Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

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This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more emphasis on pre-kindergarten programs, particularly as an intervention for closing persistent achievement gaps along socioeconomic lines. As more state and local leaders are […]

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

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Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy eating habits. Today the homegrown movement has caught fire: more people are growing their own food than ever before including the White House led by First Lady Michelle Obama who this month welcomed […]

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math

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For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite subject because it allows us to question, prove, construct, dismantle, divide, and conquer the world around us. This April for Math Education Month, help spark interest with activities at home and in the community that take the […]

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

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Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core State Standards and local issues such as school choice affect students’ educational experiences and life outcomes. Speaking up for what is working (or not working […]

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

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To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, early career-focused programs can give students a head-start towards advanced technical careers. As America‘s economy becomes more rooted in specialized industries, the time has […]

Education Wednesday: “My Brother’s Keeper” and Empowering Boys of Color

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Looking around our communities and even to the White House, we find many examples in our fathers, brothers, and friends of the potential our boys of color possess to be influential leaders. Concerned with ensuring more young boys succeed, President Obama recently introduced a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, to do just this. As My Brother’s Keeper challenges the disparities which […]

Education Wednesday: Preparing Girls to Lead in STEM

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Pioneers such as Ellen Ochoa, who became the first Latina astronaut in 1991, set the bar high for all that women can achieve in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Grooming more girls to follow in these footsteps is now more important than ever, particularly as America‘s economy continues to become more STEM-focused. This March (and all […]

Education Wednesday: Aundrea’s Project Debt Down Student Loan Repayment Update

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At the beginning of the year I resolved to reduce my student loan debt. Three months later, Project Debt Down (as I named my loan repayment effort) is in full effect! With a totally new mindset about money management, I am excited to share the tricks that are helping me pay down my student loan debt.  You might be waiting for that […]