Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.
The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey to find his calling, as each chapter explains one clear step that every person can take to turn your biggest ambitions into reality, even if you start with as little as $25. His story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give you the tools to make your own life a story worth telling.
*All proceeds from this book will support Pencils of Promise.
—Gary Howard, founder of the REACH Center and author of We Can't Teach What We Don't Know, Second Edition
“This book should be required reading for all teachers! In his wonderfully readable, highly lucid analysis of poverty and social class, Paul Gorski gently but firmly redirects teachers away from damaging ways of seeing students and families who live in poverty, toward a vision of respect that champions equity and enables young people to bloom in the classroom.”
—Christine Sleeter,professor emerita, California State University Monterey Bay and immediate past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education
“Finally! A book that helps educators not only learn about the devastating impact of poverty on children’s lives, but also helps them think about what they can do—in the words of author Paul Gorski—right now as well as in the future to help improve the life chances of young people living in poverty. Highly readable and comprehensive, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty will be a welcome addition to school, university, and community bookshelves.”
—Sonia Nieto,professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“From one of the smartest scholars on poverty and education comes this engaging, relatable, and thoroughly researched book that every educator and school leader should read. Paul Gorski makes vivid and compelling how and why poverty matters, where and when we've gone wrong with current reforms, and perhaps most important, what we can do in our schools and classrooms to ensure that every child receives the very best education that our nation has to offer. Read and share it today.”
—Kevin Kumashiro, Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco, author of Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture
The author draws from decades of research to deconstruct popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students.
He carefully describes the challenges that students in poverty face and the resiliencies they and their families draw upon. Most importantly, this book provides specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching youth by creating equitable, bias-free learning environments. Written in an appealing conversational tone, this resource will help teachers and school leaders to better reach and teach students in poverty.
Book Features:A conceptual framework for creating equitable educational opportunities for low- and middle-income youth.Instructional strategies based on an analysis of more than 20 years of research on what works (and what doesn’t work).A depiction of teachers, not as the problem when it comes to the achievement gap, but as champions of students.Activities such as a Poverty and Class Awareness Quiz.
This is the story of two young people from completely different worlds: Kennedy Odede from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, and Jessica Posner from Denver, Colorado. Kennedy foraged for food, lived on the street, and taught himself to read with old newspapers. When an American volunteer gave him the work of Mandela, Garvey, and King, teenaged Kennedy decided he was going to change his life and his community. He bought a soccer ball and started a youth empowerment group he called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Then in 2007, Wesleyan undergraduate Jessica Posner spent a semester abroad in Kenya working with SHOFCO. Breaking all convention, she decided to live in Kibera with Kennedy, and they fell in love.Their connection persisted, and Jessica helped Kennedy to escape political violence and fulfill his lifelong dream of an education, at Wesleyan University.
The alchemy of their remarkable union has drawn the support of community members and celebrities alike—The Clintons, Mia Farrow, and Nicholas Kristof are among their fans—and their work has changed the lives of many of Kibera’s most vulnerable population: its girls. Jess and Kennedy founded Kibera’s first tuition-free school for girls, a large, bright blue building, which stands as a bastion of hope in what once felt like a hopeless place. But Jessica and Kennedy are just getting started—they have expanded their model to connect essential services like health care, clean water, and economic empowerment programs. They’ve opened an identical project in Mathare, Kenya’s second largest slum, and intend to expand their remarkably successful program for change.
Ultimately this is a love story about a fight against poverty and hopelessness, the transformation made possible by a true love, and the power of young people to have a deep impact on the world.
-First Sergeant David Bobenmoyer, Company B 1SG,
Recruit Sustainment Battalion, Camp Grayling, Michigan"Specialist Herbert makes it 'Too-Easy' to get ready for life down-range at BCT. If every one of my soldiers read this book and followed the advice, they would have a distinct advantage over those who didn't. In short: Read it and heed it."
-Drill Sergeant J.A.L.
