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Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 12:50 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
STEAM Doodle 4 Google Competition

Recognizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for a prosperous future, both leaders in industry and academia encourage students to pursue studies and careers in these disciplines. Many educators and businesses, including Google, also appreciate the integral role of art and design in driving innovation. For them, STEM plus Art = STEAM. Doodle 4 Google Google will support their belief in STEAM with the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition, enticing us with the line, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” on the homepage of their search engine. The competition’s description ...

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 4:41 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
The Reality of Teen Athletes

My son attended an all boys’ elementary/middle school. I’ll never forget a parent meeting one evening at which fathers and mothers were all exercised about the school’s sports teams’ official rules of participation. I don’t remember the exact details, but I do remember emotions escalating in the room until the school psychologist stood up and proclaimed, “In the 100 year history of our school, not one graduate has gone on to be a professional athlete.” The psychologist was providing perspective, which is often lost these days when it comes to student athletes. A miniscule percentage of high school athletes will ...

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 12:05 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Break Down Your Financial Aid Award Letter

In just a few short weeks college financial aid award letters will start arriving. For most, this process is confusing; award letters are not all are the same and it’s hard to compare colleges when their award letters aren’t standardized. Award letters arrive after you receive your offer of admission. They should play a major factor in deciding which college to attend. What are the components of the award letter? Every award letter should contain these basic components: The full cost of attendance, which should be broken down into expenses such as tuition, room and board, textbooks, and even travel. ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 3:05 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The 15 Best Teenage Athletes of the 2014 Winter Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympics just around the corner, every participating country around the world is watching for the best athletes and predicted medal winners. It just so happens that this year, many of these top athletes are teenagers, born in 1994 or later. The Bleacher Report put together a detailed list of the most talented teens of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Teens and adults and sports fans alike: get ready to be inspired. Sochi 2014: 15 Best Teenage Athletes 1. Polina Edmunds, USA Age: 15 Sport: Figure Skating Polina was recently put on the map at the U.S. Figure ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 12:09 p.m. by Sarah Burrows | View Comments
Internships and ROI

There has been much talk about unpaid internships, with many urging businesses to compensate students for their efforts. I am of a different mind. I think there is a time and a place for the unpaid, academic internship. While valid concerns have been raised, I believe, in the long run, even unpaid internships benefit students by providing the kind of integrated, real world experience that leads to wise career choices and ultimately paid positions. ROI is Real and Meaningful As a professor and the director of Lasell College’s Internship program, I’ve seen, first-hand, a return on investment that is real ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 11:02 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
6 Valuable Ways a Tutor Can Improve Your Standardized Test Score

Standardized tests are here to stay. Not only do colleges use them to determine academic abilities, but also partly base offers of admission on these scores. With competitiveness among college applicants growing, many parents and students should consider a tutor to help prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. If you’re considering a tutor for test prep or simply for academic help, it is prudent to know how a tutor could assist you and help you improve your scores. 1. A tutor can teach test-taking strategy. A good tutor can teach you how to approach difficult problems, use complicated math ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 3:22 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Mother-Daughter Bonding: Time Well Spent

As girls advance through the teen years their relationships with friends typically eclipse relationships with parents. Although many mothers realize separation is part of a normal developmental stage that they went through themselves, it’s not always easy for moms to readjust to “the new normal.” In an article in Psychology Today, The Challenge of Mothering an Adolescent Daughter, Dr. Carl Pickhardt explains the reasons for the change: Over the course of adolescence, issues of ‘attachment versus separation' and issues of ‘similarity versus differentiation' are contested by the young person to establish independence and individuality. So for independence, the adolescent wants ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 3:17 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Demystifying Common Core Standards

If you have heard the term “Common Core” but not sure what it means, then read on. According to the official website, “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” In other words, the main goal of the Common Core Standards is to simplify and systematize American elementary and ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 3:06 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
The Importance of Respect in Teenage Sexuality

By the time a boy crosses the threshold into his teen years he undoubtedly has participated in sex education classes at school and maybe also at his house of worship. Likely a parent has sequestered him on a long car ride for the proverbial “birds and bees talk.” And it’s probable that a couple of coming-of-age books have been lovingly placed on his bookshelf in hopes that at least one will be cracked open in the privacy of his room. No matter a parent’s perspective on sensitive topics such as sexual orientation and pre-marital sex, virtually all want their sons ...

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 2:58 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
The Best of the Grammys

My daughter and I watched the 2014 Grammys together. While a friend aptly labeled the performance, “Too much of a good thing,” we: Were mesmerized by the glam and glitter. Loved many pairings of old and new, like Carol King and Sara Bareilles. Cheered for Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Gasped at Beyonce’s outfit and post-baby body. Giggled at Pharrell’s hats. Marveled at Pink’s acrobatics. Coveted Taylor Swift’s dresses. But you’ll never guess what grabbed us above all else. The advertisement for Microsoft’s search engine, Bing: “Celebrating the Women of 2013.” I am happy to report that my daughter ...

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