30 Replies Latest reply on May 28, 2014 7:12 AM by vkajones

    Learning Pathways: March-April- Women That Have Changed the World- Celebrating International Women's Day

    vkajones

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      In a collaborative effort with educators from around the world and in honor of International Women's Day (March 8, 2014) we want to honor women that have made a significant impact on society.  These can be teachers, scientists, mathematicians, athletics- any woman you choose.


      Chose your person and discuss how this person has impacted you as an educator as well as how this person has impacted others. Include a picture and accomplishments of your person.

      Participate in our Learning Pathways Thread between February 24, 2014 and April 25, 2014 to be entered into a drawing for an educational resource.

      Note: This drawing will only become active when a minimum of 10 participants respond, which means in some cases, the drawing will take place after the above mentioned date. For a complete description and eligibility of Engage community drawings, click on the Intel Bunny Person.

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          vkajones

          Maya Angelou

           

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          In honor of  Black History Month and the outstanding contributions to society, I I would like to honor and recognize Maya Angelou.


          I first became intrigued with the works of Ms. Angelou when I read the 1969 autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.  During the 1960s she spent five years in Africa, working as a journalist and a teacher. In 1972 she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie. Since then, Angelou has continued teaching, writing, acting, producing, recording (she won Grammy Awards for the spoken word for the years 1993, 1995 and 2002) and collecting honorary degrees from across the United States.

           

          Ms. Angelou is a true Inspiring Educator.

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              Mellody Hobson is leaning in.

               

              Quite honestly I'd never heard of Mellody Hobson until a couple of years ago when I saw her on an Oprah Special about GEORGE LUCAS!  I was intrigued by this beautiful young women sitting beside this iconic director who's known all over the world for his films.  So I HAD to google her! (LOL)  Turns out this girl is the BOMB.COM! Smart from the "get go" she hails from Chicago, attended a college prep high school and later graduated from Princeton.  Began an Internship with Aerial Investments in Chicago, a minority owned investment organizations, (the largest in fact)  In less than 10 years she was President of that firm that managing over 3 billion dollars in assets.  She the youngest of six kids raised by a single mom and the only one to graduate from college.  We have a lot in common her and I!  She is just inspiring.  While I'm not a financial...ANYTHING like Ms Hobson, I do love her story of hard work and determination.  I hope she writes and book about her life.  You know the Drake song "Started from the bottom now we here"  yeah that's this girl!  Oh and as a side note....as she was in his interview...She's his wife! :-)  Okay....go on and Google her!

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                Bonnie Feather

                I thought I had read all of Maya Angelou's works. I have seen her speak in person, after I read (most of) her work, and she is a true inspiration. I have listened to her read audiobooks, and read her work.

                 

                Recently I took (almost) all of my books to a local used book store, saving only a few for my personal shelves. Two trunkloads went their way, to be shared by others rather than gatering dust and just sitting in my home.

                 

                Her works were among the few I kept. That's a testament to the inspiration I take from her. She is an exemplary human, and I believe young people everywhere should know her point of view.

                 

                ~Bonnie

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                  vkajones

                  So sorry to hear about the passing of famed poet Maya Angelou. She was a very inspiring soul.!

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                  Bonnie Feather

                  "Mom," "Mama," "Mother," and every iteration of the name in every language...

                   

                  Every mother has changed the world. Sometimes she has influenced her children in positive ways, other times in negative, but every mother has given life, and oftentimes inspiration to her biological children and chosen children.

                   

                  Sometimes even men have performed the role of mother, and I don't want to exclude them. As we learn about other influential women, let's not forget "Mother," whose very gift of life has set into motion great impact. Just as "When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane  in another part of the world" is true, so is the effect of each and every "Mother" in the world.

                   

                  ~Bonnie

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                    I think the women that have influence me the most are the ones that crossed the US to get to a new land. My favorite movie is "Westward the Women". The women crossed the western part of the US to get to Oregon to find men to marry. They were so independent; they got across with out many men; they had babies, crossed mountains, fought off Indians. I really admire their courage. If they could do that, I should be able to function in modern life with all its amenities. Let's hear it for the PIONEER WOMEN!

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                    P.S. The movie is much better than this poster makes it look!

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                      lsrdhunter@msn.com

                      I was inspired by the work of Anne Sullivan, an American teacher who unlocked doors of knowledge for Helen Keller, a blind, deaf, and mute child.  In her own young life Anne overcame poverty, the loss of her parents, and blindness.  At the age of twenty she graduated from Perkins School for the Blind before accepting a position with the Keller family. Sullivan taught Helen Keller how to communicate with the outside world by make associations between words and physical objects through the touch of finger spelling.