Fort Jackson, South CarolinaA must-read for anyone considering the change from civilian to soldier, 63 Days and a Wake-Up takes you inside the closely guarded world of U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, providing an informative and enlightening look at the fascinating process that transforms everyday citizens into modern day American heroes.
This practical book:Describes a unique, adult learning framework.Includes a variety of tools and protocols that leaders can use to support teacher learning in schools, districts, departments, and teams.Offers instructional leaders both theory and practice-the what to do and also the why and how.Addresses a broad spectrum of instructional leaders at the district, school, and university level.
“Students everywhere deserve teachers and administrators who have read this book, and who enact the ideas in it. It is a must read for principals, district level administrators, teacher leaders, instructional coaches and mentors - anyone charged with leading the learning of adults in their schools.”
—Gene Thompson-Grove, Educational Consultant and Board Member, SchoolReform Initiative
“Leading for Powerful Learning is the book every school leader needs. It provides the essential tools for carrying out what is arguably the school leader's most difficult task: supporting the learning of the teachers with whom they work. The authors’ insights and practical wisdom, drawn from their decades of experience in schools, will be useful not only to formal school leaders but to those serving as leaders in more informal ways.”
—Tina Blythe, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The inspiring story of a pioneering program that is redefining urban young adults as economic assets, not deficits
During Gerald Chertavian’s many years as a Big Brother, the former technology entrepreneur realized that our nation’s "Opportunity Divide" strands millions of young, disadvantaged, yet motivated workers at the bottom of the job ladder. In 2000, Chertavian dedicated his life to closing that divide and Year Up was born.
Year Up is an intensive program that offers low income young adults training, mentorship, internships, and ultimately real jobs—often with Fortune 500 companies. 85 percent of program graduates are employed or in full-time college within four months of graduation. Today, Year Up serves more than 1,300 students in nine cities across the nation.
Following a Year Up class from admissions through graduation, A Year Up lets students share—in their own words—the challenges, failures, and personal successes they’ve experienced during their program year. This deeply moving and inspirational story also explains Chertavian’s philosophy and the program’s genesis, offering a road map for real change in our country and a beacon for young adults who want the opportunity to enter the economic mainstream.
An invaluable guide with virtually no competition, this book helped to establish Loren Pope as one of the nation's most respected experts on the college application process. Now fully revised and updated, Looking Beyond the Ivy League offers a step-by-step guide to selecting the right institution, a checklist of specific questions to ask when visiting a college, the secrets to creating good applications and good applicants, and much more. With as few as one-third of college students remaining at the institution they entered as freshmen, finding the right college is harder than ever before. This book makes it easier for students and their parents.
Can one person really make a difference in the world? Twesigye Jackson Kaguri overcame tremendous odds as he followed his dream to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda. This is his unforgettable story.
Growing up on his family's small farm, Kaguri worked many hours each day for his taskmaster father, though he was lucky his parents were able to send him to school. Kaguri eventually became a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Returning to his home years later, he was overwhelmed by the plight of AIDS orphans and vowed to build them a tuition-free school. A School for My Village weaves together tales from Kaguri's youth and his inspiring account of building the school and changing the lives of many children.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The book presents a wide range of information about China such as its history and geography; an outline of the country’s political and administrative structure; formative institutions in Chinese society; some of the prevalent assumptions in the recasting of a new social order in China; and the country’s problems and crises.
Students and teachers of history and sociology will find the book a good reference material.
The first two chapters outline the key aspects of SFL descriptions of the relationships between language and social context and the inter-related descriptions of text structures and grammatical systems. This provides sufficient background to enable those coming new to SFL to make productive, critical use of the research reviewed, studies described and advice on project design provided in the following chapters. Nevertheless, the book is an introductory resource and particular attention has been paid throughout to the extensive provision of clear references to more elaborated accounts of the important issues discussed.
Book Features:Offers research-supported, best practices for developing higher-order thinking skills with all learners. Provides engaging, how-to examples of cognitive strategies that lead students to deeper learning of standards-aligned curricula. Provides the tools teachers need to escape the recall curriculum and make cognition central to daily instruction for all students.
Praise for The Focus Factor!
