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

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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 →

Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Schools

Baltimore “Boy Wonder” On 60 Minutes Last NIght

4 Written by: | Monday, Oct 14, 2013 9:08am

Jack Andraka, the North County High School sophomore from Crownsville who won the Intel Science Award in 2012 and who we wrote about last year, was featured last night on 60 Minutes.  If you’re not familiar with the superstar student, watch the video.  You’ll feel dumber, but proud!

Culture

Getting to the Heart of It: Q & A With Art-With-A-Heart Exec. Dir. Randi Pupkin

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 3:42pm

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Randi Alper Pupkin and Thomas Kohn.

Courtesy Citybizlist – Approximately fourteen years ago, Randi Pupkin gave up her career as an active and successful litigation attorney to found and work full time for Art with a Heart. Today, the not-for-profit organization with a stated mission of “enhancing the lives of people in need through visual art,” is responsible for programing more than 7,100 separate art classes on an annual basis and has countless stories of  “steering lives on the proper path” through building strong and life-long relationships with its students.

Q. Fair to say that practicing law full time wasn’t your passion?
A. I affectionately refer to myself as a runaway attorney. I made a go of it for almost 14 years and even had my own firm for half of my law career. For the most part, practicing law, for me, was a grind and I truly think the civil court system is broken. Still, I learned a great deal about how to navigate certain experiences and situations that I would never have had but for my practice.  These lessons are invaluable to my every day work.

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Money & Power

Baltimore Among Top Cities for Liberal Arts Majors

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 12:59pm

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Courtesy Citybizlist - Labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass released a new report showing the 20 U.S. cities where liberal arts majors are most in demand. It analyzed more than 23,000 employer sites and job boards to find the cities with the most entry-level job postings available to these grads.

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Schools

City Schools Spent Federal Funds on Cruises, Makeovers, and Chicken Dinners — So What?

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:53am

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A federal audit determined that Baltimore city schools misspent thousands of dollars of federal grant money during 2009 and 2010. That includes $4,352 from Title I funds spent on Inner Harbor dinner cruises for parents, staff, and volunteers, $2,413 spent on chicken dinners for 28 people, $1,336 spent on theater tickets for 30 people, and $500 spent on a makeover day for mothers and daughters.

The audit also found hundreds of thousands of dollars that may have been spent on legitimate expenses, but were poorly accounted for — incomplete time sheets, invoices with no description of services, that kind of thing.

As much as Republicans (and some Democrats) in the state legislature are using the findings as an opportunity to sneer at typical liberal spendthrifts who have squandered our hard-earned tax dollars (and on what? Makeovers?! Cruises?!), the reality is probably a little more complicated, and a little less politically convenient. Read More →

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