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09 Jan Starting the new on a positive note…

Data2insight is excited to start the new year with a partnership with the Pfaendtner Research Group to provide formative evaluation of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training.  The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.  For FY2017, there are three priority areas:  (1) UtB, (2) INFEWS, and (3) any other interdisciplinary research theme of national priority....

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26 Dec Multicultural December!

December is a month of multicultural holiday celebrations.  According to Education World, the following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year: Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) St. Lucia Day (Swedish) Hanukkah (Jewish) Christmas Day (Christian) Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian) Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) Kwanzaa (African American) Omisoka (Japanese) Yule (Pagan) Saturnalia (Pagan) As we push our way into a new year, data2insight encourages you to check out Education World's website for assistance in helping to take advantage of the "multicultural teachable moments" that December provides.  ...

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19 Dec Celebrating #GirlBosses

Recently, Elle magazine featured an article highlighting and celebrating #girlbosses titled, "23 Female Entrepreneurs Under 30 Who Are Bossing Life." From pulling pints in a pub to self-fund their business ventures to funding business education for women in rural India from selling sportswear, these twentysomething women reveal the inspiration behind their businesses and how they made a success out of their dreams. Among the group, you can read about the following #girlbosses and more: Hayley Smith; 28; Owner of Boxed Out PR, a campaign that provides free sanitary products to homeless women Roshni Assomull (27) and Shaleena Chanrai (26); Co-founders of Bella Kinesis, a sportswear brand funding business education for women in rural India Margot Radicati di Brozolo; 28; Founder, YourMind, an online network offering practical tools to help users overcome fears, worries, or sadness Morgan Dowler; 24; Director of Love Me…(And My Secret), a lingerie brand creating post operation and mastectomy bras for women Data2insight is happy to lift up these entrepreneurs under 30 who are Bossing Life!...

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12 Dec data2insight is Giving Back

Data2insight is giving back to the local community.  On December 14, 2016, from 845 am to noon, data2insight team members will be giving back at the Cherry Street Food Bank, located at 711 Cherry Street in Seattle. The Cherry Street Food Bank is part of Northwest Harvest.  Fighting hunger since 1967, Northwest Harvest distributes food to more than 380 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools statewide.  The Cherry Street Food Bank in downtown Seattle, severs their neighbors in need in a manner that respects their dignity. Mondays and Wednesdays are full service days.  Clients can “shop” for groceries such as rice, beans,oats, pasta, and produce. For those needing a no-cook option they can choose a ready-to-eat sack lunch made fresh by our volunteer Sandwich Brigade. Everyone is encouraged to take fruit, vegetables and bread. Data2insight hopes that you will be encouraged to also give back to your community....

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05 Dec Feature Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Have you seen the Seattle Times' article discussing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound creates bonds that can last into adulthood and is part of The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.  It has a few school-based programs, including “MentorU,” starting this year at West Seattle High School.  Mentors there will help guide students academically, including with choices about college.  Most matches follow a more free-flowing structure.  The organization asks that “Bigs” meet with their “Littles” at least four hours a month.  What they do is up to them. Did you hear about the award?  Congratulations to Jolynn Kenney, Vice President of Puget Sound Big Brothers Big Sisters, for receiving the Skip Walsh Award at its National Conference.  The award is given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters executive who, through excellence in his or her own agency work and generosity, provided resources, support and encouragement to colleagues and has strengthened BBBS’ mentoring services to children. Data2insight is proud to be teaming with such an amazing organization....

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21 Nov In Remembrance

Pauline Reiter, a dear friend and mentor to data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a yearlong battle with cancer. In May 2016, a memorial service for Pauline was held at Ohev Shalom, the family  synagogue of her son Scott.  Scott, his three kids, and a couple of his friends delivered meaningful talks and his community unveiled their new ice cream cart (seen in the picture to the left). Inspired by Pauline's love of ice cream, the synagogue has launched the Ice Cream Bike, named "Pauline's: A Vehicle of Good." To learn more about her legacy, visit http://ostns.org/paulines.  You can also donate at http://ostns.org/donations_new (Pauline’s: A Vehicle for Good is available in the drop down list). Data2insight has benefited greatly over the years by Pauline's friendship and mentor-ship.  We hope you will join us in supporting her legacy.   ...

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14 Nov data2insight Represents at ASTC 2016 Conference

How can science centers and museums become more welcoming and safe places for members of the transgender community?  Data2insight's Frieda E. Smith, head of finance and operations and senior consultant, and Kaden Borseth, director of teen and family programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, explored this question along with attendees in a session at the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) on Monday, September 26, 2016. At the beginning of the session, Borseth shared a resource called the Genderbread Person, which helps to illustrate the differences between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and romantic or sexual attraction. Want to read more?  Check out this blog post where Emily Schuster recaps the important information shared during the workshop, titled Talking About the T in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender).  It was the first transgender focused workshop to be selected for presentation at an ASTC conference. Data2insight is thrilled to be associated with this informative and timely workshop.  We hope to continue to help educate folks on how to be culturally competent when it come to their trans colleagues, guests, friends, and family....

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07 Nov Sharing Insight: Inequities in K-12 science

Data2insight supports the mission of Change the Equation, which "works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs." In a recap of the Nation's Report Card's good news, Change the Equation provided additional information, stating the following: Since 2009, the nation's science scores rose in both fourth and eighth grades.  Even more encouraging, black and Latino students gained on their peers, narrowing some of the gaps in student performance that have bedeviled education reformers for decades.  Yet poor and minority students continue to lag far behind. As data2insight continues to do its part, we are happy to see evidence of improvement but look forward to further helping bridge the gap....

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02 Nov data2insight returns from Atlanta

Did you miss data2insight at the AEA Evaluation 2016 Conference?  This year's conference was held October 24-29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia with the theme of Evaluation + Design. Data2insight successfully participated in and presented various sessions.  If you missed out on any of our presentations, or want to learn more about what we covered, head over to our AEA 2016 page and review copies of handouts and PowerPoint slides!...

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