The Wall Street Journal: Over 60% of Improvement Projects Fail! In the Wall Street Journal this morning in an article written by Dr. Satya S. Chakravorty titled “Where Process Improvement Projects Go Wrong,” the author states that 60% of all process-improvement projects fail. I have found this to be true but with a larger percentage of failures. In this article Dr. Bullying and LGBT Youth Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth. Creating a Safe Environment for LGBT Youth It is important to build a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBT. All youth can thrive when they feel supported. Parents, schools, and communities can all play a role in helping LGBT youth feel physically and emotionally safe:
Glossary of terms There is a wide variety of terms — often ambiguous, complex, and newly-coined ones — to describe trans experience and identities. Included among this list will be some fairly simple explanations; if a term is hotly debated, I will say so, and not bother to explain the details very clearly. I'm also taking the liberty of defining a few words that you're no doubt familiar with ("gender" and "sex" and so on, and other words like "pass" or "stealth"), as they may have connotations in the trans community that most people don't normally associate them with. Click one of the underlined letters below to take you to the beginning of that letter's particular section.
Supreme Court Today, June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decisions in two landmark cases dealing with the freedom to marry. The Supreme Court’s historic decisions will dramatically improve the lives of same-sex couples across the country, allowing many couples the ability to protect each other and their families. In Windsor v. United States, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that denies legally married same-sex couples over 1,100 protections and responsibilities of marriage. By striking down Section 3 of DOMA, the Supreme Court has affirmed that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment. It marks an enormous victory for equal justice under the law and ends DOMA’s two-tiered system for marriage, which for over 16 years has forced the government to pick and choose among marriages and create a "gay exception" that only caused pain, uncertainty, and financial harm.
Multiple Intelligences by Dr. Thomas Armstrong Multiple Intelligences The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Allyship: first steps Allyship to trans people involves a number of different actions: some are necessary and relatively easy, while some require more commitment and activism. I will make several lists in order of priority. Some of these are behaviors that you must engage in to treat trans people respectfully; some are goals to aspire to, but they may take a while and require some more courage!
Live Blog: Marriage at the Supreme Court There's a lot to reflect on about today's historic Supreme Court hearing of Hollingsworth v. Perry. It's exciting to see the freedom to marry face consideration by our nation's highest court. The approach taken by Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, on behalf of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff included a combination of procedural questions and arguments made on the merits of the freedom to marry. His position included technical points related to California's ballot initiative process, whether proponents of Proposition 8 had the standing to bring it to the Court, and interpretations in favor of same-sex couples' constitutional freedom to marry.
Developing Questions for Critical Thinking “Education must be increasingly concerned about the fullest development of all children and youth, and it will be the responsibility of the schools to seek learning conditions which will enable each individual to reach the highest level of learning possible.” Benjamin Bloom Handbook on Formative and Summative Evaluation of Student Learning Bloom’s original taxonomy (developed in the 1950's) divided the way people learn into three domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. In the 1990's Lorin Anderson, a former student of Bloom revised the original cognitive domain.
The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational circles. However, if you believe a recent survey of visits to 23,000 U.S. classrooms, the higher-order thinking skills it’s ideally designed to promote doesn’t get much use. And I can understand why. It’s easy to get caught-up in the day-to-day work involved in teaching a class or multiple classes, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing the “usual stuff” and not “think out of the box.”
A Taxonomy of Reflection: Critical Thinking For Students, Teachers, and Principals (Part I) My approach to staff development (and teaching) borrows from the thinking of Donald Finkel who believed that teaching should be thought of as "providing experience, provoking reflection." He goes on to write, ... to reflectively experience is to make connections within the details of the work of the problem, to see it through the lens of abstraction or theory, to generate one's own questions about it, to take more active and conscious control over understanding. ~ From Teaching With Your Mouth Shut
Brittney Griner, Proudly Part of a Mission to Help Others Live in Truth Matt York/Associated Press Brittney Griner writes, "I never thought that to be beautiful, you had to look any certain way at all. In my opinion, you’re beautiful because you are you." Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains Bloom's Taxonomy was created in 1956 under the leadership of educational psychologist Dr Benjamin Bloom in order to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than just remembering facts (rote learning). It is most often used when designing educational, training, and learning processes. The Three Domains of Learning The committee identified three domains of educational activities or learning (Bloom, et al. 1956):
The Art of Redesigning Instruction Synthesis: Mastering the MovesThat Put the Parts of Reasoning Together Each of these elements becomes a focus of skill and ability. Each become a shaping force in the nature of reasoning. By taking these elements into account in a variety of orchestrated ways we are able to articulate a variety of important critical thinking moves in the process of figuring things out. We learn how to: MoMA closets Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Why? The Museum of Modern Art currently has on display a wonderful, compact installation titled simply “Johns and Rauschenberg.” Featuring art culled from the museum’s permanent collection, “Johns and Rauschenberg” focuses on works painted by each artist during the mid to late 1950s, using Robert Rauschenberg’s recently acquired Canyon as a centerpiece. The introductory placard describes the two artists as being “in dialogue with one another,” explaining how their works from this period led the way “beyond Abstract Expressionism” and toward Pop Art. At the heart of the installation is the relationship between the two men, an intensely collaborative yet highly competitive connection which pushed each artist toward his own artistic triumph. Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.