What we're reading - June 22nd, 2015

Disenchanted Students Find Success at Options High School in Bellingham - Bellingham Herald (6/22/15)

Michelle Wilhelm thought her first classroom would be full of little desks, the walls covered in crayon drawings. Instead, the tables are large and the bookshelves crammed with young adult and classic novels. A high school full of students who chose an alternate path to education wasn’t in her plans. But it was in her past. Wilhelm, the English teacher at Options High School, was one of those teens disenchanted with school. Read the full article.


3 Summer Fixes for Bad High School Grades - US NEWS (6/22/15)

A bad end-of-year report card can put a damper on the start of summer for teens and their parents. "I definitely think it can be frustrating for parents and they may not know what direction to go in and try to help their student," says Dominique Foster, guidance director at Prince Edward County High School in Farmville, Virginia. When a student gets poor marks, especially if he or she is usually an A or B student, parents may not know what to do. Read the full article.


The 30 most successful Stanford alumni of all time - Business Insider (6/17/15)

This year, Stanford University topped our lists as the the best and most selective college in the US. As such, it attracts an extremely talented and intelligent study body. The northern California university has educated household names including Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, golf legend Tiger Woods, and US President Herbert Hoover. Read the full list. 


UA Alumni Couple Step up Efforts in Support of LGBT Community - AL.COM (6/21/15)

After more than four decades as a successful and mostly private same-sex couple, University of Alabama alumni Elliott Mitchell and Clark West are taking on new roles as advocates. Emails and calls poured in from far and wide after they spoke out about what they saw as their alma mater's indifference to the same-sex marriage debate and challenges facing gays and lesbians. Read the full article.