Visualizing Knowledge

Visualizing Knowledge

Humans like to make sense of complex information.  We categorize and classify everything from our individual music on iTunes to governments and countries throughout the world.  It is our way of visualizing knowledge — how we represent what we know.

Express yourself

Express yourself

How do you express yourself to make sense of your place in the real world — today and in the future — when you are in college? The crucial time needed to reflect upon short-term goals for college and long-term

GlobalMindED First Generation Students

GlobalMindED First Generation Students

I spent an exciting few days in Denver (June 17-19, 2015) where I participated in an innovative conference, GlobalMindED. The conference brought together four hundred leaders representing education, business, government and non-profits from throughout the United States and seven countries

Family and the First Generation College Student

Family and the First Generation College Student

The family and the first generation low-income student navigate the college experience with challenges unknown to students from upper- and middle-class backgrounds. Being the first in the family to go to college certainly opens new vistas and countless possibilities, but

Metacognition and Experience

Metacognition and Experience

Educational philosopher John Dewey believed that we actually learn more from thinking about our experiences than from the actual experiences themselves. This idea is not new. The practice of examining and reflecting on experiences, or metacognition, dates back to Socrates and

First Generation Student Study Abroad Scholarship

First Generation Student Study Abroad Scholarship

The opportunity to study abroad is no longer a luxury in the 21st century. Learning about the world first hand is a crucial component for success in our globalized world. Research shows that first generation college students in particular benefit

The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap

From the halls of Congress to the halls of our local schools, people tend to interact only with those who are just like them. They rarely understand issues from other points of view because they rarely spend any time with

Design Thinking goes to college

Design Thinking goes to college

Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate a design thinking workshop at an extraordinary first generation college student conference held at Brown University (1vyG). First gens face a myriad of challenges as they make the sometimes difficult transition from home to

First Generation Alumni Mentoring

First Generation Alumni Mentoring

There is a huge untapped source of human capital that could revolutionize the support and mentoring that current first generation college students desperately want and need: first generation college student alumni. Colleges and universities are only beginning to realize the

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

This is a very exciting time to be a first generation college student! Today’s first gens are connecting, sharing ideas and advocating for themselves as a distinct group. In a three-part blog series on first generation students, I will explore