App Launch: Academics for GIRLS!
Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Academics for GIRLS! is an interactive app designed specifically for Schools Without Borders (SWB) to compliment their literacy and STEM integration program. During this special Happy Hour at the OpenGov Hub, SWB will present the new app, give a demo, and open the room up for discussion and feedback over snacks and drinks.
Joining us at the launch is SWB's national partner First Book who will help align books to support the mission and learning of GIRLS! Program members. One goal of this partnership is for each GIRL! member to receive a 10 book age appropriate STEM collection that will allow her to practice her developing vocabulary.
More about the app:
Academic language is based on more Latin and Greek roots than is everyday English vocabulary. Additionally, academic lectures and texts tend to use longer, more complex sentences than are used in daily English language. Academic language is the language used in textbooks, in classrooms, and on tests, yet academic language is no longer taught in urban school districts, where many students are not prepared with the skills needs to pursue STEM careers. In using chemistry class as an example, underprepared students do not know the vocabulary used to teach chemistry concepts. Many youth from urban areas are unfamiliar with words like evaluation, theory, hypothesis, assumption, capacity, validate. The Academics for GIRLS! App virtually teaches grade level sub-technical vocabulary used across all academic disciplines to teach about the content of the discipline for GIRLS! in grades 1-6.
About Schools Without Borders: Based in the United States, Schools Without Borders provides research-based reading and STEM integration opportunities through their signature program GIRLS! by developing their academic and technological skills while inspiring them to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers to increase their competitiveness in a 21st Century global economy.
About First Book: First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise working to end the crisis of knowledge poverty in low income communities in the U.S. and worldwide. Through unprecedented breakthroughs and partnerships, First Book is putting quality books, educational resources and culturally relevant material into the hands of children in need. First Book is determined to reach all low income communities, classrooms and children with the wealth of knowledge they need to read, learn and succeed.
About the OpenGov Hub: The OpenGov Hub is the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.
When & Where
The OpenGov Hub physically collocates historically distinct but like-minded communities of practice under a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub aspires to be the day-to-day home to a range of people and organizations working on the open government agenda while also serving as a community gathering point for open government learning and networking activities in the Washington area.