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Equipping Culinary Arts Educational Programs for Success

If you heard “you are what you eat,” as you were growing up, it may have seemed like just another thing parents say. But in the past decade, it has become the basis for political movements, health initiatives, and significant changes in our education system.

Consider public schools removing soda and juice drinks laden with high-fructose corn syrup from their vending machines, school lunches increasingly featuring not just more vegetables but more local foods, and the students getting involved in how that food gets to their cafeteria.

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Ways to Include STEAM Education Outside of School

Teaching children about the world is one of the greatest challenges with long-lasting rewards. Children of all ages must learn the necessary skills to best handle the physical, emotional, social, and educational knowledge they will need to grow into a healthy and stable adult.

Many schools are now implementing a learning strategy called STEAM education – this includes the core curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

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Fun Bulletin Board Ideas for February: Celebrate National Haiku Month

Valentine’s Day, Groundhogs and President’s Day have all been over used. Black History Month has been covered extensively too. So you wonder, “What’s an educator supposed to do in order to inject a bit of novelty into February’s list of themes?” Our answer is, “Why not create a lesson plan around National Haiku Month?” It typically takes place in February and we have some fun bulletin board ideas that may help:

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DonorsChoose.org: Single Donor Covers Entire State’s Wish List

California is a big state. In fact it’s the most populated state. In that big state, during a recession, there are likely a lot of teachers with wish lists for their classroom. Those teachers that put their wish lists to action via DonorsChoose.org are now through wishing, but are now receiving.

DonorsChoose.org is a website that allows public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from whiteboards for a class instruction, to stages for a school play, to science tables for a chemistry class. Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are delivered to the school.

Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, recently received a phone call from a person with a seemingly hypothetical question. “What would it cost to fund every California teacher’s wish list posted on your website?”  Best gave the caller his best guess of somewhere over $1 million.   Only a day and half later, held a check in his hand for $1.3 million dollars covering all of California’s wishes.  In his other hand he also held a check for an extra $100,000 to pay for other teachers’ wishes across the country.

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