On Thursday September 27th, Education Forward DC, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and the DC Public Education Fund are hosting a screening of America to Me.
You’ve probably heard about the series, a ten-part docu-series about race and equity in America’s public schools. Same director as Hoop Dreams. It’s about a year in the life of people at a school outside of Chicago and is already occasioning a lot of conversation.
This screening is 6-8:30pm at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium. Panel discussion to follow with Arne Duncan, John King, Abby Smith, Amanda Alexander, and David Johns.
Open invitation but you have to RSVP – do that by clicking here.
America Succeeds’ Tim Taylor is no stranger around here. He’s appeared in fish porn before (for instance here and here) and some adjacencies like ducks. Today, some pictures from a recent Mexico trip – triggerfish on their way to being cerviche and Tim’s strategy for making new friends wherever he goes.
Want more pictures of education types with fish (the one above is the only seal pic on offer)? Here and here are hundreds more.
TICAS data on student debt. Worth checking out but the averages mask a few key stories. First, when you disaggregate the troubling patterns emerge. And, second, it’s important to bear in mind the differences in income for college grads and non-college grads (there again it bears getting below the averages though).
One of the perks of my job is that I get to work on some pretty interesting and cool projects and get to learn all the time. But now and then one is particularly special and this package coming from The 74 today is one of those.
Emmeline Zhao and I spent time this summer at the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp, which is a camp for burn survivors in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s a magical place, incredible adults and kids driving toward a shared goal. And it’s hard to describe, but Emmeline and I tried to do just that.
A raptor expert from the U.S. Forest Service is explaining to a group of summer campers how the birds she cares for are stronger than their wild counterparts because of various injuries they have overcome. It’s a subtle point that might sail over the heads of a lot of people, especially while they are focused on a majestic bald eagle perched on her arm just 10 feet away — so close it blows their hair back when it moves its powerful wings.
To build it we went around the country listening to the stories of kids who are involved in the system. The game is not reflective of any one story, but is built from these real life examples and as you play you’ll get a sense for the choices kids sometimes face and how sometimes the “right” choice nonetheless carries adverse consequences.
It’s one piece of a broader body of work we do for disconnected youth.
The FBI is starting to pay more attention to data privacy issues in K-12. It’s a real issue that warrants attention. But here’s an awkward reality: Despite the hacks, your data is probably safer with high quality education vendors, to the extent they retain it during use, than it is with local school districts – that have notoriously poor IT security capacity. Everyone should do better but some perspective is important here.