Draper University, located in Silicon Valley, is the brainchild of venture capitalist Tim Draper. His school is an unconventional world-class program for the brightest young entrepreneurs from around the world. Draper offers an immersive residential entrepreneurial training program that combines lectures from All-Stars in various fields, experiential and creative activities that challenge creativity and imagination, networking opportunities with classmates and mentors, and other surprises. The alternative entrepreneurial program culminates with a Business Pitch Competition with the opportunity to get a student’s startup funded. Draper University will be on TV this week! The Startup U series premiere is Tuesday, August 11 at 10m/9c on ABC Family! StartUp U will be featuring Draper’s University’s amazing young entrepreneurs, following the lead of Tim Draper.
Spotlight on Keven Longa, Draper University Alumni
One alumni is making a difference around the world with video and the beauty of food. Founder Kevin Longa, a recent Draper University Alumni has been making films since he was 8 years old. His company’s launch product is entitled TASTE (http://www.tastewithkevin.com) with Kevin Longa. It is a documentary series that features the true stories of food entrepreneurs from all around the world.
By Dr. Jose Rodriguez
Assistant Dean, School of Education at American Public University
I spent 25 years in the field of education in various districts across Texas and Washington. In those years, my roles included para-educator, teacher, curriculum developer, and school administrator. The years in education motivated me to concentrate on the teacher evaluation process.
Thirteen of those years were spent teaching in the classroom. For me then, the teacher evaluation process was a procedural requirement that had to be performed by school administrators. It did not impact my teaching because the observation process had no connection or relevance to what I was doing in the classroom. I recall my colleagues talking about the evaluation process as a chore that was not meaningful to their teaching.
My different roles in the field of education have given me the opportunity to look at the teacher evaluation process through different perspectives and experiences.
Young entrepreneurs are making a difference all over the world today. Angela Maiers, teacher and innovator shares some of her favorite work designed by middle-school students; all students, parents and teachers will love this project! Designed by students for students-products these young innovators created because they know what they need. How powerful it is to give kids the chance to discover, share ideas, create and then sell their own products. If we give our students the tools and resources they need, they can truly soar. Below you will find young entrepreneurs helping each other while by doing what they do best-sharing what they know.
Written by Erika Page, PledgeCents.com
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . ..” In these words, Dickens captures an extraordinary time period: the first day of school. The melancholy of leaving the all-too-short summer behind combines with the incomparable excitement of a new school year. Veteran teachers are comfortable in their accumulations: classrooms full of primary colors and comforts, file cabinets full of curricula and grants proposed and accepted. Many newer teachers are just as lucky, with colorful Ikea lamps, virtual fireplaces, and Google drives full of ideas and resources. In preparation for the first day of school, there is one thing almost all teachers have in common: we reach into our own pockets to cover gaps left by districts and cumbersome grant requirements.
As a teacher and Chicago resident, I am honored to share these tips for Chicago high school students and potential college candidates. These are the stories coming out of Chicago that we don’t hear enough. I hope you find these tips useful.
What does it take to be accepted into a college of your choice? Admissions officers factor in more than a strong GPA, and preparation can begin years before it’s time to apply. At Chicago Scholars Foundation, a unique college-access and mentorship program, students from under-resourced communities are some of the first in the nation to complete the college application process and gain admission to their schools of choice. Dominique Jordan Turner, President and CEO of the organization, encourages students to use their summers to their advantage.
Here are Jordan Turner’s six tips to becoming an ideal college candidate over summer breaks:
Volunteer your time: Whether it’s working at the local soup kitchen or participating in a walk to raise awareness, colleges are impressed by students who donate freely of their time to help others. Make time to give back this summer and not only will it enhance your college applications, but expand your horizons as well.
Find an internship: Medicine, fashion, technology – what’s the right path for you? Exploring interests through a summer internship will help in answering that question, all while providing you with real world experience to highlight in college applications. Additionally, an internship demonstrates ambition and eagerness to excel, characteristics that colleges desire in their candidates. (more…)
By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
Innovation surfaces after some invention comes to the marketplace. Teaching is about imparting knowledge and skills. The merger of innovation and teaching brings opportunities for great teachers to grow student success.
In the 1800s and 1900s the chalk board and the portable, personal slate tablet afforded a measure of innovation to students in the one-room school house. The yellow-painted No. 2 wooden pencil was another innovative idea used by teachers for student to be able to write stories for homework and take tests.
Former CPS Social Worker Awarded 20k Grant to Launch Chicago’s First Boarding School to Serve Inner-City Youth
Have you met Valerie Groth? She is a very special person making a difference in Chicago. As a teacher and Chicago resident, this story and initiative resonates with me greatly. Chicago is an amazing place to live, but the violence in some parts of our city is simply unacceptable. We must do more to protect our most precious stakeholders-our children.
One in every five people murdered in Chicago is 18 or younger, and one child is murdered approximately every four days. A child in Chicago is shot every 17 hours – and in 2010 alone, almost 700 children were shot; 66 of which were killed. These devastating realities mirror the challenges school teachers in urban districts face when promoting long- term academic success within their classrooms. In an effort to permanently alter these statistics, Valerie (Val) Groth – a Chicago-based speaker, workshop facilitator, podcast host and former CPS social worker – has made it her mission to offer inner-city youth a safe, high-level education away from violent crime on the streets. Groth has dedicated her focus to opening the Ryan Banks Academy (RBA), Chicago’s very first public, college-preparatory boarding middle and high school. Though education is not a cure-all for society’s problems, it does have the power to be a transformative experience for the children, educators, and communities involved. The Ryan Banks Academy’s residential curriculum will give students the best opportunities for success in school, in their communities, and beyond.
By Matthew Loux, faculty member at American Military University
Growing up I always had a job, whether it was working on the farm or bagging groceries. My parents taught me the value of money and how to save it. Our family had very little money, but it was a great childhood.
In the current economic times, it is even more important to teach kids how to save and budget for college, marriage, and emergencies. This should start at an early age. With technological advancements it is even easier to teach children about money. Here are some strategies that have worked for our family.