NY Education

RFP Posted: NYS Statewide Center fo...

RFP Posted: NYS Statewide Center for School Health

The Office of Student Support Services of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to operate a Statewide Center for School Health (the Center). The Center will work in collaboration with the New York State Education Department as a resource center to provide professional development and ongoing technical assistance to all school health personnel employed in all schools throughout the State (inclusive of both health and mental health personnel), and all school personnel that are involved in coordinating and/or delivering school health education.
RFQ Posted: Teacher and Principal E...

RFQ Posted: Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Qualifications for Supplemental Assessments and Corresponding Growth Models and/or Assessments for Use with SLOs to Be Used by New York State School Districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BO

In order to implement the provisions of Education Law §3012-d, relating to annual professional performance reviews of classroom teachers and building principals, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is soliciting applications for assessments that will be used as measures of student growth, either through supplemental assessments in conjunction with a growth model for use in the Optional Student Performance Subcomponent or through an assessment used with a Student Learning Objective (SLO) that will generate a growth target for one year if expected growth for use in the Required Student Performance Subcomponent and will subsequently contribute to teachers’ and principals’ annual performance appraisals. Such assessments include those previously placed on the “List of Approved Student Assessments for Use by School Districts and BOCES in Teacher and Principal Evaluations.” Assessments approved under the previous list are only eligible for use under Education Law §3012-c. Assessment providers must apply to this RFQ in order to be approved for use under Education Law §3012-d. THIS SOLICITATION WILL NOT RESULT IN A CONTRACT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.
Funding Opportunity: 2015-16 Title ...

Funding Opportunity: 2015-16 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) Basic School Improvement Grant Application

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities as required in the 2015-2019 ESEA flexibility waiver. More information regarding the approved four-year flexibility renewal can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html.
Funding Opportunity: New York State...

Funding Opportunity: New York State Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center (NYS CTE TAC)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals from organizations to provide research and support services that build effective communication links with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and academic programs at the secondary and post-secondary school-levels. The purpose of the NYS CTE TAC is to assist the NYSED in carrying out the Board of Regents reform agenda and CTE team’s mission of improving the quality, access, and delivery of CTE through research-based methods and strategies resulting in broader CTE and career readiness opportunities for all students.
Funding Opportunity: Expanded Preki...

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts

The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State.
RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaig...

RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaign

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) team is seeking proposals for a comprehensive statewide multi-media campaign to promote the importance of consuming a nutritious breakfast and getting daily physical activity to students and teachers. The vendor would be responsible for developing an impressive statewide multi-media campaign that focuses on the correlation between the consumption of breakfast and getting daily physical activity with positive learning outcomes.


Essay on how presidents can become ...

Essay on how presidents can become better at their jobs by becoming students again

A college leader can gain not only new knowledge but important perspective, writes Michael J. Sorrell.

An experienced professor's advice f...

An experienced professor's advice for new teaching assistants (essay)

Julie Dodd shares the advice she gives graduate students about to teach undergrads for the first time -- and reminds professors of their obligation to share their expertise.

Essay on what tenure-track professo...

Essay on what tenure-track professors can do before semester gets busy to advance their careers

Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice on pre-semester priorities for those who are new on the tenure track.

Essay on mindfulness during the aca...

Essay on mindfulness during the academic job search

New Ph.D.s need to conquer the negative messages they hear from themselves, writes Sue Levine.

Essay on mindfulness during the aca...

Essay on mindfulness during the academic job search

New Ph.D.s need to conquer the negative messages they hear from themselves, writes Sue Levine.

Essay urges grad students to adopt ...

Essay urges grad students to adopt new persona on the job market

When it's time for a job search, Ph.D. candidates need to drop these behaviors, writes Karen Kelsky.

BBC News Education

Primary pupils' results edge upward...

Primary pupils' results edge upwards

The performance of children in England in tests at the end of primary school edges upwards, the government announces.
Ghana universities 'targeted by IS'

Ghana universities 'targeted by IS'

Ghana's authorities are investigating several universities over links to suspected recruitment for the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials say.
Young goths 'at risk of depression'

Young goths 'at risk of depression'

Young people who identify as goths may be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, a study suggests.
Head leaves 'investigation' academy

Head leaves 'investigation' academy

The executive head teacher of a south London academy that is being investigated by the Charity Commission is to retire.
Good news for graduate employment

Good news for graduate employment

More UK graduates are in work than at any time since the recession, new figures suggest.
City's 'north-south transport divid...

