STEM or STEAM? We’re Missing the Point

STEM education is one of the most talked about subjects in our country today — and for good reason. We see STEM camps, STEM courses, and STEM majors being discussed at all levels. From our K-12 system and post-secondary institutions to business, industry and government, a lot of people are focused on — or at least have something to say about — STEM education.  Some go as far as to say that STEM is Continue reading

Commencement and Refugee ELLs

GradHatCongratulations grads! What an important day and milestone. With graduations ceremonies everywhere, I have been reflecting on the word “commencement” and what it means in the world of ELLs, specifically refugee ELLs.

In addition to our understanding of commencement as “a ceremony or the day to confer degrees and diplomas”, Webster’s dictionary also defines commencement as “an act, instance, or time of commencing”.   It is a time to mark the beginning of something and not the end.  For me, commencement is full of promise.  I have to admit that I like to think about words, so I took a look at the synonyms. Continue reading