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Two Former Baristas on What You Can Learn From Working at Starbucks

Quora | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Quora

You learn basic skills to interact with people and I soon realized that "small talk" is a really great thing. I became friends with a lot of my customers and learned about their lives, stories, kids, etc.

Life of a Resident Assistant: Part 1 - Introduction to the Job

Alexander Vassiliadis | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Alexander Vassiliadis

You hear free living, free dining, and cheap parking and you immediately jump. Especially as a college student. But that's not what entirely pulled me in to applying to be a Resident Assistant.

Seeking: The Perfect Nonprofit Job

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

For nonprofits and social enterprises to be successful, we need passionate people with phenomenal skills in place. Once you have made the decision that you're ready to dedicate your career to a specific social cause, it can be hard to know where to start.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

Bullshitting Ebola

Ivy Nyayieka | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Ivy Nyayieka

We are bullshitting on Ebola. It is impossible to know everything. But I am concerned that we are using only news headlines and not informative content to shape our discussions about Ebola, and the actions we are taking to help combat it.

Dear Parent: About THAT Kid

Amy Murray | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Amy Murray

Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. You're worried that THAT child is detracting from your child's learning experience. I want to talk about THAT child, too, but there are so many things I can't tell you.

What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching

Briallen Hopper | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Briallen Hopper

Just as much as students need concrete academic help, they need us to notice their drive and their struggle. We can do this by making sure that we acknowledge the work they're putting into the class, whether it's showing up in their grades or not.

Kids Make an Elephant-Sized Impact on Conservation

John F. Calvelli | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

If you ask almost anyone involved in the conservation movement for the main reason why they fight to save endangered wildlife, they will often mention their children or the need to save threatened species for future generations.

The No-Complex Generation In Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of all the countries that I've visited in this region, the mentality of people here in Romania seems to have changed less than in the other places.

The Fairy Tale of Making Teachers Happy -- It's Not That Complicated

Franchesca Warren | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Once upon a time in a land far, far away , I worked in a district where the majority of teachers were unhappy -- unhappy to the point of down right disgust.

On My Candidacy

Lt. Dan Choi | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Lt. Dan Choi

I'm still on the frontline: this time for my school. After a long battle to end the oppressive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, I wanted to restart my life.

What Is it Like for a Medical Student to Cut Open a Body for the First Time?

Quora | Posted 10.30.2014 | Science
Quora

I simultaneously felt awe, fear, excitement, humility, cowardice, courage, frailty, strength, embarrassment, curiosity, sorrow, and joy.

Little White Girls Aren't the Problem With Voluntourism; Privilege Is.

Pippa Biddle | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Privilege is, at its core, easy to identify but difficult to own up to. Those who experience it, myself included, struggle to openly recognize its existence as we hope beyond hope that our kind intentions and good will are enough to overcome it.

Death Over Dinner

Connor Belson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Connor Belson

The dinner began with intertwining circles of friends coming together to discuss an uncomfortable topic, and it ended with those previously strangers laughing and sharing and bonding over mutual fears and similar reactions and unique stories.

The Most Important Money Milestones For New Grads

Credit.com | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Credit.com

If you happen to be a recent or upcoming grad, the odds are you have three things on your mind: jobs, housing and finances.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Breaking the Code of Silence on Race in Law School

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

At the Louisiana State University Law Center, the silence on race is deafening. It is deafening because race is never really off the table. Students discuss race with members of their own racial group, but they rarely have interracial conversations on race. As a result, students never learn about other people's lives or experiences -- they never become culturally competent.

Bystander Intervention and Double Standards of Sexual Assault During Hazing

Mike Domitrz | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

Understanding the importance of bystander intervention and how to make a positive impact using it is a skill set that is needed in every school. These alleged incidents are proof that a conversation and education about bystander intervention is needed in every school and every home in our country.

When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening?

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Brad C. Phillips

You know how it is when you get the sense the person you're talking to is nodding their head appearing to listen, but is really just waiting to talk. Desperate to interject and say the right thing, they ... don't.

I Need to Tell You About Will

Mary E. Graham | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Mary E. Graham

I would have missed out on a real relationship with a great kid because he was quiet and respectful and studious. Man, teaching is hard. Hard in ways you don't yet know and hard in ways you can't imagine.

A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

"Every Number Represents a Kiddo's Face"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Last week I quoted a principal who said about the student achievement data in her school, "They are just numbers, but the teachers here know that every number represents a kiddo's face."

What a Gay Teacher Would Have Meant to Me

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

I had no idea what I would be as an adult because I didn't see anybody I could be. What I would have given to hear a high school teacher say, "I'm gay," "I'm a lesbian," "I'm queer;" to tell me that I could grow up to be a person a young man would respect?