Jeff Stein M.Ed.

Jeff Stein M.Ed.
Education Innovator & Executive Director FutureFirstUSA.org / AlumniToolkit.org
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Becoming a Nurse: Getting the “Real Deal” From a Former Student

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Jul 11, 2019 1:20:04 AM

#1 in a series highlighting what we learned from UC San Diego’s Create Study on the Educational Value of Alumni for Public High Schools.

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It’s Graduation Season - Time to Think Differently About Your Graduating Seniors

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Jul 2, 2019 12:30:04 AM

It’s a celebratory moment. Students are parading in gowns, yearbooks are being signed, and tears of joy (and sadness) are everywhere.  It’s graduation season and while for some it is just one more milestone in a well-choreographed plan for nearly half of all low-income students this is where it ends.  

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Why I Teach: The Transformation of One Teacher and Generations of Students

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Jun 24, 2019 9:56:43 PM

The other day I chatted with some folks about FFUSA and why we’re so passionate about what we’re doing.  As people often do when they like an idea they told a few of their friends. One of whom happens to be a teacher who, upon hearing our story, wanted to share hers.  And of course, once I read it, I wanted to share it too.

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How Alumni Can Make a Huge Difference in Today’s Public High Schools

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Apr 24, 2019 1:44:13 PM

Alumni may be the most underutilized resource available to public schools. It’s time to reimagine outdated alumni programs focused on reunions and Facebook groups.  It’s time to reinvent alumni programs- focused on alumni helping and inspiring student and teacher success.

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The Millennial Dollar Question: Are Your Alumni Helping Your Students?

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Apr 18, 2019 1:38:58 PM

It could just be that the most uniquely qualified and ready-to-go volunteers to support your students are the ones who just graduated. Known as near-peer mentors, college-going alumni are old enough to exude the clout and aspiration students are drawn to while still being relatable enough -- thanks to shared interests, goals and backgrounds. Near-peer mentors can help support students through the college admission process and offer firsthand insight and advice. 

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Alumni role models. A simple, effective and rewarding strategy to increase student engagement in public high schools.

By Jeff Stein M.Ed. on Apr 8, 2019 9:28:05 PM

How can educators motivate high school students? A key is helping them see how the effort they put into school can yield concrete payoffs in their future. Yet we all know that hearing that message from teachers is just not enough. Is there an accessible way for educators to increase student motivation by helping them see the connections between their high school experience and a productive future?

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