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Senator Bush meets with the Opportunity Coalition

Nick Pegarsch, Round Lake High School teacher and community engagement project leader for the Round Lake Opportunity Coalition, discusses educational …

Mundelein Equity Team members share work with MEA membership

Members of the Mundelein High School faculty Equity Team, Ernie Billitier and Melissa Schaefer share updates on the Opportunity Coalition Project …

Dr. Vossoughi challenges “deficit based” pedagogy

Dr. Vossoughi challenged pedagogy based on “deficit based” thinking. Equity minded educators must instead focus on the assets their students bring to …

The Opportunity Coalition Kicks Off!

Over 50 community members, educators, school and district level administrators, Board of Education members and elected officials were present at the …

Dr. Paula Hooper shares with The Opportunity Coalition

Dr. Paula Hooper of Northwestern University shares with the Opportunity Coalition at our kick off event on February 4th. Check out her recent article …

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Help young students learn the meaning and value of Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action—the four domains of the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice …

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Why You'll Never Change Anyone's Mind About Politics

Science has now all but proven that facts cannot sway political opinion. But what can?<p>The question of how to change a mind—or get someone to hop the political fence—has likely never been more important, or discussed more frequently, than in today's age. Last year, despite a constant series of …

Our misguided effort to close the achievement gap is creating a new inequality: The ‘play’ gap

“Play is the primary engine of human growth. It’s universal — as much as walking and talking.” That’s what Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood development expert, wrote in this post about just how “twisted” early childhood education that ignores the value of play has become. Classes for young …

The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

<i>Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELL Classroom is an excerpt from our book.</i><p>The majority of students in U.S. schools are students of color, and …

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids

Gebbe/FlickrAfter raising her daughters, stay-at-home mother Susan Norwood knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She had spent plenty of time at …

Some Seattle schools end ‘tracking’ in push for equity and success

Dismal school results have persisted so long for many black and Latino students that some observers believe the problem is virtually unchangeable, …

High School

Friedrich Nietzsche on Why a Fulfilling Life Requires Embracing Rather than Running from Difficulty

German philosopher, poet, composer, and writer <b>Friedrich Nietzsche</b> (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900) is among humanity’s most enduring, influential, and oft-cited minds — and he seemed remarkably confident that he would end up that way. Nietzsche famously called the populace of philosophers …

Trump is right to ditch TPP. Here's why WTO should go next.

President-elect Donald Trump faces heavy pressure from the establishment to abandon his campaign promises on trade policy. His announcement on Monday …

Who Is 'The Precariat'? Economist Says New Class Of Workers Fighting For Recognition, Stability

Is there a precariat?

Four years ago McDonald's attempted, unsuccessfully, to have the term "McJobs" removed from dictionaries. They were annoyed that McJobs were seen by …

The One Thing That is a Better Indicator of Your Success Than Talent

<i>The trait that takes you from average to spectacular is not your IQ!</i><p>You are unique, and so is everyone else. Success means a lot to every person. …

Self-improvement

7 Science-Based Habits That Will Make You Succeed

The secrets to success are accessible to all and rooted in habits--you just need to build that habit muscle to tap into your full power.<p>We all want to know the secrets to success, and often get bogged down with questions along the way: What makes the most successful people out there who they are? …

YouTube Is Better for Marketing Than You Might Think

For many, YouTube is a go-to resource for tutorials, product reviews, and goofy entertainment. Unfortunately, feeling annoyed by the number of ads …

Low-cost airlines bet on data to drive profit | Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Europe’s low-cost airlines once mocked the air miles programs run by flag carriers as expensive relics of a bygone era. But after watching wide-eyed as customer databases were valued at billions of dollars, they are scrambling to catch up.<p>Passengers wait for their flights at …

More Older People Are Finding Work, but What Kind?

The rules of the job market aren’t the same for older workers.<p>As men and women 55 and older looking for employment probably suspect, at a certain point the kinds of jobs available to them narrow significantly. New research by Matthew Rutledge, an economist at the Center for Retirement Research at …

Nokia cuts price for OZO virtual reality camera | Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia has cut the price of its OZO virtual reality camera by 25 percent from its initial launch price, the Finnish company said on Thursday.<p>Nokia's virtual reality camera Ozo is seen at the Slush 2015 in Helsinki, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva<p>Nokia, …

Uber And Volvo To Collaborate On Development And Production Of Autonomous Cars

It’s no secret that the end-game for ride-hailing firms like Uber, Lyft and Didi Chuxing is to replace tens of thousands of human drivers with autonomous vehicles. In the past year, Uber has launched its own autonomous vehicle development program, Lyft has partnered with GM and Didi received a $1 …

Autonomous Vehicle

Twitter's Newest Marketing Move Is Brilliant

Twitter's deal with PepsiCo for Promoted Stickers is eerily similar to native advertising. Image source: Twitter.<p>Social media has always been an odd business. Unlike other media types -- television, radio, and traditional print -- where content is provided by paid employees or compensated …

Native Advertising

Was 'The Get Down' Worth $120 Million For Netflix?

Director Baz Luhrmann is not known for his subtlety. In fact, the extremism with which he approaches the cinematography of his work seems made to get people talking. His latest project, Netflix's <i>The Get Down</i>, is no exception.<p>Released Friday, <i>The Get Down</i> bills itself as the story of the birth of …

Want to Be More Focused and Happier? Use Your Brain Like This

How to go from "overwhelmed" to "accomplished."<p>Have you ever been in the middle of working on something <i>really</i> important--like a report your boss wants "yesterday" or a presentation you have to give at the next staff meeting--only to have your mind drift away...right in the middle of it?<p>Perhaps you …