Always be learning! – Step 6 of Sammy Rabbit’s 12 Steps to Make Big Dreams Come True

Life-long learning is a great habit. You can learn from anyone. We can all learn from each other. Here is who I learned from today! What they wrote or shared either expanded my knowledge, confirmed it, or energized my thinking. Gratitude to all!

1. CNN, Emily Jane Fox: How I got into an Ivy League School

Take Away:
I’ve done so much to really brand myself and make myself very distinctive… It hasn’t just been doing these big things. It’s been countless hours tutoring kids from one of the inner-city elementary schools, stocking shelves at the library… The hunger for the American Dream is different. -Trinh  Truong, Utica New York via Vietnam

…most of my days are spent reading…by reading so much, I could engage in a breadth of knowledge. -Azhar Hussain, Southlake, Texas, High School Debate Champion

I mentor little kids at the elementary school who may be struggling in school or at home…It’s so great to feel like you are contributing to someone’s life. -Dylan Mellor, Lovettsville, High School Football Player


2. Education Week, Starr Sackstein: 8 Essential Shifts that Made Year 13 Memorable

Take Aways:
Kids need to be able to talk about learning…so we changed the conversation and are shifting the mindset…

We need to provide students opportunities to take risks. It starts with us saying ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’…

Digital citizenship is an important skill in all classes…

3. Connected Learning Today via Nury Crawford: What do 10 top educators think

Take Aways:
We have to get better at figuring out what students’ passions are, and connecting that passion possibly with a profession…Waiting until high school to do that, is to late. – John C. Carver, Superintendent

I think that corporations have an obligation—a corporate-social responsibility to facilitate conversations that will improve education. –Lucy Gray, Education Consultant, Education Fast Forward Fellow

Students need to be volunteers to learning. Learning has to be designed to draw students in, and when you do, they will want to learn. -Jill Hobson, Senior Education Strategist, Promethean 


What did you learn today? What is your philosophy and/or policy toward learning? Are you consciously passing it on to your children/students?


PILOT TEST Dream Big Day (DBD) & DBD RESOURCES – Inspire Big Dreams NOW!

Quote Regarding Dream Big Day Experience:
The impact from Sammy Rabbit’s Dream Big Day Experience was immediate. The focus on planning for the future fits our college and career focus but added the element of financial literacy. – Principal, Christine Heinrichs

DBD Pilot Participants
1.  Walnut Elementary School, Baldwin Park, CA / Walnut Dream Big Day Blogs / School Web Home Page
2.  El Monte Promise Foundation, El Monte, CA / Dream Big Day Experience Garners White House Attention
3.  Oklahoma State University Service Learning Volunteer Center, Stillwater, OK / Centsable Cowboys – Financial Literacy Volunteerism
4.  Money Smart 101 (Non Profit), Philadelphia,PA /DBD Comes to Philly
5.  Mendo Lake Credit Union, Mendo Lake,CA / Mendo Lake CU Pilots DBD
6.  Stockton University Center for Economic & Financial Literacy, Galloway, NJ
7.  Financial Families, Tim Hamilton, CFP, Pickerington, OH / Financial Families Pilots DBD
8. Ross Riskin, CPA,Orange, CT / Riskin Advisory Brings DBD to Connecticut
9. The Learning Cove, Palm City, FL / Dream Big Day comes to Palm City, FL

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The American Dream
Nasa Chief to College Graduates “Dream Big”
Robin Roberts, Good Morning America (GMA) , Dream Big, Take Small Steps
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Maynard Webb – Are Your Kids and Students Aiming High Enough?
Mark Cuban Hit Nail on the Head