“Jim Bellanca's career has been devoted to helping teachers promote cooperative and critical thinking skills in their students, skills that are more important today than ever and are focused here for deep learning and success with common core standards.”
—Charlotte Danielson, educational consultant and president and CEO, The Danielson Group
“Jim Bellanca has written a highly useful and readable volume for educators, parents, and all others who are interested in the best of modern education. The Focus Factor provides guidance for incorporating critical and creative skills in schools of all kinds, and includes the core ideas of some of the leading thinkers in cognition. Each chapter has helpful guide questions to ensure that the reader absorbs the most important concepts. Highly recommended.”
—David S. Martin, past president, North American Feuerstein Alliance
“Jim makes the Common Core Standards accessible for classroom teachers by illustrating their connections with current brain research and the central 21st-century skills he has advocated for years. Resonating most strongly with me is Jim’s affirmation that defining a problem is ‘the quintessential sub-skill in problem-solving’ because it develops ‘other cognitive functions problem solvers can rely on as they work to turn loose problems into tightly structured problems with a strong problem statement. This quintessence of problem-based learning is one pathway into what Pellegrino describes as ‘deeper learning.’”
—Deb Gerdes, program director for problem-based learning, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
One Day, All Children… is not just a personal memoir. It's a blueprint for the new civil rights movement--a movement that demands educational access and opportunity for all American children.
What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly.
In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges—from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.
People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.
This book will be useful for learners who are looking for free, open, online courses to learn the new things or would like to improve their level of knowledge on a particular subject. There are vast number of open online courses available in various topics through online learning platforms which are mentioned in this book. By participating in the free open online courses offered by various universities and institutions, learners can become expert in their favorite subject and improve the career in an efficient way. This book was written to benefit the students and lifelong learners to learn anything using free open online educational courses.
Unleashing the most useful free open online course Resources:
The book will explore the details of 90 online learning platforms and more than 275 higher education institutions and organizations which are participating the movement of MOOCs to offer free open online courses. The book was written to represent in-depth education web resources with 9 Chapters and 155 pages.
As Stewart makes chillingly clear, the rapidly expanding network of Good News Clubs represents just one of a range of initiatives intended to insert religious values into public schools. Although they often appear to be spontaneous, local events, they are in fact organized and funded at a national level. Taken together, they represent a new strategy of the Religious Right in its long-running aim to "take back America," undermining our public education system and secular democracy itself.
Elite MBA Programs at Public Universities features 12 in-depth case studies by senior representatives of the respective institutions, detailing the process by which they developed and launched programs to raise their profiles and ultimately compete aggressively for talent and support. From developing strategic alliances with local businesses and complementary academic departments to establishing online and overseas courses to investing in state-of-the-art facilities, these schools are setting new standards for business education--and measuring the positive results, for example, in terms of increased funding, higher faculty research productivity, higher rankings, and greater student diversity. Wolverton and Penley frame the case studies by applying the concepts of strategy theory, drawing lessons that can be applied in other educational institutions, as well as for students of strategy and general readers interested in emerging trends in business education. The result is a fascinating peek behind the scenes at the most innovative MBA programs, as well as a rich canvas for observing the principles of strategic management in action.
The dawn of the millennium saw the beginning of an unprecedented professional project as the New Labour government set about the systematic creation of a pool of suitably skilled and qualified School Business Managers in England. The Government's stated purpose was to support educational leaders in meeting mounting public expectations for state schools in increasingly complex and challenging circumstances.Although the 'war stories' of lead professionals such as teachers and physicians in the context of reform have been extensively documented, the contribution of the army of less high-status professionals in public service institutions is poorly-understood.
Drawing on first-hand accounts of people involved in bringing the SBM professional project about, and those whose professional lives the project sought to target, the SBMs themselves, the book turns the spotlight on an under-recognised group. It explores the purposes and outcomes of the professionalization initiative, comparing the process to the professional projects of SBMs in other countries and to parallel projects within the health sector.
Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an identification of the several significant historical features of East Asia. The next seven chapters are presented in four parts. Part I centers on Japan, Part II on the Republic of China on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on the Asian mainland, Part III on South Korea and North Korea, and Part IV on the two colonies of Hong Kong and Macau. The final chapter presents a comparative analysis of the seven societies' schooling efforts.
Written by a range of international authors, the text includes perspectives from:
- South Africa
- USA and Canada
It considers the impact that global influences have on early learning, and reflects on how the Forest School approach is used in the UK.
With case studies, annotated further reading and points for practice this is a key text for all those studying Early Childhood Studies, Early Years and Primary Education.
Sara Knight is Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a trained Forest School practitioner and author of Forest Schools For All, Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play and Forest School and Outdoor Learning (all published by SAGE).
Learn how to enable your clients by using this simple-to-apply questioning technique that gets amazing results!
Aged Care Professionals typically do too much TELLING and not enough ASKING! . . . . . . and this is widely recognised as being one of the biggest inhibitors of 'enabling' our aged population to make their own choices on how they want to live within their community.
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Contributors: James D. Bachmeier, Frank D. Bean, Susan K. Brown, Benilde García Cabrero, Cynthia García Coll, Regina Cortina, Ivania de la Cruz, Guadalupe Ruiz Cuéllar, Claudia Galindo, Francisco X. Gaytán, Edmund T. Hamann, Nadia Huq, Mark A. Leach, Gabriela Livas Stein, Carmina Makar, Mary Martinez-Wenzl, Vilma Ortíz, María Guadalupe Pérez Martínez, Leslie Reese, Rosaura Tafoya-Estrada, Edward Telles, Ernesto Treviño, Víctor Zúñiga
“This volume is one of a kind. . . . It represents a first step in what we hope will be an ongoing relationship between the institutions and the researchers on both sides of the border who have both an appreciation for the importance of this work and a dedication to improving the educational opportunities of those students that we share in time, space, and culture.”
—From the Foreword by Patricia Gándara and Eugene García
“A fresh, eye-opening array of essays that highlights how the economic and cultural vitality of the U.S. and Mexico is so tightly interwoven in colorful and breathtaking ways. Setting aside strident allegations of how immigrants differ from mainstream society, the authors illustrate our commonalities, how Mexican parents are among the most pro-family, hardest working families in our society. 'Bien educado' is not just metaphor: it animates how immigrant parents raise engaged children, along with a vibrant optimism about getting into America.”
—Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education & Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
“Regarding Educación is an extraordinary achievement. World-class scholars from both the U.S. and Mexico come together to engage one of the most important developments in education in the 21st century: How do we educate the children we share across transnational borders to thrive in an ever more interconnected, miniaturized, and fragile global world? The answers they provide are timely, riveting, and humane. It is a book every teacher, every policymaker, and every engaged citizen interested in globalization and education must read.”
—Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
An excerpt from the principal's message:
"In September 2015, we started to formulate a new strategic plan to chart our journey into 2016 and the following years. The new vision, mission and values of the school were shared with all stakeholders at the start of Term 1 and we articulated our commitment to providing a holistic education for every Pioneer.
In March, we experienced a deep stirring of emotions as we received news of the school merger. As we came together as a community to move towards an acceptance of the news and to work towards a successful merger, we also maintained sight of the plans and goals of the year and forged ahead to make every contribution count.
The photographs and class contributions that you will find in this year book bear testament to this concerted effort by our staff, students and alumni. Apart from this, I believe that each of us has our own bank of memories of the places, moments and people in this school that we each hold dear in our hearts and minds."
— Mr Chan Weng Kit, Principal of Pioneer Secondary School
—From the Foreword bySonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author ofWhy We TeachandWhat Keeps Teachers Going?
“To Teachprovides a wealth of tips, lessons, approaches, and ways to think about thinking. But it also provides a sense of the calling to teach. That is why we need today books like this one, to remind us of why teaching matters.”
