Let’s Chat! // Perspective from a Special Olympics US Youth Ambassador

This past week the Special Olympics community celebrated several awareness days, such as National Down Syndrome Day and National Cat Eye Syndrome Day. Let’s see what one Youth Leader, Sydney Meininger, has to say about it: How would you describe Cat Eye Syndrome to someone who has never heard of it before? You know the…

Complimentary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicines in Schools

When a student scrapes their knee at recess or cannot focus on the assignment at hand due to severe cramps, they know the school nurse is close by to help them with their physical pains. Yet as student rates of anxiety and mental illness rise, the traditional nurse’s office is at a standstill in how…

Falling in and out of Love with School

The irony of this post, “Falling in and out of Love with School,” is that I have taken forever (two months to be exact) to write, edit, and interview as a result of my own disinterest, or falling out of love, with writing. Let me explain… This past semester I encountered a professor who did…

ELA + STE(A)M = BFFS

  #EnglishLanguageArts #ScienceTechnologyEngineeringArtsMathematics #BestFriendsForever (you should know that one by now…) Unless you live under a rock, you know that STE(A)M is currently a huge buzzword within the world of education. To state why, in the briefest way I can imagine: In 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs went unfilled. And it is likely that our…

Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans // ELA & STEAM

Our team at the New England League of Middle Schools 2019 Annual Conference, presenting on YAL (Young Adult Literature) and interdisciplinary lessons – My partner Grace and I are the two individuals from the right! As both a student and a teacher, I have always held the concept of hands-on learning close to my heart….

It’s All About Perspective // Benefits of a Student-Faculty Partnership

A Student’s Reflection and Insight on Student-Faculty Partnerships Frank and I presenting our work at the NERA 2018 Annual Conference As an education major I have heard the expression, “Those who can’t do, teach” more times than I can count (#got’em). Although this phrase is said in good humor, there is actually some truth in…

The Right to Write?

Perspective on authors who write about disabilities when they don’t have them themselves.  Sophie Korpecs, a Junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying Public Policy with a concentration in Disability Policy In the past couple of years, the discussion around writers telling narratives of minorities, and then profiting off of it, has been in the spotlight. If you’re interested,…

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish!

What does self-care look like to you? Students hanging out in the library at 1am like it’s noon on a Monday? People wearing pajamas to class with a dead look in their eyes? Eating comfort food all day every day – like chocolate-chip cookies for breakfast…anyone else…? Yeah, well … it’s finals season. But finals…

Yoga in Schools? The Pros, the Cons, the Facts.

In the past couple of years, the world of education has had a lot to say about implementing yoga in the classroom. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the world of education has had a lot of suspicion when it comes to implementing yoga in schools. I’ve read and heard a lot of questions from…

Global Education // Japanese Perspective

Perspective on Japanese Culture & Education Professor Kazuyo Kubo, Lesley University  After taking her Honors Immigration course last Fall, I was honored to interview Kazuyo Kubo, an Associate Professor at Lesley University. Kazuyo (as she is called by her students and colleagues alike) moved to the U.S when she turned 20 to study Eastern Asian…