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Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

My journey to Rwanda starts in less than three hours. By this time tomorrow I will be in Washington D.C. with thirty other girls, trying -- and undoubtedly failing -- to get some sleep before our thirteen-hour flight to Africa.

Aashka in Africa- My Thoughts Before...

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

I can't believe I am one of 30 high school girls across the nation to be selected to travel on a 3-week trip to Rwanda, Africa to learn about something I love! This trip is a combination of everything I am passionate about.

The Evidence or the Morgue

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Many years ago, when I was a special education teacher, I had a summer job at a residential school for emotionally disturbed children. The school happened to be located in a former tuberculosis sanitarium.

Growing Students' Brains in the Summer

Teach Plus | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Growing up, I experienced one of public education's intractable problems between June and September -- the summer brain drain. It was like all that Algebra and English never happened.

Let's Turn Learning Inside Out

Janine Ingram | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Janine Ingram

And with this simple, beautiful illustration of Joy finally understanding the role of Sadness in "Inside Out," I fully understood the focus on embracing failure within "Creativity Inc." Failure is to learning as Sadness is to Joy. We don't want to spend the majority of our time experiencing failure, but it plays a vital role in our life and our growing understanding of the world around us. And like Joy's attempt at minimizing Sadness, many of us parents minimize our children's risks because we lack understanding of its role in learning, we are robbing our children of the opportunity to fail.

When The Comfort Zone Becomes Uncomfortable

Suza Scalora | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Suza Scalora

In this video, Eckhart Tolle talks about how the "conditioned self" has an impulse to remain in its comfort zone. However, the impulse behind the c...

Hooray for ADA! 25 Years of Disability Rights

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Young people today might not remember that there was a time when disabled children were quietly forgotten in schools, and disabled adults only dreamed of basic access to jobs, medical care, and popular culture. One piece of landmark legislation changed all that.

Education in Emergencies Requires Long-Term Support

Tariq Al Gurg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Tariq Al Gurg

As the record-breaking numbers of children deprived of opportunity in crisis situations continues to grow, the investment and attention to these issues has not kept pace.

The Social Entrepreneur Interview Series: Meet Sebastien Marot of Friends-International

Alexandre Mars | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Alexandre Mars

Every day, social entrepreneurs from around the world are seizing opportunities others miss to improve broken systems, innovate and develop solutions to change society for the better.

Climate Change This Week: Solar For Everyone, Mothers Mass, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Broken computers and wildflowers are making this week's column late, short, but swee...

I Forgive You, English Speakers

THINK Global School | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
THINK Global School

Being a linguist does put you in a minority amongst native English speakers. I guess I've been in a little comprehension bubble by mainly traveling in countries in which I speak the lingo. All that changed when I moved to Greece.

Fringe Benefits Challenge New York School Budgets

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.21.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As the State Legislature debates its role in public education, employee benefits should be part of the conversation. Until these high growth rates are curbed, benefits will consume an ever greater share of school budgets, and schools will be unable to fund investments essential to improving quality and outcomes for students.

Just the Facts From a Well-Cited Drag Queen

Raina Bowe | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

You are eight times more likely to be killed by a falling asteroid than to grow up to be me: (1 in 250,000) than you are to grow up to be like me.

Facing Epilepsy Stigmas

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Terrible myths have been told about what epilepsy is and about people who live with the condition. Myths such as these can take such a toll on those living with this condition and their families too.

She Fought Hawaii's New Way Of Evaluating Teachers -- And Won | Posted 07.20.2015 | Hawaii

When the Hawaii Department of Education released the details of its new teacher evaluation system three years ago, veteran teacher Mireille Ellsworth...

Cutting Through The Educational Jargon: A Cheat Sheet What Do Teachers Mean When They Use These Words?

Barbara Levy | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
Barbara Levy

You go to your parent-teacher conference and of course, you expect to hear glowing comments about your child. Instead, the teacher uses educational jargon you don't understand. Your mind is racing and you are getting totally anxious and flustered. Does my child have a learning disability?

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

Schooling Ourselves: The Opening of the American Mind

David Scott Clegg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.

Creating Learning Societies From Colorado's Biennial

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

When we look at cities connected to Latin America we usually think of Miami, which many call the regional "capital," or New York, or perhaps the less frequently thought of Houston and Dallas, but Denver usually doesn't come to mind. The Biennial of the Americas is changing that.

The Inflation Wildcard in Bonds vs. Real Estate

Ryan Poelman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Ryan Poelman

If you're trying to make a reallocation decision between bonds and real estate, don't forget the inflation factor, as it's pretty important.

Alan Greenspan Talks Housing Stagnation

Scott Yancey | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Scott Yancey

Mr. Greenspan calls it "secular stagnation." He recently is quoted as saying his greatest economic concern right now is the stagnation of the real estate industry. He also says that it's both residential and commercial real estate in his opinion.

The Dark Ages Were Not as Dark as We Thought

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

The term "Dark Ages" comes from the Latin saeculum obscurum, first used to describe the Medieval Period by Cesare Baronius in 1602. Like most intellectuals of his day, he regarded the Medieval Period -- roughly 500-1500 AD -- as a period of darkness and obscurity, largely due to the (in his day) relative lack of documentary sources from which a historian could work.

Transforming Education With Your Help - How You Can #givemindfulness

Sunny Wight | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Sunny Wight

It's no secret that the misuse of drugs, alcohol and sex is prevalent in the lives of teenagers. And addiction doesn't only come in these traditional forms anymore; don't we all have a child glued to some kind of screen?

For Linda Mornell...Right Work IS Changing Young Lives...Forever.

Leni Miller | Posted 07.21.2015 | Education
Leni Miller

In 1966, a young woman named Linda Mornell, climbed on a greyhound bus headed for San Francisco. She was leaving her small, remote childhood farm in Indiana right after completing her RN and BS in a nursing training program in Indianapolis.