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Academic Internship – Why We Need to Push High School Students Out into the Real World

For the last 12 years, High Tech High schools, located in San Diego, California, have propelled students out into the real world through an academic internship immersion that takes place in the 11th grade. During this three or four week period, depending on the HTH school, students utilize the 21st century learning skills that they [...]

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The Diary of Anne Frank

For the last three weeks, I have sat behind the small ticket counter at OnStage Playhouse…listening. Listening to hammers, listening to the click clack of shoes on a seasoned stage, listening to pages rustling between fingers and, most importantly, listening to voices speaking the words of those left behind by time – channeled through the [...]

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Cross Connections: A Student-Driven Reciprocal Teaching Model

Senior projects begin with an idea or interest. From there you identify where your talents and interests can take you and they evolve into a project that you don’t mind spending countless hours on. For my senior project, I wanted to work with younger kids and to get my peers excited about working with them as well. I did this by [...]

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The New Learning Model: Re Imagining Learning

In Leonardo’s Vision, Valerie A. Brown states that to transform our current ways of thinking and acting by bringing “together our mutual learning from the many facets of the changing world,” and overcoming “the social divisions that stand in the way of a humane and sustainable future,” we must make significant changes to the way [...]

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The New Learning Model: Re Imagining the Words

In Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, the wise gorilla of the same name postulates that humanity has been living out a story, created by a group called the Takers, in order to create a specific trajectory and evolution for mankind. Toward the end of the book’s journey, Ishmael leads his pupil to discover that only by [...]

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The Power of Words

Words are truly powerful things. They are something that becomes a part of us, our history, and our legacy. Words, simple words said in passing to a child, can leave an impression and help create Mind Collisions that ripple through her life. I have been fortunate in my life to have individuals who have given me [...]

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The Power of Reading

Reading to your child at a young age is one of the most effective tools for expanding his mind and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Reading a good book allows your child to travel to places she has never been, to meet people she has never met, and to develop an understanding of how [...]

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Defining Mind Collisions – Part One

As a self-described “systems connectric” (a person who helps connect individuals within a system work together for increased efficiency), I move freely between the education, business, non profit, and government sectors. Because my position is so unique at this stage in the new learning environment, I often get asked “what do you actually do?” Honestly, [...]

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Southwestern College Offers Youth Entrepreneurship Train-the-Trainers

(Chula Vista, San Diego, California) The Southwestern College Center for International Trade Development Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP) is hosting a two-day “Train-the-Trainers” Professional Development Workshop on August 10 & 11, 2011. Dr. Carol Folbre, nationally certified expert in Youth Entrepreneurship, and Sandra Mittelsteadt, co-author of The Career Academy Toolkit and Sticky Learning, will train local educators on how to deliver a youth-focused [...]

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My San Ysidro Art Class

I’ve lived most of my life in San Ysidro and, ever since I was young, I thought about how I could help my community.  I chose San Ysidro because it was the community I was raised in, and I had always wanted to take art classes but could never afford them or never had the time. [...]

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