City's 'north-south transport divide'

A free transport scheme causes a north-south divide in London and needs to be updated, a politician says.

US Govt Dept of Education

Another Step Forward Under the Stud...

Another Step Forward Under the Student Aid Bill of Rights

Earlier this year, President Obama unveiled a Student Aid Bill of Rights to ensure strong consumer protections for student loan borrowers and issued a Presidential Memorandum to begin making those rights a reality.
New Orleans: An Unfinished Story

New Orleans: An Unfinished Story

This piece was originally posted on the Huffington Post. The story of rebirth in New Orleans? schools since Hurricane Katrina is one of nationally historic significance ? but as is true of the city?s recovery, it is a profoundly unfinished story.
U.S Department of Education Announc...

U.S Department of Education Announces New Grants for Charter Schools Serving Low-Income Students

The U.S. Department of Education announced today a $4 million grant competition for planning and launching high-quality public charter schools through the non-state educational agency grant program. In addition, operators of existing high-quality public charter schools can receive funding to share information with other schools about best practices.
U.S. Department of Education Awards...

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $50.4 Million in Grants to Support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges, Universities

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $50.4 million in new grants to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities in a dozen states. Under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, the formula-based grants will help eligible higher education institutions increase their self-sufficiency by providing funds to strengthen their academic quality, management and overall fiscal stability.
New GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help ...

New GEAR UP Grants Awarded to Help Prepare Students for Success in College

The U.S. Department of Education has announced grant awards totaling nearly $8 million under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) that will help increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Don?t Pay for Student Loan Debt Rel...

Don?t Pay for Student Loan Debt Relief

Have student loans? You?ve probably seen social media ads, received emails, or even opened a piece of mail from companies promising to reduce your monthly loan payments or cancel your loans. But here?s the catch. These companies are doing something you can do yourself, but they?ll charge you a fee. The U.S. Department of Education provides FREE assistance to help you:


13 Things College Students Don't Ne...

13 Things College Students Don't Need

As the cost of college continues to rise, reconsider some of these expendable expenses.
3 Tips to Stop High School Seniorit...

3 Tips to Stop High School Senioritis Before It Starts

Senioritis is one of the most significant problems that all high school students face. Once the second semester of senior year begins and college acceptance letters start to arrive, it is extremely difficult for high school seniors to remain focused on the task at hand. While it is easy for students to say that they will not be affected by senioritis and that they will continue trying their hardest until graduation day, the reality is that it is only natural for motivation and effort to wane once the finish line is in sight.
High School Teachers Dish on Why AC...

High School Teachers Dish on Why ACT Scores Aren't Improving

Student achievement on the ACT, the popular college admissions test, hasn't improved in years. The national average ACT composite score for graduating high school students in 2015 was 21 out of a possible 36, according to the organizer's annual report on college and career readiness, released last week. That's basically a D-minus, says Chris Roden, who teaches English and ACT prep at Lebanon High School in Missouri.
Are Cell Phones Making College Stud...

Are Cell Phones Making College Students Unhealthy, Unwealthy and Unwise?

As a university professor, I typically preface each lecture with, "It's time to put your cell phones away for the next 50 minutes." Reluctantly, and sometimes with what appears to be great difficulty, the students put their phones out of reach. Indeed, the cell phone's popularity is increasing along with its functionality in all populations, including college students. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, more than 90 percent of college-aged adults own a cell phone.
Parents: Talk About Alcohol When Ki...

Parents: Talk About Alcohol When Kids Are 9

Parents should start talking to their children about alcohol at age 9, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics aimed at preventing binge drinking in young people. As many as 50 percent of high school students currently drink alcohol, and within that group, up to 60 percent binge drink, the authors wrote in the report, published today (Aug. 31) in the journal Pediatrics. The reason to start talking to kids about alcohol before they even reach middle school is that "kids are starting to develop impressions [about alcohol] as early as 9 years," said Dr. Lorena Siqueira, clinical professor of pediatrics at Florida International University and co-author of the new report.
A timeline of Texas' 30 years of sc...

