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Declaration of Space Opportunity

Lucian Tarnowski | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Lucian Tarnowski

We are living in an interdependent world. The major challenges that face humanity are global in nature. We need to develop more interdependent thinking in order to deal with them.

Mr. Grey Will Test You Now, Children

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.13.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Nearly everyone, it seems, is obsessed with the spanking-new erotic drama, Fifty Shades of Grey -- a film apparently so awesome that two sequels were announced before the first one even hit cinemas.

Trulia Asks: 'Are We Past the Flipping Point?'

Dean Graziosi | Posted 02.13.2015 | Money
Dean Graziosi

There is still plenty of opportunity out there for the fix & flip investor. Of course, it doesn't hurt if a project takes a planned six months and the home's ARV (After Repair Value), is a couple of percent higher than when the project began.

I Used to Be a Muslim Fundamentalist. Here Is My Story.

Ladan Archin | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Ladan Archin

Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, the question I hear most often is "why would a Western-educated individual become so radicalized?" While everyone's path is unique, I wanted to share my journey, albeit from a female perspective, to help make sense of what has led -- for some -- to senseless acts of violence.

The Chapel Hill Shooting: Why Our Lives Depend on Closing the Global Achievement Gap

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 02.13.2015 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

Who is teaching kids problem-solving, or entrepreneurism, or how to collaborate and appreciate diversity? Tests don't really assess that.

We Didn't Start the War on Poverty, but We Owe It to Our Children to Win It

Eric Cooper | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Eric Cooper

Fair or not, the weight of history falls heavily on the living. A nation founded on the inalienable rights of humankind and the notion of social justice must work to provide opportunities for all children -- not just mine. Leadership and resources are needed to support those who have been shortchanged by family circumstances -- by poverty and the remaining vestiges of racism.

Easy Steps to Getting the FAFSA Done

SALT | Posted 02.13.2015 | Money
SALT

While applying for financial aid may seem like a painful process, it's an important one. If you or your family need help paying for college, you should maximize your opportunities to receive financial aid. The FAFSA helps you do just that.

5 Parks and Recreation Episodes You Can Use in the Classroom

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 02.13.2015 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

The oversimplification and sense of humor injected into these complex and heavy issues, can actually be quite helpful in the classroom. Students that feel less equipped or confident to enter the conversation about these issues are much more willing to contribute if they are able to do so in a way that is more of a discussion about the show and the characters.

Titles + Names = Mixed Messages: A Raving, Edu-taining Substi-tutor's Rant

Joanne Dagonese | Posted 02.13.2015 | Education
Joanne Dagonese

Because my personal teaching style tends to cross the boundaries that most traditionalists have drawn around themselves, I always risk the chance that I may not be requested to sub for them again.

Rescuing Rural Schools in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the early 1990s, Poland transferred ownership and management of the public schools to local authorities. But in many of the smaller, less densely populated areas, there wasn't enough money to keep the schools going, and thousands were closed. The crisis compelled Alina Kozinska-Baldyga to abandon her Ph.D. and throw herself into a new project to save rural schools.

So You Want to be The Party of The Middle Class?

Jonathan Hasak | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hasak

If Democrats and Republicans are serious about addressing inequality and helping the middle class, they must move beyond empty political rhetoric and articulate how they will help everyone gain skills that have currency in today's labor market.

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 02.12.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

The Gift We Must Keep on Giving

Ed Gragert | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

As we enter the Valentine season of giving and exchanging chocolates and messages of love, I am reminded of the most important gift that I have received in my life... the gift of an education.

The Skills Gap Misery Index

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Bill R. Path

If we cannot even agree on the existence of a skills gap, we will never agree upon a solution to the skills gap. Rather than being perpetually engaged in an argument over its existence, we need to be engaged in a dialogue about how to combat it.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.12.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

Success Means Putting Others First

Sue Gober | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Sue Gober

I am obsessed with soft skills, or rather the lack of soft skills. After writing an earlier blog about soft skills for teachers, I started looking around at others who had great soft skills, but what I noticed were the people who had almost none at all.

An Educator Samples the PARCC

Peter Greene | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

Today, I'm trying something new. I've gotten myself onto the PARCC sample item site and am going to look at the ELA sample items for high school. There appear to be 23 sample pages, and I have two hours to do this, so this could take a while. You've been warned.

24 Ways to Impact Education

Aaron Hurst | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Individuals and organizations alike work to maximize their impact based on a variety of factors. Those factors are: who is being impacted, why change is needed, and how to best go about about impacting that change.

Admit You're Dumb: Five Things I Learned From Columbia University

Ryan McMunn | Posted 02.11.2015 | Small Business
Ryan McMunn

No matter how smart you think you are, in order to be successful admit you're dumb and learn from others.

Power to the People, But Really: Participatory Democracy in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

Estela Hernandez is both a member of the national assembly and a leader in the transformational social movement, La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in rural El Salvador. Here, Hernandez talks about a radical vision and practice of direct, participatory democracy by the citizens.

The Global Search for Education: Just Google It!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Boris Johnson, the dynamic and widely impactful Mayor of London, announced today at the Museum of the City of New York that London tops the Google poll of most searched for cities by US students wishing to study overseas. What are Boris' views on the future of education?

A Letter to Mrs. Frost: Part II

Scott Terry | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

Today, I find myself thinking about teachers in general and the enormous responsibility that comes with their duty to teach and protect children. Is it a burden, I wonder?

A Letter to Mrs. Frost - Part I

Scott Terry | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

For the last few years, I've been feeling an overwhelming desire to contact some teachers from my past. That's typical for cult or abuse survivors like me, I think.

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wifi: Confessions of A Retired Cyber Slut

Danielle Sinay | Posted 02.10.2015 | Women
Danielle Sinay

I was asked to share what I'm working on and I don't really remember what I said. I know I discussed my boyfriend, and ex-boyfriends, then in an attempt to redeem myself for the word vomit made fun of myself by introducing my "writing vibe" as "chill slut."

3 Easy Steps to Shift a Student From Struggle to Success

Liz Frank | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

The motivation was fear induced and devoid of a plan. I wasn't learning for the sake of learning. I was learning so my mom wouldn't yell. Not exactly fostering natural curiosity.