Lifelong Learning may turn back the clock on aging

According to the University of Exeter research, stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life.

The large-scale investigation used data from more than 2,000 mentally fit people over the age of 65, examined the theory that experiences in early or mid life which challenge the brain make people more resilient to changes resulting from age or illness – they have higher “cognitive reserve.”

The analysis, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) found that people with higher levels of reserve are more likely to stay mentally fit for longer, making the brain more resilient to illnesses such as dementia.

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2017 Summer Institute in San Antonio

Hello my national and international Community Education colleagues and friends.

My name is Bob Wittman, and along with Bridget Gothberg,  am a co-chair for the upcoming 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement. You are getting this email because our planning team has identified you as a current or former community education leader in your respective state and someone who has not yet attended a Summer Institute. I know most of you are now retired, but we wanted to make sure you have all the latest information on the upcoming Summer Institute.

The 5th Annual Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement will be held in San Antonio, Texas on July 911.  This year we excited to partner with the Texas Community Education Foundation, which has been added as one of our key sponsors. It is great to work with our Texas colleagues once again.

The Summer Institute has emerged as one of the ways we have kept the national and international community education community connected, and the national and international community education conversation alive, relevant and impacting. For those who are not familiar with The Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement,  I’ve attached an overview of the Institute as well as this year’s schedule  for the three day experience.

We are hoping you consider joining us this year in San Antonio along with others from around the country.  Registrations are being taken by our host organization, The National School Public Relationships Assocation (NSPRA) at Go to registration and look for Community Education.   If you are planning on coming this year, we ask that you please let us know so we can add you to our participant data base.

We are also asking for your help getting the word out and sharing this information with your colleagues. The most difficult challenge is getting the word out to people and sharing this invitation to join us. Your help in getting this information out to your network would be greatly appreciated. If it would be OK with you, we’ll continue to provide you with a few more email updates over the next month as more details are announced. If not, please just let me know.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Thanks everyone. I hope this email has found you all well and enjoying life. It would be great to see you in San Antonio.
Bob Wittman
Co-Chair of the 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement
Director of Community Education
Wayzata Public Schools

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2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement Description

Previous TCU schools and lifelong learning

For school-age children, the key to becoming a lifelong learner is realizing the possibility to gain knowledge never ends. Books, classes, workshops and hands-on demonstrations are a few methods used to acquire new information. Self-analysis, problem solving and critical thinking are essential skills used by children in schools every day. These same skills can be applied while learning throughout your lifetime.

How lifelong learning can make you a better parent

If you take up a brand new skill, your children will inevitably learn that it’s okay to be new at something and it’s okay to make mistakes.

There is a growing body of research that encourages us to be lifelong learners for benefits such as improved self-esteem and life satisfaction, and possibly even improvements in our mental health as we age. As I watch the metamorphosis in my household, I realize the benefits to my children are also worth adding to that list.

Why do we think of lifelong learning as an “old people” thing?

by Tsiuwen Yeo

Lifelong learning is a term that many young and mid-career professionals instinctively shy away from, usually without stopping to consider why.

Think about it: the first two decades or so of our lives are spent in classrooms, where we try to (and are made to) absorb knowledge like a sponge with water. Also, acquiring deep skills is all the rage now, since five cabinet ministers confirmed its importance at the same time.

But education is probably the furthest thing from your mind when you’ve just spent a quarter of your life in classrooms. Perhaps that’s why younger folks tend to associate lifelong learning with older and more senior individuals – think recreational classes targeted at retirees.

Cartooning for fun and profit

Would you like to be a cartoonist? Ever wonder how your favorite cartoons get into national publications? Introduce yourself to every facet of the cartoon art process, from concept to finished product. Through lectures, in-class demonstrations, and hands-on training, you’ll learn the techniques of professional cartooning, including a variety of drawing and inking methods, character development, gag-writing, and marketing.

Boomers find lifelong learning

Classroom learning is an option more baby boomers are taking advantage of for job advancement, entertainment, or simply personal growth and satisfaction.

“Teaching adults is like teaching kids, except adults can be more stubborn. If they’re there to learn, as a teacher I don’t see much of a difference in it,” Stern said. “Younger students tend to have a shorter attention span. In this particular class, people come because they want to do some of their own electrical work in their house. Some people might work in maintenance and want to get more knowledge.”

KET: Dedicated to lifelong learning

Education has been at the heart of KET’s mission for nearly 50 years. We understand that an educated workforce is a key component to Kentucky’s economic success and viability.

KET is one of the largest public broadcasting networks in the nation and is used by more than 1 million people each week.

Making the Case for Community Schools

New Framework Brief and Messaging Guide

April 12, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM EST

Join us for a deep dive into new resources to make the case for community schools.

The Coalition’s new brief, Community Schools: A Whole-Child Framework for School Improvement, positions the community schools strategy as an effective option as the Every Student Succeeds Act moves toward implementation.

Learn about the new community schools framework and graphics, and how to advocate to your state and local leaders to include community schools in their ESSA plans.

Also learn about our new messaging guide, which will help you talk about community schools effectively to anyone including your neighbors, peers, and policymakers.


  • Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools
  • LJ Wilson, Communications Coordinator, Coalition for Community Schools

Come with questions, insights, and ideas for our Q&A session after the presentation.

Hosted by the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Register Here