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Laura Fokkena
Works at Rise Out
Attended Harvard Graduate School of Education
Lives in Boston, Massachusetts
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Baby's First Existential Crisis - A Guide
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The lawsuit could affect New York State's entire teacher evaluation system.
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Only good education leads to success.

> without education.
> Less education leads to ....
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> Good education leads to success..
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By making these students submit to their teachers’ absolute authority, we are training them to be service workers, not CEOs.
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Indeed. A good software engineer is continually asking "What if this code was written by a total idiot?"

Particularly if it's their own code.
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I don't mind the idea of rubrics. I just object to their horribleness in practice. This is one improvement.
 
This is one of the education blogosphere's hottest posts. What are your thoughts?
Instead of listing all the different ways a task deviates from the target, the single-point rubric simply describes the target in a single column of traits.
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Join Rise Out's new STEAM Club! We're collaborating with danger!awesome, a laser cutting shop and "makerspace" in Cambridge, to offer a club for students interested in computers, robotics, digital design, and other "maker"-type activities AND students who are less mathematically-inclined but want to learn more about STEM projects and STEM opportunities in a non-competitive, super-accepting, wildly creative environment. Girls especially welcome!

Read more at the link. (There's video!)

We'll meet after 5:00, so schooled kids are welcome, too. Day of the week TBA. E-mail info (at) rise-out (dot) com with your name and age and what days work best for you. As always, feel free to forward!
STEAM is STEM + A for Art! Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics. Rise Out is offering a new club for students interested in math, science, engineering, computers, robotics, or any kind of art that has a “maker” aspect to it. Somerville has Parts & Crafts for younger kids and Boston has ...
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Thought-provoking.

"I was startled to see that 30% of all air passengers in a survey thought bringing infants on a plane was rude, and 36% thought they had no obligation to the person behind them.  What are we teaching children, I thought? Paying for something entitles you to disregard others?

"Perhaps the systematic weakening of public education comes from American's increasingly me-first take on living and learning with others:

"I should get to choose who my child attends school with, since I pay taxes.

"The taxes I pay should support only the learning I care about.

"I don't have children in school, so I vote no on school funding.

"And on and on.  When did we stop cherishing our small communities in favor of looking out for number one? When did we lose the idea that we have accomplished great things collaboratively, as a nation of small communities--the GI Bill, the Hoover Dam, the middle class--not as individual, high-profile wealth-producers?"
Here's what I always wonder, when I encounter or hear about Aggressive Seat-Recliner types: what were they like in second grade? Did they shout "pick me!" and wave their hand, even as another child struggled to come up with an answer? Did they elbow their way to the head of the recess line?
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Please share and forward! This year Rise Out is once again offering the Independent Education Project, a group for homeschooling high schoolers to share their progress on One Big Project that they work on throughout the year. Past projects include work in robotics, coding, health and fitness, history research, patent development, and music.

This year we are also offering two NEW classes: "German History and Language," and "I Wish They’d Told Me That in High School: College and Career Prep." See link for more information.

All three classes will be offered in two locations: at The Democracy Center in Cambridge, and at Voyagers in Acton. 

We are also developing a Rise Out STEAM Club for students interested in math, technology, and other "maker" fields, as well as a free D&D/gaming group. Both will meet in Cambridge.

Contact us at info (at) rise-out dot com if you are interested in any of the above. Classes start next week!
Classes and Activities. Rise Out is not an accredited school, so our classes do not come with credit. However, you can use them as homeschooling credit in your portfolio, and in some cases may be able to earn college exam credit for the work you do with us. We're actively expanding our classes ...
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Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.
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“I discovered that people wanted the teacher to tell them what to think. … It had never, ever occurred to me to ask someone else to tell me what to think when I read something.” This shows a great lack of teaching/allowing critical thinking in the schools tossed college kids had attended. Thanks for a great article. 
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Education
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    International Education Policy
  • Lesley University
    International and Comparative Education
  • University of Iowa
    International Development
  • American University in Cairo
    Year Abroad
Work
Occupation
Educational Consultant
Employment
  • Rise Out
    Director, 2012 - present
    http://www.rise-out.com/
  • Lesley University
    Adjunct Faculty, 2012 - present
    Global Studies & Intercultural Relations
  • Afterschool programs in the greater Boston area
    Education Director - Literacy Consultant - Grant Writer, 2001 - 2014
  • The Outreach Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
    Assistant, 2010 - 2011
  • Study Abroad, Office of International Programs at Harvard University
    Assistant, 2010
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Boston, Massachusetts