In Winnetka, Illinois, the McKenna family and their friends gather with McKenna Foundation Junior Board Members on Sunday evening. As young adults discuss the pros and cons of different grant applications and learn to develop group consensus, child-led philanthropy is getting a chance to spread its wings and fly. Allowance for Good is the organization teaching communities like Winnetka how to make their children lead philanthropists.
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one funder that’s very attuned to young people’s interests in journalism and, as part of its larger grantmaking in this area, has often supported efforts to nurture that interest. Earlier this fall, for example, the foundation renewed its support of Free Spirit Media in Chicago with a two-year grant of $300,000 to expand its youth journalism program. The foundation also made grants to the True Star Foundation and the Community Television Network to support youth journalism.
Lessonwriter.com is a Rhode Island-based education startup that has designed a great tool for helping teachers.
Originally posted on LessonWriter Blog:
As a middle school teacher I often faced classrooms of thirty plus students with ability levels that spanned four to five different grades levels. There was so much variance in ability, skills and academic preparedness that I might as well have been teaching in an old-fashioned schoolhouse with a row for each grade level. I was always told that the answer was differentiated instruction.
The problem was most of my administrators had little advice on how to do this. One year, my principal promised to present the staff with a well-differentiated model lesson, and instead he delivered an incredibly-challenging single-level, single-strategy lesson and asked the staff to journal about how infuriating an experience it was to sit through a lesson that didn’t meet our needs. He said the point was to promote greater empathy for our students and motivation to work harder at differentiating- still he offered no answer…
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Here’s what is on the agenda for opening day at Netroots:
9:00am – 10:15am
From Defeat to Triumph: Erasing the Death Penalty in America
Taking the Offense in State Elections
The Heart of the Beast: How the Grassroots is Taking on Big Banking
Agitation and Inspiration: The Power of Art and Cultural Organizing
10:30am – 11:45am
Handcuffs, Conventional Wisdom and Dirty Oil: Activism’s Big Win Against the Keystone XL Pipeline
Collaboration, Not Co-option: Labor, Community Organizations and Occupy Wall Street Working Together
Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA
Beyond Occupy: What Does a New Economic System Look Like?
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Whose Law Is It Anyway? ALEC’s Influence on State Legislatures and What We Can Do About It
The Battle for Congress: Q&A on the 2012 Elections
Liberate Your Ass: Why Sexual Freedom is Key to Fighting the Right
Occupy Goes Home: The Occupy Movement and the Foreclosure Crisis
4:30pm – 5:45pm
Protecting Voting Rights in Communities of Color in 2012
Marriage Equality: Past, Present and Future
Emerging Movements: The Face of New Progressive Online Communities
Why the Fed is the Most Important Economic Issue You Know Nothing About
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Opening Keynote featuring Eric Schneiderman
I’m taking a lunch break at Stop and Shop, using their network and checking out my stats and my friend’s blogs.
Has Nomi spent too much time hanging out with ‘Jesus’ General’? The General does get into some personal matters every other sentence or so. And his gladiator obsession is kind of much.
Kmareka is not forbidden. Possibly because our editorial policy bans any language that Kiersten’s kids can’t see.
But maybe that’s not it. Maybe compared to Nomi we are harmless and uncontroversial. Maybe we’re not important enough to be banned in the Stop and Shop. It’s so hurtful.
(cross-posted from my private practice site at kierstenmarek.com)
Now that we’ve gotten that pesky election out of the way, we can talk about really important things like Self Help Video Games!
Seriously, though, there is interesting news for therapists and gamers out there — a whole new fleet of video games are being developed to help people combat problems such as smoking and being overweight, with video games for depression, anxiety, and anger management not far off, I’m sure. Are therapists about to be replaced by Nintendo? Maybe for some people, but more than likely this transition will mean that for a select group of people, therapists will have a new tool to use to help people help themselves.
Yesterday was my first experience liveblogging an event, and as you can see from the skimpy blog post, it was a challenge — getting on wifi, staying online when I paused to listen more intently to presenters, typing on the small hand-held computer screen, shutting off my technology so that I could interact with the people around me. But overall, it was an amazing first experience.
For me, though, what rises to the surface after an experience is almost better — that’s the real grist for the mill. For me, reflection is as important as experience, since it allows me to comparatively assess the depth of new information received and how it will impact my own thoughts, plans, ideas and actions.
I’m not going to go into detail, but the bottom line is that attending Podcamp helped me further conceptualize some possibilities for Kmareka as well as some possibilities for how to use new media in psychotherapy. To that end, I will be doing a lot more research and writing both online and offline in the coming months.
I want to thank the presenters and participants I met at Podcamp who took the time to talk with me and share their ideas. Your listening ears and engaging responses have bolstered my enthusiasm for my work:
Philip Robertson, Oovoo
Susanne Sicilian, Marketingprofs.com
Cristos Lianides-Chin, Dexrex.com
Jim Spencer, JBS Partners
Deborah Block-Schwenk, Writing and Social Media Marketing
Larry Lawfer, Yourstorys
Robert H. Blatt, Audio Engineer and Podcaster for the New York Sun
Crystal King, Sr Principal, Communications and Global Marketing, Ca.com
I’d also like to thank the people at Utterz.com for the really cute stuffed cow! My younger daughter is enthralled with it.