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By Tony Wagner, Mastery Transcript Consortium (from June 23, 2019)
This month, approximately 3.5 million high school seniors will be granted diplomas. The rest of us will (and should) applaud their achievements, but we must also stop and consider: What did these students have to do to earn their diplomas, and what, exactly, has their schoolwork prepared them for?
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By Holly Korbey, Edutopia (from July 9, 2019)
The day I arrive for the school-wide "Read-In" this past spring, teenagers and books are covering every available surface in Jarred Amato's English classroom at Maplewood High School in Nashville, Tennessee—flung across lived-in couches, desks, and chairs. But there's not a book one might traditionally identify as a "classic" in sight, and that's by design.
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By Clay V. Stites, Resource Group 175 (from March 20, 2018)
With many schools struggling to attract and keep Lower School families, it is clear that this generation, viz. The Millennials, needs to be understood and appreciated. The traditional approaches to marketing—visibility efforts, advertising, etc.—seem to have limited impact.
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By Maureen Costello & Coshandra Dillard, Teaching Tolerance
In 2018, we reported a disturbing number of incidents involving identity-based slurs, hateful symbols, bigotry and the harassment of children in school. This hostility reflects what's happening outside school walls and in our political and social media culture.
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By Kirsten Fleming, The New York Post (from June 19, 2017)
During a soccer game early last year, Tiffany Lin began experiencing a sharp pain in her right knee. Then a freshman at Manhattan's Beacon School, Lin tried to play through the pain but sought out a doctor when it wouldn't subside.
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By Kimberly Fries, Forbes (from February 8, 2019)
Company leaders are facing a crisis. Nearly one-third of employees don't trust management. In addition to this, employers now have to cater to the needs of the millennial generation. On average, after graduating from college, a millennial will change jobs four times before they are 32. Most of them also don't feel empowered on their current jobs.
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By Adrienne van der Valk, Teaching Tolerance (Summer 2019)
The night of June 26, 2018, Layla Saad was unable to sleep. The previous year had been a taxing one for the writer, life and business coach, and spiritual advisor. The deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, had unsettled her deeply. It wasn't just the hatred and the violence; it was also the reaction from the online coaching community she inhabits.
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By Adam Harris, The Atlantic (from June 5, 2019)
The motto of Sidwell Friends School, the hyperselective "Harvard of Washington's private schools," is simple and lofty. "Eluceat omnibus lux"—Latin for "Let the light shine out from all." But bright lights sometimes illuminate the worst in people. Last month, shocking behavior by parents may have led two of the school's three college counselors to leave their jobs.
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By Robert Evans & Michael Thompson, Independent School (Spring 2016)
Over the last 30 years, we have, between us, consulted to more than 2,000 schools, independent and public, in the United States and internationally. Our school visits have given us a deep appreciation for the range and complexity of challenges schools face and for their capacity to master evolving problems. With one glaring exception: For the past 20 years, each of us has encountered a relentless increase in educators' frustrations in dealing with difficult parents.
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By Alfie Kohn, The New York Times (from June 15, 2019)
For a generation now, school reform has meant top-down mandates for what students must be taught, enforced by high-stakes standardized test and justified by macho rhetoric - "rigor," "raising the bar," "tougher standards."
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By Michael Josephson, LinkedIn (from June 17, 2019)
Based on years of managing several organizations, including the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and on extensive consultation with large and small organizations, I've distilled much of what I believe and advocate into "Ten Truths." I hope you find this list helpful. Feel free to share it with colleagues and friends.
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By Tal Frankfurt, Forbes (from June 13, 2019)
Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions often rely on donor generosity in order to function. Those efforts are typically the culmination of years of direct mail campaigns, email newsletters and fundraising events, all aimed at increasing the donor pool. Charitable giving is growing year-over-year, exceeding $400 billion for the first time in 2017. With 70% of those dollars streaming from individual contributors (totaling nearly $287 billion in donations), nonprofits are beginning to see the younger generations stepping up to the plate to invest in causes they believe in.
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