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Dude, Where’s My Purpose? Ashton Kutcher on Today’s ‘Abysmal’ Schools

Ashton Kutcher is not one of those celebrities who has his own name-brand school, or who used to be a teacher. But he is one who lobs plenty of critiques about education, and thinks he can do it better.For one, he thinks “schools are doing an abysmal job at raising capital.” If he ran one himself, he’d call up Elon Musk asking for a free Tesla X, and maybe some starter cash to see if his students could create something of value for the car company. He’d also buzz his buddy Brian Chesky, who runs Airbnb, a company Kutcher has invested in, and try to strike a similar deal.

Text Choice Helped Boost This District’s Literacy Success—and Empower Students

Amalia Lopez became a high school English teacher because she thinks functional English is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone trying to navigate life in the United States. So it may have been fate that she landed a job in the low-income, heavily immigrant California Central Valley community of Lindsay in 2009.

Apple Launches Media Literacy Initiative, Pledges Support to Education Nonprofits

As misinformation continues to spread, a growing number of organizations are jumping in to help young people develop critical thinking skills, distinguish fact from fiction and become smarter consumers of the news.

Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’

Harvey Mudd College is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science—but like those fields, it has struggled historically with recruiting diverse staff and students.

Counselors Couldn’t Keep Up With Our Growing Mental Health Crisis, So Peers Stepped Up

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. I welcome students into the building with an optimistic smile on my face while teachers give an endless supply of high fives, and students yawn and find a corner to sit with their friends. The bell rings and I head to make my coffee, eager to hunker down and prioritize my tasks for the week. Before I make it to the coffee pot, I hear my name over the walkie talkie and off I go—without caffeine. A student needs me, and so it begins. By the time I return, two students are waiting outside my office and I’ve got two notes on my door.

This Teacher Makes Financial Literacy Personal for Students

Jacqueline Prester was a self-proclaimed hustler in middle school. Mowing lawns, babysitting—she took the initiative to earn her own money. But she was also a responsible moneymaker, using the envelope system to budget every cent before she knew it was an actual budgeting strategy. Back then, her friends rolled their eyes when she tried to share her financial savvy.

What Schools Can Learn About Communication From the Vatican’s Former Social Media Chief

In 2017, Monsignor Paul Tighe may have been the only priest amidst a sea of techies at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he spoke about his past experience serving as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for the Catholic Church. (Think “social media director” for the Catholic Church.)Odd as his presence may have seemed, it was not out of the ordinary for the Church, which first devised a social media strategy around 2010. Two years later, Pope Benedict XVI made a Twitter account, which today claims nearly 18 million followers.

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How to Build Meaningful Community for Online Learners #DLNchat

Learning is often a social process, taking place through dialogue, discussion and other forms of interpersonal interaction. Even when it happens individually, having a supporting community can provide learners with the motivation and opportunities for applying and connecting knowledge.With more and more students learning remotely, the #DLNchat community set out last week to answer the question: How can universities create meaningful community for online students?

College Affordability Advocates: What Comes After the Admissions Cheating Scandal?

As outrage continues over the admissions scandal, legitimate college counseling providers are wrestling with how to address concerns bubbling among students who have been advised all along to play by the rules.

ChalkTalk Reemerges to Find Scale in Schools—and More Funders

A couple of years ago, Mohannad Arbaji had a problem, one he could only solve by going back to school. Not enough students were completing lessons on his digital platform ChalkTalk, aimed at helping students grades 9-12 understand English and math concepts and improve their scores on tests like the ACT and SAT.

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