—From the Afterword byMike Rose, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
To Teachis the now-classic story of one teacher’s odyssey into the ethical and intellectual heart of teaching. For almost two decades, it has inspired teachers across the country to follow their own path, face their own challenges, and become the teachers they long to be. Since the second edition, there have been dramatic shifts to the educational landscape: the rise and fall of NCLB, major federal intervention in education, the Seattle and Louisville Supreme Court decisions, the unprecedented involvement of philanthropic organizations and big city mayors in school reform, the financial crisis, and much more. This newThird Editionis essential reading amidst today’s public policy debates and school reform initiatives that stress the importance of “good teaching.”
To help bring this popular story to a new generation of teachers, Teachers College Press is publishing an exciting companion volume:To Teach: The Journey, in Comics. In this graphic novel, Ayers and talented young artist Ryan Alexander-Tanner bring the celebrated memoir to life. TheThird EditionofTo Teach, paired with the new graphic novel, offers a unique teaching and learning experience that broadens and deepens our understanding of what teaching can be. Together, these resources will capture the imaginations of pre- and in-service teachers who are ready to follow their own Yellow Brick Roads.
TheThird EditionofTo Teachoffers today’s teachers:
Inspiration to help them reconnect with their highest aspirations and hopes.
A practical guide to teaching as a moral practice.
An antidote to teaching as a linear, connect-the-dots enterprise.
A study guide that is available on-line at tcpress.com.
William Ayersis a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Praise for the Second Edition!
"An imaginative, elegant, and inspiring book... essential reading for anyone who believes that teachers can change lives."—Michèle Foster, Claremont Graduate University
“To Teachis one of the few books about teaching that does not disappoint.”
—From the Foreword byGloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin–Madison
“William Ayers creates a wise and beautiful account of what teaching is and might be.... He leaves us with fresh awareness of what the teaching project signifies. He provokes us, each in our own fashion, to move further in our own quests.”
—Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia University
“No one since John Holt has written so thoughtfully about the things that actually happen in the classroom. Ayers has been there and he knows, and he shares what he has learned with tremendous sensitivity. The book, I’m sure, will be required reading in every school in the nation.”
“Bill Ayers speaks as teacher, parent, and student: as compassionate observer and passionate advocate of his three sons and of all of our children. What is unique is the way in which the personal and professional merge seamlessly.... Ayers is a wonderful story teller.”
“Ayers’s riveting description of his unfolding journey as a teacher will be a helpful guide to teachers at all stages of their careers.”
—Sir Ken Robinson, world renowned author and educator
The future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In this latest and most important collaboration, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan show how the quality of teaching is captured in a compelling new idea: theprofessional capitalof every teacher working together in every school. Speaking out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted in short order, these two world authorities—who know teaching and leadership inside out—set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.
Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching and shows us how to change them by demanding more of the teaching profession and more from the systems that support it. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.
A powerful and practical solution to what ails American schools.
Action guidelines for all groups—individual teachers, administrators, schools and districts, state and federal leaders.
A next-generation update of core themes from the authors’ bestselling book,What’s Worth Fighting for in Your School?
Andy Hargreavesis the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Michael Fullanis Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.
“A must-read! Brimming with insights and action ideas, Hargreaves and Fullan lay out a clear and cogent plan to transform American public education, community by community. This book is a finely written and urgent argument for real change in how we do our business.”
—Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
“This important book makes it clear that teaching stands at a crossroads between policy decisions that will help create a great profession for all teachers or ones that will make teaching robotic and unexciting—hurting student learning for years to come. Hargreaves and Fullan urge us not to stand aside or to wait. It is time, they say, for the teaching profession to be led by, for, and with teachers and for others to join in concerted action to support that transformation.”
—Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
“Hargreaves and Fullan give us a deep, practical understanding of ways to improve our schools and our school systems. This is new, exciting thinking.”
—Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership
“Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves latest book shows that transforming our public school system isn’t magic: It comes from supporting all educators to ‘teach like a pro.’ The best performing education systems focus on improving the entire profession, not just lauding the highest performers and lopping off the lowest. Hargreaves and Fullan have, once again, amassed the evidence to challenge our thinking and better our practice—from the teachers’ lounge, to the union hall, to state and national policy tables.”
—Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
“The teaching profession is at a crossroads. Grounded in global knowledge and experience, this book provides brilliant insight into what the next generation of teaching should look like. This book is a must-read for anybody thinking of teaching in the 21st century.”
—Pasi Sahlberg, Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education
This bestselling text has been extensively revised to include:
Expanded coverage of student ethnic groups: African and Latino Americans as well as Asian and Native Americans.
A new section on standards and diversity.
New examples of culturally diverse curriculum content.
More examples of programs and techniques that exemplify culturally responsive teaching.
An emphasis on positive, action-driven possibilities in student–teacher relationships.
New material on culturally diverse communication, addressing common myths about language diversity and the effects of “English Plus” instruction.
Geneva Gayis Professor of Education and Associate of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington-Seattle.
Praise for the First Edition!
“A comprehensive account of the important role that culture plays in the teaching and learning process.”
“From her careful analysis of the educational research and best practices literature, and her wealth of experiences from working with Pre-K–18 students and teachers, Gay clearly explains how culturally responsive teaching can be used to dramatically influence the academic achievement of students of color and other marginalized students.”
—Carl A. Grant, University of Wisconsin at Madison
“Geneva Gay has written a passionate and inspiring book that provides a comprehensive explanation of culturally responsive teaching and how it can make a difference in the lives of students of color. She argues that all teachers, regardless of their ethnic group membership, must have the ‘courage, competence, and confidence’ to teach in a culturally relevant manner.”
—Christine Bennett, Indiana University
“Written by one of the leading interpreters of diversity in the schools, this book challenges all teachers to reconsider their pedagogical and personal approaches to young people in our nation's increasingly multicultural classrooms.”
—Carlos E. Cortés, University of California, Riverside
Happy 2015! Time really ﬂ ies and we’re already on our ﬁ fth issue of the easyuni.com Ultimate University Guidebook.
The start of every year is a time ﬁ lled with optimism, hopes and aspirations. It’s when plans and resolutions are made to achieve new breakthroughs and success. What’s sad though is most people fail to realize their goals - by giving up, not working hard enough, or even not having the courage to see through hard times. For the most part though, it’s due to not being 100% absolutely clear on your goals and knowing what to do to achieve them.
That’s why easyuni.com was born to help students make the best possible decision for possibly the most important decision in their life - knowing what and where to study. We’re super excited with our ﬁ rst issue of 2015 and hope it gets you pumped up to achieve your goals, face new challenges head-on, grow and discover just how awesome you are!
In this issue, you deﬁ nitely want to check these out:• Music fans can check out how to be a superstar music teacher • College life stressing you out? Read up some cool and creative ways to stay stressfree and kick-butt in college • See how being a hero online-gamer can possibly earn you some serious moolah (Yeah, we’re awesome like that - to go out of our way to give you best advice to have a rocking college life).
And many more cool stuffs on school scholarships and some cool tips on how to ace your classes.
Psst… We’re cooking something super top-secret and exciting for April’s issue, and because we love our student readers so much, here’s a tiny teaser - it’s bloody ace, mate and gonna be epic! (hint: note the colloquialism and you may have an idea!)
Wishing you a rocking 2015 and hoping you enjoy this issue!
An account of sordidness and redemption by the Dartmouth fraternity member whose Rolling Stone profile blew the whistle on the frat's inhumane hazing practices.
Always trust the brotherhood.
Always protect your pledge brothers.
What happens in the house stays in the house.
Before attending Dartmouth, the worst thing Andrew Lohse had ever done was skip school to attend a John McCain rally. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, he was the typical American honor student: straight-As, on the lacrosse team, president of the Model U.N. He dreamed of following in his grandfather's footsteps and graduating from the Ivy League. When he arrived at Dartmouth, however, he found not the prestigious college of years past, but a wasteland of privilege and moral entropy. And when he rushed Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the fraternity that inspired the rival house in Animal House, Lohse's once-perfect life, as well as his goals, began to crumble around him.
