Education Wednesday: Getting Involved in the Common Core Debate


Being active in the Common Core debate is vital to ensuring our learners receive the educational support they need in school. As parents, teachers, and students we must join the conversation, educate ourselves on this national reform initiative, and begin to take action. Whether or not you support the Common Core State Standards, I will share ways for you to […]

Education Wednesday: Understanding the Common Core Debate


What’s the big deal about Common Core? From the federal to the local level, this increasingly controversial education plan has become a hot topic. Referring to the Common Core State Standards Initiative, 45 states have adopted this ambitious reform strategy which is certain to change how and what our students learn. Common Core seeks to create a more rigorous learning process […]

Education Wednesday: Cultivating Non-Cognitive Skills


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


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


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


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 […]