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Higher Education Attendees at the National Middle School Association’s 37th annual conference in Baltimore learned the value of believing in oneself. BY KEVIN WOO AMERICANS ARE TOLD AS CHILDREN THAT WITH SOME EFFORT WE CAN GROW UP TO BE POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, LAWYERS, DOCTORS OR EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. But if you’re born to a mother with a third-grade education, raised in one of Detroit’s poorest neighborhoods and an under-motivated student with a bad temper, your options can seem limited. It seems unlikely that given those circumstances you would eventually become one of the world’s greatest neurosurgeons, the first neurosurgeon 54 in U.S. history to successfully separate twins who were conjoined at the back of the head, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, a best-selling author or a 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Dr. Ben Carson is all of those. Carson shared his story of childhood hardship and professional success during his keynote speech at the National Middle School Association’s (NMSA) 37th annual conference. The three-day event was held last November at the Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center. “I was fortunate enough to have a mother who believed in me when no one else did, and she refused to allow me to fail,” Carson told the 7,200 middle school teachers and administrators who attended the event. “When everybody else was outside playing, we had to read books. In the process of reading those books I read about a lot of successful people, and I came to realize that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. It’s not somebody else, some outside influ- one+ 06.11 ALL PHOTOS: NANCY ANDERSON CORDELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + June 2011

One + June 2011
Energy of Many
Paradigm Shifts, Part I
Ask the Experts
Web Watch
Recognizing Individual Excellence
Sound Off
Art of Travel
River Mason
Top Spots
Plan It Forward
Great Thanking
Running on Defaults
The New Mobile Workforce
World Wide Open
Higher Education
Progress Through Technology
Step by Strategic Step
Meeting Rxcitement
Tame Social Media Chaos
Meeting Against Meat
Re-Designed for the New Rules of Engagement
Industry Insights
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + June 2011