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Picking the right school for an education grad degree

Posted by bronwynr on April 23, 2009

Is it more important to go to a great school or a school near where you want to teach?

When California resident Joshua Arnold gained acceptance to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, his decision to attend seemed simple—the school is first rate, and Harvard offered him a full scholarship. Harvard’s mix of innovative theory and practical experience was exhilarating, but Arnold isn’t sure how well it prepared him for the challenges he faces as a principal in South Central Los Angeles, knowledge he might have gained had he gone to ed school closer to home. “My program never talked about educating Latino students in the ways I needed or wanted,” Arnold says. “Educating Latino students is not as much of a concern in Boston as it is in Los Angeles. In L.A. it’s a really critical issue.” … read more


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When Love Hurts, Schools Can Help

Posted by bronwynr on April 17, 2009

Chris Brown’s arrest for assaulting Rihanna may have placed a national spotlight on dating violence, but with one in five high school girls reporting that they’re physically or sexually hurt by their partner, chances are that one may be a student of yours. Health teacher Ann Burke of North Kingstown, RI, created the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund to educate 7th through 12th graders about dating violence after her daughter was murdered a few years ago by her ex-boyfriend.

Did you have any hint that this would happen to Lindsay?

I had an idea. No one else did. Everyone else said it wouldn’t go that far. Even though she hadn’t admitted to it, in my gut I thought something like this could happen. I was frantic. A lot of mothers have that gut feeling. But it’s not like I knew immediately. Lindsay, like us, had never been educated in domestic violence or dating violence. We didn’t know anyone who had experienced it. But I saw things that didn’t seem right, some red flags, and I started asking around. more » » »

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The Digital divide and school success

Posted by bronwynr on February 23, 2009

Kids with home computers more likely to graduate Access to a home computer increases the likelihood that children will graduate from high school, but blacks and Latinos are much less likely to have a computer at home than are whites, according to a new study. The study also found that the so-called “digital divide” is even more pronounced among children than adults.more …

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The Insiders’ Guide to College

Posted by bronwynr on February 5, 2009

Time to select a school? Traditionally, college-bound students have turned to guidance counselors, catalogs, and popular magazine lists. But since the experts aren’t actually attending classes and interacting with profs, they often can’t pinpoint the best schools for kids. That’s why Jordan Goldman founded Unigo.com, a free Web site that offers prospective scholars college reviews and videos written and produced by students, for students. more » » » 

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Hey, Mr. President: Kids’ Letters to Obama

Posted by bronwynr on January 21, 2009

 After Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the United States, the tutors at 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based nonprofit writing workshop and tutoring center, gave their students a fun assignment—to send their questions, thoughts, and hopes to the president-elect.

For today’s inauguration, here are excerpts from heartfelt, insightful, and often funny handwritten letters from kids at 826 Valencia’s chapters in San Francisco; Ann Arbor, MI; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; and Seattle. more » » » 

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Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-safety – Australia

Posted by bronwynr on December 9, 2008


The Government is setting up a Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-safety – to see if a school in your area is participating see: http://www.alp.org.au/media/1208/mscoit080.php

Details from the press release on Senator Conroy’s website http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2008/091 :

School students from across Australia will participate in the Rudd Governments Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-Safety, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced today.
“Young Australians are well immersed in the digital world. They understand the great potential of the internet and are perfectly positioned to guide the development of effective responses to cyber-safety risks,” Senator Conroy said.
“I am delighted to welcome the participation of 15 schools in the Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-Safety. I am positive this experience will be rewarding for their students and I look forward to hearing their comments.”
The Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-Safety will begin in the first half of 2009.

The group will consider and communicate to Government, cyber-safety risks faced by Australian children, how best to address these and how to communicate cyber-safety messages to other young Australians.
“Students from these schools will have the opportunity to advise the Government on cyber-safety issues currently faced by their peers,” Senator Conroy said.The Government committed funding of $125.8 million over four years in the 2008-09 Budget for a comprehensive cyber-safety plan including: education, law enforcement, content filtering, research, and international cooperation.

“This is just one of a number of Government initiatives aimed at creating a safer online environment for all Australian children,” Senator Conroy said.

The 15 schools taking part in the Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-Safety represent a cross section of the Australian community covering all states and territories.”

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Let Them Eat Kale: Schools Get Serious about Nutrition

Posted by bronwynr on October 14, 2008

With America’s kids in danger of becoming obese, a growing number of schools are thinking outside the lunchbox
The kids at Louisa May Alcott School were more into Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and nachos than frisée and couscous. That is, until Greg Christian got to them.

Exactly three years ago, the chef known as Chicago’s conscious caterer decided to share his gastronomic talents with the city’s low-income children. So he took his pilot program straight to the source: the cafeterias of the Chicago Public Schools.

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