Lured by free booze and friendly brothers, Andrew pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and soon his life became a dangerous cycle of binge drinking and public humiliation. From chugging vinegar to swimming in a pool of human waste, Lohse's pledge class endured cruelty and psychological coercion in the hopes of obtaining a bid. Although Andrew succeeded in joining the fraternity, the pattern of abuse continued—except over time, he became the abuser.
Told by a contemporary Holden Caulfield, this is a shocking exposé of America's most exclusive institutions and a cautionary tale for modern times.
“Isn’t it nice that our jobs are so easy and we don’t have to think or do much?” asked my colleague, Vee, as he played some online games while handling a customer call.
“Nice?” I asked. “This can’t be what work should be - mind-numbingly, routine tasks requiring almost zero thought. Work must have passion, challenges and purpose - which this place definitely offer. Without these, what’s the point?”
“You know,” Vee continued, “you should do your own business or write a book. All you ever do is write, plus you always have a ton of great ideas.”
The air around me seemed easier to breathe, as if immersed with opportunity. Now, I recognize why: This was my defining moment. Even though I’d spent much of my time writing, thinking and talking with people my thoughts and ideas - I didn’t consider a career or business where I can apply what came naturally to me - my love for writing, ideation and application. Over the next few weeks, I left my job and got myself into a PR & Advertising agency to start learning and applying my craft.
You see, our lives are full of defining moments. Some we invite; others we don’t. Then, there are those we ignore - moments that would've, could’ve or should’ve become defining moments if we only dared to turn left or right, instead of continuing straight on. I’ve been there; I’m sure you have as well. Having regrets is a horrible thing to feel, let alone dwell on.
These defining moments have the power to fundamentally change the course of our lives. As we fast approach the first half of 2015, it’s a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come (or maybe, where we’ve fell short), and think about what you’re doing (or, not doing) to live the life you want. That’s why for this issue of the easyuni University Guidebook, we’ve re-done how we create our #courses&careers section with the hope that it’ll not only educate but inspire you. We also added new sections like #beinspired, #featuredmentor and #featuredstudent that showcases people who dared to chase their dreams. We hope it will help you recognize and react to your defining moments when they come. And trust me, they will come.
I always tell my children, “Always step forward when you see an open door, even if you don’t know where it will lead you.”
I’ve try to live off this mantra. But, doors can be scary when you can’t see what’s on the other side. My advice to you: Stop. Look around. Spot the open doors. Then choose: Stay put or step forward. You know the right choice. Trust it. The question is, do you dare?
Be awesome & enjoy the read,
That’s a Chinese saying, and it’s so true.
You can talk all you want about your plans but they end right there if you’re unable to take steps to accomplish them. With this year coming to an end, it’s time you gather the courage to accept where you currently stand.
Have you applied for the scholarship that could take some burden off your ﬁ nances?
Have you sat for the exam that could open the door to the career of your dreams?
Have you attended the seminar that could guide you to your courses?
Have you met with the course counselor who could advise on your future career?
It’s all about planning and working hard to make those plans a reality. Nothing reveals your character more than your determination to succeed.
To help get things on the right track is what the easyuni.com Ultimate University Guide all about. We keep our readers at the core of our focus. Like every issue, we have some very instructive articles to guide you in making informed decisions about your future career. Like the magazine you’re now holding, with a fresh and clean design, our website has been redesigned to make it more intuitive and user-friendly.
For instance, now, you not only get to see universities based on your subjects and study level but also ﬁ lter your search results based on rankings, tuition fees and many more preferences. For example, if you’re looking for a university with a low fee, you can just set your budget preference using our slider and ﬁ nd the universities which fall under your budget range. Similarly, if a student is looking for top universities, just sort the search results by rankings. It’s that easy.
Till we meet again next year, I leave you with a gem from the father of invention himself, Thomas Alva Edison: “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration”.
It’s time for you to shine.
(Editor’s Note, CEO)
But given higher education’s current preoccupation with competitiveness, branding, and economic benefits are education hubs merely a fad, a branding exercise, or are they an important innovation worthy of serious investment and attention? This book tries to answer the question through a systematic and comparative analysis of the rationales, actors, policies, plans and accomplishments for six serious country level education hubs - United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Botswana .
