After launching the nationwide KIND Schools Challenge last fall, the KIND Foundation and Making Caring Common were tasked with choosing one winner out of nearly 200 submitted student projects. The winning project was created by three Medford High School juniors – Jenna Agnone, Luiza Barbosa and Rubia Fernandes. The students learned they had won the challenge at an assembly for the entire junior class.
Three Medford High School juniors were surprised to learn they won the national KIND School Challenge at an assembly in front of their classmates Tuesday. Rubia Fernandes, Luiza Barbosa and Jenna Agnone, members of the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, were named national winners for their submission, ELL Give Back Program.
Parents, high schools, and colleges are feeding an addiction of sorts— abetting an epidemic of perfectionism and expectation while promoting a “high” of status and prestige. Research-based initiatives at MCC provide resources for schools and families to reinforce “meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement” while rallying educators to imagine better systems for evaluating students in admission.
What if admissions officers would look favorably on students who attended an economically integrated school, much as they do those who have had unusual travel experiences or outstanding extracurricular achievements? This new theory builds on MCC's Turning The Tide report that outlines its partnership with colleges to de-emphasize applicants' resume padding and hyper-competitive achievement, and prioritize communal values and work taking care of others.
Bene Webster proudly describes herself as a former “nut” — a quality that she always found helpful when dealing with some of the behavior problems in her third-grade classroom in New Orleans. “I found that giving my students more freedom and autonomy, not less, resolved a lot of what others perceived to be behavior problems. It is easy to forget that kids are human beings, and at the end of the day they want to be free and able to be themselves just as much as the rest of us.”
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