Here’s how Chicago West Sider, Jaureese Gaines, is beating the odds

Here’s how Chicago West Sider, Jaureese Gaines, is beating the odds
21. That’s the average life expectancy of a black male residing in the West Side of Chicago, according to one of my colleagues. There are days when I listen to the news and fear that the “21” number is valid. When it comes to certain issues, namely education, poverty, and safety, there’s little doubt that... Read more »

Bank of America’s enduring footprint—celebrating ten years of giving back to our community

Bank of America’s enduring footprint—celebrating ten years of giving back to our community
If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you know that I have a soft spot for “do-gooders,” those individuals who go above and beyond to give back to their community in thoughtful and creative ways. This blog is about corporate philanthropy, with a lens on individual potential. Ten years ago, staff at Bank... Read more »

Ode to defining numbers: love you, but educators gotta leave you

This is another Blogapalooz night for ChicagoNow. Tonight’s prompt is to write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person. This is a love letter to numbers. But, it’s not a typical letter. It’s a break up letter with something you love, but something you can’t live with. I love numbers, but being... Read more »
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Q & A with ChicagoNow blogger, Kerri Morris who writes a blog called "Cancer Is Not A Gift"

This is a post that is related to education; I was asked to interview a contemporary who blogs for ChicagoNow. There are a number of us who interviewed each other. This blog is about a writing professor who teaches and lives her life with “heart.” Portia spoke of it. Annie Lennox sings about it. Writing... Read more »

Voices of Promise silenced 70 years ago on D-Day--silenced today by guns in our classrooms

Voices of Promise silenced 70 years ago on D-Day--silenced today by guns in our classrooms
This blog is about voice. It’s about the lost voices of kids that were washed ashore during the D-Day invasion, young soldiers who took a stand for our country and then were bloodied to death. Boat after boat. Yes, we won the war, but the causalities were enormous. On both sides. I’ve walked those Normandy... Read more »

Who am I--maybe a piece of my great-grandmother

In my grandmother’s eyes I could do no wrong and for that I loved her dearly. But this post is not really about my grandmother. It’s about the woman who birthed her, my great grandmother, Rivkah, for whom I am named. It’s said, in the Jewish religion, that when a name is given to a... Read more »
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Generation Z, Teachers--how's today's "creative classroom" working for you?

Generation Z, Teachers--how's today's "creative classroom" working for you?
The traditional classroom didn’t work that well for Albert Einstein. Since Einstein’s death 56  years ago, high stakes testing (shown to have a negative impact on creativity) has only increased.  What would Einstein tell today’s students and teachers?  I found some answers a few weeks ago in his obituary which the New York Times reposted.... Read more »

Wendell Phillips Academy teacher breaks new ground by giving urban Chicago students a taste of study abroad

Wendell Phillips Academy teacher breaks new ground by giving urban Chicago students a taste of study abroad
The value of a good teacher can never be emphasized enough; few students, however, are fortunate enough to have a life changing teacher once in their lives. This column is about a life changer—Tameka Carter. As you will see, she’s a rising star in Chicago. I’m fortunate that she’s a fellow classmate in our doctoral... Read more »

This Earth Day, vow to keep your eye on the prize—protecting our planet

This Earth Day, vow to keep your eye on the prize—protecting our planet
In my mind, every day is Earth Day. I try to create public awareness of environmental issues, like the greenhouse effect, because I believe that climate change is the most pressing problem on the planet. Our human activity (pollution) creates greenhouse gases that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s the reason it’s called the... Read more »
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The Lorax investigates the teaching of climate change

The Lorax investigates the teaching of climate change
“Mrs. Stern, it’s true.” “What’s true, Ross?” I am very careful, especially when I am teaching scientific concepts, to distinguish fact from theory. “The Lorax, Mrs. Stern, he’s off to Whyoming.” This is not a typo. My students and I have renamed that state because the Whyoming legislature seems to have succumbed to political and... Read more »
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    Rhonda Stern has been in the field of gifted and talented education since 2000. She is also a certified mediator and an attorney. Currently, Stern is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University. Stern taught in Highland Park, Illinois for nine years and works with gifted, talented, and twice exceptional students at Educational Enrichment Consulting, www.enrichyourkids.com. Stern sits on the Social and Emotional Committee of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and is a lecturer and writer on gifted and talented issues. Email Stern directly at rlstern1958@aol.com.

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