EiE Named Top 100 Product in Education

District Administration magazine has named EiE a Reader’s Choice Top 100 product for 2014. District Administration provides K-12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. This list recognizes products that work to make a positive difference in education.

This year, a record 2,400 nominations were submitted to District Administration‘s editors. Products were then selected for the list based on how many nominations it had received as well as the descriptions provided by the readers (including 72,000 principals, superintendents, and district leaders).  The Reader’s Choice Top 100 has been announced online and in the December issue of District Administration.

See EiE in action as students learn to use the design processes in engineering:

Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston. 

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SheGives connects committed, inquisitive, engaged donors with a slate of diligenced nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. We provide members with relevant data about the nonprofits in our portfolio and an opportunity to meet directly with our nonprofits’ Executive Directors and senior staff in small settings that promote in-depth q&a’s and, ultimately, informed giving. Giving is personally driven, but because we give side-by-side our collective impact is greater. See a list of the vetted nonprofits selected for our slate here.

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Give Extraordinary Gifts This Year!

 

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Who needs another scarf?  Instead of giving  or receiving conventional gifts this holiday season, have you considered asking for or making a charitable donation instead?  SheGives has put together a list of extraordinary gifts that will make the world a better place.  Just visit our website to link to The Boston Foundation’s Giving Common page and make a donation with impact this year!

Give to a Nonprofit on the SheGives Slate

Rescue Healthy Food for A Shelter
$50 – Rescue over 150 pounds of food
$100 - Fuel a truck for one week
LovinSpoonfuls Give a Gift

Provide Girls with After School Programming in STEM Skills
$50 - Bring a teen girl from Lawrence to Boston for 2 Mentor trainings and 2 workshops
$100 - Provide wires, light bulbs, buzzers for a group of 4th grade Electrical Engineers
Science Club for Girls Give a Gift

Engage A Young Engineer
$50 – Engineering Adventures Educator Guide
$100 -  Bus money for 14 students
MoS: Engineering is Elementary Give a Gift

Arm at-risk Kids with the Skills Needed to Attend College
$50 - Purchase books for the lending libraries in our seven Early Education classrooms and two after school programs
$100 - Cover the registration fees for one student to take the HiSET (formerly GED) exam.
College Bound Dorchester Give a Gift

Combat Sex Trafficking of Young Girls
$50 - Provide an exploited girl in crisis her critical first meeting with a Survivor Mentor and one-on-one support through her intake process.
$100 - Provide five mentees (girls who My Life My Choice provides regular mentorship to overcome exploitation) with one-hour of leadership training.
My Life My Choice Give a Gift

Ignite Creativity in Kids
$50 - A full week of afterschool healthy snacks for our middle and high school digital filmmakers.
$100 – Field trips to take our teen digital filmmakers to screenings of their films at both the ICA in Boston and PEM in Salem.
Raw Art Works Give a Gift

Support a Student Entrepreneur
$50 - Cover the cost of prototyping, so that student teams can bring their unique product ideas to life.
$100 – Provide a healthy dinner each night for our budding entrepreneurs when they come to the Youth Business Incubator to work on their new ventures.
BUILD Boston Give a Gift

Stand Up for Turnaround in Public Schools
$50  - Provide a classroom with access to video technology to help teachers improve their instruction.
$100 - Provide a T3 Teacher Leader with an hour of specialized professional development to help them grow in one of our five key leadership attributes.
Teach Plus :: T3 Initiative  Give a Gift

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SheShinesOn…Sierra Morton, College Bound Dorchester

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College Readiness Advisor for CBD for 3 years

Hails from Detroit, MI

Supports high school seniors to reach both high school graduation and college entry

Holds a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies

Q: What brought you to CollegeBound Dorchester?

The summer of my junior year, I interned with the COO of College Bound Dorchester and volunteered for the Adolescent Development department. After graduation, I was called to work full time for the AD department, which is now part of College Connections.

Q: What previous job or training best prepared you to work with CBD?

My training at New Sector Alliance and the United Negro College Fund in the summer of 2010. I also have served various communities through various positions in education, prevention and elections.

Q: What has been the hardest part about your role?

I can’t claim the hardest part of my job. Every day may present a different challenge. The key to success for any College Readiness Advisor is to have strong, trustworthy relationships with your students.

Q: What is one thing you’ve learned from working with students?

