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Getting Students To Engage With Reading.

As many of us know to get teenagers to engage with reading with a real task. So instead of making it even more difficult and awkward use these activities proven to get them engaging with the content and with you as their educator or parent.- Class Debate – Pick an issue or character from the story and have a debate. Be sure to set the ground rules first.- Graphic Organizers – There’s a reading graphic organizer to help students practice just about any skill–compare/contrast, decision-making,

Black History Month 2020: Leon Noel cracks the code for economic opportunity in communities of color

Tech entrepreneur turned educator Leon Noel is working to close the wealth gap for people of color one line of code at a time.Noel is the managing director of engineering at Resilient Coders. There, he is creating a curriculum, running an after school program and putting together a 15-week boot camp that trains anyone from any background on how to code.Growing up in Philadelphia, raised by a single mom, Noel’s connection to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, was tenuous at

Chicago based school, ComEd engages students in Solar Spotlight STEM event for Black History Month

Chicago-based utility Commonwealth Edison is honoring Black History Month by involving African-American high school students in projects surrounding solar energy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.ComEd held its fifth annual Solar Spotlight program this month. More than 90 local high schools participated in the event, which both highlights renewable technology but also explores the STEM training and job opportunities for black students using hands-on projects.“We use

10 ways to Make Reading in the Classroom comfortable for Kids

These few simple tips can create an environment in your classroom that encourages and rewards reading, and your class will find that reading can be a blast. Be careful, though. You may not be able to pull them away from their books if you do!1. Create a Star Studded Bulletin Board What you use to motivate your students to read can also double as a permanent classroom decoration this school year. Create a star-studded bulletin board that awards kids for reading books on their own. Start by taking

Dr. Reginald DesRoches: Houstons Rice University’s first African-American provost in a University that once banned Blacks

Click the image above to watch the videoHOUSTON – In 2019, Rice University announced the promotion of the dean of engineering, Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D, to provost. This was a historic moment for the university as Dr. DesRoches became the first African-American provost, especially at a university that didn’t allow blacks until 1965.In honor of Black History Month, Khambrel Marshall sat with the newly appointed provost to talk about Dr. DesRoches’s childhood, his legacy and making history in

Promoting Diversity in STEM: Female Students Of Color Sent Abroad To See How Far STEM Can Take Them.

With support from the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Bowdoin seniors Brenda Macias and Jhadha King recently flew to Hawai’i to attend a three-day conference on how to encourage greater participation in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).The SACNAS 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference took place October 31 – November 2, 2019, in Honolulu, attracting more than 5,000 attendees, some students, some working professionals. SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of

Universities get over $4 Billion in STEM Funding annually, yet HBCUs receive only 0.4%

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have expressed concerns over inadequate Department of Defense science and engineering funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs).More than 21 Senate and House colleagues, including Congressman Anthony Brown’s (D- 4th District, MD), sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper regarding the importance of investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at


Howard University has announced that the college has received a $4 million gift from the Hopper-Dean Foundation to help fund the Bison STEM Scholars Program (BSSP). The monies will provide 10 computer science or computer engineering students with a full-ride scholarship for four years to the university.“The Hopper-Dean donation will make a life-altering difference in the lives of our students and we appreciate their investment and confidence in the University. This generous gift will further

Why Hip-Hop Belongs in Today’s Classrooms & How It Can Be Used To Teach STEM!

(THE CONVERSATION)When Cassie Crim, a high school math teacher in Joliet, Illinois, introduced herself to her advanced algebra students in 2017, she did it through a rap video.Using a rendition of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” renamed “Codack Yellow,” Crim referenced math terms and laid down classroom expecations:“These exponents, these is ratios, these is power rulesAlgebra and a lil’ trig, I don’t wanna choose And I’m quick to take a couple (points) off so don’t get comfortable”With rap music

Meet South Africa’s first black female police pilot, Refilwe Ledwaba & creator of "Girl Fly" a girls club for STEM education!

“I never thought aviation or becoming a pilot was a viable career choice for me as I have never seen anyone that looks like me following that career,” that is a quote from Refilwe Ledwaba, South African Police Service’s first female pilot.Born and bred in Lenyenye in a single-parent household with six siblings in a semi-rural township of the Limpopo province of South Africa, Ledwaba could not pursue a career in science due to outstanding university fees.She ended up at an interview for a