Teaching incarcerated youths and insights

M.L. Edson, author of “Not Even A Shadow,” shares her experiences as a teacher in a youth correctional facility.

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Rap and students

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Andre Justice  (“AJ”) loves the ladies, and loves to rap. He also happens to have cerebral palsy, so he needed a little assist to achieve his musical goals. He approached Amaru Yawo-El (“Düc”), a special educational assistant at Luther Burbank High School, who also performs hip hop. The power duo have recorded some tracks, and plan on assisting other students with learning disabilities to sing, perform, and record rap with their Anybody Can Rap (ABC-Rap) 

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Science/Engineering and students

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Is there a way to alert a school’s football coach of a player’s possible concussion? Is fracking a viable environmental concern? What are practical steps to assist people suffering from depression?

These and several other hypotheses were posed by middle and high school students in the recent Snyopsys Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair. It’s encouraging to see young people looking for solutions.

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Reading, writing and floating logs

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916 ink has created an innovative and highly successful program engaging children in the reading process by first teaching them to write. This week, I interview a 916 ink board member and two students of the program, who also read a poem they have each written. And, we visit Crater Lake National Park.

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