Education

  • $1 Million Hult Prize Goes to Student Team from Earlham College
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    A funny thing happened to me while I was attending the final Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. During lunch, I had checked my e-mail and noticed the words, This is EPIC! sent from the president of my alma mater, Earlham College. I never open e-mail that proclaims itself epic, furthermore... Read more »
  • Make Your Child a Reader
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    When my son was small, he struggled with reading. I hired a tutor for him, but then my son fired her (he was in the third grade). An avid reader myself, I had raised my kids on books and regular trips to the library, and I’d read to them from... Read more »
  • #30DayChallenge: Know Your Professors’ Office Hours
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    BE Smart has been running a #30DayChallenge initiative to help college students set the tone for success during the first month of the semester. The first post discussed the need for familiarizing yourself with your campus library and bookstore; the second, for maintaining your mental health and making good use of... Read more »
  • Clinton Global Initiative Looks at Its Work Through the Lens of Gender
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    This week the Clinton Global Initiative held its final Annual Meeting. CGI brings together leaders from business, government, foundations, and NGOs to improve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including increasing opportunities for women and girls worldwide. CGI examines its work through the lens of gender, which is where Renée... Read more »
  • The Fellowship Initiative Is Shattering the Status Quo
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    The Fellowship Initiative sponsored by JPMorgan Chase is a comprehensive mentoring and enrichment program that exposes young men of color to the skills, experiences, and knowledge they’ll need to compete globally. One hundred-twenty African American and Latino high school students from New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles (40 from... Read more »
  • Educated Black Lives Also Matter-All Good Schools Help Our Kids
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    Several years ago, I met legendary Chicago educator, the late Marva Collins, at a Georgia Charter School conference in Atlanta. During lunch, I asked Collins about her then-controversial support of charter schools.  She matter-of-factly stated that she supports all good schools that work for kids. She further said that she doesn’t... Read more »
  • 5 Ways the Back-to-School Bus Tour Shows Us What Obama Really Cares About
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    On Friday, Sept. 16, I spoke with U.S. Secretary John King about his first–and possibly last–back-to-school bus tour that the Obama administration has held every year. King called the Opportunity Across America back-to-school bus tour inspiring. “We’re seeing so many good things happening in schools,” he said, although he has also... Read more »
  • 3 Ways Gifted Education for All Students Makes Sense
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    Months ago I read about a school district that used gifted education for all its students, without testing them to determine which students were accelerated learners. The results were astounding: All the students performed well. When they were finally tested, more than would have been expected tested in the gifted... Read more »
  • Want to Work in Media? You Can.
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    If you know of high school or college students who have an interest in working in media, tell them about the Emma Bowen Foundation, which provides multi-year paid internships in all areas of the industry. “When people think of working in media, they may think of becoming the next Oprah Winfrey,... Read more »
  • 5 Ways to Kickstart Career Preparation
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    It’s never too early for college students to start thinking about their career, says Susie Clarke, director of Undergraduate Career Services at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. “It’s important that students arrive on campus prepared since 70% of recruiting takes place in the fall semester,” says Clarke, who hosts career... Read more »