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STEM Jobs Launches Innovative Teacher Classroom Training Series to Connect Classroom Instruction to Future STEM Careers
Five-module program containing 34-lessons will roll out with free video series.
“Teachers play a critical role in revealing to students the beauty and excitement of studying science, technology, engineering and math─and then connecting those challenging subjects to the real world.” ~ Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM at Victory Media.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 10, 2015)─STEM JobsSM, Victory Media’s national K-12 STEM solutions platform, has partnered with leading educators to develop the research-driven STEM JobsSM Classroom Training Series. The newest program from one of the top national voices in addressing the STEM skills gap, the unique Classroom Training Series introduces teachers from coast-to-coast to “7 principles of practice” that will immediately help build classroom environments where all students can feel comfortable and successful at studying STEM. The Classroom Training Series complements the suite of STEM Jobs SM media and digital tools for high school students designed to connect classrooms to careers in a way that encourages teens to pursue what they love.
Guest author: Pamela Donnelly
Getting your son or daughter into a top school is difficult. This year, Harvard accepted only 5.9% of applicants. Stanford was even more choosy, accepting a mere 5.1%. But these days, getting into any school has become an increasingly chancy–and complex–proposition for teens and their parents alike.
This is a problem that bothers Pamela Donnelly. Although she is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia… and a provider of tutoring to kids of Hollywood celebrities… Pamela has a very non-elite, grassroots mission: To make sure every parent in America can figure out the right school for their child. And, at the same time, she wants to make sure all parents have the best possible chance of helping their children get into the schools that are best for them.
Guest article written by Gaya Lynn
The fox. The bald eagle. The white tail deer. For most of us the possibility of seeing these splendid creatures up-close and personal may be hard if not impossible. We either live too far away from their natural habitats, or we simply do not have the time to go into a forest and see them. Fortunately for us, children`s filmmaker and photographer Jimmy Wilson has created a set of nine children`s DVDs that allows these animals to appear on our television and computer screens.
Guest author, Mike Broderick, CEO of Turning Technologies
Blended learning is already a reality for millions of students. According to education surveys, about 70% of US school districts now offer blended learning programs. A Center for Digital Education study found that 73% of surveyed educators who use a blend of traditional techniques and learning technology during instruction noticed marked improvements in student engagement. The key to achieving engagement is to find the right mix of technology and traditional teaching techniques to ensure that technology is enhancing the learning process and not distracting from the primary focus, which is education.
Kohl’s is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Kohl’s recognizes kids ages six to 18 who have made a positive impact on their community through volunteerism.
Nominations will be accepted now through March 13 at www.kohlskids.com.
Since 2001 Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids with more than $4.2 million in scholarship and prizes.
Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program today announced it will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,500 students who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted January 30 – March 13 at kohlskids.com.
Director/Producer Martin Shore joins forces with Berklee City Music to develop Take Me To The River Education Initiative, a program based on his historic feature documentary that explores the influence of cross-generational, inter-racial and cross-gender collaboration relating to a unique Memphis-based music project.
Lifelong musician and Grammy-nominated Director/Producer Martin Shore announces a historic partnership with non-profit organization Berklee City Music®. The two have developed a music education initiative based on Shore’s film Take Me To The River, which explores the inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation during the Civil Rights Movement, and the cross-generational and cross-gender collaboration exhibited in a new music project documented in the film.
Released in February in celebration of Black History Month and beyond, the Initiative brings standards-based instruction materials centered around the film and its music to educations nationwide free of charge.
By Belinda Hammond
Faculty Member, School of Education at American Public University
Child life specialists traditionally work in hospitals, but the field has grown to include support for children in a variety of settings. Child life specialists also provide support for traumatic events through the coordination of programs offered through non-profit agencies and through some chapters of the American Red Cross.
Child Life Council defines child life specialists as “trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events. These professionals are further described as being “armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, promoting effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. Child life specialists provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Because they understand that a child’s wellbeing depends on the support of the family, child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.”
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