Teacher and education expert, Zoe Burgess, believes in critical thinking. So much so that she’s written about how to successfully integrate it into the classroom. She starts of by defining critical thinking as “the ability to understand and apply the abstract, the ability to infer and to meaningfully investigate.” She then goes on to cite specific critical thinking scenarios and methods that gauge how well students may apply this realworld skill. Check out her entire piece right here.
The New Aging conference is the brainchild of visionary architect and urban planner Matthias Hollwich. Made up of workshops, panels, and , the conference discusses ideas relating to the progressive development of agerelated living spaces. The hope is to create new ideas that bring color and liveliness into the otherwise sterile and mundane living environments that are created for the retired, elderly, or disabled. The conference is being held in October at the UPenn School of Design.
Florida A & M University is providing an outstanding opportunity for Black women entering college in the fall of 2009. It is designed to address their absence in the field of computer technology. Dr. Jason Black is the Principal Investigator of a recently awarded $552,000 NSF Grant entitled AfricanAmerican Women in Computer Science. The grant provides scholarships from $4000 to $10,000 per year for female African American students.
As any friend of mine will tell you, I am a huge supporter/lover/believer/consumer of all things Japanese. From their curiously exotic snack food (think shrimpflavored chips) to their mindbending fashion trends (hey, Gwen Stefani, I chatted up some Harajuku girls waaaay before you put them in your video) to their admirable sense of honor and loyalty to family. I was lucky enough to have lived in the Land of the Rising Sun some years ago, and have returned several times since my soul sister is a hip Tokyoite.
Here is an opportunity for those interested in pursuing an MBA: Yale’s new PreMBA Leadership Program is a fully funded, twoweek, summer session (June 14 – 27, 2009) for current sophomore, junior, and senior students of color and those committed to diversity in public and private management.
The Fresh Air Fund is now accepting applications for counselors for this coming summer of ’09. They hire staff members with a wide range of interests and experience in some pretty diverse fields including but not limited to environmental science, culinary arts, fashiondesign, orienteering, leadership, video editing, digital and dark room photography, ropes course, nutrition and agriculture.
Too few Latinos graduated from college this year, and every year. While Latinos make up 13.5 percent of the U.S. population, we account for only 7 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Based on reading similar accounts and on years of mentoring young people and helping my siblings graduate college, I can tell you that it comes down to three essential things.
Shame on some of the nation’s largest banks. They have stopped issuing student loans to community college students, a decision that will have dire effects on poor, minority and immigrant students.