The pending teacher shortage crisis in both math and sciences is well-known, lesser known are the successes of institutions of higher education to address the need for STEM educators. In this report, Nada Djordjevich, Executive Director of Gibson and Associates, reviews some of the the efforts of California State University East Bay in addressing this problem and solving this crisis.
Straight Man by Richard Russo Fast Times at a Pennsylvania College Hank Devereaux, interim English department chair at a small, poorly funded Pennsylvania college, suffers from a case of "arrested adult development." He has destructive prankster tendencies, misgivings about his career, and is troubled by his relationship with his father, a well-known professor of trendy … Continue reading Fast Times at a Pennsylvania College: A Review of Richard Russo’s Comedic Novel, Straight Man
Cycling in Oregon, and a reflection on river rafting, leadership, and the joys of camp coffee.
Impossible Vacation by Spalding Gray My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay, Impossible Vacation doesn't really work as a novel. It reads like one of Gray's monologues. And if you've heard Monster in a Box or Sex and Death at Age 14, then the protagonist, Brewster North, his mother, and his journey, will be familiar … Continue reading And Don’t Forget to Pack Your Neuroses
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam My rating: 4 of 5 stars According to Robert Putnam's book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, the communal working class suburb is an anomaly in a nation increasingly governed by the old Groucho Mark joke, "I don't want … Continue reading Friends don’t let Friends Bowl Alone
Opening Mindsets an interview with Stanford University professor Dr. Carol Dweck conducted by Nada Djordjevich for On the Page magaazine. Dr. Carol Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, answered questions posed by OtP editor Nada Djordjevich. Dr. Dweck is a recognized leader in the study of personality and the … Continue reading On Developing a Growth Mindset
When I left New York City to move back to California, it was in part, because as an avid cyclist I found it difficult to navigate the city and felt walled in by concrete. Recently I returned to find that the city had changed dramatically. Two years ago when I had visited, the City Bikes … Continue reading On visiting New York