Education

Celebrating Pi Day

The irrational number "Pi" is celebrated every March 14th (3/14) as a day to focus on math education here in Rochester and around the world.

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RCSD Releases Human Capital Report

Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard released a report from an education consultant that is critical of district practices and teacher performance appraisal.

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1370 Connection: Education Policy Series

Airing throughout March and April

 

 

1370 Connection's Bob Smith takes a look at the issue in a series of special interviews.

Noteworthy Moments in Women's History 2011

Airing throughout March on WXXI Radio

Kitty Van Bortel presents a series of vignettes that highlight a few of the many remarkable women in American History.

Urbanski Says RTA Working on its Own Reform Plans

WXXI's Bob Smith interviewed Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski on reform and his union's plans for city schools.

The Cat and the Hat Knows A Lot About That! Marathon on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 8:00am

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with the Cat in the Hat and all his friends!

MCC President Anne Kress on WXXI-TV

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Monroe Community College President Anne Kress on Need to Know Rochester.

Teachers' Union to Launch TV Ad Campaign

A major New York State union is going on the air with television ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts.

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MCC President Anne Kress on 1370 Connection

Monroe Community College President Anne Kress talked with WXXI's Bob Smith about the challenges, and the opportunities, in the years ahead for public higher education.

Gold box

Chris Van Hof lent me a copy of the book "Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music" by Angela Myles Beeching. Violinist Philip Ying calls it “the ultimate Swiss army knife for the young musician,” and the more I pour over it, the more I think it contains a lot of good advice for anyone working in a creative field.

Beeching oversees the career center at New England Conservatory of Music, and in this volume she summarizes the counsel she offers aspiring musicians, including tips on practical matters such as web-site design, managing money, and using social networking tools.  As a professional church musician, I found this tip helpful; “Avoid playing more than twenty-five minutes without a five- minute break.” (Okay, I can do this if that five minute break includes chocolate!)  Beeching also extends this advice to any physical activity: gardening, typing, sports, etc.  Take breaks, she urges.  She recommends daily exercise, soaking in the beauty of nature, and carving out time for non-musical activities.

Here’s some general advice she gives career counselors working with musicians: “Look for the light in the eyes.”  Your eyes reflect your true passions.  

Finally, this gem. Israeli composer Lio Navok’s compares the artist’s creative internal fire to a small, gold box.  “It’s something absolutely personal and irreplaceable in each of us that we need to safeguard,” he says.   I have a gold box.  You have one, too.  Hold it close.

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