Rewards of Being a Music Teacher (STEAM Education Part I)

Music in STEAM Education Part I Several weeks ago, a third grader asked me, “Ms. Bearden, is being a teacher frustrating?” You have no idea, I thought. “Well Sara, it can be very frustrating sometimes, but the rewards you get from teaching make all the difference.” “But Ms. Bearden, is teaching difficult?” “It can be,” I […]

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Employers Want STEM Skills and Soft Skills: We’ve Got Them

Most In-demand Bachelor’s Degrees in 2015 (Forbes Magazine) Finance Accounting Computer Science Mechanical Engineering Business Administration/Management Electrical Engineering Information Sciences & Systems Marketing Logistics/Supply Chain Management Information Systems This list has “STEM” written all over it. But possessing a desirable degree isn’t enough in today’s competitive job marker. Employers want someone who is easy to […]

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Concept Schools Adapt to Growing Autism Rates

  Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum—a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and […]

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Art Heals as St. Louis and Ferguson Hurt: Gateway Science Academy Art Teachers Answer the Call

On Tuesday, November 25th, all Gateway Science Academy locations in Saint Louis were closed due to local unrest.  Art teachers Breanna Cashel (GSA-Smiley) and Meagan Impellizzeri (GSA-South) spent the day helping heal the community by painting boarded windows on a stretch of South Grand damaged the night before. Store owners wanted to share that the […]

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Love or Grit: Which Is a Better Indicator of Academic Achievement?

“Poverty of love causes so much violence. When you truly got love, and you know you got love, it helps you function better, you feel better about yourself, you care more about other people, you care about the neighborhood you’re from.”  –Common (Chicago Magazine, Oct. 2014) This quote from the socially-conscious rapper Common resonates so […]

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8 Ways Any High School Can Be More “College Prep”

Yes, the advice in this blog comes from gasp, a charter school. But any school interested in building a college-bound school culture can implement some of these tools and strategies. If you want your students to ask not “Will I go to college?” but rather “Where will I go to college?” then read on. Chicago Math […]

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Great Schools Are Strong Communities

In his seminal book Building Community in Schools(1994), Dr. Thomas J. Sergiovanni, a senior fellow for the Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, makes such a case: “Community building must become the heart of any school improvement effort. Whatever else is involved—improving teaching, developing sensible curriculum, creating new forms of governance, […]

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A Clearer Picture of the Education Gap in America

Students at Chicago Math and Science Academy enjoy new school supplies donated by Morningstar. This school year, for the first time in history, there will be more minority students than white students in K-12 schools in America. Should that really be surprising, seeing as in 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that whites will become […]

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Summer’s Not over Yet! There’s Still Time to Prevent “Summer Learning Loss” and Narrow the Achievement Gap

Before you start shopping for back-to-school shoes and taking the last dip in the neighborhood pool, take some time to “retrain” your kids’ brains for the upcoming school year. Yes, these lazy days of summer are necessary to refresh young minds; but they also have a measurable negative effect on kids’ memory and academic performance, […]

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