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College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!

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Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Three women go down to Mexico one night to celebrate college graduations, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can rem…
 

The changing face of higher education

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The WSJ reports this morning that the University of North Carolina is now offering its MBA in an online format (UNC Makes Risky Online Bet, WSJ, 7/7/11, p. B6), becoming one of the first mainstream non-profit learning institutions to embrace online learning.  This …
 

How To Grow Your Bonsai

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Unlike office buildings or universities, an online collaboration can not be seen.  The word “collaboration” may even put some people off as sounding too “brainy”.  But, as any soccer mom knows, collaboration is a tangible part of everyday life.  It is a system…
 

Comics? Big Deal!

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I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article.   He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read.  I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream  …
 

Money Talk At The Kitchen Table


I learned about money at the kitchen table. When I had a question about money – especially after I had started working part time in high school – I would sit down with my mom and dad and we would talk about what I needed to know. There was no set curriculum or lesson plan – …
 

Bullying is the problem: One solution is 'Operation Respect'

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Bullying is a common experience for many of our children. The effects of bullying can be profound and in certain instances even fatal. According to Mona O'Moore of the anti-Bullying Centre, Trinity College Dublin, "There is a growing body of research which indicates that ind…
 

Recession and the preschool child: Needs and wants

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It is never too early to get a firm handle on what is a need and what is a want. Thinking back in my life, and the lives of friends, I see that many moments of perceived distress were pegged to, or exacerbated by, the perception that something I “needed” was out of reach whe…
 

Technology in early childhood education

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What is the relationship between Technology and the preschool child? To click or not to click, that is the question. The utilization of computers and software for early childhood education is quite controversial. There are strong proponents and even more adamant opponents. I…
 

Lions and Tigers and Robots...Oh My!

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OK. So robots are now in the classroom.  They’re everywhere else so why not in school.  True, they are not very sophisticated but it will only be a matter of time before you won’t be able to walk through the cafeteria without stepping on one of these buggers.It…
 

Listening is Respect

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Listening is respect. I have often wondered why we have classes and awards for speaking skills but none for listening skills. Speaking and listening are two sides of the same coin. Listening, in general, and particularly when communicating with children is neglected as spea…
 

What's in a language!


Of the many languages that children are born with, the verbal is the most prized by society. As parents, we are in a hurry to teach our children to talk. We want them to have a rich repertoire of words and for them to use their vocabulary appropriately. Since most of us are …
 

Autism: Music, movement and the Mozart effect

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As a 'piano person', and former piano teacher, I have a deep respect and admiration for the impact that music can make in a person's life. As a former teacher of young children, I stand amazed at how the pull of music and musical activities can take a faltering classroom env…
 

Mr. Rogers and his impact to PBS funding

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There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young childre…
 

Early childhood literature based curriculum

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One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being". …
 

Infant stimulation in early childhood education

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Long before Kindergarten, before preschool and even before the first pair of pull-ups goes on, there is a barrage of events taking place in the area of cognitive development. One doesn’t simply go into a classroom and immediately assimilate all the pieces of knowledge requir…
 
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  • U.S. cracks down on female teachers who sexually abuse students 21 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am

    A combination image of booking photos show teachers convicted of sexual assaultsBy Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A "Saturday Night Live" skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy's dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media. The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims' advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students. The proportion of women facing charges seems to be higher than in years past, when female teachers often got a pass, said Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, who tracked the cases. This year's numbers are already slightly ahead of last year with 26 cases of female school employees accused of inappropriate relationships with male students in January compared to 19 cases the previous January.


  • Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee 19 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm

    FILE - In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Latin pop icon Julio Iglesias poses for photographers at a news conference where he was named the 'Most Successful Latin Artist of All Time', at a central London venue. Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston's Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month.


  • Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal 18 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am

    Cope and Goss, 5, color Chinese masks at Broadway Elementary School in Venice, Los Angeles(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city's teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise spread over two years, investment in class size and counseling, as well as improvements to the evaluation system for teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said on its website. Representatives for the school district could not be immediately reached early on Saturday, but school board member Steve Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times: "This is an important step in restoring trust and partnership between LAUSD and UTLA." "Our message to our teachers is simple: We believe in you. The agreement must be ratified by union membership and the district's Board of Education, the union said.


  • 5 Reasons We Shouldn’t Be So Surprised by What Kids Wish Teachers Knew 17 Apr 2015 | 6:39 pm

    5 Reasons We Shouldn’t Be So Surprised by What Kids Wish Teachers KnewOn Friday, the story of #IWishMyTeacherKnew, the effort by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwartz to get students in her classroom to share something about themselves, went viral across the Web. Schwartz has been posting poignant photos of her students’ reflections on Twitter since March and encouraging other teachers to do the same. Some Americans have been feeling a bit shocked by the kids’ brief messages, which detail bullying, poverty, and the detrimental impact of incarceration and immigration on the lives of students. 1. Child poverty is on the rise.


  • High school student takes a swing with baseball board game 17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm

    High school student takes a swing with baseball board gamePlenty of high school students dream of becoming game designers, and a few go ahead and make their own video games. Nathaniel designed the basic rules of the game when he was a small boy, stuck inside on rainy days and unable to play his favorite sport. "They have been very easy to work with and gave great advice when we needed help or when they thought something should be changed," said Nathaniel. Nathaniel and his pals have been selling the game on the streets of their local town.


  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe 17 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Byrd-Bennett's attorney Michael Scudder confirmed a letter was sent Friday, April 17, 2015, to Board of Education members that Byrd-Bennett has requested a leave effective April 20 amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once consulted. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.


  • Chicago schools chief takes leave amid federal probe 17 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract the district awarded to a company that had previously employed her, officials said on Friday. "In light of the ongoing federal investigation and its impact on her ability to effectively lead Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence from Chicago Public Schools effective immediately," Board of Education President David Vitale said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Byrd-Bennett to head the nation's third-largest public school system in 2012.

  • To divest or not to divest: College students on fossil fuel debate 17 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm

    Students at Harvard University are on the final day of something called Heat Week. It's a week long protest pushing for the University to divest of fossil fuel stocks. It's a movement gaining steam at universities across the country.

  • Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract 17 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyer: Chicago Public Schools chief requests leave amid federal probe over no-bid contract.

  • Adolescent e-cigarette use triples: Is 'vaping' renormalizing nicotine? 17 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm

    The use of electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” tripled among high-school students between 2013-2014, according to a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In fact, more high-school students are smoking e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes, the survey showed. The number of students who reported smoking traditional cigarettes declined by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014, the fastest decrease seen in years.