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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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Requiem for a Heavyweight – Part Deux Phoenix Rising

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The E in STEM

In addition to my Ph.D. from Rossier this past year, I also earned my M.A. in economics. I’ve become more and more interested in learning more about the representation of students of color and women of color in economics degree programs. The national focus on increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM (Science, […]

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Why “Between the World and Me” is Required Reading

1. Written as a letter from father to son, Between the World and Me chronicles key moments in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ life. Imparting lessons to his son and the reader, the author, who contributes to The Atlantic, presents an unidealized portrait of America and its history of racial injustice and violence. The emotional center of the […]

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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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First 8 Days of February: Journaling Race

February 12, 2016 Dear Diary, Race is salient and ever present in my academic life. I don’t have to look for it, it finds me. Part I. Veteranas & Rucas There is this KCET article on Facebook about an Instagram feed called Veteranas_and_Rucas, which focuses largely on the Chicano party scene in Southern California in […]

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The Most Hated Man in America

By now, you’ve probably had some exposure to the one the media calls, “the most hated man in America.”  No, they aren’t referring to a presidential candidate. They’re referring to Martin Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals that bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis and immediately raised the price […]

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How New Is Competency-Based Education Anyway?

Back in the mid-1990s, my family moved from Georgia to Florida between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Transferring from one state school system to another can create a number of problems for a teenager.  You enter a new school environment, without a clear knowledge of the best teachers (and the teachers to […]

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Snow days! And, Technology!

Snow days are magical events, for students and teachers. The days preceding them burst with energy and anticipation. The magic starts with murmurs. One student says to another, “Did you hear it’s supposed to snow on Thursday?” As the snowstorm strengthens, students start rearranging plans and due dates. They think, “Let’s see. If we get […]

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