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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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  • Chicago school closure battle intensifies with hunger strike 28 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm

    Protestor Monique Smith is seen outside Walter H. Dyett high school on the 11th day of her hunger strike in ChicagoA long-standing battle between activists and the City of Chicago over school closures in minority neighborhoods has intensified with a dozen protesters entering their twelfth day of a hunger strike on Friday over a shuttered high school. Camped out on the lawn in front of Dyett High School in South Chicago, the strikers vow to consume only liquids - such as juice and chicken broth - until the city agrees to reopen the school. The protest comes as the Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school system in the country, cuts 1,400 jobs, seeks a $480 million bailout from the state of Illinois and struggles to beef up underfunded pensions.


  • Nobody Wants Another Bake Sale: Texas PTA’s Funny Letter Goes Viral 28 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm

    Nobody Wants Another Bake Sale: Texas PTA’s Funny Letter Goes ViralMagazines, chocolate, cheesecake, scented pencils, poinsettias, gift wrap, and Christmas trees are just some of the items I’ve been asked to purchase—and help my two sons sell—over the past few years in order to raise money for their cash-strapped Los Angeles public schools. On Tuesday, mom of three Dee Heinz posted a picture on her Facebook page of a letter from the PTA of her children’s Dallas-area school. The PTA then gives parents options such as donating $15 in order to skip selling cupcakes and $100 if they don’t want to be bothered again about fund-raising.


  • 3 Credit Cards College Students Should Consider 28 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am

    Numerous surveys have shown that many millennials just don't want them, with most opting for debit cards in the wake of an apocalyptic job market and crushing student loan debt. For those who do want them, credit cards just aren't always easy to come by. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 pulled the plug on banks advertising on campus -- no more free pizzas or T-shirts just for signing up for a card -- and also require anyone under 21 to either have a co-signer or show proof of income before they can even get a card.

  • Chester-Upland teachers agree to work without pay 27 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm

    Chester-Upland teachers agree to work without payTeachers in the Chester-Upland school district will work without pay when classrooms open next week.


  • Nervous Fetty Wap greeted with cheers at hometown concert 27 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm

    FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Fetty Wap attends the BODY at ESPYs party in Los Angeles. Hundreds of young people eager to see popular rap artist Fetty Wap at a free concert in his hometown of Paterson, N.J., have turned out for the event on Thursday, Aug. 27. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Popular rap artist Fetty Wap was greeted with wild cheers Thursday as he put on a concert for a crowd of high school students in his New Jersey hometown of Paterson.


  • Free or discounted software licenses and cloud resources for students and educators 27 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm

    Free or discounted software licenses and cloud resources for students and educatorsGet ahead of the class by using these offers for free or discounted software licenses and cloud resources available to university students and educators around the world.


  • Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use 27 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. College students are most likely to try marijuana, inhalants and alcohol for the first time during the summer, not the school year, according to the report released Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which examined data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.


  • Schools in Australia barred from showing gay film 26 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm

    Same-sex couples can have civil unions or register their relationships in most states across Australia, but the government does not consider them married under national lawA film about children with same-sex parents has been barred from being shown in public schools throughout Australia's most populous state, despite the documentary makers insisting students will benefit. "Gayby Baby", which chronicles four children growing up with gay parents, was due to be shown in high schools in New South Wales as part of the student-led Wear it Purple initiative on Friday, which promotes diversity and inclusiveness. "I have directed the Department of Education to ensure the film is not shown during school hours," he said, in a move backed by state Premier Mike Baird.


  • U.S. court approves Corinthian Colleges' liquidation plan: WSJ 26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm

    The liquidating plan sets aside more than $4 million as debt relief to help former students pursue discharges for student loans incurred at Corinthian schools, the Journal said. Corinthian was not immediately available for comment. Late last year, Corinthian sold off more than half its campuses after it was subject to multiple federal and state probes into matters as whether it misled investors and students about its finances and job placement rates.

  • Corinthian Colleges Wins Approval for Liquidation Plan 26 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm

    A bankruptcy judge has approved Corinthian Colleges Inc.’s plan to liquidate its assets, largely concluding the defunct for-profit education company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy case. The liquidating plan sets aside more than $4 million to benefit former students in their efforts to pursue discharges of student loans incurred at Corinthian schools, including Everest, WyoTech and Heald colleges. Corinthian Colleges wound down under a chapter 11 process, giving the parties the flexibility to negotiate a fund for students that wouldn’t have been available in a chapter 7 liquidation.