Archive for October, 2009

After-school programs are a cost-effective way to boost student achievement, reduce juvenile crime and help overstressed working parents

October 20, 2009

After-school programs are a cost-effective way to boost student achievement, reduce juvenile crime and help overstressed working parents. Yet a new study finds that the number of after-school slots continues to lag far behind parents’ demand. Even in these hard economic times, it should be possible to narrow the gap.

There is good news in the study — “America After 3” — by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. It reports a big increase in the number of schoolchildren participating in after-school programs: 8.4 million youngsters compared with 6.5 million in 2004. Parents say they are generally satisfied with the programs their children attend.

But the most striking and disturbing finding is the large number of latchkey children — children left alone and unsupervised at the end of the regular school day: 15.1 million — more than a quarter of America’s schoolchildren and an 800,000 increase from 2004. That number includes 4 percent of elementary school students and 30 percent of middle school students who are on their own until their parents return home.

Parents of 18.5 million students say they would enroll their children in an after-school program if one were available. These numbers represent a huge missed opportunity. A majority of publicly financed after-school programs serve low-income students. They offer help with schoolwork, sports activities and other enrichment known to translate into improved school attendance and higher graduation rates and lower rates of teenage pregnancy, drinking, delinquency and drug use.

During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that he would double the financing for after-school programs under the No Child Left Behind Act. His budget plan unveiled in February called for no increase in the current $1.1 billion appropriation. The House has approved a spending bill that adds another $50 million for after-school programs. The Senate should at least agree to that.

President Obama, his education secretary, Arne Duncan, and Congress must all acknowledge that a lot more is needed — and quickly come up with a plan to increase financing for quality after-school programs.


Why do many women execs leave?

October 19, 2009

Xavier University business professor tries to find out

The turnover rate for women in top positions was 33 percent, but for men it was 19 percent. And it was even higher in functions such as law, marketing, research and development, and operations.

… women in these positions were actually getting better positions in different organizations and perhaps becoming CEOs. Women became very sought-after in government and private business. Some became deans in big universities.

And many women started their own companies. Their family was the reason they left the workforce, but they did not want to just take care of their families. They used the opportunities and flexibility to start their own organizations.

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Woman wins Nobel Prize in Economics for first time ever

October 15, 2009

For the first time ever, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Elinor Ostrom, a seventy-six year old professor of political science at Indiana University won the $1.4 million dollar prize for her research into how natural resources or “common property can be successfully managed by user associations”.  She shares the prize with fellow American, Oliver Williamson, of the University of California, Berkeley.

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Lunch buddies needed for 11/13/09

October 8, 2009

On Friday, November 13, 2009, over 2500 girls at 15 Ohio college

campuses will gather for a fabulous day of hand-on activities ad they

explore the opportunities in technology.  More information can be found

on the website:


Locally, Miami University Hamilton will host 200 girls for an exciting

day of learning.


The Women’s Circuit is proud to support this event for the third year.

We are looking for women lunch buddies.  Basically sit at the tables

with the girls and guide the conversation, sharing your experiences and



To become a lunch buddy or support this event, please contact Katie

Bauer <> or call (513) 785-3173

Women use social media more than men: what’s news orgs’ response?

October 6, 2009

News organizations, take note: More women than men are using social media, a new study says.

The study, from Information is Beautiful, uses Google Ad Planner numbers to come up with its conclusion that more women than men use many popular social networks. Digg stands out because 64 percent of users are men. LinkedIn and YouTube are tied, genderwise.

You can view that data yourself, but here are some findings I found interesting:

Twitter: 57 percent women users.

Facebook: 57 percent women users.

Flickr: 55 percent women users.

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Northern Kentucky Girls STEM Forum

October 5, 2009

Northern Kentucky Girls STEM Forum

The Northern Kentucky Girls STEM Forum is targeting educators, parents, students and business leaders for an opportunity to learn about the skills needed and career opportunities available related to science, technology, engineering and math education across the region.

Northern Kentucky Girls STEM Forum

General Cable

4 Tesseneer Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41076

DATE: November 10, 2009


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Amanda Dixon at 859-578-6396 or

Science, math in vogue at Hughes

October 2, 2009

“(STEM) is really a shift in what you value,” Johnson said. “Do you value making sure kids can answer multiple-choice questions about vocabulary, or do you want to develop the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers who are going to do the critical things we need?”

The old Hughes Center is no longer accepting new students, although current 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders will be able to finish their studies. As those classes graduate, the new STEM program will grow one grade per year. By 2013, the transformation will be complete.

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