A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court ? the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:


Akram Khan: Choreographer says danc...

Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is 'as important as maths and being a doctor'

Akram Khan, one of the most-acclaimed choreographers in the UK, has called for the Government to put dance in the curriculum saying it is as important as studying maths or medicine.

Ucas is harming social mobility by ...

Ucas is harming social mobility by blocking data on poor students, says senior MP

A senior MP has joined the growing number of critics of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), the body that handles university applications, for refusing to disclose important data it holds on students from poor backgrounds.

University to mark down students wh...

University to mark down students who say 'illegal immigrants' in class

Professors at a US university have told students that they risk failing their assignments and even their semester if they use offensive or hateful language in class or submissions.

University of Tennessee switches ge...

University of Tennessee switches gender-specific pronouns 'he' and 'she' for 'xe' and 'ze' to promote inclusivity

Gender-neutral pronouns for transgender and queer-identifying people - such as "xe" and "ze" - are being encouraged at a second university in the US.

London company's 'Solar Classroom i...

London company's 'Solar Classroom in a Box' project aims to change the face of education in Africa

You?d be surprised at what some cables, four batteries, a set of solar panels, and a 3G satellite connection could achieve, but that?s exactly how one UK-based computer company will be changing lives in one of the world?s poorest nations.

Shortening the school week to 4 day...

Shortening the school week to 4 days has a 'significantly positive impact on student academic performance', say US researchers

Shortening the school week to four days would have a significantly positive impact on pupils? academic performance, particularly in maths, according to a new study.

Education Week

Colorblind Education Is the 'Wrong ...

Colorblind Education Is the 'Wrong Response'

Discussing race openly in schools can lead to better outcomes for students of color, write Dan French and Warren Simmons.
Landscape of Children's TV Shifted ...

Landscape of Children's TV Shifted Beneath 'Sesame Street'

The deal sending the show to HBO reflects a world with vastly more programming for children on more channels than when "Sesame Street" first launched.
Big school districts contract for c...

Big school districts contract for compostable lunch trays

School 'permanent record' more than...

School 'permanent record' more than a scare tactic

Group renews complaint about pre-ga...

Group renews complaint about pre-game prayer

NY looks for alternatives to sancti...

NY looks for alternatives to sanctions to curb test opt-outs


The Role of Campus Leadership in En...

The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility

“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.”

With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his institution’s AccessComputing Project, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, this video presents university presidents, chief information officers, and other higher education leaders who stress the importance to higher education of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and of having campus technology environments that support it.

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The Game is Changing. What Will Be ...

The Game is Changing. What Will Be Expected of You?

“When we were doing our studies for the National Academies, the typical first response of university presidents or CFOs or provosts was to say: ‘I understand things are changing very rapidly, but I'll ask my CIO to take care of it. The CIO usually can.’ We would then ask: ‘Suppose you wake up in the morning and come in to your office and nothing works anymore. You can't access e-mail. All of your course systems have collapsed. Who fixes the problem?’ They begin to scratch their heads, and pretty soon it's like the five phases of grief. They start off with denial and anger, move through bargaining and depression, and finally reach acceptance.” — James J. Duderstadt, Change and the Research University

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The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2012

The EDUCAUSE annual publication of top IT issues has long resonated as a yearly snapshot of the most pressing issues for IT leaders in higher education. At the top of list for 2012:

Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy


Below are the EDUCAUSE Review article summarizing the IT Issues Panel's findings for 2012 and accompanying resources.

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Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYO...

Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program

This free hour-long session, “Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program,” will offer ideas, sample policy statements and guidelines, and lessons learned for campuses interested in implementing a BYOD strategy for mobile devices on campus.

Those unable to attend may wish to visit the archives after the event or browse related resources.

Interact on Twitter at #EDULive.

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Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volun...

Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volunteer Submissions Are Due June 1

As someone who has a vested interest in higher education IT, you are part of a dynamic and close-knit community where we share new ideas, network with peers, and work toward the common good of the profession.

