Friday, August 26, 2016

Going natural in education

Finding conformity to be exhausting, Lora Smothers went natural. With her passion for education, she believes that going natural is the secret to teaching children to explore and develop their unique interests and curiosities.
Very interesting TED for thought.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Are schools built for learning?

"It’s an absolutely amazing time to be a learner.”
Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education and has authored four books, including "Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere", now the #1 best-selling TED book ever. A former public school educator of 22 years, Will is also co-founder of Modern Learner Media and co-publisher of, which is a site dedicated to helping educational leaders and policy makers develop new contexts for new conversations around education. Will believes that there is a real disconnect between our beliefs about schooling and the practices that we embrace in schools. For meaningful change to occur in education, we must start with what be believe about how kids learn and what’s important about education.
-- Read My Pedagogic Creed by John Dewey

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What the Arts Teach Us

P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing high-quality arts education to California’s underserved public schools and communities. It is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without their programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts. Dr. Kristen Paglia is the CEO of P.S. ARTS, and has worked to keep educational equity and excellence for all children at the center of their mission.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Connect the World through the Arts

"The clearest reason for music and culture is that it gives us meaning" - Yo-Yo Ma
"The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The new feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Silkroad works to connect the world through the arts, focusing its efforts in three areas: musical performance, learning programs, and cultural entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I Deserve To Be Heard

“The future is uncertain, but like a phoenix, the community can empower Chewstick to rise from the ashes.” -- Gavin Djata Smith

Chewstick is a community arts organization, born out of Bermuda, dedicated to breaking down social barriers by empowering storytelling, creative expression and social justice to enrich youth, arts, culture and community, so to change the world for the better. The Chewstick Culture Hub at 81 Front Street was impacted by the fire that began on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in a nearby alleyway. All equipment, furnishings, instruments, art, and cultural items have been destroyed by fire, heat, smoke, water or structural collapse. The Hub was the primary revenue line to help underwrite general operations of The Chewstick Foundation, subsidize its programming and cover the significant costs incurred with creating a custom-built, multi-purpose performing arts community centre. With the primary revenue stream lost to the fire, and renovation costs that remain outstanding, the Foundation's future will completely depend on the support of the community. We urge all members of the community to donate to this charity that has worked tirelessly over the last 13 years to empower one, and to enrich all.
Please consider donating using one of the below links. You can also stop by Dangelini’s Cafe or Rock Island Coffee to make a donation.
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-- Read Chewstick to ‘rise from ashes’ on the Royal Gazette
-- Watch What's New With The Chewstick Foundation on PinkSandBermuda

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Arts for All

Turnaround Arts presents “Everyday People,” produced by Playing For Change. Thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country perform alongside Turnaround Artist mentors including Jack Johnson, Chad Smith, Jason Mraz, Elizabeth Banks, Tim Robbins, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Josh Groban, Bernie Williams, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Alfre Woodard, Citizen Cope, Doc Shaw, Frank Gehry, John Lloyd Young, Carla Dirlikov and more. In the video, produced by Playing For Change, students and their artist mentors sing, play and dance to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” making the case that all people deserve to experience the power of arts and music in school. Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap. AWESOME.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Let Girls Learn

In March 2015, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a United States government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. Around the world, girls face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. Yet educating girls can transform lives, families, communities, and entire countries. When girls are educated, they lead healthier and more productive lives. They gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to break the cycle of poverty and help strengthen their societies. Unfortunately today, more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school—half of whom are adolescents.
-- Watch First Lady Michelle Obama on Girls' Education