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Women in Coffee

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:43 PM

I feel like we're coming off of 2014 being the "Almost Year of the Woman." Janet Yellen became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. Admiral Michelle Howard became the Navy's first female four-star officer. Megan Smith became the first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Mo'ne...

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Code.org - Coding Is Not as Hard as You Think

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 7:29 AM

Monday, while on a bumpy plane ride from LA to NY, I completed my first computer coding lesson online at CodeAcademy. I signed up a few months ago when I first started directing a short documentary about kids and coding for Code.org, a new website that...

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Does Teaching Have a Branding Problem?

(130) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 7:11 PM

I think here in the United States, it does. Many interesting conversations about teaching are going on all across our nation right now. Some say that becoming a teacher is the highest form of community service. This could be true. But it's a whole lot more. Teaching is a profession...

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Books I Couldn't Put Down

(11) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:44 AM

When you set out to begin a documentary like Waiting for 'Superman', you initially enter a chaotic period where you, along with your team, try to figure out where the starting point is.

I tend to want to jump into the center of the issue, yet also head off in...

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My Crush on Finland: A Country That Values Its Teachers

(342) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 11:39 AM

I have a crush on Finland. I didn't know this was possible, but there you have it.

Throughout the making of Waiting for 'Superman', I kept finding myself looking at the amazing academic success of Finland. I dismissed it as an "apples and oranges" comparison to the United States initially,...

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DonorsChoose.org Transforms Classrooms

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 6:15 PM

I was incredibly excited when I learned that DonorsChoose.org was giving $5 gift cards to anyone who pledges online to see Waiting for "Superman". For those of you who haven't heard of it, it's an amazing organization that makes it possible for individuals to directly fund...

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