Tag Archives: K-12

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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Who Needs Hypotheticals When Real Life is So Obliging?

Who needs to create case studies for class when real life is so accommodating? A great scenario for any of our leadership courses has emerged over the last few weeks: Mount St Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD is the site, and President Simon Newman is the central figure. Key stakeholders include the students, faculty and […]

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Inside the Cardinal and Gold Curtain: Embracing Opportunities for College Access

Improving college access and opportunity for students of low income and historically underserved groups depends on the adults in their lives and the tenacity of the individual students to take risks those adults may or may not encourage them to pursue. How the student learns what choices are available and the certain realities leading to […]

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