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Why I love non-traditional students

Published on June 29, 2013 by in teaching

One of the best things about my job is that I meet new and interesting people almost everyday. Each class is filled with people from all walks of life. This is especially true at the college where I teach. Our student body is diverse, made up of people from many different cultures. We get students fresh

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7 Reasons Why The Makers Movement Is Revolutionary

7 Reasons Why The Makers Movement Is Revolutionary Chris Anderson has been watching trends in innovation for years while working with “The Economist” and serving as editor for “Wired” magazine.   In his new book “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”,  he claims that we have experienced three industrial revolutions.   The first involved physical manufacturing.   Through the

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5 Reasons To Think Carefully About Your Dreams and Design Your Career

Published on June 10, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I wanted to share a post I wrote to help motivate college students in designing their career as business leaders and paying attention to their dreams and passions.   I hope this post helps you as well. In the book “EntreLeadership”, Dave Ramsey coaches business leaders to design their enterprises with the following phrase: “Start

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Growing Young Scientists

Published on June 5, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Michael and I have two beautiful little boys, ages 2 and 4. With a software engineer for a dad, and a biologist for a mom they are destined to be total geeks. Right now hey are rambunctious little bear cubs, but there are things that we can do as parents to nurture their curiosity and

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#HackForChange : Inspiring Students To Thrive By Positive Social Connections

I hope your Monday is going well.  I’m pretty excited to share my experience in HackForChange this weekend.   It was a great weekend of coding to address civic challenges. What’s the problem? http://hackforchange.org/challenge/help-students-thrive-education-challenge 3 Strategies to Break the Cycle of Poverty for Students and Families Inspirations… http://www.inventtolearn.com/ http://theleanstartup.com/ http://100startup.com/ What did we build? You

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3 Strategies to Break the Cycle of Poverty for Students and Families

Published on June 1, 2013 by in Uncategorized

In Paul Tough’s book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character”, he underscores the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots.  How should our educational system reach parents and students who are trying to break the cycle of poverty?   This past year, I had the opportunity to start volunteering

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