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Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative Featured at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

energy efficientThe 2010 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting will feature an initiative focused on creating and supporting manufacturers, installers and unions to launch a comprehensive environmental and energy-efficient experiential education model in 500 schools across the country by the end of the year 2012.

National Wildlife Federation, green building products company Serious Materials, and Green Community Schools founder Jayni Chase have come together to create this coalition. The Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative’s purpose is to reduce barriers and encourage schools throughout the country to practice implementing energy efficiency. These practices are proposed to come through teaching students through a hands-on process. Elements of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will be used by students to create more energy-efficient practices.

In order to make these practices materialize, students will produce models that are more energy-efficient, develop skills to meet the needs of an emerging clean energy economy and learn about conservation and efficient technologies. Overall, the Energy-Efficient Schools Initiative addresses three key problems, including climate change and carbon-based energy consumption, declining STEM education in schools, and declining human capital and locus of control which is an individual’s desire to make a difference and feel that their choices matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Through USC Online

mathteacherTeaching is by far one of the hardest professions I can think of. No matter what level you teach at, it takes a certain level of patience and a love for learning and students to be an effective teacher. The profession of teaching is highly overlooked and underrated, but teachers are responsible for educating us all at various levels. Even teachers that want to learn have to look to other teachers for their knowledge. For those that are already teachers or want to be teachers, there is an online master’s degree made just for you.

USC has a master of arts in teaching that is available online that has gained a lot of high praise. USC is a world renowned research institution and their Rossier School of Education is top notch. Students that apply to this program can also apply for scholarships and a fellowship at the same time they are applying for admission. Earning a teaching degree from USC typically would not be possible for everyone, but with this degree you don’t have to move to California to attend classes; you can do this online from anywhere in the country.

The curriculum combines your interactive learning with field-based experiences that you complete in your area. The only reason you would have to go to the physical campus is for graduation after you’ve completed your degree. With this online degree you will receive everything you need to become a great teacher including preparation for state teaching credentials in your home state. Read the rest of this entry »

Acceptance to Teach for America as Competitive as the Ivy League

teach-for-america-as-competitive-as-ivy-leagueDespite the high turn-over rate, the The New York Times reports that being hired by Teach for America is more competitive than ever. A record 46,359 applicants bid for only 4,500 positions nationwide, a 32 percent increase since 2009. Eighteen percent of the graduating class of Harvard applied for the program.

Will Cullen, who was accepted to Teach for America after graduating from Villanova, reported that a friend who was not hired instead will be a Fullbright scholar. Some students are not even trying to apply for the year following graduation, but instead try to gain related experience to boost their resumes. Read the rest of this entry »


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