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Profile Friday 2: The San Francisco 49ers?

Did you know that the San Francisco 49ers are one of the leaders in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education in the Bay Area?  In fact did you know the 49ers are the first and only professional sports team to provide onsite STEAM training programs for kids of all ages?  No?  That’s ok, me either, and I thought I knew everything about the 49ers.  Let me tell you how I learned about the amazing work the 49ers are doing.

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Everything You Need To Know About New York’s Free College Program

With the approval of Governor Cuomo’s legislation to make 2-year and 4-year public colleges free for qualifying residents, New York has become a beacon for accessible higher education.  Full disclosure, as an educator, I like this legislation.  I think it makes college a reality for so many kids that it never would have been otherwise.  Take that bias into account when you’re reading the rest of this article, and feel free to call me out if you don’t think something I am saying is accurate.

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Talking to people over the last couple weeks about this it really seems like there is more misinformation floating around than actual information so hopefully I can clear some of that up.  Here are (hopefully) the answers to all your questions on the new legislation.

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Profile Friday 1: Maimuna Majumder

Welcome to the first installment of Profile Fridays where you can hear about exciting work in the fields of science and education directly from the people that are working on them, instead of just reading me making silly jokes with gifs sprinkled in.

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Today we hear from Maia Majumder, whose list of accolades in the scientific and data community include contributions to fivethirtyeight.com (link to her article at the end), writing a paper on the anti-vaccination movement causing the 2015 measles outbreak that helped get SB-277 passed in California (paper and LA Times article about the paper linked below), and even having a book published, Ebola’s Message: Public Health and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century.  Her work is critical to informed public policy and I am so excited to share her brilliant thoughts with you.  Enjoy!

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Top 5 Myths About The Brain

Brains are amazing.  Everyone’s got one (despite the fact that so many people refuse to use theirs) and yet it remains the most mysterious organ in our body with so much about it yet to be fully understood.  This general air of brain mystery has opened the door for many myths and misconceptions to pop up around the brain’s inner workings.  In an effort to fit in better with the way people absorb information online these days, I present to you a top 5 list, the top 5 myths about the brain.  Citations at the end!

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Do after school programs or feeding children help them do better in school?

It’s weird to have to share a post like this.  It takes a special group of monsters to claim that feeding hungry children or providing them with quality after school programs should need evidence that they are worth funding.  Say this sentence to yourself in a mirror today: “Sorry Tommy, no dinner tonight, feeding you is just not getting results.”  Feel like a Bond villain?  Good, that means you’re human.

“Oh and Tommy, no healthcare either, my healthcare will just trickle down to you.”

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SXSWedu Recap 2: The Rather Prize

Hey Everyone!  SXSWedu started out for me bright and early Monday morning with the presentation of the Rather Prize given out by Dan Rather and his grandson Martin Rather.  Don’t know what this is?  Don’t worry I didn’t either, Mr Rather really doesn’t speak much about it on the national stage.  The Rather Prize is a Texas specific prize given out to fund a new program to help bolster the Texas education system.

Started two years ago the RP was designed to help Texas education at the local level by supporting great ideas to increase student achievement.  According to the Commonwealth Foundation’s 2014 report Texas ranked 39th in state report card, 42nd in matriculation rate, and 47th in SAT testing and according to Mr Rather: “God did not create Texas to be 47th in anything.”

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SXSWedu Recap Part 1: ComicCon for Teachers

It took me a really long time to write this post because I was having a hard time putting into words how amazing of a time SXSWedu was and why I felt it was so important to me as a teacher.  Hopefully this post conveys that to you and maybe even piques your interest to learn more about the conference.  I will have a string of posts coming out over the next couple of weeks to go into details and list resources that I received over the week, this post will serve as my general reflections on the conference.

First of all, let’s make sure we are all on the same page here, teaching is a crazy stressful job.

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