                       

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                      The story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller motivated me to enter the field of special education.  I also wanted to make a difference in the world of a special needs students.  Over the years my teaching experience includes work with the following exceptionalities: physically impaired, specific learning disabilities, speech and language impaired, and students with low vision.  Early in my teaching career I worked with a young child who had cerebral palsy and was legally blind.  While working together I discovered she could see some very large shapes and thick lines.  Using large paper and thick markers I was able to write word and she learned how to read.  That year I spent a lot of time rewriting books in large print.  The story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller continues to inspire me as a teacher.  I have learned to celebrate the successes no matter how small or how large and enjoy life’s journey. 


                      I would like to honor Anne Sullivan for International Women's Day.  I hope her story continues to inspire future teachers around the world.

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                        cgardne

                        I have always admired Harriet Tubman.  She was such a strong woman and such a helpful person, who risked her life escorting over 300 slaves to freedom in more than 20 different missions.  Those missions included hundreds of miles of walking, navigating through difficult land, outwitting professional slave catchers and evading the hunting dogs that were always on the search.

                        stamp1.gifShe was actually born as Araminta Ross; which she later changed her first name to Harriet after her mother.  During the time of the Civil War, she even worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse and even a spy.  After the war, she moved to Auburn New York, where she lived the rest of her long life.  What a hard-working and humanitarian who truly cared for all.HT2.JPG

                         

                        She so inspired me to never give up and to always search for various way to get the job completed.  I so loved sharing her story with my 3rd grade students and we loved singing the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd", as well as studied the stars of which she watched and used for traveling.

                         

                        HT3.jpgI feel she was definitely a TRUE TEACHER for all mankind.

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                          glen_w

                          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/97/Rosalind_Franklin.jpg/225px-Rosalind_Franklin.jpgWhile Watson and Crick received credit for discovering the structure of DNA, they were influenced by. Rosalind Franklin. Rosalind was a true pioneer in research. She used X-rays to learn about the structure of DNA. The mapping of genomes and many STEM careers are directly tied into DNA. While Rosalind was largely ignored by researchers of the time, she is gaining credit for the work done. Possible genetic engineering would not be possible without Rosalind's influence.

                           

                          I regularly remind my students of Rosalind's research. I encourage them to consider the possibility that something they do might lead to knowledge that solves problems of today's world.

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                            jtotten

                            My Kindergarten students and I have been studying about the Opera this past 2 weeks and I find it fitting to post about Marianne Anderson.  The first African American Woman to sing solo with Metropolitan Opera.  The students learned about her first when studying African American History and were excited when her name came up during our Opera studies.  Students enjoy listening to her CD every morning when they arrive to school.   They also are proud to have had the opportunity to learn about Rosa Parks, Harriett Tubman, Maya Angelou, Dr. Mae Jamison, Madam Walker, Flo Jo  and many other women who have made contributions to history.

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                                Bonnie Feather

                                I wish I was teaching next door to you! Most of my career was spent teaching First Graders (6 y.o.) and my first degree was in music/voice! I never had a classroom without a piano, and my classes sang throughout each day.

                                 

                                However, I never thought about "Opera" as a classroom study theme! It makes be breathe deeply and lift my face to the sunshine to consider it now that you have told us that it is one of your themes! I can tell that your curriculum is very well integrated to hear you describe how your students have now learned more about someone whose name they heard last month!

                                 

                                Thank you so much for telling us about Marianne Anderson. Though I had heard her name, it was pretty rare! I'll be sure to let others know more about her!

                                 

                                ~Bonnie

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                                yespmed317

                                One of the women who have inspired me to make a change in my community by becoming a teacher was Dolores Huerta.  I first heard about Dolores in high school, when we began learning about Cesar Chavez and the struggle of the farm workers.  I grew up in a small farming community and my grandparents along with my mother grew up as farm workers, so hearing their struggles really hit home for me.  I became very interested when I heard about the strength and courage that Dolores showed throughout the battle for equality.  Her determination not just for equality for farm workers, but equality for Mexican-Americans was so powerful.  I had a better understanding of my family and of myself and I knew that teaching the younger generations about these people especially about Dolores Huerta was imperative.  She was a role model that not many Mexican-American girls, like me, had and she help me find my pride in being the product of a farm workers struggle.  Picture 3.png

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                                  kpeterka

                                  I remember reading about Eleanor Roosevelt in high school. I admire her because she was a shy person, but she forced herself to be active in public life as the wife of FDR. She was a First Lady who was more than a figurehead. She also was not pretty, but she didn't let that affect her self-esteem.  She said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".  She had many other inspirational sayings. I admire her very much because despite other politicians and some of the public disliking her at times, she keep working for her ideals.

