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Monday, November 18, 2013

Gulen Institute Essay Resource Link List (Updated Regularly)

Link to Gulen Institute Essay Prompt

Education Week magazine has a fantastic index of topics that will help you.  Click here for the link.  Topics you can browse include:
Achievement Gap
Charter Schools
Class Size
English-Language Learners
No Child Left Behind
Parent Involvement
Safety and Violence
Teacher Quality
Urban Education
etc., etc., etc.

1.  "How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses" (Wired Magazine, by Joshua Davis)

2.  "Houston Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges" (NPR's Here and Now Podcast) (Also see, the podcast segment immediately after that one, "Harvard Program Connects Low-Income Students With Top Colleges.")

3.  "How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement" (Educational Leadership, by Eric Jensen) 

4.  NYTimes: Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say

5.  NYTimes: For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

6.  NYTimes: Reflections on the Road to Yale

7.  NYTimes: To Fix Failing Schools, Target Troubled Students?

8.  "Research Links Poor Kids' Stress, Brain Impairment" (Washington Post, Rob Stein)

9.  "The Myth of the 'Culture of Poverty'" (Education Leadership by Paul Gorski) 

10.  "Public Schools and the Excuse Culture" (US News and World Report, by Joel Klein):  no link, search for this title on EBSCO ("Good teachers, effective principals, and great schools have a far greater impact on the achievement gap than any out-of-school antipoverty initiative.")

11.  "In California, Parents Trigger Change At Failing School" (NPR)

12.  Video:  "What matters for a child's future isn't IQ.  It's 'grit' (passion and perseverance)" 

13.  Student Voices in School Reform:  "Growing Our Own Teachers in Oakland" (Center for Teaching Quality) 

14.  Colorado District Launches Non-profit to Fund Technology (The Coloradoan)

15.  Article on "Flipped Classrooms":  "Turning Education Upside Down" (NYTimes) 

16.  Educating the Whole Child:  "Schools That Separate the Child From the Trauma" (NYTimes) 

17.  Early Education For All:  Strong Start for America's Children Act (US Senate Website)

18.  "Unrelenting Poverty Leads to 'Desperation' in Philly Schools" (NPR)

19.  School for Creative Studies breaks the box (Durham News)

Elements of Persuasion: Logos, Ethos, Pathos

Link to Logos, Ethos, Pathos PowerPoint

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Journal #11: One World Democracy

What would happen if global governance became a reality in the form of one big global democracy?  What are the possible effects (both positive and negative) of a one world democracy in which each person in the world gets one vote on issues of global significance?

What would be the challenges?

How would a utopian vision of world democracy differ from a dystopian vision of world democracy?

(2 paragraphs)

Journal #10: Define Your Utopia

What would your utopia look like?  Describe in detail what your utopian society would be like?  After you’ve created your utopia, transform it into a dystopia.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Journal #9: American Exceptionalism Cartoon

Discuss the cartoon below. What does this say about U.S. policy in the Middle East?  Does it match our discussion on U.S. ideology, values, and foreign policy?

1 paragraph