Education Wednesday: Cultivating Non-Cognitive Skills

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Success in education and life requires two sets of skills: cognitive skills that make up our knowledge and ability to learn, as well as non-cognitive skills that help us communicate what we know. Within schools, as we work to prepare more students for college and careers, the priority is too often focused on reinforcing academic performance linked […]

Education: 3 Opportunities to Help Undocumented Students Attend College

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform may be stalled this year limiting opportunities for millions, including undocumented students. While the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program grants reprieve for some, issues remain such as the inability to pay for college. Until the DREAM Act which would provide access to grants, loans and even in-state tuition passes, many of these students will see their higher education dreams thwarted. […]

Education: A Common Definition for English Language Learners

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Amidst the continuing Common Core conversation, it is vital that states work to improve the educational experiences of all students, especially English Language Learners (ELL) or those learning English as a Second Language (ESL). For the growing number of students learning English as a second language, providing additional language support early can greatly impact the likelihood of […]

Education Wednesday: New Opportunities to Diversify Medical Schools

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Today more resources than ever are available to help students of color pursue careers in the medical field. Opportunities stem from our nation’s expanding health care system and the urgent need for doctors with cultural understanding such as language, religion, and taboos. To increase the presence of minorities in medicine, we must educate ourselves on these new initiatives. We […]

Education Wednesdays: Why Early Childhood Education Matters for Niños

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The period from preschool to 3rd grade is one of the most formative times in a child’s life for cognitive and behavioral development. High-quality early childhood education can yield benefits such as lower tendencies to repeat grades, less need for special education, future educational and professional achievement, and even decreased chances of future legal troubles. Yet, in spite of the many pluses, in 2011 40% of kids in the U.S. ages 3 […]

Education Wednesday: A Lesson From Our Business Leaders

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The importance of engaged business leaders is often overlooked in the conversation on educating our kids. However, business leaders have a vested interest in articulating the needs of industry and preparing youngsters to thrive in the future economy. Increasingly these important stakeholders are combining their business-savvy minds with education initiatives to reach the youth of […]

Education Wednesdays: Community STEM Programs for Girls

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STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–is quickly becoming the prominent pathway to success for America’s future economy. It has become more important than ever to introduce young ladies to STEM education, as only 1 in 10 of those in STEM careers are minority women. In last week’s Education Wednesday: Why You Should Know More About STEM, I […]