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Bullying: Are the Teachers at Fault?

Bullying: Are the Teachers at Fault?

It is all fun and games until someone figures out the bullies are calling all the shots. On Wednesday, February 25, three high school teachers at Wilson High School in downtown Portland Oregon were dismissed from duty and put on paid administrative leave for the possible bullying, harassment and hazing of various students. Christine Miles, […]

Reading and Writing Are Partners

Reading and Writing Are Partners

Reading and writing are strong partners. According to the research in reading instruction resources, ” reading affects writing and writing effects reading.” When reading skills are lacking, writing will lack good grammar, main points appear poorly constructed, and the organization of thoughts and ideas become unclear. Some people believe that there is less need for basic […]

Arizona High School Graduates Must Prove Their Civics Knowledge

Arizona High School Graduates Must Prove Their Civics Knowledge

Arizona lawmakers blazed new ground this last week, passing legislation requiring high school seniors to prove their mastery of civics knowledge before being allowed to graduate and receive their diploma. Similar bills are under consideration in several states, but as the first law of its kind in the nation, the Arizona statute has sparked much […]

Rwanda ‘Maranyundo Girls School’: A Model for Empowerment

Rwanda ‘Maranyundo Girls School’: A Model for Empowerment

  In Rwanda, a quiet revolution is emerging at the Maranyundo Girls School – a model program for empowering economically vulnerable girls and educating them as future community leaders. The country of 11 million has long been synonymous with the Genocide that defined it 20 years ago. Today that image is changing. Citizens are turning […]

The Education of Girls Around the World

The Education of Girls Around the World

Education of girls was the topic of discussion on December 12 at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings Institution. The full topic of the day was, “How local leadership and community-based solutions can help advance girls education around the world.” During the open panel discussions, the group touched on the status of girl’s education […]

Higher Education Loan Defaults Point at For-Profit Colleges

Higher Education Loan Defaults Point at For-Profit Colleges

A college degree is the primary mechanism for upward social mobility, or so suggests conventional wisdom. For thousands of American college students, however, that wisdom is challenged. According to the Labor Department, the cost of a 4-year college degree has risen 1120% over the past 35 years. To pay for education, more students are turning […]

International Day of the Girl Raises Funds and Awareness for Kenya

International Day of the Girl Raises Funds and Awareness for Kenya

This year’s International Day of the Girl was observed through a fundraiser that raised awareness for a group in Kenya. The evening hosted musical and dance performances as well as information about the program that inspired it. The event follows on a two-year-old resolution by the United Nations, which declared October 11 as International Day […]

NASA Suspended Animation Experiments Ripe for Science Projects

NASA Suspended Animation Experiments Ripe for Science Projects

NASA revisited plans for developing suspended animation technology for a manned mission to Mars as senior aerospace engineer Mark Schaffer, of SpaceWorks Enterprises based in Atlanta, Ga. spoke of the project at the International Astronomical Congress (IAC) in Toronto in early October 2014 of science fiction ripening into reality. The idea of hibernating space travelers […]

Nursing Shortage Due in Part to Lack of Teachers

Nursing Shortage Due in Part to Lack of Teachers

With the nation’s nursing shortage continuing, efforts to recruit more people into the profession have been stepped up, but a lack of teachers is affecting the ability of schools to accommodate the increasing numbers of recruits. Every year 80,000 applicants to nursing schools are turned away, frequently because there are not enough teachers to keep […]

Common Core Carries on Amidst Controversy

Common Core Carries on Amidst Controversy

A month into the new school year, teachers in classrooms across the United States – at least in classrooms in the 40 plus states that have adopted Common Core State Standards – are working feverishly to incorporate the new standards in the areas of language arts and math. The standards were designed in accordance with […]

Climate Change Tower Gives Children a View From the Top of the Amazon

Climate Change Tower Gives Children a View From the Top of the Amazon

Climate change scientists have a new high-rise tower window on the Amazon rainforest to capture children’s imaginations by giving them a view from the top. The towering structure gives teachers a chance to start conversations in the classroom about the delicate balance in the Amazon ecosystem, deforestation and the impact daily lifestyle choices have in […]

NASA Inspires Students to Participate in Space Adventures

NASA Inspires Students to Participate in Space Adventures

NASA is reminding teachers going back to school this fall of all the inspiring ways their students can participate in space adventures and get a taste of influencing the astronauts’ daily work on the International Space Station (ISS). Being involved with real life space explorers gives kids the thrill of interacting with larger-than-life figures. The […]

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