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We Must Relentlessly Fight For Education Reform

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Brizard

Over my 28 years living inside urban school systems, I have come to understand and believe that there are two things that we must do and/or keep in mind: respect the complexity of this challenge and relentlessly execute against clear goals.

My $900 Lesson In Mindfulness

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

What if the spill and its respective price tag were like pulling off a BandAid: quick and stings a little, but sufficient to remove a layer of armor I had built between myself and... well, in this case, myself?

The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Figure out what you truly believe and make a choice that works for you.

What Do We Know About the New SAT?

Alex Mallory | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

There is a perception that we don't yet know much about the redesigned SAT. This notion persists because the College Board has chosen to release information in a less than straightforward manner, burying hard fact within vague jargon about measures of "college readiness."

ACT's Orphan of Zhao: Revenge, Honor, Sacrifice in Ancient China

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.26.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Apparently many San Francisco viewers find it marvelous. On opening night, ACT's production was greeted by a standing ovation from a huge portion of the audience in the Geary Theater. That doesn't happen often.

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

4 Steps to Avoiding the Summer Slump

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Summer vacation obviously provides you with a major opportunity to make progress in SAT/ACT test prep. Without the daily pressures of school, you have much more energy to devote to sharpening your skills. But, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, "With freedom comes responsibility."

Two Michigan College Titans Leave Their Field, and Their Mark

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.05.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Gratitude for the college options we have in Michigan always comes to mind this time of year, as high school students move on to college, and college ...

Two Must-Do's for Better Organization

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Just as math facts like the Pythagorean theorem help to set the foundation for your tests, organizational skills help to set the foundation for your l...

What to Do About the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Even when you don't do it, when you sit there quietly, they drain your energy. They create a cloud that surrounds you for hours. The good news? There's something you can do about it. You can walk away. No, really. Whether literally or metaphorically, you can extract yourself from these situations.

5 Questions to Find Your 'When to Start' Sweet Spot (In Test Prep and in Life)

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Erika Oppenheimer

Knowing when to start a project isn't as intuitive as we might initially think -- especially when it comes to projects pertaining to long-term goals rather than short-term assignments.

The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Promise that we will -- literally and figuratively -- take our foot off the gas pedal when we feel ourselves getting sloppy. Which will help us avoid hurting ourselves, our reputations, and our beloved modes of transportation.

The Problem With Your Problem Solver

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

Bring Back Sanity to the College Application Process, Please!

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Manuel R. De Juan

The current college application process to competitive universities is, in two words, ferocious and atrocious. It is rife with social injustice, plagued by inefficiencies, and is simply unfair to kids and their parents.

Earth Day 2014: Affluence. Effluence. Influence.

Jon Whitmore | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Jon Whitmore

While we are proud, sustainability is not an award to stick on your mantel. Organizations that do more with less are, by definition, more efficient and thus more likely to enhance their margins and advance their missions.

The Unexpected Leadership Lesson From My Very Italian, Very New York Mother

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Mama said it best. Read the room. Take a beat to read non-verbals and feel the energy of a situation before you launch into your own needs. Then act accordingly.

What This Year's College Results Mean to Next Year's Seniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The smoke is still clearing after the last college notifications were sent to the Class of 2014, but it isn't too early to use this year's results to ...

Power Shifts, Steamy Sex, Ample Laughter in ACT's Venus in Fur

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.31.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The transformation offers a fleeting suggestion of the stream of reversals that will follow in the play's 90 minutes of broad comedy, intense drama and sizzling sexuality.

Defending the SAT. Really.

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.20.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Past changes to SAT (originally an aptitude test) have made it a little more like the ACT (an achievement test), and these new changes are likely to make it even more so. If these changes really make them alike, fewer students will take both tests, leading to less time on testing and test prep, and more time on going to school. That's a win.

Debbie Stier's 'The Perfect Score Project' and the New SAT

Alex Mallory | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Alex Mallory

At a glance, the most noteworthy aspect of Stier's journey in The Perfect Score Project is just how much preparation she undertakes. It is unclear exactly how many test prep books Stier purchased, but 15 or so is a reasonable estimate.

SAT Changes, and Advice for Ninth Graders

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.14.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There's been a good deal of news about the changes to the SAT--so much news that it seems to be causing confusion among students and their parents. ...

The New SAT Changes -- The Good, the Bad and the Inconsequential

Paul Jury | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Paul Jury

Here's the good news: Hardworking, capable students will find a way to succeed, regardless of their income, or the SAT's format. Because that's what they do. Maybe now there will be even more free resources to help them.

Unspoken Lessons From Our Greatest Teachers, Our Students

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Catherine Okafor

While some look at their students as "lazy," "ungrateful" kids, I see something much better. Our students are the ones that can teach us things that we would never expect.

Why You Can Handle Anything. Seriously.

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

We think these people are so together when they're not; that they have no fear of looking stupid when they do; that they have confidence every minute of every day when they don't.

Grading the New SAT: A Timely Course Correction

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Preetam Kaushik

The urge to act on the SAT though has come after being outscored in popularity by a rival test, the ACT.