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The role of work-based learning in developing character and citizenship

While educators know that inconsistent teachings and contradictory home-life create challenges in character development, an immersive, work-based learning environment gives students full access to mentors and role models who can provide stable guidance. And for Jazlynn, UTC Aerospace Systems is just that kind of supportive environment.

When a community rallies around its children

When an African-American 1st-grader brought home a letter from his teacher reporting that he had been moved from the Rabbits to the Turtles reading group, family and friends in Madison Park, Alabama, didn’t resign themselves to the demotion. Instead, they sprang into action.

Charlotte teacher combats negative media coverage

In Charlotte, NC, a reporter showed up to research an unsigned letter about a culture of fear at West Mecklenburg High School—and then failed to show up when invited to attend a senior award ceremony. One teacher is resisting that sensationalist bias.

Exec Director of EdNext offers counsel to SEL champions

Peruse an education-focused magazine or website these days and you’re likely to come across a reference to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). As with so many recent education trends (e.g., personalized learning, universal design for learning, etc.) proponents of the movement can be guilty of purporting to provide a “magic bullet.”

Basketball star learned generosity at home

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG) took 10 children to Dick’s Sporting Goods with the Partners for Parks afterschool program, each with a $100 gift card. That habit of generosity is one that he learned from his mother and one he practiced as a boy.

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