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February 8, 2013


Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High-Quality Education
Love is in the Air... and at the Heart of Positive Parenting

Suki: Stress and Learning
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(Holidays) Valentine_Driftwood.jpgValentine's Day is such fun for the children and we adults enjoy it too.  Much of the fun comes in planning how to surprise others with a sweet or funny valentine.  We've included a few projects for you.

There's a very interesting opportunity coming up to learn more about where learning is headed in this century.  While there is much about quality teaching and traditional subjects that is timeless, the speed of high tech development and globalization has implications we must pay attention to.  I'm eager to hear what Dr. Zhao has to say.  If you cannot get a seat to his lecture, there is a website and a book available.  More below.

It has been a musical week for me with bluegrass musicians staying at my house.  I've learned that they play all day, play late into the night, dream songs and enjoy good company and food --with a joyful outlook on life.  If that's what music does for us, I'm all for it.

Have a great creative weekend, Parmalee

 

 

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  Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High-Quality Education

(Books/Products) Book_WorldClassLearners.jpgDr. Yong Zhao, an internationally known scholar, author and speaker, will be the featured presenter at an upcoming public lecture in Aptos. Dr. Zhao, author of more than 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way; American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students will be addressing an audience of parents, educators and others interested in the topic of education trends and innovations.


This lecture, planned for February 20 at 7:00pm, is co-presented by Gateway, Mount Madonna and York schools, and Cabrillo College. This event is the third in a "Speaker Series on Education," which Gateway School initiated two years ago. The first speaker in the series was Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Last year, Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, was invited to speak about brain research in education.


"The purpose of the speaker series", explains Dr. Percy L. Abram, Head of Gateway School, "is to bring together parents, educators, and civic leaders from throughout Santa Cruz County to learn from leading scholars and researchers about best practices in teaching and learning. We invited Dr. Zhao to speak this year because it is important to be part of the discussion of what schools of the future will look like, how our students will access new information and build critical skills, and how our teachers can create learning environments to meet our students' needs. Dr. Zhao writes eloquently and persuasively about these issues, and his insights are helping to shape the debate both for public and independent school educators."


(Photos General) 7g2m49_Dr.jpgDr. Zhao is currently a professor and Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon's College of Education, where he is also the Weinman Professor of Technology and Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. At present his work focuses on designing 21st century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution.
The presentation will focus on Zhao's book, World Class Learners, where he proposes that the current measures of education quality through standardized testing are misleading, and that the so-called high performing education systems do not actually produce the kind of creative and entrepreneurial talents that society needs.


"Dr. Zhao clearly illustrates the pathway to educating today's students in a way that preserves and grows creativity, divergent thinking, collaboration and other 21st century skills," affirms Mary Supriya McDonald, Head of the Lower School at Mount Madonna. "His compilation of international research highlights the limits of standardized measurements, and the dangers inherent in uniform curriculum being applied without respect to individual interests, gifts and talents. Engaged learning requires that teachers truly know their students, ask questions that help develop critical thinking skills, and design projects to challenge and motivate students' creativity."


Zhao will address a full house at Cabrillo's Crocker Theatre: Seating is FREE but limited; reserve your seats at http://tinyurl.com/ZhaoSantaCruz


Until December, 2010, Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.


Zhao was born in China's Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from the Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing in 1986. He taught English in China for six years before coming to Oregon's Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. Zhao completed his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning an AM in Education in 1994, and a Ph.D. in 1996. For more information about Dr. Zhao, visit his website at zhaolearning.com.


"To meet the complex challenges of the future, we must prepare our students to communicate efficiently, to be creative in the arts, to invent scientific breakthroughs and to participate in global economies," avows Chuck Harmon, Head of York School. "Dr. Zhao believes, as we do, that our emphasis should be on problem solving, creativity, and leadership, to go beyond success on tests and draw meaningful connections between ideas."

  Love is in the Air... and at the Heart of Positive Parenting

by Susan True

(Holidays) Valentines_PaperDolls.jpgRoses are red, violets are blue, love is the key to parenting, even if that sounds obvious to you! Yes, it may seem obvious to say love is at the heart of positive parenting. After all, few relationships can match the depth of love a parent feels for their child. However, for busy parents, February is a good time to pause from all-things-pink and commercialized and focus on what love really means in our families.

Love means investing time in our children, our families and ourselves in order to raise confident, happy kids. More than just a feel-good concept, the notion of investing time is one that can require a little planning, a bit more patience and some teamwork. But the payoff can be big on that investment.

Parenting is easier and more rewarding when families work together, communicate well and support each others' efforts. In many families, parents or other parent figures often have disagreements about how to handle specific daily situations, as well as how to manage larger parenting challenges. Open communication and a willingness to consider each other's perspective can benefit not only the child, but also the relationship between parents. Whether you are raising children on your own or with someone else, the following tips can help make parenting easier.

Take care of your relationships. When families get too busy, there is a danger that parents overlook their relationships with others. Let the important people in your life know you appreciate their friendship or relationship with you. If you have a partner, recharge your relationship as often as possible by taking time to do things that you like to do as a couple-just the two of you. The less you invest in your relationship, the harder it is to work together as a parenting team.

