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"Good judgment, listening to others and willingness to work with people with whom you may not always agree are all hallmarks of a successful leader." U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told a group of students on March 25th at the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) in Washington, D.C.
LaHood warned the students about the dangers of texting or talking on cell phones while driving. “Distracted driving is a real epidemic. You all do it and you all know you shouldn’t,” he said. LaHood said the conference participants could demonstrate leadership in their schools and communities by helping to end distracted driving among their peers.
As Secretary of Transportation, LaHood heads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. Prior to being appointed the Department of Transportation by President Obama, LaHood served for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois. Before beginning his career in government, LaHood was a junior high school social studies teacher.
An article in NorthJersey.com says that in most schools, the traditional progression for science classes goes from biology in 9th grade, to chemistry, then on to physics. This progression assumes that high school students can't understand physics until they've taken trigonometry and calculus. An innovative New Jersey teacher has created curriculum to get his 9th grade students excited about physics, without using the upper level math usually required. Read the full article here .
Sign language can be an effective tool to teach your students, even for those without hearing loss. Click here to read how Leslie Briggs,a teacher from Logan, Utah, is using sign language in her classroom to manage behavior, improve literacy and help her students learn.
Again this spring, some 10th, 11th and 12th graders attending the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) will have the honor of participating in The Civics Connection, a series of webcasts broadcast to classrooms nationwide, designed to help students understand the inner workings of the United States Congress. The Civics Connection is a partnership between the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government. During each webcast, the scholars pose questions and interact with former members of congress, as they discuss political issues in today’s society.
On Wednesday, March 2nd at 2 p.m. Eastern time, you can watch our NYLC students discuss "The Experience of African American Lawmakers" with two former Representatives. If you would like to view the webcast live, click here to register.
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