First Generation College Students

By Marielle Byhouwer, CEI Intern For me, college was not a question. I attended a college prep high school where the majority of graduates went on to college. My entire life, I was surrounded by people who saw attending college as fundamental as attending kindergarten. This supportive environment is a privilege that children of lower
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Webinar on CEI Heart Centered 21st Century Rubric

By Christine Mason The CEI Heart Centered 21st Century Rubric is a research-based approach for planning, assessment, and monitoring implementation of social equity, neuroscience, cross-cultural, student voice, and STEAM/STEM curricula, lessons, and practices in K-12 classrooms and schools. Includes 78 tools, a four- point scale, and capability with the Administrator Version to aggregate data across
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ESSA & NCLB – Some Comparisons

By Donald Kim, CEI Intern On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) bill into law.  ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which was passed in 2001. ESSA had bi-partisan support in congress like its predecessor.  The new law is now the most current reauthorization of the Elementary and
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CEI’s 21st Century Learning Rubric

By Christine Mason CEI’s 21st Century Rubric  incorporates a way to plan and measure the key elements of CEI’s vision for education. The Rubric is a tool for planning, assessment, and monitoring implementation of heart centered, neuroscience, and STEAM/STEM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curricula, lessons, and practices in K-12 classrooms and schools. The rubric is
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Back to the States

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director We recommend you click on the links to listen as you read. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and its companion, the Common Core, are fading away; soon to be only a memory. . . just a memory. A good or bad thing? Will we, a few years from now, be chanting
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Ethnic Minority Students Become Majority in the Classroom

By Nick Jones, CEI Intern This fall marks the first school year that ethnic and racial minority students are the majority in public schools. Such a shift in classroom demographics means that teachers will have to assess how to best meet their students’ needs all the while pushing for better test scores. Addressing academic weaknesses
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Harry Potter–An Empathetic Role Model

By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Reading the Harry Potter book series may help teach empathy and compassion to students when compared to students who didn’t, according to a newly released study. Students who read Harry Potter exhibited fewer prejudiced feelings toward stigmatized groups’”specifically, immigrants, refugees, and homosexuals. Identifying with Harry Potter increased the effect. The
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Arts Integration

By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Arts Education has frequently taken a backseat to the concepts of 21st century learning, something, and STEM. While teachers regularly consider how to integrate science and technology into their reading and math initiatives, they rarely consider the positive effects of Arts Integration. Just as effective as STEM integration, the arts
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