EDUCAUSE provides opportunities to be an active member by volunteering in a variety of roles, either short- or long-term, throughout the year. These opportunities include:

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Is Agile the Future of Project Mana...

Is Agile the Future of Project Management?

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80 percent of all software development projects. Project Management Institute’s research shows that agile project management tripled from December 2008 to May 2011, and can help decrease product defects, improve team productivity, and increase business value.

Read the latest article release on agile project management from the Project Management Institute.

To help you apply project management processes at your organization, EDUCAUSE members have access to a selection of professional development resources:

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What A School Talent Show Taught Go...

What A School Talent Show Taught Goldie Hawn About Perfection

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To most people, Goldie Hawn is known as an actress, a mother and a woman who knows who she is. But before the 69-year-old became one of Hollywood's most famous faces, she was something else: an aspiring dancer.

As a child, Goldie adored dancing. She began taking classes when she was 3 years old and fell in love, dancing several days a week. Soon after she started, Goldie couldn't envision a future that didn't include dance, and she had her sights set on it being her chosen profession someday.

"Dancing was the most extraordinary experience of my life," she tells "Oprah's Master Class" in the above video. "After school, recitals, performances -- it was the very thing that I knew I was going to do when I grew up."

Goldie's parents were also supportive of their daughter's dream to pursue dancing and recognized both her drive and talent. "I'd bring home a C in school, but they weren't too worried about it because they knew, basically, what my vocation was going to be from early on," Goldie says with a smile.

 So, when Goldie's third-grade talent show came around, she knew just what she would be doing on the school stage.

"I was going to just dance and arabesque and jump and sauté and twirl," she says. "You know, I had no routine."

Goldie was completely comfortable improvising on stage to the music, until her teacher said something that made the blood drain from her face. "Mrs. Toomey said, 'Now, boys and girls, I want everybody to be perfect!'" Goldie recalls.

Being a child and therefore quite literal, Goldie immediately became concerned. "I went, 'Oh, Mrs. Toomey, I'm not perfect,'" she says. "Then my brain just went into overdrive. I just lost it."

Goldie's mother noticed how upset she was and asked what happened.

"I said, 'Mom, I'm not perfect... Mrs. Toomey said that I had to be perfect, and I'm not perfect,'" Goldie says. "Mrs. Toomey came in and my mother said to her, basically, 'What the hell are you talking about, you have to be perfect? We can't tell our children they have to be perfect because, you know what, nothing's perfect!'"


Even after her mother had stepped in, Goldie had butterflies in her stomach when she went on stage on the day of the talent show.

"I was so nervous. I still had this idea that perfection was something that I had to achieve," she says. "But when they played the music, I forgot everything, and I danced. I had the best time. And my mother was sitting out there, giving me the thumbs-up. I knew that I could fly to the beat, to the tone, to what I hear, of my own drum. I wanted to feel the expression of the music, freely, unencumbered."

The dance didn't just make Goldie feel free; it also had an impact on her teacher.

"I looked down and Mrs. Toomey was sobbing!" Goldie says.

That moving talent show may have been decades ago, but its lesson is something Goldie continues to carry with her.

"Even today, I don't like anything perfect. It's sort of [like] being encaged with a concept," Goldie says. "Living in fear of not being perfect is something that actually can destabilize us and narrow our scope of life experience. The idea that we walk around with the idea of perfection? Nothing is perfect."

More: Goldie on the most important thing a parent can do for a child

"Oprah's Master Class" returns for its fifth season on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. ET. Upcoming masters include Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Bridges, James Taylor and Patti LaBelle.

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The Role of Success Coaches and Ble...

The Role of Success Coaches and Blended Learning in Boosting Learning Independence

Charles Carver

The personalized learning movement is profoundly changing the landscape of education. In all corners of the country and countless places in between, we are seeing blended learning schools open up in larger numbers each year. The value of high quality academic content delivered in a very 21st century and digital way combined with guided support and help from face to face teachers and academic coaches is resonating in schools and also at the dining room table.

At Nexus Academy of Lansing, we employ a very special group of staff members known as Success Coaches. Our Success Coaches are certified teachers who work with their students every single day, but are not delivering any one content specialty. They are guiding discussion, overseeing academic research, providing daily college and career readiness activities, and acting as each student's go to mentor and advocate.

