Schools

National Expert to Discuss the Benefits of an All-Girls Education

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 14, 2014 2:17pm

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is hosting on Sunday, April 6 a free event for Baltimore area prospective families to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. Participating NCGS member schools include:

Baltimore Leadership School for Young WomenBryn Mawr SchoolGarrison Forest SchoolLillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityOldfields SchoolRoland Park Country SchoolSt. Paul’s School for Girls and St. Timothy’s School. Read More →

Culture

The Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef Exhibit Is a Big Success in Its First Six Months

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 2:00pm

photo via aqua.org

photo via aqua.org

Since opening six months ago, the National Aquarium’s $12.5 million Blacktip Reef exhibit is not only boosting attendance at the popular Baltimore attraction, but also its reputation as a leading conservation-focused organization. Data from an ongoing national survey conducted by IMPACTS Research & Development shows the opening of Blacktip Reef has further enhanced the National Aquarium’s reputation as a leading aquarium in the United States. Achieving the highest reputational ranking since this research has been collected, the Aquarium has risen from being perceived nationwide as one of the “top five” aquariums to solidifying its position in the number two slot of the “top three” aquariums in the U.S. Read More →

Schools

“Girl Power” at the Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Introduces Girls to Careers in Science

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 03, 2014 2:39pm

Applied Physics Lab - Kossiakoff Center

Applied Physics Lab – Kossiakoff Center

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) will host a free introductory event for middle and high school girls about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on Sunday, March 9, from2 p.m.–5 p.m. on APL’s Laurel, Md., campus. “Girl Power” is a collaborative, annual effort between APL, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. More than 750 girls attended last year’s program.

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Featured, Schools

Baltimore to Steal Public Schools Chief from Milwaukee

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 8:15am

Photo by Mark Hoffman, via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Greg Thornton. Photo by Mark Hoffman, via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Baltimore City Public Schools’ search for a new CEO ends today with their decision to hire Greg Thornton, the current superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, according to WBAL’s sources.

On the face of it, Thornton is well equipped to take over the position. Milwaukee’s school district is about the same size as Baltimore’s, with 78,000 students (to our 84,000 students) and a budget of a little over $1 billion (same here). Not only that, but Thornton oversaw enactment of a “major school facility plan” in Milwaukee, something we’re staring down the $1-billion barrel of, ourselves!

A Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article — written after he took over managment of Milwaukee Public Schools in 2010 — describes Thornton as “an optimistic sort who exudes energy and enthusiasm.” A WTMJ article from eight months later details his “losing battle” with “a micromanaging, fickle school board” that was preventing him from making changes necessary to raise up Milwaukee’s underperforming district. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Notre Dame Marks Anniversary With Special Documentary Screenings

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 10, 2014 1:00pm

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In commemoration of the 180th anniversary of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University is screening Girl Rising, a film narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and others, that tells the stories of nine incredible girls across the globe.

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Money & Power

Year Up Baltimore to be Featured on 60 Mins. next Sunday

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 2:33pm

Courtesy citybizlist – GBC Training program Year Up will be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday, February 2,  at 7 p.m. on CBS. Read More →

Schools

On Leadership: Why Not Use Baltimore Schools as Innovation Test Kitchens?

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 10, 2014 10:39am

Courtesy Citybizlist – In my last column of 2013, I wrote about Citelighter’s arrival in Baltimore from New York City. In my conversation with its founders, Saad Alam and Lee Jokl, they answered the question of “why Baltimore” in moving their company. Their answer included the funding support they received here, the network of mentors, and the supportive nature of our burgeoning ed-tech community. Read More →

Featured, Schools

This Week in Research: Absent Students and Wildfires

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 22, 2013 9:02am

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Absenteeism is a major problem for public school students; it interrupts teaching continuity, leads to lower grades, and makes kids more likely to drop out entirely. Many school systems react to chronic absenteeism by punishing students–but according to new research from Johns Hopkins, that may not be the best way to keep students in school.
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Schools

Hopkins, Naval Academy Named Among Top Colleges

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 08, 2013 2:02pm

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

Courtesy Citybizlist  – For the fourth year in a row, M.I.T. has topped Business Insider’s annual list of best colleges in America. Other frequent poll-toppers – Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Yale – complete the top five. Read More →

Culture, Lifeline, Money & Power

Warnock Foundation Initial Results of Baltimore Survey

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 14, 2013 2:38pm

WF Survey Memo

Courtesy Citybizlist – When we invested in Baltimore in 2012, we found a thriving community of innovators, creators, do-gooders, across disciplines, all connecting together to push for change in Baltimore. Change to how nonprofits deliver services. Change to how communities are engaged. Cultural change from the bottom, up. Read More →

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