Mental health of students of color is focus for first-of-its-kind non-profit. The Steve Fund announces partnership with a tech startup and two other projects to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Please spread the world about this initiative. More than a year ago, the family of Stephen C. Rose established […]
Mental health of students of color is focus for first-of-its-kind non-profit.
The Steve Fund announces partnership with a tech startup and two other projects to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Please spread the world about this initiative.
More than a year ago, the family of Stephen C. Rose established in his memory The Steve Fund, the nation’s first organization focused on improving the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. After an initial year of convening experts, surveying the research landscape, and building strategic partnerships, the Fund, on occasion of World Mental Health Day (Oct 10), now announces three new projects to support the mental health of students of color:
- A text/SMS-based crisis support line in partnership with Crisis Text Line
- A partnership with one of the nation’s leading organizations for student mental health, the JED Foundation, to create guidelines for colleges to better support student mental health
- The second national conference on mental health of students of color, at Stanford University on November 20, 2015
“Research shows that differences in the ethnic background of students require culturally-sensitive approaches to fully support their mental health and emotional well-being,” says Stephanie Bell-Rose, Stephen C. Rose’s mother and a co-founder of the Steve Fund. “But these needs are understudied, and underserved.” (more…)
By Dr. Katherina Muller
Faculty Member, School of Education at American Public University
When my son entered Kindergarten 20 years ago in Fairfax County, Virginia, his teacher sent home a list of items he should bring to class. This list included pencils, a composition notebook, and a tissue box. Schools have been asking students and parents to bring supplies to make up for budget shortfalls for quite some time. It comes as no surprise that this trend has continued into the current era of reduced funding. Asking parents, teachers, and community members to make up these shortfalls raises several important issues.
As a parent, I was all too happy to supply my son and his teachers with anything they needed. It just seemed the right thing to do to ensure the success of both. At the time, my husband and I were both fully employed and had the extra resources. We did not think twice about our obligation to the school our son attended.
October 5, 2015
On September 24, I was honored to chat with Karl Mehta, the founder and CEO of EdCast Inc.
Thousands of new education technology platforms have emerged in the past decade. As education technology continues to grow, it is important to identify services with purpose and meaning. Technology that makes a difference in the world is the focus and mission of EdCast. EdCast is a social knowledge network built in an effort to enhance our ability to collaborate and learn. The open source network provides learners with the opportunity to garner knowledge in both formal and informal learning settings. EdCast Knowledge NetworksTM power social, mobile and cloud-based learning for influential institutions, enterprises, governments and nonprofits and enables millions of lifelong learners to collaborate. Karl Mehta and his team are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online education.
Karl, you have over 20 years of experience in founding, funding and building technology businesses. How did you become involved in the education space?
The World Education Games Brings Together 8MM Students From 30,000 Schools in 200 Countries and Challenges Kids in Math, Literacy and Science. Sponsored by Microsoft, UNICEF and 3P Learning, this free online educational competition is the largest event of its kind and inspires kids to get excited about education.
The World Education Games (WEG), is the worlds largest education competition which brings together 8MM students from 30,000 schools in 200 countries to challenge kids in math, literacy and science, is getting ready to unite the world in learning. The games will take place over three days from October 13-15. Five students will be chosen to represent the U.S. as WEG Ambassadors, working as education advocates in their schools and communities. Schools, as well as students from the ages of 5-18 encompassing all ability levels, are encouraged to visit www.worldeducationgames.com and sign up to participate in the event.
By Donald Ray West, PhD, PE, MBA
Faculty Member, School of Business at American Public University
Everyone has heard the story of the blind men examining an elephant. As the story goes, one grabs the tail and thinks the elephant is a vine. Another grabs a leg and decides that it is a large tree and still another grabs an ear and decides that it is a tent. Books in universities have the same problem as the elephant–different parties have different views regarding textbooks.
Book sellers, students, faculty members, and administrators all have the same goal: to provide a high quality tool to assist in obtaining a high-quality education. Somewhere along the path, some have diverted. Only one view, administration, will be explored.
Chicago, By Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.
On September 11, 2015, I had the gracious opportunity to sit down with Susan Crown to discuss her work with local, national and international organizations. From a holistic and humanitarian approach, her Chicago-based Susan Crown Exchange focuses on strategic partnerships and missions serving underserved youth. A great deal of her work focuses on how kids learn, obtain and process information, especially in the digital age. The Susan Crown Exchange works closely with the David P. Weikart Center Center for Youth Program Quality.
Why is your institution entitled exchange instead of foundation? It’s very rare, isn’t it?
Yes, it is rare. We called our organization an exchange rather than foundation because we believe in partnerships. We are an institution that learns from others. We are not the experts on every social issue, nor do we claim to be. We work, learn and grow together, while enhancing the best nonprofits’ missions and goals. We take great interest in the organizations we work with and are honored to learn from one another. Making a great organization even better, that is our job.
MyColLife.Com Announces the Release of V3.0
MyColLife is pleased to announce the release of V3.0, which is now available for students, parents, guidance counselors, school districts, high schools, community-based organizations and veterans. The technology is open access to all educational and career planning organizations. The platform provides student empowerment, social engagement and mentoring. The technology is free and the update is currently available. Sign Up!
What is Included in Version 3.0?
- MyColLife Parent Portal (New)
Parents are now able to engage with students in regard to their college finances, student degree audit, administrative communication etc.
Today, Members of Congress, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2015. Scott and Boxer were joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representatives Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Janice Hahn (CA-44).
With Corinthian Colleges, Inc. filing for bankruptcy amid widespread charges of fraud, this Act is more crucial than ever for protecting and supporting our nation’s students. Currently, the Higher Education Act does not reset the clock on a student’s eligibility for Pell Grants, and students may not have enough Pell Grant eligibility left to complete a program at another school. The Pell Restoration Act will restore Pell Grant eligibility for students who attended an institution of higher education that closed due to certain violations.
Pell Grants serve as an option for students seeking to cover higher education expenses such as, tuition and fees, books, room and board.