I had to learn to instead of hand-holding my students through every step of their journey, I must allow them to use critical thinking skills to brainstorm multiple solutions to their various challenges.

Q: What would the world be like without your organization?

It would be like other cities in Massachusetts and the nation; communities without resources to create stability in their life for people 18-27 without high school diplomas and/or bad k-12 educational experiences.

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States Rethink Testing Systems

A new bill introduced last week by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a member of the House education committee, would offer a federal grant program to states that want to consider the number and type of tests they are offering in order to improve assessments. Congress has recently been discussing the option of decreasing the number of tests required under the No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for annual tests in reading and math for grades 3-8 and once again in high school.

With this legislation, states could use existing funds for testing to make their own assessment systems better by getting clearer results out to teachers and parents faster, therefore giving teachers more time to analyze and respond to the data.

The money could also be used to review state and local testing and get rid of tests that are old or unnecessary. The state testing audits could help determine whether any other test reductions are needed.

This approach is much more limited than other legislation introduced earlier this year. One bill would allow states to assess students in certain grades only and the other would change the schedule of testing so students would be tested in math or reading every other year instead of every year.

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SheGives connects committed, inquisitive, engaged donors with a slate of diligenced nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. We provide members with relevant data about the nonprofits in our portfolio and an opportunity to meet directly with our nonprofits’ Executive Directors and senior staff in small settings that promote in-depth q&a’s and, ultimately, informed giving. Giving is personally driven, but because we give side-by-side our collective impact is greater. See a list of the vetted nonprofits selected for our slate here.

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Join in an Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to the world of computer science, designed to show people that anyone can learn to code. During the course of this week, people all over the world will be participating by taking one hour of their time (be it all at once or in smaller increments) to learn a little more about coding.

Why is computer science so important? Because it helps us to build our problem solving, logic, and creativity skills. Coding is also a valuable skill that can be applicable across careers.

Last year, the Hour of Code reached more than 15 million people worldwide and more than 10 million girls tried coding for the first time (that’s more girls than have participated in programing in the last 70 years)!

SheGives is proud to work with Science Club for Girls, a program that teaches computer science to young girls in our communities and inspires them to not be afraid to follow their dreams of becoming future engineers. Computer science may not be widely taught in schools yet, but we’re never too old to learn a new skill. Watch this video to get inspired and join in the Hour of Code this week!

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SheGives connects committed, inquisitive, engaged donors with a slate of diligenced nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. We provide members with relevant data about the nonprofits in our portfolio and an opportunity to meet directly with our nonprofits’ Executive Directors and senior staff in small settings that promote in-depth q&a’s and, ultimately, informed giving. Giving is personally driven, but because we give side-by-side our collective impact is greater. See a list of the vetted nonprofits selected for our slate here.

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SheShinesOn…Tania Tauer, Engineering is Elementary

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Curriculum Developer for EiE

Recently received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder

Grew up in Richmond, VA

Currently taking a pottery class at MIT.

Q: Tell us, what do you do with the EiE team?

A: In addition to writing engaging engineering curricula for elementary and middle school students, I assist my teammates in organizing nation-wide pilot testing of each of our units to ensure they meet their learning goals when implemented in a variety of settings. I have also been involved in the development and facilitation of a professional development workshop to train out-of-school time (OST) staff members on how to effectively implement out two OST engineering curricula, Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere.

Q: What did you have to learn to do in order to be able to do your work?

A: During graduate school I learned how to implement the Engineering Design Process and communicate effectively about engineering to a broad audience. These skills have translated well in my current role as we work to deliver engaging activities that cover a wide range of engineering topics to kids and youths across the country.

Q: What job or training best prepared you to work with EiE?

A: Working as a graduate student in a chemical engineering research lab enabled me to implement the Engineering Design Process every day! This  experience gave me a unique perspective with which to write engineering-related curricula.

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) is the award-winning curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

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Changes to Teacher Prep Needed

Teach Plus uses teacher leadership programs to improve results for urban students. A new Teach Plus poll of 1020 teachers from 35 states found that 77% of them did not feel fully prepared by their prep program to be highly effective teachers and meet their students’ needs.

