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Actors of Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

Climate Change This Week: Earth Shaking News, Groundwater Disappearing, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds - a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s...

Our Kids and Communities Need to Make Music to Succeed

Welz Kauffman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Welz Kauffman

Kids' creativity, as measured by the most recent Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking scores, has been sliding since 1990, most noticeably among our younger students. Reduced music and arts education is cited as a key factor.

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

Women x Education = The Survival of the Human Race

Sarah Key | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Sarah Key

The margins of her reading assignment are filled with delicate pencil markings in the Bengali alphabet of her homeland. She has defined dozens of words she has looked up on every page: pampered, herbage, oppressors, sycophants.

'I Now Teach The Classes She Taught To Me'

Erin Parker | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Erin Parker

I am who I am because of the teacher who went the extra mile with me. I will forever be indebted to "J.Hunt," the teacher-turned-counselor-turned-best-friend. Like her, I look forward to devoting my career to working to help impact my students as much as she has impacted me.

The Freshman Year English Teacher Who Showed Me A New Way To Read

Bryan Hogg | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Bryan Hogg

Through various eccentric projects, like producing a radio show modeled after scenes from Shakespeare plays or constructing a raft similar to the one used by Huckleberry Finn, Mr. Morris created a world that felt exclusive to his particular classroom

Sex Education or Sex Ignorance?

Gabrielle Van Tassel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Gabrielle Van Tassel

Some fear that teenagers' access to contraceptives and learning comprehensive sex ed will inspire more sexual activity. But as sex therapist Dr. Gloria Brame explains, "No comprehensive sex ed = no reliable information on how STDs are transmitted and no understanding of how to prevent them."

The 3 C's of Reducing Costs in College.

Natalie Pace | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Natalie Pace

Education is the highest correlating factor with income. Americans with a Master's Degree or higher earn twice as much (or more) than those with only a high school diploma.

Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Mindfulness based education for children and teens requires specialized training, delivery, awareness, and skill. It can seem as easy as implementing one simple lesson in a classroom, but to truly hold space for the powerful development that can occur requires very special attention and skill.

Smart Phones are Equalizing Who Can Access Knowledge

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

The smart phone is the great equalizer of knowledge access. Never before has so much information been accessible to so many for so little cost.

A Gay 6-Year-Old's Thank You To His First Grade Teacher, 20 Years Later

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Marcos Saldivar

I firmly believe that without Lisa, the negative education statistics that plague Latino communities would have become my sobering reality. Instead, Lisa was one of the first people who recognized my potential and instilled in me a passion for learning.

Education Community Stands Up for Safe, Effective Data Use

Aimee Rogstad Guidera | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Aimee Rogstad Guidera

Where student data are concerned, privacy and security are paramount. Information is power, and we need to keep private, personal information out of the wrong hands. But what about getting the right information into the right hands?

Equality in Education

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

Not all schools are equal. Not all neighborhoods have the same resources. Not all families are actively involved in their children's educations. Not every parent body is engaged in their schools. Not every district has functioning PA/PTAs to fundraise and supplement.

Ghosts in the Testing Machine: Ex Machina and Education Reform

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Sam Chaltain

What makes a mind come alive? And how will you know when it's happened? Two new films -- one about the death of the factory school, the other about the dawn of artificial intelligence -- attempt to answer this question from radically different vantage points.

Why Mentors Matter

Smart Parents | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

During my senior year in high school, just about when the pressure of life and the ambivalence of graduation overwhelmed me, my dear drama teacher summoned me to his office from gym class.

Students: Find Your Passion

Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Emily K. Genser

My hope for you is that you realize that all of the pressure of this year, all of the stressors and worries, have set you up to succeed wherever you land. It is up to you to find the career that will make you genuinely happy.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This holiday has been commercialized by the food and liquor industry, and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (similar to St. Patrick's Day) has become an excuse to imbibe spirits and help Corona and Dos Equis beer companies improve their market share. We need more contemporary and complex portrayals of cultures.

Vote a Wish

Claire Wapole | Posted 05.01.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

A week ago, I had the Illinois General Assembly meeting streaming in live on my computer. I wanted to follow the life of HB306, the bill that would bestow upon Illinois parents, the legal right to speak on behalf of their children when it comes to opting out of standardized tests.

Fixing The Climate Innovation Gap

Peter B. DeMenocal | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
Peter B. DeMenocal

Fixing the climate innovation gap is an urgent priority for us all. If we lose our ability to understand and predict the climate risks ahead, we risk losing the economic growth and prosperity that science itself has produced.

The How of Defending a Liberal Education

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Shastri Purushotma

How do we ensure that ongoing conversations drawing on the best collective wisdom of the human race across the ages continues to inform those making the crucial decisions in government, in business, or in our homes, long after the traditional "college years" are over?

The Bridge to Nowhere?

Ed Gragert | Posted 05.01.2015 | Education
Ed Gragert

These are some of the oft-repeated rationales for "low-cost" private, for-profit schools when confronted with the question of how best to provide sustained and quality education to young people in Kenya, Ghana and other countries in which they are implementing their non-state education models.

In a Case Very Few Are Discussing the Supreme Court Could Hugely Increase the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Conservatives believe that if blacks and Latinos simply work hard, get a good education and earn a good income, historical racial wealth gaps will disappear. The problem is that this sentiment ignores the ways that race continues to affect Americans today.