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                                    Michelle Obama

                                    She is the First African-American Lady of the US.  Michelle is married to President Barack Obama. She wears many many hats such as a daughter, wife, mother, sister, lawyer, and many more.  It appears that she does all of this so effortlessly.  Now, the First Lady is challenging all of America to turn around a troubling trend in children's health by putting an end to the epidemic of childhood obesity by eating healthy and exercising.  To me she can show any girl regardless of race that you can be whatever you choose to be.  She stands her ground and speaks her mind.  She is approachable, knowledgeable and not rigid as some of the other ladies that held the title of  First Lady of the US.  I'm inspired by Michelle Obama that I can achieve and still be whatever I choose to be.

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                                      SyedaKhadija

                                      Hi, when we turn around pages through history there are several amazing women one would like to talk about. But, in recent times, the most inspiring women in Pakistan has been Dr. Sania Nishtar, who has become an icon and an ideal for thousands of aspiring young ladies.

                                       

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                                      Dr. Sania Nishtar is the founder and president of the NGO think tank, Heartfile, which today is the most powerful health policy voice in Pakistan and is recognized as a model for replication in other developing countries. Her areas of interests are health systems, global health, broader issues of governance and public-private relationships.

                                       

                                      In Pakistan her pioneering work in the health sector has inspired new initiatives and has shaped policies on health reform and non-communicable diseases. She is also the founder of Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum and provides support to many agencies in an advisory role. She additionally sits on many governing boards and is a visiting faculty to many educational institutions. Within Pakistan, she is also a voice to catalyze change at the broader governance level as an op-ed columnist in Pakistan’s largest English newspaper.

                                       

                                      Internationally, Sania Nishtar’s scope of work has several dimensions. She is a member of many Expert Working Groups and Task Forces of the World Health Organization and is currently a member of the board of the International Union for Health Promotion and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health and many other international initiatives. She has formerly been on several international Boards, and has chaired several global campaigns and programs. She has also been an advisor to WHO on numerous occasions, has published over 100 journal articles and is the author of 6 books.

                                       

                                      She speaks to audiences around the world and has been extensively published in and quoted in the media. Sania Nishtar is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the European Societies Population Science Award, 16 gold medals and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center. Sania Nishtar holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Ph.D.

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                                        holmesg

                                        She implemented problem based learning in her class before it was fashionable.  She new  the learning styles of each of her students and created collaborative opportunities to empower students and impact learning. She had a curl in the middle of her head and would often quote the phrase "There was a girl with a curl in the middle of her head and when she was good she was real real good and when she was bad she was real bad".  I have often heard the phrase everything I learned about life, I learned in kindergarten.  Well everything I learned in life while in school, I learned from my 6the grade teacher, Ruby J. Manley.  I regret not giving her the praise when she was alive. but I use everything opportunity now to do just that.  Mrs. Manley, rest in peace.  I love you for being more than a teacher.

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                                          erroth

                                          Grace Hopper was a pioneer in computer programming and software development. She was an inspirational educator/trainer and admiral in the navy as well. Her work and vision paved a path for modern programming and software design.

                                           

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                                            I would like to share and dedicate a Poem to Malala Yousafzai, written by me. She is a women of substance for me and has totally changed my idea of Right of Education, which should not be a privilege but a right nowadays.

                                             

                                            From My Heart…           ( dedicated to Malala Yousafzai)

                                            I was afraid to go to school

                                            Afraid to see my friends lying in blood pool

                                            Why? Only because we had to make a choice

                                            “We will have to pay for raising our voice”

                                                        I was afraid to fight, fight for my right to education

                                                        Afraid of noise of explosion, that will be the result of my education

                                                        But then I saw a beacon of light, that gave me the courage to fight

                                                        Light in the form of a little girl, whose life was but a miracle!

                                            She was not afraid to achieve her goal

                                            That fulfills her aim and satisfies her soul

                                            Education!  that made her brave to standup on her toes

                                            Education!  that made her  fight her foes

                                                        We say that Education is the light of life, but she had to pay with her life

                                                        An anonymous bullet or a knife, was what she got for her right to life.

                                                        What was her sin? Was the question on lips of every akin

                                                        But she rose up, stronger, a fighter, lit up a torch for a future brighter

                                            Today I stand here, in front of you all

                                            Saying proudly, Education is for all, Embrace it or fall

                                            But I salute that young girl who stood up for our name

                                            Now our dreams, hopes and ambitions are same

                                                        We all dream of a world

                                                        Where EDUCATION is the RIGHT and is FREE FOR ALL.

                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Sabah Faisal

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                                              Yes very True. Now is the time to appreciate all the women in our world and life who have created a difference, and have effected us in one way or other, whether intentionally or unintentionally. I Salute to all those women out there, as the list is very very long and congratulate the Intel platform for coming up with such unique ideas.

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                                                vkajones

                                                Congrats to Thalia Bryant for winning this thread's drawing. Please continue to add to this thread. This is an awesome collection!