The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Advisory Board

Our students at Dohn Community High School would benefit from a great program like this one….

"Breakfast With A Purpose"

As Attorney General, I am committed to engaging Ohio’s young people in the processes of government and law. To that end, I am excited to inform you that we have created the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Advisory Board. This initiative will offer Ohio’s future leaders an inside look at our government.

I am writing today to ask for your help in making this initiative a success. We are currently accepting applications from next year’s junior and senior high school classes (current sophomores and juniors). I ask that you make your students aware of this great opportunity and encourage them to apply.

Board members will serve a one-year term and convene twice during this time in Columbus. At these meetings, members will tour our office, the Ohio Statehouse, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Our office will also lead a discussion forum for members where we will talk about issues affecting teens…

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Millennial generation eager to work, ‘but on their terms’

Are millennia’s too eager to work on their own terms? The author of this article sure thinks so. I think more in depth research should have been down. This paints a picture that millennials have more concern for their individual right to choose work than anything. But it’s messy, and not that simple. We can only reflect on the market crash in 2008/2009.

In essence this article easily helps paint the millennials as this generation who is hard to work with, work for, and work to promote. Knowing that the 2008/2009 World Market crash/hiccup helped bankrupt the world, better reporting should be done to paint a better picture of the hardship millennials, i.e. people of color face in getting a job.

#millenials #2008/2009Crash

"Breakfast With A Purpose"

Good read article from the Columbus Dispatch if you are trying to figure out the work thought process of the Millennium generation. Click on link below:

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“Grit”: Demanding Superhuman from African Americans, Impoverished

Not only is this oh so relevant to education, but it comes in a time where the talk about students having “grit” to be resilient. This whole notion of “grit” is too curiously simplified. A question: “if students have grit can they overcome traumatic experiences at home with abuse, or in school with identity stripping curricula practices, or on the playground with bullying?” What we may be missing is a understanding and fully development notion of who needs the grit.

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While writing about Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind, Ta-Nehisi Coates concludes his piece with a resounding rejection of the “grit” narrative:

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Leon Botstein: The SAT Is “Part Hoax and Part Fraud, Albeit a Profitable One”

What are your thoughts about this recent post by Diane Ravitch, Educational Historian?

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In a scathing essay in TIME magazine , Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, lacerates the SAT.

The recently announced changes, he writes, are “too little, too late,” and are motivated mainly by the competition between the SAT and the ACT, which now tests more students than the SAT.

What Botstein makes clear is that the hoops and hurdles of the SAT are archaic and have little, if anything, to do with being well prepared for college.

He writes:

The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced. The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. The College Board has successfully marketed its exams to parents, students, colleges and universities as arbiters of educational standards. The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents.

The blunt fact is that the SAT has…

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Miami University Educational Leadership Graduate Student Conference

Along with our Educational Leadership Graduate Student Council members I was apart of a great team who planned, organized, controlled, and hosted the 13th Miami University Graduate Student Conference. This conference was held February 15th, 2014 at McGuffey Hall on the campus of Miami University. For the theme we chose “Education and Activism: Is Education too inextricably bound to the status quo to save our world? The former theme was taking from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail where he posits that religion if bound to the status quo may not be able to offer solutions to change our world.

Overall the conference was a success with 19 different presentations, a lunch time social hour, and a guest speaker who rocked the house. Dr. Dave Stovall, University of Illinois Chicago professor whose scholarship focuses on critical race theory, culturally relevant curriculum, and urban youth.

Now this does not mean I didn’t learn from many mistakes. If I could do it all over again I would chair this conference with multiple teams in place. Here’s what I mean:

The total process of choosing an executive team, choosing a keynote speaker, choosing a venue, changing the chair of our department, having the conference faculty liaison go on sabbatical, coordinating the schedules of all executive team members made for a tough time carrying out a conference. In retrospect, I wish we would of had three waves of support to help us. In the future I would suggest this to the chair of our department. Those three suggestive waves of support should broken down into three teams: executive team members, associate team members, and assistant team members

First, the executive team members (1st & 2nd yr doctoral students and master’s student) should be in charge of the communication with the participates, vetting of participate proposals, and the carrying out of the recruiting of the second and third level members of the committee.

Second, the associate team members would be students in the doctoral program or master’s program who need to fulfill a residency requirement. Why do I make this recommendation? Well this could do two things: first it allows for the student who needs the residency requirement to fulfill at least a six month position in the department. Second it helps take pressure off of the executive team planning the day of logistics. The associate team would be in charge of signs, name tags, speaker accommodations, speaker honorarium, corresponding with faculty chair appoints on the day of the conference, and other odds and ends.

Third, the assistant team members would be students who are undergraduate looking to get extra credit for a class, gain a birds eye view into graduate school, or doing an independent study for a professor. The assistant team would be in charge of day operations, parking passes for the participants, food setup, classroom technology setup, participant inquiries, conference cleanup, and greeting guest.

Overall, there were many successes to the 13th EDL Graduate Student Conference, but if I could do it all over again I would implement levels of teams to ensure success.