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My life changed when I became a teacher. I learned some of the biggest life lessons from my students, and now I am lucky enough to see how I changed their worlds.
Written by guest author: Lorna Keane
Sir Ken Robinson famously describes our education system as “modeled on the interests of industrialization, and on the image of it.” Whether or not we agree, continuous efforts to revolutionize the education process suggest the statement holds some value. With standardized testing and increasing class sizes steadily quenching the personalized nature of education, educators continue to fall under the strain of attempting to reach every single student on a personal level.
Ranking Member Scott, Tri-Caucus Chairs Push for ESEA Bill
WASHINGTON – April 14, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) considers the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a bi-partisan education proposal put forth by Chairman Lamar Alexandra (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and leaders of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) – released the following statements calling for needed improvements to the current proposal:
Immersive Learning Program Takes Aquatic Science to Classrooms for an Online Experience with Shedd Experts and Animals.
Shedd Aquarium, a national leader and industry resource for science education and immersive learning, connects curious minds of students in classrooms across the country with aquarium animals and experts through a new virtual field trip program, Live From Behind the Scenes. The interactive session invites students to experience a side of the aquarium they wouldn’t see during an on-site field trip, offering rare looks at Shedd’s animal hospital, shark and penguin habitats.
“Our learning experts at Shedd are continually seeking to support science education in the classroom through engaging, integrated experiences and Live From Behind the Scenes does that by connecting students with our animals and experts in a way that no other program does,” said Dr. Joy Kubarek, vice president of learning. “Education is at the core of the aquarium and we’re constantly keeping a pulse on how students interpret and understand science. This virtual program takes the educational experience of a field trip to Shedd beyond the physical walls of the aquarium – inviting teachers to transform lessons on the pages of textbooks to the real world, while creating a meaningful experience for the students to help them understand and appreciate nature.”
Guest Author: Amy Klimek, VP of Human Resources for ZipRecruiter
Looking for great career advice? Please read this article for great career advice for students from our friends at ZipRecruiter!
Career Advice For Students
Now that you’ve graduated, it’s time to get serious about looking for that first job after college. You have the degree and the qualifications necessary to secure a job that will take you from student to professional, and your resume is the first step along that path. In most situations, a resume just out of school isn’t going to be longer than a single page. Most college students don’t have the benefit of taking part in internships, working professional jobs and as a result, may think they have nothing to put on their resume. With a little effort and career advice, you’ll find you have quite a few real, marketable skills, and it’s vitally important to emphasize those skills when creating your resume. Keep in mind that the degree helps improve your marketability. The unemployment rate for individual with a bachelor’s degree is only four percent. That’s less than half the national average of eight percent. Career advice is important too. Let’s look at some ideas.
The world of tutoring is one that students, teachers and parents are all too familiar with. This important and booming industry has long been considered an expensive and inconvenient service for all parties. Tutors can cost anywhere from $40-80+ per hour and require time consuming coordination.
Today, Montreal based EdTech company GradeSlam launched a game changer in private tutoring. Their new service, GradeSlamNOW, provides 24/7 private on-demand online tutoring for students.
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12-Month Alternative Higher Education Program Equips Students with Real-World Experience Through Coaching, Apprenticeships and Travel
There is little doubt about the power of education. But there is certainly doubt about the return on investment of a traditional higher education or post-graduate degree program – many of which can leave students deep in debt and without clarity of where they fit or real-world skills applicable to the rapidly changing economy.
Now entering its third year, Experience Institute (Ei), a Chicago-based education startup, provides a transformative, experience-based education program that offers students a year-long journey of discovery, apprenticeships, coaching and travel. Ei participants must apply or be nominated by a peer, family member or teacher. The deadline for applications and nominations is Friday, May 22, 2015.
Arts for All: Accessible Arts Experience for Children with Special Needs
Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 4th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU invites all families, especially children with special needs, to All Kids Included – Arts for All, an Accessible Arts Experience.