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Week of June 18

Did you know that, in the US alone, over 13 million kids are bullied each year? Bullying is never a pleasant topic of discussion and, for a long time, it was rarely acknowledged as a serious problem in our schools. But thanks to a couple of this week’s voices, Lee Hirsch and Emily-Ann Rigal, the subject has people talking. In their own ways, both Hirsch and Rigal are part of a crusade to not only bring awareness to this serious issue, but to find ways to address it.

Lee Hirsch’s film, Bully, has created a great deal of buzz for its unflinching exploration of the impact of bullying on kids, their families and their communities. But he didn’t stop with making a movie; Bully is a movement he hopes will improve the lives, and school experiences, of millions of kids. I know my conversation with Lee, and the resources he’s making available to educators world-wide, will capture your interest.

Although Emily-Ann Rigal just graduated from high school, she’s accomplished a great deal in her young life. With a clear vision of her life’s mission, Rigal founded WeStopHate, a non-profit program with a mission to raise “teen-esteem” (self-esteem in teens) through online videos and social media. I found my interview with Rigal inspiring – I hope you will, too.

This week, we’ll also hear from Dr. Lance Bush, President and CEO of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Bush is at the forefront of STEM education, leading an organization with learning centers around the world designed to spark young people’s interest in science. Also, be sure to check out our conversation with Mamta Patel, another STEM advocate using space exploration to inspire students – especially girls – to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Have a great week, and be sure to check in with Daily Edventures throughout the summer. School may not be in session, but we’ll continue to share inspiring stories and opinions (like this one from Angela Maiers) from teachers, policy-makers and others who are advancing innovation and creativity in education.

– Anthony

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