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The teachers who were polled suggested their programs would have been better if they had offered:

  • More instruction in classroom management (55%)
  • Differentiating instruction (53%)
  • Teaching English language learners and special education students (47%)
  • Longer clinical practice (39%) with more meaningful feedback (40%)

Celine Coggins, CEO of Teach Plus, commented “Improving how we prepare our nation’s teachers is both essential and long overdue since the vast majority of practicing teachers do not feel that their program adequately prepared them to meet the demands of the classroom and serve all of their students in their first year of teaching.”

A group of teacher leaders at Teach Plus have developed an agenda for changes that are needed to improve teacher preparation, including a high bar for entry into the profession and these programs, a foundation of robust clinical experience, a tiered licensing system and a higher caliber of mentors.

See the full agenda here.

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WhoIsShe? SheGives Research Fellow Chelsea Norman

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Hails from the South

Favorite TV shows include Orange is the New Black and The L Word

Favorite books are Mountains Beyond Mountains (helped draw her to aid work) and Tuck Everlasting

Loves the band Shovels and Rope

Has a puppy named Norman who enjoys taking her for a walk

Q: We’re so excited to have you join us as Research Fellow for SheGives! So, what would you say is the most exciting thing happening in your life right now?

A:I am helping to draft pro-active, progressive legislation around reproductive health. Some of these bills have never been attempted (nationally or by other states); we hope to make MA stand out as a leader in reproductive health.

Also, as the Vice President of Community Engagement for Mass NOW, I am crafting an organizing vision for the organization- how exciting! I want to build feminist communities throughout MA.

Q: That sounds amazing! It must be so exciting to do such important work. On a lighter note, what are some of your favorite ways to spend your time?

A:I love live music and going to shows; food and craft beer; and attending events and meeting new people.  I have the travel bug. I’ve been all over the world and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.

Q: Wow! Can you tell us more about your time in the Peace Corps?

A: I was a Preventative Health and Environmental Extension agent. I basically planted gardens and talked to mothers about nutrition and breastfeeding their babies.

Q: Finally, what can we expect this year from your work as a Research Fellow? Can you tell us more about the Kids in Breach track?

A: The Kids in Breach track focuses on organizations that work with children who fall through system cracks for whatever reason. Maybe they are undocumented or maybe they are too old to receive certain government services. Those are the organizations we are dilligencing.

You can expect a Fellow who knows the implications of this issue on a personal level. I had Medicaid for insurance until I was 21. But, as I got older, I lost some of the services I was receiving due to age (from about 18-21, the services started slowly declining). I think it’s amazing that so many organizations are stepping up to fills gaps in the system.

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WhoIsShe is a regular column featuring an appreciative but sometimes irreverent conversation with a SheGives Member.

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My Life My Choice Takes Part in PBS Special

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My Life My Choice Associate Director Audrey Morrisey with Blake Lively during filming

My Life My Choice will be taking part in A Path Appears, a film that follows journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn through the United States, and across the world, as they uncover sexual abuse and trafficking. The film will feature celebrity activists to cities and countries to learn about the vulnerability and gender inequality that is allowing these human right violations to exist. The film will work to bring wider understanding of these issues to light as well as show how we can work to improve these conditions.

The film will air in three parts on PBS beginning on January 26, 2015. You can learn more about the film here and be sure to watch the trailer before the film’s premiere!

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SheShinesOn…Jermai Harrison, BUILD

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AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring - Mentor Coordinator since the Fall of 2013

Previously an AmeriCorps member at the Old Colony Y-Big Sister Big Brother program in Brockton

Raised in Framingham and now lives in Brockton

Last and best meal was a falafel salad - one of the best things she had tasted in a very long time

Q: What would the world be like without BUILD?

Without BUILD, I do not think youth would have a healthy outlet to utilize their creativity and knowledge. BUILD works with youth that other programs will not take in or work with for FOUR years! We work hard to ensure that every student has a meaningful experience while being enrolled in our program.

Q: Who plays a part in helping BUILD students?

Mentors, BUILD Teachers, Venture Advisors, Academic Coaches, Judges, Volunteers, and BUILD staff are all key components in transforming students into successful young adults!

Q: Tell us a bit about your AmeriCorps experience with BUILD.

Being an Ambassador of Mentoring greatly prepared me for BUILD! I learned how to balance the hectic work schedule of those working in a non-profit and how to both directly and indirectly affect the lives of young people within our communities. It was also helpful to learn more about how mentoring effects the communities and the best practices on supporting Mentors.

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