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Winter 2014 Literary Gems Winter 2014 Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2014 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Jay Hagstrom
Jay Hagstrom is a student at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country,” by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Jay’s letter to a fellow veteran about the difficulties of not feeling like a true veteran.
Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith Winter 2014 Powerful Voice Winner Cheyanne Smith
Cheyanne Smith is a student at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. she responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Soldier," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Cheyanne's letter that asks a soldier introspective questions about his journey as a soldier and veteran.
Winter 2014 Middle School Winner Karla Gomez Winter 2014 Middle School Winner Karla Gomez
Karla Gomez is a student at ASTEC Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," by Dr. Edward Tick. Read Karla's letter that discusses ethnicity and the sense of belonging to a country.
Curriculum & Resources: Institute for Democratic Education in America Curriculum & Resources: Institute for Democratic Education in America
IDEA is a movement building organization that showcases what powerful learning looks like today—and what it can look like in the future. Its network of teachers, schools and communities, build relationships, share high quality resources, and work together to help shape the future of democratic schools. Featured resources include IDEA’s online library, Learning Report, plus the documentary, A Year at Mission Hill.
Curriculum and Resources: Rethinking Schools Curriculum and Resources: Rethinking Schools
Rethinking Schools' unique lessons plans are written in essay form from the perspective of the teacher. It is a catalyst and leader in education form, with an emphasis on race and social equity. Take a look at these resources to get inspired.
Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion Stephen Colbert: New Standardized Tests Teach Valuable Lessons in Stress and Confusion
by Molly Rusk
Why did an elementary school math problem go viral? It has to do with a new set of federal education standards known as the Common Core.
The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics The Underground Railroad Was One of America’s First Co-ops: A Black History Tour of Cooperative Economics
by Laura Flanders
From slavery to Jim Crow to cities today, African-Americans have been leading the cooperative movement.
Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again. Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.
by Sena Christian
Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture—especially on organic and small-scale farms.
They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate
by Rachael Stoeve
A look at the growing influence of undocumented voices in the movement for immigrant rights.
Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money) Don't Leave BitCoin to the Libertarians! (Or, Why Your Movement Needs Open Source Money)
by Nathan Schneider
Movements for economic justice and equality are rarely flush with cash. But "cryptocurrencies" like Bitcoin might stand to change the rules in their favor.
10 Things Creative People Know 10 Things Creative People Know
by Peggy Taylor, Charlie Murphy
Everyday creative activities like knitting and cooking can boost your levels of serotonin and decrease anxiety.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul Engler
Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style
by Cat Johnson
How to get electricity, water, and the Internet in your tiny home on the range.
Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone? Video: Can We Create Living-Wage Jobs for Everyone?
by Laura Flanders
We have plenty of low-income jobs, but fewer in the middle where we really need investment. How can we make sure public money is spent for the greater good?
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