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My Truth: Grad School

Carmen Lehtimaki | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Carmen Lehtimaki

Going back to school has benefited me greatly, but the biggest lesson it's taught me is to always keep reaching for what you really want. If you are at a job you hate then create a way to make a living doing what you love.

In Praise of Teachers

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

You know that doctor who saved your life? She had a first grade teacher, who encouraged her and shaped her to glean her gifts and use them with appropriate and balanced judgment. Years later, she had a teacher who observed her making incisions and providing emergency care to save lives-yep, yours.

Challenging Definitions of Success

Susie Wolbe | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Susie Wolbe

Are you ready to challenge your idea of success? I went through the process almost 10 years ago with an organization aptly named Challenge Success! ...

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

Poverty Affects Education--And Our Systems Perpetuate It

Sean Slade | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Poverty affects our education, our economy, and our future. It is becoming the norm, and we appear reluctant to address it. We have the steps in place to change it--and we've had these steps for over half a century. What has been waning is our will to act and our determination to succeed.

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be ne...

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?

Dress Codes: Myth versus Fact

Sarah Gordon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Teen
Sarah Gordon

Few topics are as controversial today as dress codes. As the weather gets warmer every spring, more and more girls (and boys!) around the world raise their voices against the policing of girls' bodies.

Malala Opens A School For Syrian Refugee Girls

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, July 12 (Reuters) - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, celebrated her 18th bi...

How Do We Include All Kids?

Marc Joseph | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

How do we help our schools lift up the 24 percent of Americans needing the basic skills, and the other students not standing on the stage as valedictorians? One way is to volunteer your time or donate to tutor organizations that help those in need.

Design Thinking Students Co-designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

In order to inspire, motivate, and engage students in the learning experience, it is necessary to look at the world through their eyes. When adults pause and consider the world through from the students' perspective, we begin to examine their authentic needs, instead of the needs imposed upon them.

Who Wants to Teach in Arizona?

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Marian Salzman

To sum up, compared with most other states, this is the prospect facing a teacher in Arizona: relatively bigger classes with fewer resources for less take-home pay.

A Catholic Schoolgirl Tells Her Side About an Outdated and Intolerant System

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.

Beyond the Bars and Stars: School Names and the Confederacy

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

We ought to question those symbols and names that lie atop the schools that constitute the very building blocks of our society. To otherwise remain silent, means we hand a victory both to those Confederate soldiers and to those like Dylann Storm Roof who remain influenced by them today.

Taking a Stand (Literally) for Health in Schools

Sadie Barr | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Sadie Barr

Not only do standing desks in classrooms improve health outcomes, they also improve academic performance. This is like a public health professional's dream! Why aren't these everywhere?

Health Education Takes Center Stage

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.

Dance Nonprofit Teaches Much More Than Dance

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

As the house lights slowly dim over the audience, the stage begins to glow with an electric pulse. No it is not the thousand watts of spotlights that illuminate the theatre causing the glow, but the smiles of hundreds of children taking the stage at the National Dance Institute performance of "This Land Is Our Land."

The Reason I'll Be Proud at His Graduation

Larry Bernstein | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Larry Bernstein

My son will be graduating elementary school later this week. For many parents, this type of event is s a sure fire way of bringing on nostalgia. Maybe some baby pictures will be whipped out and a series of 'remember when' conversations will ensue. I get it. I'm there too.

Congratulations, Non-Graduates

Megan Lent | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Megan Lent

I took the past year off. It was supposed to be my senior year, but apparently it wasn't. This isn't the first time I've done this; I took two quarters of freshman year off, and part of a quarter sophomore year, too.

Israeli School Unites Muslim, Jewish and Christian Students WIth Cerebral Palsy

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Zahala, about 150 students study at the ONN School for Special Education. The school is special in that most of the children who attend, have cerebral palsy and other degenerative diseases. The diverse student population includes Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children.

Pivot

Matthew Friend | Posted 06.12.2015 | Teen
Matthew Friend

Society should attempt to focus on instilling passion in students with regards to the activities that they choose to do, instead of forcing students to master the violin and join Model UN just because the college admissions officers will like it.

Why This Politician Opposes Standardized Tests

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I understand that there is a need for testing to pass subjects and grades. However, there is no need to have a one-size-fits-all approach. Teaching and learning are very personal and should be custom.

5 of the Top-paid University Presidents in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois tax dollars go toward funding some of the operations at the state's public colleges and universities, so taxpayers should know exactly where that money is going. This could help put that money flow into perspective: It takes the full tuition of 65 students to pay for the yearly total compensation of the highest-paid public university president in Illinois.

For My Son's Teachers -- Thanks for the Sanity!

Emily Crocker Skyrm | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Emily Crocker Skyrm

As the end of the year approaches, I try to keep focused on what is ahead and help my son to do the same. But when he tells me he's scared about next year and that he doesn't want to go... I can't say I blame him.

An Ode to a Teacher's Summer Vacation

JP Fugler | Posted 06.05.2015 | Education
JP Fugler

Every June, I suffer from what I call a teacher hangover. It sticks around for about a week. There are some telltale signs that I have yet again succumbed to the condition.