ACA Camp Blog

June 16, 2014

Post by Peg Smith

Daniel Goleman, the psychologist who originated the concept of emotional intelligence, states: “High levels of cognitive ability (measured IQ of 120 or greater) are a threshold qualification for leadership roles. Once you are at or above that level, IQ loses power as a predictor of success. EQ then plays a larger role.”

May 23, 2014

CEO Peg Smith encourages counselors to remember the powerful influence they will have on campers this summer, reminding them to communicate in a way that is "True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind." Read her Camping Magazine column on this topic.

 

May 19, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

Less than 40% of 12th graders are prepared for college-level math and reading. Plus: Evaluating the charter school movement 20 years in, a debate over how to evaluate public school teachers, coding is headed for the K-12 mainstream, and the commencement speaker protests raise some interesting questions.

May 4, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

The House considers a charter school funding bill, and the U.S. graduation rate reaches a milestone. Plus, opposition to Common Core intensifies, and should student test scores be included in the evaluation of teachers?

The Education Week in Review is a weekly recap of the national debate. This week, four 100-word summaries on charter schools, common core, the graduation rate, and teacher evaluation.

April 21, 2014

Guest post by Matt Smith

The Achievement Gap

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The Education Week in Review recaps the national education conversation from the past week. This week we begin with the achievement gap.

The achievement gap is easy to define, but its causes are complex and solutions have proven elusive. The news below indicates the beginning of collective action.

April 7, 2014

ACA CEO Peg Smith shares her personal experiences and favorite memories of camp. Learn why Smith calls camp "the best gift you can give a young person."

 

March 21, 2014

Guest post by Posie Taylor

March 11, 2014

Guest post by Lance Ozier

January 28, 2014

For today's kids, free, unstructured play is on the decline, and access to the outdoors is dwindling. ACA CEO Peg Smith explains why play is so critical to a child's success. Read Peg's article in USA Today.

January 24, 2014

There is no single, all-encompassing background check database available in this country.The purpose of the Child Protection Improvments Act (CPIA) is to "close a gaping hole in the federal law that prevents camps, children's groups, and other organizations that work with children from gaining access to federal criminal background checks on employees and volunteers."

View this video blog from ACA CEO Peg Smith encouraging advocacy for the CPIA and advocate at ACA's CPIA page today.