Robyn Gee

Curriculum Making 101 (Part 3 of 3)

Now that our team had experimented with piecing together a curriculum in a logical order, our next job was to dive into what a single lesson looks like, and then decide which lessons we wanted to create for our first year of the Innovation Lab’s storytelling curriculum project.

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Graphic: Teresa Chin

The Link Between Suspension And Dropout

I remember the first student I ever suspended. He was 13 years old. It started off as a minimal disruption. He was stealing pencils from other students at his table. That turned into breaking pencils. Then, stealing homework.

I’ve been out of the classroom for three years now, and for the past year, I’ve been following teachers, students and school districts, trying to understand the latest research on school suspension and its effects down the line.

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Young Conservative Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Decisions

Liz Mair is a Republican political strategist. She led online communications for the Republican National Committee, worked on Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign and Governor Scott Walker’s recall election.

Surprisingly, today’s Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage is a victory for her. Mair is a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom To Marry campaign, and she doesn’t think it will be long until all states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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(Photo Credit: Sophie Asia)

Photovoice Exhibit: Scenes And Stories From Young Women

Ten women from Alameda County were given cameras to document their lives in low-income communities. Their photographs went on display this Monday at the California Endowment as part of a project called, “How We See It.”

The project focuses on how poverty affects one’s health. And the method for exploring this issue is a research method called Photovoice, where participants take photographs of their community and develop narratives to accompany the photos. They discuss them as a group, and then craft outreach or action plans.

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New Guidelines: Keeping Track Of Teen Suicide Attempts

This week, clinicians, researchers, insurers and patients have a new handbook for diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM-5 (the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) contains changes that will affect young people specifically, including new guidelines on how to measure and document suicidal behavior in adolescents.

Dr. David Shaffer, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University, worked on this section of the new manual, and he gave us a little background.

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