Character Strengths and Behaviors that Kids Need to Succeed – from KIPP Public Charter Schools

Strengths and Behaviors – KIPP Public Charter Schools | Knowledge Is Power Program.

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12 Highlights from the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

12 Highlights from the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

Stuck at work or at home? Check out these amazing Nat Geo Travel photo contest winners.

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CONTEST CLOSES JUNE 30, 2014

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is well under way, accepting submissions until June 30th, 2014. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird.

The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a five-day National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in Santa Fe, N.M., and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a print of their photo, matted and framed by the National Geographic Imaging Lab, a $200 gift certificate…

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All Circuits Are Busy – an artcle from nytimes.com

Source-psychcentraldotcom

“H. Sebastian Seung is a prophet of the connectome, the wiring diagram of the brain.” Thus begins a New York Times science article. “In a popular book, debates and public talks he has argued that in that wiring lies each person’s identity.”

You can read the full text at nytimes.com.

 

How much stays unseen… A Poem By Ludmilla Shchipakhina

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Image by NilookaD; Pickingflowers

 

How much stays unseen when some eye on us gazes–

A sub-text may run under clear-sounding phrases

And sighs of delight or expressions of sorrow

May differ in meaning from poses they borrow.

We lie on the grass, watch the sunlight which spreads,

But what are the thoughts that go round in our heads?

We meet. Stroll along in the garden’s deep shade,

But what is our purpose? What plans have we made?

Our time throbs and shakes with the problems of ages,

But man and his soul are a book of sealed pages!

At sight we are simple. No need for much guessing,

But what are our feelings? Extatic? Depressing?

We lunch in cheap restaurants without star rating

But maybe a triumph we are celebrating!

And perhaps it’s not transport that gives us a ride,

But invisible wings, which don’t show from outside.

 

Translated by Eva Strauss

From: Soviet Literature, 1979; ISSN-0202-1870

 

 

 

Who Gets to Graduate by Charles Blow (NYT)

Who Gets to Graduate by Charles Blow (NYT)

Read about the challenges of minority students in completing college education. But the bigger issue is how we can all work towards narrowing the disparity between the well-off and the not-so-well off, in the interest of a fairer shake. Compassion and understanding should be at the heart of any such efforts.

Responding positively to provocative people and situations

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We all come across these; annoying or provocative situations and people.

Often we lose our cool and do or say things we regret later. Is it possible to avoid that? To keep our cool? Here’s a booklet on Positive Response – How to Meet Evil With Good
It is based on Buddhist texts translated and explained by Acharya Buddharakkhita.
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