Work as a team. A home runs more smoothly when parenting responsibilities are shared. Each family's "parenting team" might include a current or ex-partner, relatives, a child care provider or close friends. No matter who's on your team, talk with them and share ideas. Teamwork also means listening to the other person's point of view and understanding their concerns. Make sure you understand all of the parenting tasks you each are routinely doing. You might be surprised to learn some of the things that get done that go unnoticed.

Support each other when addressing behavior. Work as a team to solve problems. It is important to remain consistent and address challenges as a team, and to let your child see you working together. A united front reinforces the solution. Remember it's ok to ask for help with handling parenting challenges.

Talk with someone every day about your child. Put aside some time each day to check in with your partner, a friend or other supportive person about the fun and positive things that happened with your child today, as well as any problems that may have occurred. It's easy for parents to be focused on the challenges and forget about the joys.

Share your own feelings. Your children learn from you and look up to their parents. Watching parents express their emotions and feelings in a healthy way will encourage them to understand and accept feelings, as well as learn how to express them in a positive way.

This February, give yourself a Valentine's gift by taking time to enjoy your children, your family and your important relationships. It's not chocolate, isn't pink and doesn't come in a vase. But for you and your family, spending time together just may mean more than any of those other things.

Susan True is the Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County. For more information about Triple P, visit triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To get a copy of the Triple P Pocket Guide for Parents or find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact Stephanie Bluford at 831-465-2217 or sbluford@first5scc.org. The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County. Triple P is scientifically proven and is the world's leading positive parenting program. Triple P offers classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges.

 

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  Suki: Stress and Learning

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I am sort of a "learning research junkie" -I'll read pretty much anything about all the new research into how our brains learn-and don't learn. When I was working on my book, my publisher sent me pretty much any book that they thought might be of interest to my audience. I read all of them. I don't expect other people to have the time or interest to read them all, but I do think that all parents-especially homeschooling parents-should be aware of some of the most important aspects of how the brain learns. (I'll suggest some resources at the end of this piece.)

It's important to understand how brains do learn if you want to recognize a situation in which your child can't learn. First of all, brains are bundles of connections. When we're very small, our brains suck in everything we experience and set up a scaffolding that everything they learn later is built on. This is why they say that the first few years are so critical.

Our brains are very badly engineered to learn isolated facts. In fact, most people can only remember a string of random words up to about 7 words long. People who make a hobby out of entering memory competitions learn to memorize unconnected pieces of information by connecting them with things already in their memory (see my recommendation for Moonwalking with Einstein below). The result is that no matter what else is learned about how we learn, the most important aspect of learning is connections.

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Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach
State Park Natural Bridges
Celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel
2/09,11am to 4pm
Parking $10 or Free street parking

California State Parks invites you to fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive to the annual Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach. This event celebrates the migratory journeys of our region's diverse wildlife with activities, interpretive hikes, educational booths, and speakers.

Over 20 organizations will share the science and wonder of migration, speakers will present talks about migratory animals, there will be habitat hikes, active games and crafts for children, face painting, butterfly gardening, and skits, along with live music by the Mystic Troubadours, Marty O'Connor & Chris Lynch, and the nature-loving 5M's Band.


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  Unique Crayon Valentines

(Holidays) ValentinesCrayonValentines.jpgHow to Make Heart Shaped Crayons by Allison Cate


1. Chop up old crayons. (My girls used hammers to get out some aggression and smash crayons in baggies.)
2. Stir all the colorful pieces together.
3. Put them in a heart shaped mold pan. Silicone for baking is best so it's easy to pop out and the mold doesn't melt. You can find these in baking/craft sections at WalMart, Target, Hobby Lobby or Michael's). (I ordered mine - Wilton brand - from Amazon for less than $10 and I used a little Crisco nonstick cooking spray before adding crayons)
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5. Let them cool until they are completely solid.
6. Pop them out and use a foam type to stick to card stock or a Valentine's Day Card.
7. Add a cheesy Valentine crayon slogan. Suggestions: You Color My World, Valentine, You Make My Heart Melt, Have a happy Valentine's Day, For "Crayon" Out Loud!

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Ours came out beautiful. We are giving them out in my kids' classes... if we have any left. Girls have been drawing with them everyday.

  Valentine's Day Brownies ... Made with Black Beans!

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What a great way to add protein, fiber, calcium and iron to a batch of brownies!  Black beans add of these wonderful nutrients, but you can't taste them in the brownies at all.  Also, by using applesauce and ground flax, they are cholesterol free and low-fat!  

1 cup cooked black beans
1/2 cup natural sugar
3T oil
4 T cocoa powder
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (use only ½ c for "gooey-er" brownies)
1 T ground flax meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
cooking spray

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Put the beans and sugar into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the oil, cocoa powder, applesauce, vanilla and salt and blend.  Mix the flour, flax meal and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the bean mixture and stir until nearly mixed. Add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix until all the flour is blended.  Lightly spray an 8x8 baking pan. Pour in the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top springs back and a toothpick comes out clean. Let the pan cool on a rack.

Recipe contributed by Karna of www.DelectablePlanet.com.

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