The Success Coaches and their students spend significant amounts of time on soft skills, such as resume building, time management, decision making activities, and countless other skills they will need sharpened as they prepare to enter college and the workforce. The student and Success Coach relationship is the bedrock of a Nexus Academy of Lansing education. They are creating GenDIY learners and adults through their daily interactions and support. Students who have graduated from our school come back and tell us that due to the nature of our school and model, they are faring very well in the college setting at being able to manage their time, balancing a heavy academic load, and also feeling very comfortable advocating for themselves with their professors. With the ongoing shift to various digital systems at the collegiate level, our former students also feel overwhelmingly prepared to handle those mediums.

The blended learning environment allows for students to be supported in a variety of ways. Not only is each student in daily and constant communication with their Success Coach, but they also receive support from their core content teachers throughout the week as well. Due to a wonderful learning management system, our students' parents and guardians are also able to be a part of the daily academic conversation due to the account access they are given upon enrollment of their child that allows them to be in ongoing digital communication with all of their student's teachers, Principal, and the student. In our model, the student, parent/guardian, Success Coach, teachers, Counselor, and Principal are all in concert with how the student is doing both academically and socially/emotionally at all times. Our students are also able to take advantage of several interventions and evening online support as they require as well.

A must have in the highly virtual learning space is the capability for the student to work on their whole self as well. By providing both a full time School Counselor and Personal Trainer we allow our students to take a step back from the computer and exercise both their (emotional) mind and physical self as well. Educating and supporting the whole student is at the core of our mission and we know all pieces must work in unison for a student to achieve at their highest abilities.

School culture is a vital piece to the successful blended learning school. Students are coming to these schools to become more independent, self focused, and engaged in their learning. Students at Nexus Academy of Lansing own their high school education, and they love that. The learning environment in a blended school must be positive, upbeat, and one free from judgement. Students must be encouraged to dig deep, do the tough research, and then share their product with their teacher or Success Coach for guidance as they progress through the given project. We allow for our students to come early or stay late so that their learning is ongoing and not dictated by a bell going off at some arbitrary time. Our students have 24/7 access to their academic content and our curriculum, that is intentional. GenDIY learners in this 21st century atmosphere have brilliant ideas that strike at 3am or while on the bus, and the beauty of a blended learning education is that they don't have to wait until the next day or week for that idea to be fleshed out and shared.

The first step to successfully implementing any parts of this model is to bring it all back to relationships. It is not lip service, relationships matter, and they must be real. As students navigate through these highly challenging and fast paced modes of learning, it is of the utmost importance that they know they have adults around them who are passionate about them, their lives, and their accomplishments. Creating a strong onboarding/orientation process for all new students and families is a great first step in the relationship building and model teaching processes. This also must continue on throughout the year, not just in early September. In the blended learning setting, getting to know one's students is just so important, as the Success Coach may be the person they spend the most time around during their high school years. The time spent with the students must not only meet their current, in the moment academic needs, but also must be planned and intentional so that Success Coach and student are working together, in unison, as they march along the path to graduation day.

The 21st century high school student is a technology savvy, independent thinker. We must not underestimate the importance of schools needing to embrace the generation of their students and use their modern day strengths to provide a highly rigorous and deeply relevant education.

About "GenDIY" Young people are taking control of their own pathway to careers, college and contribution. Powered by digital learning, "GenDIY" is combatting unemployment and the rising costs of earning a degree by seeking alternative pathways to find or create jobs they love. Follow their stories here and on Twitter at #GenDIY. For more on GenDIY check out:

Insights into Vital Millennial Skills 50 Things Millennials Must Read, Watch, Listen to and Know About Reimagining Location Based Careers and How to Get Started

Charles Carver is the Principal at Nexus Academy of Lansing.

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Problems in Finland and with the P-...

