Getting kids to learn is about relationships

“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like,” says Rita Pierson, a veteran educator and recent TED Talks Education speaker. According to Pierson, connecting with students on a real, human level is the key to improving student performance.

Pierson, who’s been a professional educator for 40 years, has worked at every level of the public school spectrum from elementary through high school. Having been in education for such a long time, she says she’s witnessed many changes, all aimed at school improvement and boosting student performance.

“Needless to say, not all the suggestions have been sensible,” she says in a recent CNN article.…Read More

Compassion in education theme of TED conference in East Bay June 11

Prospect Sierra has partnered with U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center to host a TEDx conference on the topic of compassion in education, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets for the conference, scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, are now available online at: TED began in 1984 as a place for innovators and leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design to share ideas. 26 years later, TED has become a global online and conference community of individuals and organizations who believe in the power of spreading ideas through videotaped presentations shared via the Internet. has a video library of over 600 amazing talks of such high quality that the site has become the platinum standard for innovation in digital storytelling…

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