Saluting Students, Schoolteachers, and Seniors

By CNCS Staff

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A very busy week featuring GradNation and Teachers of the Year. Take a sip of service on us! 

AmeriCorps members, Senior Corps volunteers, and Social Innovation Fund grantees are always thinking of innovative ways to make our communities better places to live and work. And this week, we celebrated their important contributions to the field of education and recognized the unique skill-sets they bring to the work they do in many fields.

We started the week at GradNation and ended with the celebration of two AmeriCorps members who were honored at the White House as “Teachers of the Year” in their schools. Read more below!

Improving Schools and Helping Students Achieve: Nearly half of CNCS funding supports programs focused on improving education and outcomes for our children. This week, more than 100 members of the national service family, educators, and community partners met to discuss school turnaround and improvement initiatives at the first ever National Service School Improvement Symposium. Representatives from AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund explored the ways in which CNCS programs contribute to student achievement.

These education leaders also joined the GradNation Summit, helping to develop strategies to increase the nation’s high school graduation rate. CEO Wendy Spencer charged up the 1,000 attendees, discussing the key role that service plays in education. Watch her remarks!

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Saluting Seniors In Service: Time and time again, our programs demonstrate that service is an opportunity to bring different generations together in all areas of the country. As part of our yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we will use the month of May to highlight the many ways that older Americans serve. We’ll also highlight the important contributions of RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions during Senior Corps Week, May 19-23.

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Celebrating Stellar Educators: Two AmeriCorps alums were among the 2014 Teachers of the Year honored by President Obama this week for their dedication each and every day in the classroom. Katie Day Brown, an English Language Learner specialist at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, Washington, is the 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year. Jonathan Crossley, a Teach for America AmeriCorps alum, is the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Share our post on Facebook to help us congratulate these two winners!

Measuring and Expecting Results: CEO Wendy Spencer spoke yesterday at the Results for America congressional staff briefing on Capitol Hill. Wendy, along with Dr. Mary Hyde, deputy director of research and evaluation at CNCS, discussed how federal agencies and nonprofit organizations use data to make better funding decisions and help improve communities.

National Service in the News

AmeriCorps

Can Business Help Bring Civic Engagement to Scale?
The Huffington Post (NY), April 26, 2014
The spirit of young people, their idealism and desire to serve have been a source of inspiration since I co-founded City Year 25 years ago. Over the last quarter century, 18,000 City Year AmeriCorps members have dedicated at least a year of their lives to causes greater than themselves, from revitalizing under-served communities to serving as tutors, mentors and role models for students in some of the nation’s highest-need urban schools.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC Serves Nevada County – Three Times the Muscle!
YubaNet (CA), April 28, 2014
A group of hardworking, uniformed, and diverse 18-24 year olds have settled into Nevada County – three AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams, known as Green 2, Blue 3, and Gold 4.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Pasco Library robotics team back from competition
Suncoast News (FL), April 25, 2014
“It’s competitive but other teams will help you out, said Joel Croteau, an AmeriCorps VISTA member for FIRST, “for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Croteau mentored the local robotics team.

Senior Corps

Smithtown Woman Named County’s Senior Citizen of the Year
Commack Patch (NY), April 28, 2014
Economou was chosen for her outstanding community service and commitment to serving others. She joined The Retired Senior Volunteer (RSVP) program 18 years ago and has been actively involved since then.

Social Innovation Fund

Alabama AIDS telemedicine program reaches nation’s capital
Montgomery Advertiser (AL), May 1, 2014
As part of the AIDS United’s Access to Care initiative (A2C) under the Social Innovation Fund, MAO uses telemedicine to provide HIV care to underserved populations throughout rural Alabama.

National Service Blog

AmeriCorps and the Modern Conservation Movement
NationalService.gov, May 1, 2014
In Colorado, AmeriCorps members remove invasive species from our public lands. In Charleston, SC, AmeriCorps members reduce energy consumption in low-income homes by providing weatherization services. 

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