EDUC 7620, Learning Community of Practice
Course Instructors: Phyllis Balcerzak, Theresa Coble, Thomasina Hassler, Carl Hoagland, Timothy Makubuya, Keith Miller
Course Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 9-10:15 AM Central or Wednesdays 5-6:15 PM Central via Collaborate
Optional Collaborate Discussion Sessions for Integrated Research Block (EDUC 7220, 7210, 7230, 7225):
Tuesdays, 10:30-noon Central or Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM Central via Collaborate
Collaborate Room Link: Heritage Leadership Ed.D. Collaborate Room
Participant Dial In: (571) 392-7703, PIN 554854330101
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October 14, 2016 at 7:05 am #932
There are so many news stories that we all come across daily that pertain to our program and I have found they haven’t fit the perfect spot yet for sharing. So I am going to start a new topic area for sharing pertinent news stories and opportunities as they relate to our studies.
October 14, 2016 at 7:09 am #933
Free the Slaves is offering a free online course, Kevin Bales is the instructor. Here is the information if you are interested. “World’s first massive open online course (MOOC) about contemporary slavery starts next Monday! It’s free.
“Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition” will be led by FTS Co-founder Kevin Bales, with contributions from a team of scholars and experts.
“You will have access to the most cutting-edge research available and be part of brainstorming a new guide for ending slavery,” the team says. “Together we will debate and shape solutions for the next phase of the contemporary antislavery movement. The course is an essential experience for anyone who wants to be part of a great human rights battle of our time.
Register Here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/slavery
This free four-week online course starts on October 17.
October 14, 2016 at 8:36 am #935
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October 15, 2016 at 8:45 am #945
Syrian kids in Turkey must go to work, not school-
Just posted 3 hours ago USA TODAY by Dominique Bonessi
Was spending this morning sorting the various emails and such on my phone and started reading the news. Saturday mornings are perfect times to catch-up. Skipping over the Presidential election mud slinging- I saw this! This article refers to the Syrian children who are refugees in Istanbul. It explains the costs of education in Turkey and states that no money is given to the approximately 330,000 Syrian refugee children The families can not afford the price and children are working in textile factories and such. This article mentions that Turkish law prohibits employing children under 15 yrs of age (of course) yet this is happening! I urge all of you to read this and I thank you, Amy, for starting this post! I bet we will find more and more things to add as our “eyes” open!
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October 18, 2016 at 2:28 am #953
October 18, 2016 at 5:28 am #958
Myron Dewey has been (citizen) reporting on Facebook Live the protests and groundwork to stop the Dakota Pipeline. https://www.facebook.com/myron.dewey1.
There is a lot of insight in this format.
October 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm #967
Here’s an opportunity some might want to pursue… a small opportunity that might help in Africa
IREX seeks academic and professional experts to read and score applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Over the course of the first three years of the Fellowship, we received over 120,000 applications for 2,000 Fellow slots, so your talents and expertise in helping score applications are greatly appreciated.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), designed to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. In the summer of 2017, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring as many as 1,000 young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training, and will create unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.
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October 31, 2016 at 10:37 am #1006
Maybe this is a better place for this post:
This is a podcast, not a book, but I wasn’t sure where else to post it. I’m interested in hearing your response to it. This guy walked toward his bias and is certainly vulnerable. The podcast is from Cracked and is titled “Trump Country”
November 1, 2016 at 2:07 pm #1015
I caught a great story on NPR about Kernza, a perennial wheat grass that grows all year and doesn’t need irrigation, so it may be a great future food choice when it comes to climate change. There is more research being done through the non-profit, The Land Institute. The first US product on the shelves made with kernza is beer being sold at Whole Foods only on the west coast (for now), hopefully it will be a promising new food option!
Here is the link to the story.
