Category Archives: From the Founder

Humans need the ice bucket challenge and other thoughts about mentoring

When I started this program in 1995, I planned to get it going, staffed and launched, and then continue my engineering work at Hewlett-Packard. Twenty years later, here I am with more passion for the program and its benefits than … Continue reading

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Flood zones and student motivation recover when students engage in authentic work

By David Neils When students know they’re tackling real issues, they’ll put in real effort. Molly and Morgan, two 6th-grade students at Trail Ridge Middle School had an opportunity to tackle a real issue recently–the Colorado flood of fall 2013 that ravaged their community of Longmont, Colorado. … Continue reading

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Feedback Fuels Refinement

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.” Albert Einstein Some people avoid evaluation, fearing less than satisfactory feedback. (It’s much like why  some people avoid going to their doctor; they are … Continue reading

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Authentic Student Work: Rocket Fuel for Youth

FROM THE FOUNDER | by David Neils with Zac Burson I’M GRATEFUL FOR the opportunity to help youth maximize their potential through our International Telementor Program (telementor.org). It’s humbling and inspiring to see what happens when teachers and mentors work together … Continue reading

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3 Questions All Students Must Answer Before Graduating

FROM THE FOUNDER | by David Neils HERE ARE THREE broad questions that all students should be able to answer before they graduate. I’ve included key sub questions for each broad area. I would strongly recommend projects where the results … Continue reading

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