1. The Academies of Nashville: Redesigning High Schools Using Career Clusters


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    In 2006, the Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Public Schools (MNPS) began redesigning its zoned high schools around career clusters. The Academies of Nashville include three elements: a small learning community; a college preparatory curriculum with a career/thematic focus; and partnerships with employers, the community, and local colleges. The Academies fall within six career groupings: (1) Arts, Media, and Communications; (2) Business, Marketing, and Information Technology; (3) Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology; (4) Health; (5) Hospitality and Tourism; and (6) Human and Public Services. In the Academy structure, students are more engaged in their studies, have a richer understanding of course material due to relevance and hands-on learning, and feel more prepared for life after high school. In this Webinar, participants will learn about the MNPS journey and challenges they addressed as they transformed their schools around career clusters. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the process, as they contemplate how they can implement career clusters in their high schools.

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    • Peter Singer at Hood College


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      Peter Singer, philosopher and author of "The Life You Can Save," shares his views on ethics, morality how to make the world a better place.

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      • David Hein on C.S. Lewis


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        David Hein, Ph.D., professor of religion at Hood College, co-authored and edited a book that gives new insight into the thinking and the life of one of the world’s most prolific and influential writers, C.S. Lewis.

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        • Honors Program


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          The Honors Program at Hood is a four-year curriculum of adventurous, intellectual pursuit for exceptional undergraduate students. Classes are small, highly interactive and taught by some of Hood's most dynamic professors. Through seminars, cultural opportunities, special events and social activities, Honors students become part of a close-knit community. From the faculty and from one another, Honors program students discover a new way of learning: a passion for inquiry, a creative engagement with ideas. Honors courses, often team-taught, range beyond traditional boundaries and investigate the intersections of diverse fields. The program is highly selective, admitting a limited number of outstanding students each year. Successful applicants are awarded Hood’s top merit scholarship, renewable annually. Learn more about the Honors Program at http://www.hood.edu/Academics/Hood-Honors-Program/index.html

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          • "Wench" lecture with Dolen Parkins-Valdez


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            Dolen Perkins-Valdez wrote the acclaimed novel "Wench," which tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War. In her debut novel, Perkins-Valdez explores the moral complexities of slavery and raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. On a visit to Hood College Perkins-Valdez gives a lecture and an interview about her book including advice to young writers. More information on Perkins-Valdez and "Wench" can be found on her website www.dolenperkinsvaldez.com/ Find out more about a Hood College education at www.hood.edu

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            • Uncovering History


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              Professor Emilie Amt is a historian whose research focuses on medieval women. For her, the most exciting part of research is the detective work, putting the pieces together and seeking out answers to further our knowledge about civilizations and the people who lived long ago. Students have the opportunity to make similar discoveries themselves. Students can be selected to participate in Summer Research Institute or write departmental honors papers, and all history majors do original research for the senior seminar class. Professor Amt’s classes are filled with discussions that encourage critical thinking and debate and students who major in one of the liberal arts learn valuable lifelong skills—research, information literacy, organization and public speaking. Find out more about history at Hood College at http://www.hood.edu/academics/history/index.html

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              • Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert


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                Amy Gottfried´s class read "Eat, Pray Love" and met with best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert to discuss writing, techniques and how to be successful in the real world. Gilbert´s 2006 blockbuster memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," chronicles her discoveries while travelling around the world following her divorce. As of February 2010 the book had remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 158 weeks, and Time Magazine named Gilbert as one of the world´s 100 most influential people of 2008. "Eat, Pray, Love" has been translated into more than 30 languages with more than seven million copies sold worldwide. A movie based on the book, starring Julia Roberts, is scheduled to open summer 2010. The sequel, "Committed: A Skeptic makes Peace with Marriage," was released in January 2010. Find out more about a Hood College education at www.hood.edu

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