November 5, 2016 at 6:25 am #1027
November 7, 2016 at 11:09 am #1052
I watched the documentary film “13th” last night on Netflix. It was powerful and really captured a lot of the content we have been studying this semester and fills in a few gaps. One thing I thought was especially cool was it includes a lot of historical footage from the Civil Rights Movement. Several of our TED Talk speakers are in it, including Brayan Stevenson. I highly recommend it. Maybe in January when we are all together we have a movie night (with cocktails) ?
November 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm #1092
I felt inspired by Aaron Huey’s TED Talk about the Pine Ridge Reservation to learn about ways to offer support. There is a great website for Friends of the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is a non-profit organization that supports local schools including a college on the reservation and social services. Here is also a page from the website that has dozens of additional news reports, books, resources for children, etc. about the Lakota and specifically the Pine Ridge Reservation.
November 29, 2016 at 7:57 pm #1157
Great article (and scary) from PRI today.
“Among Americans born in 1980 or later — millennials — Mounk found that fewer than one-third say it’s essential for them to live in a democracy. By contrast, well over two-thirds of Americans born in the 1930s and ’40s say democracy is essential for them”
November 30, 2016 at 8:03 am #1159
Tom great post….short of speaking to the changing face of Democracy I fear the younger generation(not making broad brush strokes) needs to get a full grasp of world history>wars and conquests>dictators and read a few of our books in this course.
The last 30 years is a blip compared to the 2000+ years of conquest that exists on our planet.
Perhaps losing their comfort home>beer>video games>Starbucks and all the other niceties in life will change their opinion.
November 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm #1160
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December 18, 2016 at 9:57 am #1267
This is an all too familiar image. Bloomberg posted a great article detailing the power of the Kabila Family in Congo. The article displays an impressive chart showing the ownership the Kabila family maintains in corporations via stock %, voting rights, and board participation. It is suggesting that they have the influence to move their mined raw materials to the open markets.
The article has many implicit take-a-ways.
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December 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm #1272
December 23, 2016 at 7:49 am #1281
WorldChannel.org presents an episode called By Blood. The episode features the “Freedmen”, African-American descendants who were at one time slaves to the Cherokee Nation, given citizenship by the Nation and then disenfranchised by the Nation in 1999.
Listen to the video clip to get the entire story…
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December 30, 2016 at 1:37 pm #1294
Very interesting article about an educator getting students to discover their DNA ancestry and then self-explore and discuss. Interesting for the pedagogy as well as the shared perceptions:
December 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm #1295
That self-examination of DNA reminded me of a story I heard recently on NPR. It’s important to consider the risks for some people in being defined by their DNA — by the “amount” that they are documented as one race or another.
In this study, DNA from the Tsimshian nation in Canada has been studied to determine the impacts of disease introduced by European contact. The Tsimshian tribe voluntarily participated, but a native studies researcher commented: “the study is well designed and provides ‘deeper genetic resolution on what we already know.’ Still, she’s concerned the paper suggests that indigenous people are defined by their differences with Europeans, rather than by their adaption to their own environment. ‘Within the dominant scientific narrative, the European body is the standard and indigenous bodies are thought of as biologically deviant,’ TallBear says.”
Three things here:
(1) This “Western” study confirms traditional knowledge.
(2) This study and its interpretation use European models as a norm by which to measure deviancy.
(3) There is an opportunity to, instead, interpret the results as a story of adaptation. Current outreach regarding climate change, etc, seem to looking for this kind of model as we move away from mitigation and embrace adaptation/resiliency as the most practical response to our challenges.
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January 12, 2017 at 7:43 am #1307
January 31, 2017 at 10:17 am #1374
World Heritage sites more threatened than previously believed. Check out this provocative article from the Huffington Post discussing the threat to our natural resources around the globe with a link to a new study published Monday, 30 January 2017, by Biological Conservation. Here is the link to the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/world-heritage-sites-threats_us_589008f7e4b02772c4e8ea35?
March 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm #1398
Workshop on social justice at Webster University, Missouri- April 8th on a Saturday
March 29, 2017 at 10:16 am #1409
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