1311, 2014

Talent Thursday: Open House – To Attend Or Not to Attend

One of the most prominent, industry-leading companies is hosting an Open House. I mean they have the coolest headquarters, are fully invested in their employees’ well-being, and would be the best career starter that you could ever think of. It’s your dream company. You know it wouldn’t matter what job you were doing, working at this company is a success on its own.

The answer here is obvious: You should attend the Open House. However:
The Open House flyer clearly states the company is seeking experienced professionals. You have no experience.
You have submitted several (well, 25 to be exact) job […]

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1111, 2014

Tuition Tuesday: Why You Should Volunteer

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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This is one of my favorite times of the year. For Texans, the weather has finally cooled down; for sports fans, we have multiple seasons occurring; but most importantly, there are numerous opportunities to give back to our communities and others.

While I personally believe that you should volunteer all year long, there are tons of events taking place over the months of November and December. Please remember that numerous organizations and causes need our help throughout the year! This holiday season, let’s give a part of ourselves like we’ve never given before because all of us can […]

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711, 2014

Molina Early Literacy Network Hits a New Turning Point

The Molina Early Literacy Network, representing 3,300 students, hit a new turning point on October 28 as principals representing the entire feeder pattern—all five elementary schools, the neighborhood middle school, and two high schools—came together with community and business leaders representing more than 20 organizations at Catholic Charities’ Santa Clara Regional Community Center.

The group used local data—on pre-K access, Kindergarten Readiness, early literacy, and parent needs—to identify barriers and surface potential community solutions.

Two key themes emerged from the discussion:
With data demonstrating that nearly one out of five incoming Molina 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders experienced significant summer learning […]

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611, 2014

Commit! Partnership Makes Waves at StriveTogether National Convening

Several members of the Commit! Partnership team had the pleasure of attending StriveTogether’s annual National Convening, this year held in sunny San Diego October 15-17. Coming off last year’s convening right here in the Big D, the theme for this year was “Making Waves” to move outcomes. With more than 50 communities in attendance representing more than 5.5 million children, the convening provided an ideal opportunity to learn what’s working elsewhere and surface ways we can continue to improve our work to help drive student achievement in Dallas County.

A few key areas of action came out of the convening:

Modeling […]

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611, 2014

Talent Thursday: 3 Lessons Students Can Learn from Election Day

Zareen Wajid, Talent Acquisition Specialist
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Election day occurs the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Yeah…Thank goodness, it’s just words we have to decipher and not a complicated calculus equation. Regardless, on that day, voters report to pre-determined polling locations and cast their ballot for various public officials. Now remember, United States is a constitutional federal republic, meaning that U.S. citizens elect public officials and these officials represent U.S. citizens’ needs and concerns. That’s kind of a big deal if you can’t tell. So naturally, people aren’t waking up on Election Day thinking “yeah I’ll […]

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411, 2014

Tuition Tuesday: Become a Master Chef

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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As the holiday season approaches, I find myself wanting to attempt new recipes. Please be aware that I do not cook, so the word attempt is very accurate! My friends often laugh because I watch Food Network and know a lot about food. Although I watch several shows, my favorites are those that display creativity, i.e. Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen.

I love them because they throw challenges at competitors. The chefs that win are always able to create something delicious, no matter what ingredients or circumstances they are forced to cook under. But why? These chefs […]

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3110, 2014

Talent Thursday: First Ebola Diagnosis – Lessons learned for New Graduates

Zareen Wajid, Talent Acquisition Specialist
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If you haven’t heard by now, the United States recently diagnosed its first Ebola patient. It has been a couple of weeks now, but the topic is still very much new. Of course, there have been challenges containing the Ebola virus worldwide, but there have also been plenty of lessons learned. Before I dive into the lessons learned, let’s take a moment to list the various crisis management aspects that have surrounded this horrendous virus.
Sudden fear and panic
Limited knowledge of the virus
Lack of resources to combat the virus
Lots of pointing […]

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2810, 2014

Tuition Tuesday: Strategy AND Massive Action

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about success. Now while I have many different thoughts on what contributes to success, I think a lot of it essentially boils down to these two things:

SUCCESS = STRATEGY + MASSIVE ACTION

Over the course of this semester/six weeks/quarter, you’ve gotten a lot of tactical tools to help you take things to the next level. You’ve gotten the strategy you need to go out and make things happen.

HOWEVER…A lot of you have failed to take MASSIVE action on some of the things you want, myself included.

We all have goals and dreams that […]

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2410, 2014

Changing the Odds Conference Recap

On October 9, the Commit! Partnership had the opportunity to attend the Changing the Odds Conference put on by Momentous Institute, powered by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. The conference brought together hundreds of educators, mental health professionals and others who work with children to collaborate and share innovative ideas to help reach thousands of children across the state.

Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times best-selling author, focused his opening talk on the concept of “capitalization rate,” the percentage of people who actually end up achieving their full potential. Gladwell argued the capitalization rate is the best measure of a […]

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2310, 2014

Talent Thursday: The Time is Now – Apply for an Internship

Zareen Wajid, Talent Acquisition Specialist
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I know it’s only mid-semester. Academically speaking, right now you are wondering about your second exams, what grade you need on your final to pass your classes, and what classes you need to register in for the Spring semester.

I hate to break to you, but there’s one more thing that should be on your plate: Summer 2015 Internships. Typically, companies will make an intern selection at least six months prior to the start date. This means that the time is now to search for and apply to internship opportunities. […]

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