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Our Take on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: Increased focus on early education

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We just finished watching the President’s State of the Union address. We are encouraged that for the second year in a row, the President chose to highlight the need for expanding early childhood education in America. After all, 70% of Americans believe all children should have access to these vital programs.

But another year has passed, and in that year we’ve seen dramatic cuts to education programs in our country. The numbers are dismal: Fewer than 3 in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in high quality early education.

We must do more. We must act now.

Stand for Children recognized at SMU Simmons Luminary Awards

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Our CEO and co-founder, Jonah Edelman, was recently honored with a national award by the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Even better, Jonah shared the spotlight with his inspiring mother, Marian Wright Edelman.

Watch out Tacoma, new parent advocates are taking over!

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Shanna’s ten-year-old wants to be an artist. Her five-year-old wants to be a teacher. 

Shanna has four children between the ages of 5 and 19, she sports a blue streak in her hair and a Seahawks tattoo on her forearm. She’s in our inaugural class of graduates from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) at Sheridan Elementary School in Tacoma.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Awarded 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

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Stand for Children Leadership Center has earned the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Based on strength in two areas, Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency, Stand for Children Leadership Center has now distinguished itself among the top 30% of charities.

What are Ireland, Poland, and Shanghai all doing better than the U.S.A.?

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We’re standing still while the rest of the world gains on us or passes us by, and traditionally low standards are to blame. 

The latest results are out from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide study that lets us know how American students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills stack up to our global peers. The news is bad for our educational system as a whole, and for not only our poorest students but also our highest achieving ones: 

Report Cards are out, they passed!

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Last week, the Nation’s Report Card was released and there is exciting news for kids in Tennessee and Washington, DC: As early adopters of the Common Core State Standards, students and teachers are seeing gains in college and career readiness at historic levels.  

WOMEN WHO STAND: PAM WELCH

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Speaking of inspiring women, we couldn't help but introduce our very own Pam Welch, Stand's Chief Operating Officer. Take a few minutes to learn about Pam's upbringing, her experience as a female leader, and her unique and refreshing personality (don't believe me? Keep scrolling to check out her Halloween costume). 

Tell us about your upbringing.

I grew up in Camp Sherman Oregon, and I went to a two-room schoolhouse for first and second grade. I was the only 2nd grader and one of two 1st graders in the school.

Congratulations, Stand UP Graduates!

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Hundreds of Memphis parents are graduating this month and next from Stand University for Parents, after ten weeks of classes that cover everything from working with your children on academics at home to effectively partnering with their teachers at school.

Watch news footage of parents from Kingsbury Elementary collecting their diplomas and talking about the class!

Stand University for Parents launches a new semester!

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We are proud to report that our Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) classes have launched in Chicago, Memphis, Phoenix and, for the first time, Tacoma, Washington.  Almost 1,000 parents have enrolled to learn more about how to help their children with reading and math at home, how to partner with their kids’ teacher, and how to raise successful, college-bound children. Learn more about Stand UP’s goals and methods here.

Women Who Stand: Melinda Boone

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Continuing on the Women Who Stand series from earlier this year, Tyler decided to track down Dr. Melinda Boone, the first female Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from their conversation on leadership, motivation, and being the first female leader at a school district.

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