Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ideas, actions, and inspiration for a better tomorrow - June 15, 2017


“Meaningful progress toward equity in education does not necessarily mean equal resources for all. Some students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds are starting with less than their peers, and therefore require additional resources to achieve the same level of success. Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, despite race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, family background, or family income. State education chiefs are uniquely positioned to lead their state toward achieving educational equity.”

Click on the title above to download the PDF, which is a 10-point plan to guide education chiefs. It is a short read and one that I found to be compelling and packed with ideas for improving educational outcomes for all students.

Science, Space, Education & Opportunity:

Meet Jessica Watkins:

“Watkins and 11 others were introduced last week as NASA’s newest astronaut class, selected from a pool of more than 18,300 applicants. Watkins turned 29 years old last month, and is one of the youngest astronaut candidates in history.”

“The space shuttle program did influence Watkins in another way. Watkins said she has dreamed of being an astronaut since she was about 10 years old, when she was attending Judith Resnik Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, named for the NASA astronaut who was killed with her six crewmates in the Challenger explosion in 1986, two years before Watkins was born.

“I imagine that I must have had a conversation about my parents at some point about, who is Judy Resnick, what did she do?” Watkins said. “And I think that must have been when I was inspired by her story and led to this passion.””

Technology & Healthcare:

Click on the title above to view the short video.

“The world's first clinical trial of 3D printed bionic hands for child amputees starts this week in Bristol.
They are made by a South Gloucestershire company which only launched four years ago.
If the trial is successful the hands will become available on the NHS, bringing life-changing improvements for patients.”


Imagine is also one of my favorite songs. Congrats, Yoko! Giving credit where credit is due:
“Ono and her son, Sean Ono Lennon, were at the ceremony to pick up a song of the century award in honour of Imagine, and were not expecting the announcement.
"When they officially acknowledged - through my father's account - that my mother co-wrote Imagine, the song of the century, it may have been the happiest day of mine and [my] mother's life," Lennon told Billboard magazine.”

Personal Development:

Who can’t use a little more confidence? These ideas aren’t groundbreaking but need to be said or read repeatedly. Building confidence takes a little work too. #16 is the advice I most need to remember on the list. Good luck!
16. Stop comparing. Seriously.
Each of us has a unique mark to make on the world, and when we are caught up comparing ourselves to others, it only leaves us feeling less than or not enough in some way and diminishes our capacity to make the impact we alone can make.
The fact is, most of your comparisons are unfair because you have a tendency to compare...
  • Your weaknesses to others’ strengths
  • Your insides to others’ outsides
  • Where you are now starting out against someone who’s been in the game far longer

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