Tag Archives: K-12

Changing the Narrative

Last week, Antar shared a compelling post about Ahmed Mohamed – the high school student who was arrested for bringing a clock to school because authorities mistakenly thought it was a bomb. I was outraged when I initially head the story – for many of the same reasons that Antar outlined so well in his […]

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Suspicious in Nature: Islamaphobia, Race, and STEM

Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman, brought a self-made clock to school to show one of his teachers. He was later interrogated and arrested as another teacher and various administrators thought the clock was a hoax bomb. Mohamed will not face any criminal charges and the school and police department are being blasted in the media for […]

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Back-to-school: Gearing up the FITW grant

September brings the new school year and all that comes with it– back to school sale shopping, new folders, pens, calculators, new schools, friendships, and projects. We’re doing things a little differently this year on Thursdays at 21stcenturyscholar. We’re almost in our second year of the First in the World Grant (FITW)and we’re getting started with the […]

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Hot Days in Hawaii

As I sit here in an air conditioned coffee house sipping a refreshingly cool iced tea, I think of all of the K-12 teachers and students right now who don’t find themselves in such comfortable working conditions. The weather is hot right now, really hot! The air temperature is 90 degrees, but with high humidity […]

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Plato at the Start of the School Year

September is upon us and another school year begins afresh. States give tax free days so parents can refresh school supplies. Old Navy and the Gap are completely replenished for those who don’t require school uniforms. New text books are issued (Do they still require covering as in ages past? Probably not because the turnover is so quick). […]

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And We’re Back!

The 21st Century Scholar began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Bill Tierney and the Pullias Center.  As Dr. Tierney said in his last blog, the 21st Century Scholar has now moved over to the USC Rossier Office of Research and Faculty Affairs.  We hope to compliment the work of Dr. Tierney and the Pullias Center.  At […]

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Social Media and Technology in Schools–What We Can Learn from Sex Ed

I recently grabbed dinner with an educator interested in pursuing a PhD.  Before talking about preparing for graduate programs, we shared stories about our experiences teaching.  She told one story about social media, however, that bothered me. The middle school where she first taught banned all forms of social media by students on school property. […]

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Melting in Summer

In the summer after high school graduation, many college-intending students often discover themselves to be without the crucial knowledge, resources and direction necessary to smoothly transition to college.  Though they’ve completed all the high school requirements, been accepted to at least one college, applied for financial aid, and indicated their plans to enroll in postsecondary […]

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What Wealthy Kids Do Doesn’t Matter — Refocusing Digital Divide Research

“I used to have three k but my account got deleted,” one of my high school students said to her friend about Instagram. Being the nosy teacher that I was, I asked, “You had three k what?” “Three k followers Mr. T. Over three thousand? Catch up Mr. T., I thought you was hip.” The […]

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Remembering What’s FAIR

Not too long ago, I wandered into my old elementary school.  In the auditorium were murals of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.  A few blocks away, a park had a mural of Filipino American activist Philip Vera Cruz.  All of this to remind kids (and a few adults) that history was made by many people, including […]

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