Friday Feature: Kayla Rooker

This week’s Friday Feature is Kayla Rooker. Kayla is a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in biochemistry and microbiology.  Kayla is inspired each day by her hard-working parents and is passionate about improving education for our world’s youth.  A fun fact about Kayla is that she can speak Chinese.  Another fun fact about her…

How can YOU help Notebook?

First of all, thank you! If you are viewing this post, then you already made the decision to see what Notebook is all about.  So if you don’t already know, Notebook is a nonprofit organization with the mission to combat poor education and emphasize the importance of creativity by visiting classrooms both locally and globally…

“Assessing the Creative Spark”

“62% say creativity is more important to success in the workplace than they anticipated it would be when they were in school” Click on the link below to read this TIME article by Jeffrey Kluger regarding creativity in our schools, government, and workplace. Assessing the Creative Spark

NPR: How Adults Can Encourage Kids To Be Original Thinkers

This NPR article, by Elissa Nadworny, highlights the book Originals through an interview with the author Adam Grant.  Originals focuses on the idea that parents and teachers should encourage risk-taking and creativity to cultivate originality within their children and students. “So the first thing is that there’s some really cool evidence showing that kids are much more likely to think…

Inspiration Station: A girl who demanded school

This talk uncovers the moving story of Kakenya Ntaiya, an educational and social activist for girls in Kenya.  The issue of underprivileged children unable to receive an education because of their race, gender, or economic standing exists around the globe and is apparent within the narrative message of this talk.  The world needs more driven…

Friday Feature: Ellen Gessert

Our first ever “Friday Feature” is Ellen Gessert.  Ellen is an art teacher at Milan Middle School who is currently working on earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology through Michigan State University’s esteemed College of Education.  Through Visual Arts education, Ellen’s goal in teaching is to enhance the lives of students by providing a…

Inspiration Station: Bring on the Learning Revolution

“So I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human…