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Last week, the country celebrated with recent Morehouse College graduates as they learned that their entire student loan debt had been cancelled by billionaire philanthropist and 2019 commencement speaker, Mr. Robert F. Smith. But for thousands of young college enrollment hopefuls, that “miracle” debt cancellation simply will not come. This time of year can be likened to the “Tale of Two Cities” opening line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of

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“One life, but we’re not the same We get to carry each other, carry each other One” Lyrics from “One”, U2 In the late 1970s, four Dublin bandmates known as Feedback were told by their priest that they could not pursue both their faith and rock music. Thankfully, they did not heed that advice. Those musicians, known today as U2, saw a different path for success. For over four decades, U2 has found a way

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Learn4Life released its third annual “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” report. At the report release event, our region’s superintendents shared their perspectives on how k-12 school districts can help bridge students to and through post-secondary attainment. They also discussed the importance of continuing to work toward improvement on key indicators, such as third-grade reading and eighth-grade math proficiency. Dr. Stephen Green, DeKalb County School District, Dr. Grant Rivera, Marietta City Schools, and Dr. Morcease

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Join us on Monday, May 6  from 8:00am-10:00am via live stream for the release of the 3rd annual State of Education in Metro Atlanta report. Superintendents and other community and business leaders will discuss the current state of education performance for our region’s 600,000 students. We will also review Learn4Life’s progress toward scaling cradle to career strategies to improve early grade literacy and post-secondary success. Hear from education leaders, including: Morcease Beasley, Superintendent, Clayton County

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Learn4Life is pleased to announce the identification of the 8th grade math network’s bright spots—strategies that are working to improve 8th grade math proficiency in our region. After a rigorous process of data and factor analysis and review of more than fifteen bright spot proposals, the math network and L4L’s executive committee selected STEM Certification through the Georgia Department of Education and STE(A)M Truck. Both of these strategies positively affect the network’s focus factors of

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Please join us on April 17 at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts for a reception, screening and panel discussion for the film ‘Unlikely.’ This documentary is about the obstacles students face in earning college degrees and how universities and organizations are helping students overcome those obstacles. https://www.unlikelyfilm.com/ Wednesday, April 17 5 pm: Reception 6 pm: Screening 7:45 pm: Panel discussion moderated by WABE’s Martha Dalton RSVP for free tickets here. Rialto Center

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Learn4Life’s math network is working to scale strategies that raise 8th grade math proficiency in our region. We are proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Education to help more schools become STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Certified. STEM and STEAM Certification is a process through which schools shift their instructional practices to an integrated curriculum that is driven by exploratory, project-based learning and student-centered development of ideas and solutions to real-world problems

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Most Atlantans would think twice before handing a hammer to a kid in a park with the suggestion, “go play!” Yet this is exactly what some parks are doing in Great Britain and increasingly here in the US. The belief that risk, authenticity and play go hand in hand is something most older grandparents might muse to the younger generation, entreating them with “in my day, and with nothing more than a stick and tire,

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1984, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Caught in one of the city’s epic snow storms, I stood in front of my sister’s empty home, seeking entry. After 30 frigid minutes twisting, jamming (and finally striking) my key into the lock, I was denied entry; unbeknownst to me, my sister had changed her locks. Two hours later, I arrived at my warm home, having learned a critical life lesson. Keys are only as good as the locks for which

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“I can finally see.” Those words spoken by Levi, one of the first young children to receive free eyeglasses from Vision To Learn (VTL) through mobile eye clinic visits at Cobb County Public Libraries, are a powerful message for underscoring the impact of our engagement with Learn4Life. Cobb Librarian Stacy Hill gave Levi his eyeglasses last summer after the first visit by the national non-profit in Cobb County. “This program is amazing!” Stacy wrote to

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