Here’s what’s new at TheBestSchools.org for the week of December 4, 2016:
Exciting TBS update
It’s the season of giving, and one of the gifts we give away each year is the Escalante–Gradillas Prize for Best in Education. One of the more generous educator awards in the United States, the $20,000+ prize is awarded to outstanding teachers (in even years) and school administrators (in odd years) and to the winner’s school. Winners exemplify the spirit of legendary math teacher Jaime Escalante and his principal Henry Gradillas, both of whom did more with less, notably raised student performance, and challenged students to hone their educational pursuits.
Our team just finished a whirlwind tour of Chicago and LA to present three amazing teachers with $28,000:
- Anthony Yom, Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California: $10,000 individual + $10,000 school
- Jose Octavio Rivas Jr., Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy in Lennox, California: $5,000 school
- Michael John Kosko, Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago, Illinois: $3,000 school
The 2017 prize will be awarded to an outstanding school administrator (e.g., principal, guidance counselor, school curriculum designer, etc.) Nominate a school administrator you believe merits winning this life-changing prize!
New on the main TBS site
Public relations skills may seem unnecessary to businesses and organizations that are small and just starting off. But in fact, professionals with public relations skills are highly desirable across all business enterprises. At the very least, PR skills enhance communications skills, which employers in all industries and sectors desire in their employees. Online degrees are particularly suited to self-driven and mature students, who are usually working full-time and have neither time nor money to waste. This college ranking presents 25 of the most affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in communications and/or public relations.
We leak a sneak peek at our upcoming full-size release of The Savvy Student’s Guide to Study Skills in this chapter on writing well. There’s a close relationship between reading and writing, because the only reason you write something down is for someone to read it. That someone might be you (which is why we’ll talk about note taking); it might be a teacher (so we’ll talk about essays and research papers), or it might be a friend, company, or potential boss (we’re talking emails here, and yes, there are do’s and don’ts for email)—but the goal in writing is to put ideas together in a way that make sense to someone else when they read it. So, if reading comes last, writing comes first.
Do you have a success story that shows how TheBestSchools.org helped you? Did you…
- Find the right major?
- Get into your dream university?
- Better balance work, life, and school through an online college?
- Land the perfect job thanks to more schooling?
- Or acquire some knowledge nugget you didn’t have before?
Please share your story of how we helped you through True Tales of TBS & You. We may even feature your inspiring true tale on our site!
New on the TBS Magazine site
For all ages, and at all prices, we offer you educational gift ideas that will grow the brain of even the most learning-resistant Grinch. From caterpillars that teach kids programming skills to crop rotation simulators to partnering with others to save the world from deadly contagions—these gift ideas run the gamut of ways you and your family can add the Yule log of mental stimulation to your cranial Christmas hearth.
We introduce you to books that are beautifully written, are profoundly interesting, and bear re-reading, but for some reason have been overlooked. Some may have been celebrated for a season, but now they are forgotten by the reading public at large. This is especially likely to happen to books translated into English from a foreign language. The existence of these forgotten classics means exploring the byways of literature can be an unexpectedly rewarding experience, because one is liable to stumble across magnificent works of art one never knew existed. Here is a list of our personal favorites in overlooked books.
From ink on a page to the glow of the OLEDs. Television is often accused of being a vast wasteland where we give in to the basest of our instincts just so we can be entertained, diverted, and detached from our lives in tidy 30-minute increments. But we think this is an unfair generalization. We believe that but for the babbling towers of reality TV and cable news, true genius peeks out from the shadows. We show you what constitutes essential viewing.
Starting this year (2016), college-bound students can fill out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Loans) while they make their college selection. In the past, students preparing for college had to wait until January to file FAFSA forms to find out what kinds of federal scholarships they were eligible for. This meant that they were making their selections for college (one of the biggest investments of one’s life) without knowing one very important factor—how much they might get from the government. See how this FAFSA change can broaden your college choice options.
Exactly how smart do you have to be to have earned the single highest grade point average in the history of Harvard Law? Behold, Louis Brandeis, a man of unimpeachable esteem with a record of accomplishment fairly unequaled in either education, law, or public policy. His incredible résumé is girded by a life dedicated to the causes of progressivism and social justice. Many of the ideas he introduced into the legal realm are seen as cherished and inalienable liberties today.
Audrey Cohen (née Morgan) was small in physical stature but towered as a figure in the history of American education. In the face of constant and frequently hostile resistance, Cohen made it her life’s work to advance the causes of gender equality and social justice. She put forth the earth-shattering notion that a woman could have both a family and a career. Through her Manhattan-based Metropolitan College of New York, Morgan helped make these ambitions a reality for thousands.
For families in struggling communities, countless obstacles stand in the way of regular school attendance. Many of these obstacles reflect complex and multilayered inequalities that require equally complex and multilayered solutions. But there is at least one simple step that every school can take to mitigate the impact of poverty on attendance. The secret weapon, believe it or not, is a washing machine.
If learning that a washing machine may mean more kids stay in school is not enough brain expansion for one day, we share that America’s high school graduation rate has reached a new record high of just over 83 percent.
We’re almost ready to unveil our revised and expanded 2017-18 list of best online colleges! This list is eagerly awaited around the web, and we’re excited to bring you more schools and a new way to personalize the results for your particular needs.
Our present list of 50 best online colleges
The holidays are upon us, so we’ve gifted you with plenty of good posts and articles to read. Enjoy, and have a great week!