Choose to be Curious, Life Lessons

Student-Led Research

“The headline is: students, when given the opportunity, can be scientists right now and have the capacity to produce something that could create change, right here and across the United States.” ~ Shane McCarty


Shane McCarty has taken on the challenge of transforming school-based learning. In a pilot class at his alma mater Yorktown High School, he worked with students in AP Psychology as they conceived, designed, conducted and analyzed their own surveys about school climate, mental health and social media. In four short weeks they got a taste of the complex weave of our social fabric. There was always another question to be asked…

It was a dream curiosity enterprise and I asked to tag along.

Listen to Choose to be Curious #61: Student-Led Research with Shane McCarty, PhD

Students across the country are already back or preparing to return to school right now. It seemed like the perfect time to pair Shane’s work at Yorktown High School with Anderson Escobar and Mariami Shengelia, formerly of Wakefield High School, and how curiosity helped paved their way as recent immigrants…

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 34: Back to School Special

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What is it about celebrities?

“I’m always curious about the idea — the genesis — what were they doing when that song came into their head?”

~ Dean Rogers

What is it about celebrities that so excites our curiosity – and might we learn anything from them, or about ourselves? Dean Rogers, entertainment news journalist and founder of The Rogers Revue, tells all!

Listen to Choose to be Curious #60: Curiosity & Celebrity with Dean Rogers

The great American literary figure Lemony Snicket says, “Being curious is the most important part of being a journalist. It might be the most important part of being anything.” Entertainment news reporter Dean Rogers and “hard news guy” Drew Costley would hardly disagree. This week’s “Curiosity to Go” pairing was easy: two journalists, one shared passion for telling the world’s stories. A little, five minute taste of two delightful conversations…

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 33: Inquiring Minds

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Listen to  Drew Costley on Curiosity  & Journalism.

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