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Best Education Reads of 2011
In Great Education Reads of 2011, HCM took inventory of our favorite education related reads; papers, articles, books and reports. Partners Terrell Halaska and Kristin Conklin compiled the list and summaries for the Huffington Post.
The list is divided into three sections; theory, debate and research. Each section has links to compelling reads written by authors from a plethora of backgrounds. Join the discussion and check out HCM's favorite education-related reads!
A Panel about Getting Back to Basics: Patient Activism Thirty Years after HIV/AIDS
In June, HCM and FasterCures released a report entitled "Back to Basics: HIV/AIDS Advocacy as a Model for Catalyzing Change." The report notes that HIV/AIDS activists' advocacy model has the potential to help millions more, across diseases and issues, by creating a roadmap for catalyzing significant public policy change. It urges all advocates to get smart, adjust the strategy as needed, hold people accountable and learn from the legacy these activists left behind.
As a follow up to the report, HCM founding partner, Michael Manganiello, participated in a panel discussion at this year's Partnering for Cures conference in New York. The panel, "Back to Basics: Patient Activism Thirty Years after HIV/AIDS" examined how today's advocacy community can apply lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS movement to effect change in the medical research paradigm.
Confused Over Accountability and Flexibility - Schools That Soften Their Standards Do a Disservice to Their Students
In early November, partner Terrell Halaska and senior associate Martha Snyder, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times titled Confused over "accountability" and "flexibility": schools that soften their standards do a disservice to their students.
As Congress debates No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization and states seek federal waivers to avoid NCLB sanctions for missing proficiency targets, Halaska and Snyder explore the potentially dangerous impact that "flexibility" can have on accountability. They ask if accountability and flexibility can and should coexist, especially in an environment where states are trying to meet existing requirements around Common Core and Race to the Top. They also ask - who is being served by flexibility and accountability proposals - systems or students?
Wake Up Rip Van Winkle, the College Demographic Revolution Is Upon Us
In late September, founding partners, Kristin Conklin and Terrell Halaska, wrote a compelling op-ed, Wake Up Rip Van Wikle, the College Demographic Revolution is Upon Us. In this piece, Conklin and Halaska argue that Complete College America's report, "Time is the Enemy" findings are so arresting that higher education institutions must take them seriously if they are to successfully confront the growing numbers of non-traditional students failing to graduate from institutions.
As if Your Life Depends on It
October 2010 the three founding partners of HCM, Terrell Halaska, Kristin Conklin and Michael Manganiello, co-wrote an article which appeared on the blog, Good. As if your Life Depends on It argues that health and education issues are not receiving the attention, focus and resources they deserve. Halaska, Conklin and Manganiello argue that without health and education, the rapidly changing population of the United States will be less prosperous, experience slower growth and experience declines in health and education. Read the GOOD article
A Better Way to Faster Cures
Michael Manganiello and Terrell Halaska, two founding partners of HCM Strategists wrote a compelling op-ed in October 2010 for Politico. Their op-ed titled, A Better Way to Faster Cures, they present a sound argument for increasing public investments in disease and drug research and development.
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