Tag Archives: K-12

Do Teachers Ever Really Get Time Off?

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” This is one of my all-time favorite quotes by American writer, Henry James. I often think of these words on the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, which is the longest day of the year in the […]

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Notes from an Active Shooter Training

A few months ago, staff at USC Rossier was asked to attend an active shooter training–what should we do if a gunman (or woman) came to campus and started shooting at people.  The instructor of the training said this scenario is not a question of “if” but “when.” With the shooting at UCLA yesterday, the […]

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Once Upon a Time in America – The Over Education of Russell C. Carfagno

Play this while you read. On March 2, my mother lost her last remaining sibling.   Russell C. “Bunny” Carfagno passed quietly that morning after a short illness – a giant of a man despite his diminutive stature.  He was part of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation.  In fact, he really played a part.  As a musician in the […]

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Is Gamification Key to Unlocking The Holy Grail of College Access?

By Nourisha Wells and Fiona Yung For the average high school student, college is the Holy Grail of access to “the good life.” It is where teens mature into adults. It is where dreams formulate into plans. It is where students learn the world is bigger than they ever imagined and the connections they make […]

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Getting to College Through Screen

I remember the first time I saw a computer—or at least what I thought was a computer. I was living in El Salvador. My father had gone to work for several days to San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital. This was very unusual. My father was a country man. We lived in the countryside. He never […]

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Top Three Takeaways from First in the World

When I joined the First in the World (FITW) team this January, I brought a unique perspective. I was eager to learn about managing a big project – all of my previous projects had been small or mid-sized. I also was equipped to put this learning in context. As researcher-practitioner specializing in 21st century learning, […]

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Calibrating the Mechanics of Games with the Realities of Students

One of the principles of good educational game design is that you want the actions that players take through your game to meaningfully align with the game’s learning goals. A good rule of thumb is that if you could swap out your game’s topic or narrative with something else, then the mechanics likely only superficially […]

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The Crazy Cat Lady Talks Education

via GIPHY Have you ever found yourself so upset about something you saw or experienced that you knew immediately that you had to do something about it? Well, something recently happened to me. I truly believe it has changed me personally and professionally. My philosophy of education has perhaps not completely changed, but it has […]

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Public K-12 and Higher Education Boards: Different Students, Same Issues?

I do research on higher education boards. This week though I actually attended a K-12 school board meeting.  It got me to thinking, or really questioning some of the similarities between the two different types of boards.  There are some components of boards that might be cause for pause—I take up 3 here. First, as […]

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Today is International Women’s Day

Thursday, February 25, 2016 was the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu. “The Eddie” as it is known, is a big wave surfing competition that is only held when waves in Waimea Bay top 20 feet and that hasn’t happened since 2009. The Eddie is held to […]

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