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Why Is College Admissions Such a Mess?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.29.2016 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Like so many other things in life, it's useless to just complain about college admissions. Small or big, we've got to do something about it.

In Search of the 2,400 SAT Score

Steve Chapple | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Steve Chapple

Test preparation for college entrance exams, especially for the crucial Scholastic Aptitude Test, has become a $2 billion to $4 billion industry, along with the market for downloads and book supplements.

A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In encouraging news given today's climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation. Even more encouraging? The legisla...

A New Act Could Provide Veterans Who Have PTSD With Service Dogs

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.24.2016 | Good News

Some soldiers find themselves fighting a completely different battle when they return to civilian life — dealing with post-traumatic stress. That's ...

A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Putting ourselves down can be a tempting habit. It makes us seem humble. It fills the dead air of conversation. It gets ahead of others who might put us down first.

10 Ways Theatre Proves We're Capable of Anything

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 02.25.2016 | Entertainment
Amy Oestreicher

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou I don't have a story you hear every day.  For a while, it wa...

How to NOT Be Oprah

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

I used to want to do great things. I mean REALLY great things. Sometime around the age of nine I decided that I was put on this planet to do truly a...

ACT's College and Career Readiness Standards

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.22.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On February 11, 2016, the Fordham Institute published its idea of a report on how well a number of assessments align with the Common Core State Standa...

What to Consider Before Choosing a Test Prep Company

Ryan Hickey | Posted 02.17.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

Selecting a test prep company can be a difficult decision to make. Test prep programs will cost you in terms of both time and money, so you want to make sure that your investment will pay off. Choosing a test prep company is less about whether the methods work and more about whether the methods work for you.

The Truth About Your Stuckness

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

So...you may have missed it, but we recently passed through another holiday. Groundhog Day. It's a funny little holiday with a funny little traditio...

Satchmo at ACT: Louis Armstrong Minus the Smile, Unveiled by Play and Phenomenal Performance

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.24.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Anyone lucky enough to see Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-actor, three-character show in ACT's Geary Theater, will discover a very different Louis Armstrong: a man who loved music above all else and suffered through poverty, incarceration, racism, gangland threats and ultimately, through declining health, to blow his horn in ways that few if any have equalled.

A Change in Store for College Admissions?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.20.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Thanks in large part to the ridiculous idea that there is one best college for everyone, applying to college has turned into a parody of Reality TV, where students spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours preparing for a four hour test that, in the eyes of many, holds their future well-being in the balance.

WTF Is Organizational Culture?

Garrett Mintz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Garrett Mintz

Organizational cultures are not universally good or universally bad for every person. Just because two organizations have the exact same activities (i.e. casual Fridays and philanthropic events) doesn't mean that those activities are received the same way at each company by the employees.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream: the Role for Higher Education

The Conversation US | Posted 01.18.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

We -- the universities -- are the ones sitting in the midst of these realities, facing the choice between being walled citadels that separate the privileged from the uninvited other or being welcoming hubs connecting young individuals with opportunity.

Your Critical Choice for the New Year

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.11.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

Well, the days leading into this fine new year had a bit of an unexpected flavor. I present to you two different scenarios, and invite you to figure ...

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Standardized Testing for College Admissions

Ryan Hickey | Posted 12.04.2016 | College
Ryan Hickey

How exactly does today's SAT, or any standardized test, for that matter, relate to a student's ability to succeed in college?

Gilmore Girls: A Case Study in Discussing Your PSAT, SAT and ACT Scores With Classmates

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 11.23.2016 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

I say this with all due respect. Goodness knows, there are many amazing things about seeing the world through the eyes of a 16-year-old. But every age has its advantages and its insights.

When Frustration Hits, Ask Yourself This

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

It's not in my nature to take a pause for something when I'm dedicated to getting it done a certain way. But what I know is that stopping and asking myself if there might be an easier way is worth the potential time and energy I would save.

Why 1904 Testing Methods Should Not Be Used for Today's Students

The Conversation US | Posted 11.18.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

Testing is compromising the future of many of our able students. Today's testing comes at the expense of validity (strong prediction of future success), equity (ensuring that members of various groups have an equal shot), and common sense in identifying those students who think deeply and reflectively, rather than those who are good at answering shallow multiple-choice questions.

How to Lighten Your REAL Load

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California...but from my original home state of New York. How do I know I'm in the Empire St...

Ah, Wilderness! at ACT: Lovely Look, Uneven Acting for O'Neill's Domestic Comedy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.27.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Eugene O'Neill is widely regarded as the playwright who lifted American theater out of the era of melodrama and into a realm of truthfulness and invention that was comparable with the best on the world's stages.

Life Lessons From the Buffet Line

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

There's a special place in my heart for a special place near my house. Hubbie and I visit it regularly... as in, at least once a week. It's that aweso...

Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Starting now, we need to get over ourselves. We need to know that, sometimes, looking bad is actually a good thing...because it means we're trying something new, we're stretching ourselves, we're taking on a new adventure.

My September Seattle Theatre Summary; 20 for 20 as the Season Opens

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

During the last twenty days of September, I attended twenty Seattle area theater productions. I didn't go to one each day, but some days I'd attend a matinee and then an evening show. It was a wonderful whirlwind that continues in October. Here are a few of what I consider to be highlights that are still playing.

8 Things To Do (And Not Do) When Things Go Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Know that moments of foul will happen, and do your best to deal with it in a way that doesn't damage you or others. And know that, no matter what, the foul will pass.