Summer Learning

I am particularly concerned about girls in STEM. Over the years, there’s been a significant drop in females graduates in computer science for example. According to the girlswhocode.com website, women represent only 12% of computer science graduates versus 37% in 1984. What happened?? For me personally, I started out in the STEM area as a […]

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It’s already July, about the half-way mark for summer break. (Yes, I’m counting down for my 3 to go back to school…the sooner, the better!) There’s still time for students to make the most of their summer with learning. I like these 4 tips from a CNN blog because they are easy to incorporate into […]

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As a parent of 1 pre-teen and 2 teenagers, I sometimes feel like my entire spring is spent planning their summer camps. Finding a camp that fits well with our summer goals is actually not so hard. The most time consuming aspect is figuring out all the travel arrangements for residental programs. It is not […]

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In the last decade, there has been a proliferation of STEM-related camps targeted for girls only. The national Women in Engineering organization, for example, hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day along with several other programs on college campuses. This camp held in a suburb of Chicago focuses on manufacturing, a highly technical field where […]

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Who knew it would be so difficult to find on-campus parking at Ohio University in Athens . . . in the middle of the summer? My tour guide stated that this summer was unusually busy on campus and likely due to students taking courses in preparation for the university changeover from quarters to semesters. The […]

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably relocated before. As stressful as it is, I have moved eleven times since college. I moved from Palo Alto to New Hampshire. New Hampshire to Phoenix. Phoenix to Memphis. Memphis to New York City. New York City to San Francisco. San Francisco to Detroit. Detroit to Cleveland. Cleveland […]

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A popular term in our education lexicon today is “achievement gap.” Believe it or not, this term was first used in the 1960s, then after 1970, it started to appear more in popular press as well. With the introduction of No Child Left Behind at the start of the millennium, it’s almost become a household […]

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Several months ago, I broadcast a show on summer programming. That show had a more general focus for students across the grade levels. As I mentioned then on that program, summer planning starts much earlier than we want to think. It must be a Law of Murphy, by now because every year, I talk with […]

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The subtitle for this show could have been “So you think you can Dance? Sing? Play an instrument? Draw?” Or another subtitle could have been “It’s more than a Youtube video.” We discussed “How to apply to College in the Visual and Performing Arts.” Many families may not realize until right before the admissions deadlines […]

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