Tag Archives: Education

RUSH: Russell Simmons Family Supporting the Arts in New York

With Alana Galloway. New York, N.Y.  I first met Russell Simmons several years ago at the United Nations. We chatted about meditation and the earthquake in Haiti. I was inspired by his work and honored to be invited to his Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon last spring at the Plaza on Fifth Avenue with one of […]

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Books for Boys Project Seeks to Promote Literacy and Self-Esteem

New York, N.Y.  An article published in The Root last year about a Florida barbershop that promotes literacy sparked a movement miles away in the cities of Prichard and Mobile, Ala. Freddie Stokes launched Books for Boys about three weeks ago. He initially intended to establish small libraries, of about 75 books each, in two […]

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Rice University Study: Smartphones May be Detrimental to Learning

Houston, TX.  A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn. The research paper “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Cannot Make Him Learn: Smartphone Use in Higher Education” appeared in […]

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Ban: Education ‘Essential to Vision of a Life of Dignity for All’

Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the […]

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First Lady Celebrates 2015 Oberlin College Graduates

Oberlin, Ohio.  This afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Class of 2015 at Oberlin College in Ohio. First Lady Michelle Obama is presented an honor sash during Oberlin College commencement ceremony in Oberlin, Ohio May 25, 2015. Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon. The First Lady addressed the graduating Oberlin College class because […]

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Meet Community College Grads in White House

Washington, D.C.  President Obama is traveling to Watertown, South Dakota on Friday to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute — one of the nation’s top community colleges. While congratulating the graduating class, the President will also discuss his plan to make community college free for students who keep their grades up. From […]

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Dropping the Ball: Disparities in NYC Phys-Ed Classes

New York, N.Y.  Consistent and meaningful physical education is known to bolster student academic achievement and engagement in school, as well as instill vital knowledge and healthy behaviors in children that can last a lifetime. As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared when First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move Active Schools initiative, […]

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E-Books Students Can Read For Free, Like Sherlock Holmes

Washington, D.C.  President Obama joined students at Anacostia Neighborhood  Library in Southeast Washington, D.C. yesterday to announce a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books. As a part of Discovery Education’s “Of the People” webinar series, students asked the President questions about his favorite books, how books have influenced his life, and the importance of […]

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Seeing a Shrink? The Judgment From Admitting You Need Help

Ban: ‘We Should be Outraged’ Over Violence Towards Children

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Three Months After Nepal Quake, Children Still At Risk – UNICEF

Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

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