Five Things Friday

Work has again gotten the best of me. With 30-ish days left in this tour of service things have picked up at an alarming speed. With that said, I wanted to get back into the blogging routine with a Five Things Friday post; 5 things that are going on for me this week. 1. iPhone…

Shutting Down…

For some reason our government cannot figure out money issues this year. For the past few months we’ve heard endless debates about Obama’s proposed budget, funding cuts to essential programs, and miscellaneous issues. We’re now entering a crucial point of uncertainty, a place that we haven’t been in the past 15 years: a government shutdown.

Job Hunting Edition

In the past few months I have embarked on a job hunt of epic proportions. When I started, I didn’t have a clear idea of where to start or which websites were reputable hubs. After 3+ months of site-crawling I’ve compiled my list of 5 websites that will be essential to your search. Idealist This…

Helping Our Students (Re)write Their Stories

This is a blog post I wrote back in November that was featured on the City Year San José blog. In today’s data-driven education climate, it is often easy to lose the human aspect of what City Year Corps Members, teachers and school administrators signed up to do this year; to help reduce the achievement gap….

Getting Equal (Healthcare)

We don’t know nearly enough about the health outcomes of the LGBT community. In fact we know nearly nothing at all. Recently the National Institutes for Health (NIH) put out a request to the Institute of Medicine (IoM) to find out exactly how much is known about LGBT health. The answer? Not a whole lot….

Selling College

While writing a ‘Going to College’ enrichment lesson plan I thought my lead-in was iron-clad: What do you want to be when you grow up? My intention (however naïve) was to elicit student responses that would allow me to begin making the case for college as a necessity to meet career goals. The first student…

Five Things Friday

1. LACY (Life After City Year) I have been compulsively checking job search websites over the past two weeks. Every evening after work I comb Idealist.org, Indeed.com, OpportunityKnocks.org, and the obligatory Cragslist.org. I’ve found a few jobs that I’m incredibly interested in and have taken on the large task of tailoring my résumé and cover…

Sexual Health Sunday: Get Tested

During my senior year of college I had the opportunity to take one of the best classes my school had to offer; Health Psychology. In this class we talked about the psychology of public health and different models that could be used to alter people’s attitudes toward their own wellbeing. In one assignment we were…

Five Things Friday

1. Last In, First Out (LIFO) LIFO is the procedure by which unionized school districts decide which teachers to lay off first. It says that the newest teachers (no matter how good) lose their jobs first due to seniority. Could there be a worse policy? (Hint: NO!) It’s budget season and many amazing teachers are being…

That’s What’s Up Thursday: Burt Hummel

This week’s installment of Glee was fantastic. The fact they brought back the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow to play a sexy sex ed teacher was brilliant, just brilliant. Throughout the entire episode I was constantly found myself agreeing with their messages about sex and sexuality and I was in a really good place. I didn’t think…