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    STEM-ing the Summer Slide

    June 13, 2017 12:53 PM by Anne Wintroub

    For me, summer means memories of warm stretched-out days at camp, popsicles for lunch, and reading for hours on end. Now that I’m the mother of a rising 4th grader in the information age, it means that and more – an opportunity for him to learn new skills and retain those he learned last year, so he doesn’t experience the “summer slide” that affects so many students. The summer slide is the loss of knowledge that kids experience when they take a break from their academic routines. For some families, it’s easy to combat the slide with incredible summer resources that are now available for kids to develop skills that complement classroom learning. My son will have a great summer – he’s climbing mountains and learning animation, studying streams and playing basketball. I’m jealous!

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    Introducing the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator Class

    May 4, 2017 7:00 AM by Anne Wintroub

    “How can I help students in new and lasting ways?” That’s a question all innovators in education ask… daily.

    “How can the program, platform or product I’m working on make a difference in learners’ lives? Does it connect teachers to new, untapped resources? Does it help engage caregivers in a child’s learning? Does it allow students to see things in a different light? Does it help?

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    Gaming Philanthropy: How Sports Fans are Driving Social Good

    April 13, 2017 10:48 AM by Steve Hahn

    Competition might be the spice of sports, but it’s good for charitable organizations, too. Brackets For Good aims to turn nonprofit fundraising on its ear through the concept of gamification. By tapping into the competitive spirits of “fan-lanthropists,” Brackets For Good provides charities with an innovative platform to raise funds, drum up excitement for their organizations and reach new audiences.

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    AT&T's Diverse Mentoring Relationships Accelerate Employee Engagement

    April 7, 2017 10:52 AM by Dan Horgan

    According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000. In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged.  Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility and sustainability programming as evidenced by the data reported at Project ROI. They have reported seeing an increase in employee engagement by up to 7.5% because of corporate responsibility programming.

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    Announcing our 2017 Inventor’s Challenge Winners

    March 29, 2017 7:00 AM by Anne Wintroub

    For the past several months, AT&T has been collaborating with Imagination Foundation on our second-annual Inventor’s Challenge – bringing together young people from around the world to create innovative, imaginative and often totally viable solutions that solve problems in their schools and communities. This year, we saw entries from nearly 10,000 kids and teens from pre-k to high school, with ideas that ranged from a 3D-printed soap dispenser to spring-loaded “sky shoes” to help anyone reach great heights. 

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    How our Love for Sports can Help Drive Social Good

    February 24, 2017 2:30 PM by Bill Soards

    Nearly every person in Indiana can tell you what they were doing in March of 2010. The Hoosier state’s own Butler University became the Cinderella story of men’s college basketball tournament, making it all the way to the championship game only to lose in the final seconds. They enjoyed the journey so much that they did it all again as a #8 seed in 2011, outplaying others for a spot in the championship game once more. 

    Read More » Sets Students up for Success Before the School Bell Rings

    February 21, 2017 10:14 AM by Jennifer Enderlin

    On our AT&T Aspire team, we often talk about the importance of providing students with access to tech and other 21st century tools to enhance learning in the classroom. However, we need to make sure students’ most basic needs are met first. If young people come to school uncomfortable – whether they are hungry, cold or in need of personal care – it becomes almost impossible for them to focus on the task at hand.

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    Inventor’s Challenge: Playing the Way to a Better Tomorrow

    January 23, 2017 12:59 PM by Anne Wintroub

    If there is one thing I’ve learned from my kids, it’s that they see things from a whole different perspective! I believe when it comes to tackling challenges in our communities, sometimes all you need is a child’s ingenuity. That’s the guiding premise of the Inventor’s Challenge, an opportunity for kids of all ages to create novel, imaginative and perhaps even viable solutions to challenges they see in their schools, communities and the world

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    AT&T and Teach for America Expand Computer Science Opportunities to Serve 2,500 Students in Low-Income Communities

    December 5, 2016 11:40 AM by AT&T

    $900,000 Contribution from AT&T Provides Computer Science Programs to Teachers and Students in Seven Communities Nationwide

    NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2016 — Teach For America announced today that it will expand its Computer Science (CS) initiative, bringing high-quality opportunities to teachers and students in seven regions with support from AT&T. Through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, the technology company will contribute $900,000 over the next two years to provide Udacity Nanodegree credential scholarships to help students learn the skills needed for entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and also to support  quality professional development and resources for teachers serving 2,500 students across the Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City, New York City, Rio Grande Valley, South Carolina, and Washington D.C.

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    City Year Baton Rouge Expands to Broadmoor High School

    December 1, 2016 1:17 PM by Trey Fluellen

    This post originally appeared on City Year’s blog.

    My family raised my little brother and me in Fort Valley, a small town in Peach County, Georgia.  When I was 18, I moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern University on a track scholarship. I majored in business and joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. where we did volunteer work on campus and across the city. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the kids in the Baton Rouge community when we were part of a Dress for Success initiative.

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