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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Technology + Service = STEM on the Ground

We hear about the widespread cases of Ebola in West Africa (21,797 cases; 8675 deaths) and in our own country the United States (4 cases; 1 death) (CDC-2014 Ebola Outbreak Case Counts),  and it can be so overwhelming to think about that most of us just prefer not to.  However, if we put on our scientists’ […]

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Is Your School Losing Out by Not Offering Robotics?

Have you ever envied the robotics clubs and programs at your friends’ kids’ school and wished your own child could have that option? Robotics programs, at least good ones, do cost some money and require qualified teachers and dedicated coaches. But they are not as cost-prohibitive and resource-intensive as you think. Starting a robotics club […]

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A STEM Equation Without Women Is an Inequality

As the holidays pass through again, gifts seem to be the one thing on most minds—if, you are a celebrant of the current traditions, of course.  When looking at children’s presents, there is always the “toy of the season” that every parent, aunt, uncle, grandparents and the like MUST purchase for that special little someone […]

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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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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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NSTA President on Growing STEM Pipeline

This past March, Concept Schools had the privilege of hosting Mr. Bill Badders, President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as a keynote speaker at the 1st Annual STEM Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Badders addressed the audience of over 300 STEM educators and industry experts on the topic of “Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core, Literacy, […]

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An Optimist’s Approach to Solving America’s Math Problem: The Concept Schools Model

“The cognitive-science research suggested a startling cause of Americans’ innumeracy: school.” —Elizabeth Green, “Why Does America Stink at Math?” Have you seen the recent New York Times article “Why Does America Stink at Math?” making the rounds on the Web? It’s definitely worth a read. The take-home message is that, as a nation, we suffer from “innumeracy” or “quantitative deficiency.” The […]

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