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Jackie Jenkins-Scott serves as the thirteenth President of Wheelock College, a private college in Boston, Massachusetts with a public mission to improve the lives of children and families. Under President Jenkins-Scott’s leadership, Wheelock has strengthened its core undergraduate and graduate academic programs, enhanced the undergraduate experience, and expanded the College’s reach internationally. She has emphasized cross disciplinary collaboration and community partnerships.

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Inspiring a World of Good Through Early-Childhood Education in Singapore

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:45 PM

This year, Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent country. This is an occasion to reflect on its remarkable progress over the last half-century, from a poor, underdeveloped, resource-scarce country to an economic dynamo whose per-capita income is the world's third-highest. Singapore today is well known not just as...

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Nonviolence as the Highest Form of Humility

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:14 PM

As 2014 comes to a close and we celebrate this season of reflection, giving, and gratitude, I and so many across the country are reflecting on the impact of continued violence, and the work we must do to truly have a peaceful and just society, especially for our children.

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Facing One of the Greatest Human Rights Challenges of Our Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:54 PM

This fall, I joined college presidents from around the country to plan ways to strengthen campus climate action and sustainability initiatives. Our institutions have a central role in preparing new generations to meet the challenges of climate change. Graduates in all fields must be equipped to create systems that meet...

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What We're Missing Through the Absence of Students Like Michael Brown

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:09 AM

As summer comes to a close and fall is upon us, I remain deeply impacted by the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri. The senseless shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and the protests, rallies and discussions that it ignited have shocked the community of Ferguson and our...

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Don't Fight Summer Fun -- Make It Educational

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:36 PM

School-aged children are in the midst of summer vacation, a time to play outside and take a break from homework; or is it? Some youth will go off to summer camps, or spend their free time exploring museums and nature; however, others will find themselves without important learning opportunities. Inevitably,...

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Support the Learning and Development of Our Youngest Citizens: It Matters!

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

With news last week that Seattle is set to have the highest minimum wage in the country of $15 an hour, well above the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25, many in the human service fields are applauding.

Inadequate compensation in early education helping professions remains one of society's...

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Tough Enough to Make a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:48 PM

It's May and commencement time! Last weekend, Wheelock College and hundreds of other institutions across the country celebrated the proud tradition of college graduation, a joyous time for students, their families, friends, and of course faculty and the entire college community. Hundreds of thousands of people listened to a commencement...

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Saving Recess

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:52 PM

I'm pleased to share with you a guest blog written by an outstanding Wheelock graduate student Jennifer Nguyen, who will be graduating this month with a Master's degree in Child Life and Family Centered Care. Jennifer is the winner of a student policy blog contest sponsored by the Office of...

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The THREE P's: Public Private Partnerships in Action Sustaining Community Programs and Services

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Social innovators, legislators and even the President of the United States are increasingly looking to the power of collaboration between the public and private sectors for innovative ways to achieve tangible and sustainable progress in service to communities. Public-private partnerships (PPP) are one such alliance. By collaborating with...

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Effective Advocacy Leads to Action: Managing a Changing Landscape

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Earlier this month new elected officials took office for the first time in city and town councils and state governments across the nation, including here in Boston where city government has experienced a sea of change not seen for over 20 years. Boston's City Hall - a massive cement structure...

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Out of Genocide Comes Hope: New Year's Eve in Burundi

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:35 PM

I spent New Year's Eve in Kigutu, Burundi. No Times Square ball dropping to count down to midnight, no fireworks, no television reports showing major cities around the world at the stroke of midnight, and no fancy parties with beautiful people wearing designer gowns and tuxedos, eating amazing delicacies. Instead,...

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Passing of President Nelson Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Immediately after learning of the passing of former President Nelson Mandela, I was overcome with a sense of loss and immediately reminded of the extraordinary legacy of this remarkable human being. Affectingly known as Madiba, President Mandela has touched the world in a very special and unique way. He was...

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A Step in the Right Direction: The Strong Start for America's Children Act

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Lawmaking aligned with the science of early childhood last month when Senator Tom Harkin, Representative George Miller and Representative Richard Hanna introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2013, a comprehensive early education bill that closely mirrors but also strengthens the President's early learning proposal introduced earlier this...

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Assessing the Value of a College Degree?

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Now in its second week, Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown. Prior to the shutdown there had been some heated conversation about how best to assess the value of a college degree. Nevertheless, from the White House to the average citizen, policy discussions on how best to...

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Can Innovative Partnerships Close America's Skills Gap?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:19 PM

This summer, Wheelock College hosted a planning workshop for a first-of-its-kind partnership that unites Massachusetts students with high-demand fields in the 21st century global economy. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston initiated the partnership between Roxbury Community College and Madison Park Vocational Technical High School--the...

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Social Mission Should Be Part of College Ranking Equation

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Over Labor Day Weekend nearly 300,000 college and university students descended on Boston to begin another academic year, bringing with them energy, vitality, diversity, intellectual curiosity and yes, traffic jams, crowded restaurants and noise! The same scene happened all over this great nation as hundreds of thousands of students arrived...

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Think Globally, Act Locally

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 9:51 AM

In India, the Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship turned the social innovation technology model on its head five years ago. Through supply-chain and engineering methods, the Center tackled the global issue of hunger on a local scale. They developed a system to provide daily hot meals to poor Indian schoolchildren...

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Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Tahmina Akhter Sadia started working in a Bangladesh garment factory at just 11 years of age. She didn't want to go to work the morning of April 24, 2013, fearing that the growing cracks in the factory walls would soon cause a collapse, according to her interview with CBS News....

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It's Time for Action: What Are We Waiting For? "The Greatest Cause That Can Be Served Is Childhood Education."

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:57 PM

In 1888, Lucy Wheelock established the first Kindergarten teacher preparation program in the city of Boston. At its core was the belief that opportunities for early learning are integral to the lifelong wellness of children, families and communities. Now, 125 years later, the early childhood education program and its philosophy...

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We Stand Together and Find Resilience in Our Grieving City

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:56 PM

I am deeply saddened by the senseless Patriot's Day Boston Marathon attacks on my beloved city and community. A day of celebration for so many became a day now forged in my memory with the heartbreaking loss of the lives of three innocent bystanders and an MIT police officer, and...

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