Can a Common Core Approach Bridge the Gap for English Learners?

Is America’s school system equipped to appropriately challenge both native English speakers and English language learners (ELLs) alike? Statistics on United States student enrollment indicate that, in the 2011–12 school year, the number of ELLs in the public school system made up 9.1 percent of total students. Likewise, the number of ELLs grew by 53.2 percent from 1997–2008 [PDF link]. Furthermore, it is nationally projected that [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-11-08T10:08:56-05:00January 22nd, 2015|

Going Against the Grain: The Workshop School’s Unconventional Hands-On Education

Within the vast public school system in Philadelphia, an alternative kind of education rears its tiny head. This atypical school rebuilds the educational framework—literally. At the Workshop School, students are self-driven, becoming their own inspiration to achieve their goals through their own innovation. Taking on projects ranging from electric car design to soundproof recording studios; the Workshop School allows students to delve into the hands-on [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-11-08T10:54:33-05:00December 29th, 2014|

The Workshop School’s Unconventional Hands-On Education

Within the vast public school system in Philadelphia, an alternative kind of education rears its tiny head. This atypical school rebuilds the educational framework—literally. At the Workshop School, students are self-driven, becoming their own inspiration to achieve their goals through their own innovation. Taking on projects ranging from electric car design to soundproof recording studios; the Workshop School allows students to delve into the [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-10-26T16:11:01-04:00December 23rd, 2014|

Does Private Life Exist in an “Always-On” Culture?

Lounging by the poolside last summer vacation, I thought nothing could disturb the tranquil ambience of lapping water and the steady heat of the sun. With Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams in my hands and cabana music wafting over from the beachside snack shack down the road, life felt paradisiacal. Then it came: the dissonant sound of my father’s smartphone, buzzing on the chaise nearby. Not again . [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-11-08T11:04:34-05:00December 17th, 2014|

Can a “Math Person” Learn to Love Shakespeare?

“The difference between arts and sciences is not analytical versus intuitive, right?” That’s what Mae Jemison, the first female African American to travel in space, questioned during her 2009 TED talk. Both a NASA astronaut and a dancer, Dr. Jemison has lived her life in the crossroads between art and science. The fact that she didn’t view career choice as an either-or situation between [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-11-08T11:23:03-05:00December 3rd, 2014|

Time’s Up for Times New Roman

Time to move on, typography. There are better fonts out there for you than near-centennial Times New Roman.Times New Roman has endured a long lasting legacy since its first use in print in 1931. Designed by Stanley Morison as the body typeface for the British newspaper The Times, Times New Roman has since been adopted by publishers, teachers and writers of all walks alike. Yet [...]

By Mallory Abreu|2018-10-26T15:48:13-04:00October 16th, 2014|
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