’s degree are likely to earn the same paychecks as their peers who had more educated parents.
Economists have been finding that it’s getting harder to move up in America. Kids who come from poor families are more likely to remain poor as adults than in the past. But data released from the statistics division of the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month points out that a college education can still be a lever of social mobility. Even college graduates whose parents had never attended any college at all were still working at the same rates and earning the same salaries, on average, as their peers with better-educated parents.
Consider students who graduated from college with a four-year bachelor’s degree during the 2007-08 academic year. Five years later, in 2012, the majority of these young college graduates had full-time jobs. For those whose parents had never attended any college, often referred to as “first-generation” students, 57 percent were working full time and earning $45,000 a year, on average. For those who had at least one parent who had attended some college, 58 percent were working full time and earning $43,000. And for those who had at least one parent with a college degree, 59 percent were working full time and making $45,500. From a statistical perspective, these rates and salaries are identical, according to the February 2018 report produced by RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
“It’s partially good news. It doesn’t matter who you are as long as you hold a diploma in your hands,” said Ray Franke, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “For the few [first-generation students] who make it through the pipeline, chances are they can progress just like their peers and lead a successful middle-income life.” Read more.
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On Sunday, March 4, members of the CIS Alumni Leadership Committee represented Communities In Schools at the ABC Kite Festival! CIS is a beneficiary of the annual event. Are you a CIS alumni interested in getting involved? Email: email@example.com
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:
- High school seniors
- Undergraduate students (all years)
- Community college students transferring to four year universities
- Graduate Students
Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.
- Must be of Hispanic Heritage
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
- Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
- Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
- U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
- Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)
- All majors and graduate fields accepted
- Emphasis on STEM majors
The newly formed CIS Alumni Network drafted a mission statement for their group last night:
The CIS Alumni Network creates a supportive and fun community through peer to peer relationships. We bridge the gap between school and the real world with an emphasis on personal growth.
The group’s next meeting is scheduled for January 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Communities In Schools of Central Texas offices. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Texas OnCourse empowers everyone who works with young people – pre-K through grade 12 – students, parents, teachers, volunteers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help students succeed after high school.
They have organized leading college and career websites and tools from across the state into a resource library that students, families and educators can easily access.
The 2018 Neal Kocurek Scholarship application is now live! This is open to any Central Texas high school student planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field. The scholarship offers up to $7,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate and up to four years of graduate studies and medical school at Texas colleges and universities, and up to $4,000 a year at Texas community colleges! Learn more and apply at: https://stdavidsfoundation.org/scholarships/neal-kocurek-scholarship/how-to-apply