The in-depth case studies shows that "one size does not fit all". A variety of factors drive countries to prepare and position themselves as an education hub. They include income generation, soft power, modernization of domestic tertiary education sector, economic competitiveness, need for trained work force, and most importantly a desire to move towards a knowledge or service based economy. In response to these different motivations, three different types of education hubs are being developed: the student hub, talent hub, and knowledge/innovation hub.
Scholars, policy makers, professionals, students and senior decision makers from education, economics, geography, public policy, trade, migration will find that this book challenges some assumptions about crossborder education and provides new insights and information.
The newFifth EditionofPerspectives on Learningfeatures:
A discussion of common sense and learning theories.
A new chapter on Transfer of Learning.
Consideration of recent developments in brain science.
A thoroughly updated list of Recommendations for Further Reading.
Perspectives on Learningis one of the five books in the highly regarded Teachers College PressThinking About Education Series,now in its Fifth Edition. All of the books in this series are designed to help pre- and in-service teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice.
D. C. Phillipsis Professor of Education and Philosophy Emeritus, School of Education at Stanford University.Jonas F. Soltisis William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
“A great little book packed with conceptual contrasts and rich classroom vignettes. The best resource I’ve found for teaching about theories of learning in a liberal arts college.”
—Jack Dougherty, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
“A well-written and readable book. Phillips and Soltis should be commended for bringing together these various perspectives on learning that can be used by both pre-service and in-service teachers. The case studies presented help illustrate the theories and should facilitate active class discussions.”
—The Professional Educator
It’s Australian, or as affectionately pronounced by the locals, oze-traay-lian.
Things get a little interesting in the Land Down Under and because we love our students and don’t want you to get a headache trying to grasp all things Australia, we’ve come up with a brand-spanking new “Student Guide for Australia.” In this issue, we have power-packed a ton of useful information that can help you get the right facts and give you a better understanding of student life in Australia. You’ll definitely want to check out:-
• Our fun lifestyle “Which Australian city do you belong to?” quiz
• Australian Education system
• How to make it cheap and easy to eat in Australia
• 6 hacks for Malaysian students studying in Australia
- and many more cool stuffs to give great insights about living and studying in Australia.
We’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, feedback and ideas on what we should come up with for our next country student guides. Tell us what you like or don’t like, what you wish for our magazine to have, or just any ideas on how we can make this mag a cooler one for you.
To send your ideas, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing this bestselling guide completely up to date, the authors:
Address the current state of racism and anti-racism in the United States, including the election of the first African American president and the rise of hate groups.
Review child development research with a particular emphasis on recent observational studies that show how White children enact racial power codes.
Discuss implementation of the core learning themes in racially diverse early childhood education settings, state standards for preschools and pre-K classrooms, and NCLB pressures on early childhood teaching.
Update all resources and appendices, including reading lists and websites for finding resources and organizations engaged in anti-racism work.
Louise Derman-Sparksis a past faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California and the co-author ofTeaching/Learning Anti-Racism. Louise presents conference keynotes, conducts workshops, and consults throughout the United States and internationally.Patricia G. Ramseyis Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and author ofTeaching and Learning in a Diverse World.
Praise for the First Edition—
“Derman-Sparks and Ramsey offer an ‘alternative vision’ for white identity that breaks the mold….The current status of our anti-bias work demands we read [this book] and use it well”
—From the Foreword byCarol Brunson Day
“A dynamic blend of child development theory, social history, and the best pedagogical practice from two distinguished social justice educators—every teacher of young children should read it!”
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
“An accessible, practical, and essential tool for every teacher of young white children. I especially appreciated the concrete suggestions and abundance of resources from two of early childhood education’s most experienced teachers.”
—Paul Kivel, educator and author ofUprooting RacismandI Can Make My World a Safer Place
“By starting with a strong sense of identity that is not race-based, children can move forward to cultivate an anti-racist culture. This book offers caregivers excellent frameworks and tools to make this happen.”