ABOUT Kelly Burnes

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Kelly Burnes is a policy analyst in New York City whose current research focuses on the early childhood care and education workforce sector. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, both from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She previously worked for municipal government in Atlanta, GA, addressing environmental issues, land use and transportation planning. Her personal research interests include the broad area of climate change—sustainable development and renewable energy—and examining ways to tie social media to these issues to elevate public awareness and education. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, such as running, biking, hiking, kayaking and rock climbing.

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Education Headlines – It’s All About Jobs

Posted 9 March 2013 by Kelly Burnes

With all the news about education floating around out there in the digital media space, it can kind of make one's head spin. This past week, I spent some time scanning for news articles on the topic. Below are some of the stories I found particularly interesting. And you'll notice a theme - jobs. It's all about jobs. U.S. education policy has the end zone in sight - to be competitive, to stay economically viable, we have to prepare our... Read more

Are Museums Outdated?

Posted 29 January 2013 by Kelly Burnes

It’s been blustery cold here in New York City. Despite the weather, I was determined to visit the American Museum of Natural History. For one with a background and such an interest in science, I felt it was almost a cardinal sin to have dwelled in this city fore nearly 6 years without once having ever visited. So I picked the coldest day to travel to the upper west side. Four floors, four hours later, fatigue had set it. It’s... Read more

Science Crisis and Community Participation

Posted 10 January 2013 by Kelly Burnes

I have been reading a few research papers concerning the state of science education, both nationally and internationally. One paper out of Australia had mentioned they were experiencing a "science crisis". Granted, this paper from the Australian Council for Educational Research was published in 2007. We hear about STEM here in the US every now and again. And in fact, we will probably hear less of it since that monster truck marathon election from last year is behind us. Maybe Fox... Read more

Science Makeover

Posted 16 December 2012 by Kelly Burnes

This is the first in a series of posts on a topic I've decided to investigate further…Making Science Sexy! (Or at least sought after in a PG-13 or G-rated, age appropriate sort of way.) Science needs a Madison Ave makeover. All the Fortune 500 companies - technology companies, lifestyle brands, you name it - they all have fancy marketing campaigns and spend millions of dollars to get their product out front in the face of consumers. Currently, those companies, manufacturing corporations... Read more

Willing to Die for an Education

Posted 25 November 2012 by Kelly Burnes

Attacked for promoting secularism. At age 14, sitting on a school bus, a gun aimed at her head, a bullet just grazing her brain, all because she wanted an education. Malala Yousafzai, a student, one of the youngest education activists, shot by the Taliban for promoting secularism. At age 11, Malala started writing a blog for the BBC Urdu. Her blog entries reflected her life - being with her friends, her family, her school and her studies. While her writings... Read more

Education Air

Posted 25 October 2012 by Kelly Burnes

Education Air – Flying by the seat of our pants! The topic of education seems to always be in the news. It came up during the past three presidential debates, though it was only mentioned a handful of times. To be fair, we do have a lot of other problems to deal with; however, I am of the opinion that righting the education system could right many of our other problems as well. A few weeks ago, New York City again played... Read more