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Overcoming World Hunger
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Enjoy this mock interview discussing the causes and effects of hunger around the world.


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Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty
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Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty is a podcast that introduces an initiative to help administrators as they decrease the number of disciplinary incidents related to bullying. A student's perspective toward bullying sets the tone as the podcast begins. Dr. Jackie Hester narrates during the podcast and gives strategic tips for administrators. A fictional classroom drama depicts a potential scenario if bullying is not addressed.


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A book review on Evermore by Alyson Noel
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Alyson Noel’s Evermore will keep you interested to the very end. Noel’s writing flows beautifully throughout the novel. She creates characters that are in very unrealistic situations yet have very real personalities. The main character, Ever, has psychic powers. Noel builds up these powers throughout the book. Noel manages to get them to make sense and stick to their own logic throughout the book. Ever’s powers make her both a strong character, but also a vulnerable one. Throughout Evermore, Alyson Noel keeps the reader’s full attention with beautiful writing and complex, interesting characters.


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A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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This book review is on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and is believed to be one of the best books ever written.  It gives the reader a different point of view of the war in Afghanistan and how things have changed since the war.  Also, the storyline is so intriguing and mystifying, you can’t help but get attached to the characters.  The book is recommended to anyone looking for an unforgettable story that will take them through a journey of love, hate, and forgiveness.


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Philosophy for Kids
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Philosophy is the study of wisdom.  Philosophers like Confucius and John Locke taught many ideas that we currently call "character education".  This podcast explores the ideas of character and wisdom through pictures of school events.  The podcast is designed to be paused after each quote to allow for class discussion. 


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How Would You Feel? A Public Service Announcement about Bullying
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There are three types of students in American schools today; bullies, victims, and bystanders. Each type of student is uniquely affected by the violence and cruelty perpetrated by bullies on their helpless victims. In this video podcast, students share the characteristics of both bullies and victims and explore ways in which all students can help stop the abuse. The theme of the video podcast is "How Would You Feel", and is designed to evoke an emotional appeal that will hopefully help all three types of students break free from the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in middle schools and high schools. The podcast ends with ways that students can help stop bullying.


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Bullying vs The Golden Rule
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"Bullying vrs The Golden Rule" gives examples of making positive choices and how your choices effect others, either positively or negatively .  The Stars show and discuss character traits that will help you follow the golden rule and NOT be a bully.


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Teaching Compassion Film and Composition
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This is an easy-to use lesson plan that anyone can follow. Students view a very short film and respond in writing, learning a lesson about empathy.

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A Busybody's Guide to Improving the World
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In "This I Believe" podcast written by Brigid Daull Brockway on how she was driven to make an impact or do something extraordinary in the world. This podcast emphasizes the idea that we--as individuals--can and have the responsibility to make a difference.

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