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WiSci 2015: Week Two, The Genius Displayed!

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

Week two was simply spectacular! When was the last time you saw teenagers choose to remain in classes to do work instead of taking a break, never mind an afternoon break? Well, I witnessed this multiple times during week two of the WiSci2015 camp!

Whitewashed History Is Unpatriotic

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"All lives matter" is a trite rejoinder to "black lives matter" and diminishes the ugly reality of racism. It is a classic and childish false equivalence. Of course "all lives matter." But white lives have never "not mattered."

Friendship in the Time of Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The Internet is undoubtedly an invaluable link between people separated by distance. But this link must be built on a stronger foundation of intimacy and familiarity and a balance of online and offline interactions will pave the way to better relationships in the world.

The Pros and Cons of Going to College

James Altucher | Posted 08.13.2015 | College
James Altucher

[Ok. I know. I've written about this (but not in the past two years). BUT Someone just asked me this AND things keep changing all the time. So my a...

Handcuffs Are Not the Solution to Children's Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

When an adult responds to a child's behavior with pain inducing force, the child is more likely to become fearful and to reject any message the adult is trying to convey.

Why New Teachers Need A Boot Camp

Beverly Ledbetter | Posted 08.13.2015 | Education
Beverly Ledbetter

Teachers need to understand that they are held to a higher standard than other professionals. It is difficult sometimes to discern what is and is not appropriate behavior. I once heard a gentleman tell new employees that you're a teacher 24/7. When you're hired, you're representing the school district all day, every day, and you fall under the ethics that entire time.

Four Critical Issues Affecting the Future Success of Business Schools

John T. Delaney | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
John T. Delaney

As I reflect on my nine years as dean and look ahead to the future, I foresee four significant issues affecting business schools and higher education that will warrant attention and drive change in the next decade.

The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.12.2015 | Technology
Alicia Cook

When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.

'Oh Captain! My Captain!' Remembering Robin Williams, One Year Later

Adina Ciment | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Adina Ciment

I was in high school at the time and my experience with education had been less than stellar. I had teachers that destroyed subjects for me. Teachers that didn't care. And then there was Dead Poets Society.

Student Challenges Peers to Combat Negative Views of Latinos

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.13.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

We're people that want to get educated. Our parents didn't have that opportunity but they wanted us to have that opportunity. Taking those resources and making the best of it is one of the best ways to show we are a strong community, we have a voice, and we have important things to say.

Let's Talk About Values, Beliefs and Evidence

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Arthur Camins

In August 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seventy years later, the President Obama is imploring Congress to approve a deal to dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

Children, It's Time for Us to Have a Conversation... About Race!

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Parents
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

I have been contemplating how parents and adults talk to our young people about issues of race, and what it means for some children to be viewed as someone else's "problem."

What Will It Take to Realize Pakistan's Potential?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

As a former finance minister myself, I know that the logic of better policies often clashes with entrenched attitudes, vested interests and real or perceived security concerns. It takes tough decision-making and persistence to succeed.

10 Years After Katrina, a New Kind of Leadership Emerges in New Orleans

Shirley Franklin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Shirley Franklin

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three New Orleans businessmen and civic leaders, Gerry Barousse, Mike Rodrigue and Gary Solomon, teamed up to play an inspirational role in the rebirth of their beloved city.

Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Robbie Gennet

What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

Learning at the Top of the Pyramid: How Penn Taught Me to Think

Theodore Caputi | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
Theodore Caputi

So what makes a Penn education so uniquely worthwhile and useful? What has helped me to gain the most from my Ivy League education? I found the answer from one of my extracurricular experiences at Penn.

Four Activities for Building a Positive School Climate

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Given the extraordinary complexity of this task, wouldn't it be great to hand principals a "silver bullet" for building a learning environment in which everyone thrives? But alas, no silver bullet exists.

6 R's of a Principal's Summer School

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

While school administrators are typically not "off" from school to the same extent as teachers, the relaxed days of June, July and August present school leaders with a special opportunity that is unique to this time of year. I like to think of them as a principal's own set of summertime "R's."

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education

Stephanie Keiles | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Stephanie Keiles

I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life: I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. A job I didn't want to leave -- but I had to. I will always be there to fight for public education. But I just can't teach in it.

The Real Team Working for Your Child

Chris Minnich | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Chris Minnich

We entrust teachers with our most precious asset, and the challenges they face daily would stretch anyone's emotional and physical capacity.

Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

XPRIZE | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a learning aid for both of classes.

6 Tips for Getting the Most from a Liberal Arts College

Adam Weinberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Adam Weinberg

Here are six pieces of advice I would offer for getting the most out of your next four years, while setting yourself up to thrive for the rest of your life.

Why Do Human Beings Engage? 22 Impulses That Sustain Engagement

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

I'd like to capture and keep your attention for about 60 seconds while you read this post. I'm relying on your professional curiosity and commitment to impact. In other words, I'm betting on a short burst of engagement.

Aren't You Afraid to Live in Afghanistan? And Other Questions I'm Asked

Mina Sharif | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

I have been living in Afghanistan for ten years. We've just had a week of multiple major attacks in our capital city Kabul. For me, I went through a bit of a routine, as I do when these awful things happen.