Problems in Finland and with the P-Tech Education Miracle

Is Finland the way to the future for American education? It's time to take another look! Finland is a small northern European country with a niche economy and a good record on standardized international tests. Its population is about five million people, smaller than most major cities around the world, and is unusually homogeneous - basically everybody there is Finnish. Because its students traditionally score very high on international assessments, Finland's education system and record of achievement is frequently held up as a model for the United States although the United States population is seventy times the size of Finland and its students are racially, ethnically, and religiously much more diverse. In 2001, Finnish students had the highest scores on the international PISA tests and although their position declined in 2012, they still ranked 12th compared to 36th by United States students. According to the standard narrative, a big part of the success of the Finnish education system is the country's focus on math, science, and technology education to prepare its students for 21st century jobs. It is the wave of the future and Finland caught the wave. The United States is supposed to follow the Finnish example so it can once again dominate world markets and produce top student scores on international tests. In 2013, President Obama praised P-Tech High School in Brooklyn, New York in his State of the Union Address and visited the school. Obama declared the school, which is supposed to prepare inner-city minority youth for college and ultimately for technology jobs "is proof of what can be accomplished, but we've got to have the courage to do it." While none of the P-Tech students had yet graduated from the program, let alone attended college or secured a job in the tech world, the president called for the creation of similar technology focused schools around the country as part of preparing American youth for the 21st century. According to President Obama, "In previous generations, America's standing economically was so much higher than everybody else's that we didn't have a lot of competition. Now, you've got billions of people from Beijing to Bangalore to Moscow, all of whom are competing with you directly. And they're -- those countries are working every day, to out-educate and outcompete us." That is why the United States needs P-Tech. Unfortunately the latest news out of Finland is that the P-tech miracle may not be an educational or economic miracle at all. A big part of the economic success of Finland during the last twenty years was based on the growth of one technological company, Nokia, but the Finnish tech giant hit hard times. It laid off 10,000 workers in 2012. In 2014 Nokia was forced to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft, and Microsoft then announced it would reduce its Finnish work force by about two-thirds. The problem is that governments around the world have tried to buoy their economies by training or attracting highly skilled engineers and promoting their tech industries. As global competition has increased, Finland's economy has suffered, and the country now has too many skilled technicians. The reality is that just so many technicians are needed, and it is much more profitable for companies to do the high tech work in low wage Asian countries. Fortunately for the Finnish work force and economy, Finland's government did not abandon workers to market forces. Maybe the United States needs to learn from this Finnish lesson. When Nokia started to lay off its employees, the Finnish "socialist" government provided grants and training programs to help laid-off tech workers start their own companies or find other jobs. It also required Nokia and Microsoft to help retrain former employees and finance their new efforts. Meanwhile government's efforts, not market forces, have attracted other tech companies to Finland. In 2011, Joel Shatzky argued in a Huffington Post blog argued the United States was following the Finland model, but backwards! American politicians and business leaders like their miracles simple and quick with minimum government involvement. The real lesson from Finland is that the tech industry is not a miracle economic and educational solution and that improving conditions for people and a country requires active government involvement in the economy to prevent business from fleeing to cheaper wage zones and abandoning the workers who built them. Let's learn from Finland, but the real Finland, not the Disney version.

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Around the World in 30 Days - Augus...

Around the World in 30 Days - August 2015

2015-08-30-1440946857-167567-cmrubinworldpolandphoto215001.jpg C. M. Rubin's global education report In August, global collaboration and cooperation was a recurrent theme in The Global Search for Education stories and interviews. I talked to the CEO of Edmodo, a leading innovator in K-12 blended learning, about how teachers, learning platforms, software, parents, and students across the globe can work together in new ways thanks to digital technology. And I caught up with international guests and teachers at Edmodo's annual conference, EdmodoCon, which has been called the educational collaboration event of the year. Also this month, Maciej Jakubowski (Warsaw University) shared his research on Polish Ed Reform along with his tips for the rest of the world. Anthony Carnevale (Georgetown University) discussed what's really happening with US Jobs, while Cynthia Lopez (former Film Commissioner for the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment) gave us an update on entertainment business jobs in NYC. Finally, our Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers talked about building partnerships between the classroom and the home. On August 4th, EdmodoCon 2015, Edmodo's annual conference online, was streamed live from San Mateo, California. Thousands and thousands of teachers from all over the world logged on to share the ways they are using Edmodo and other tech tools to personalize learning. Catching up with the international participants, I heard many real world viewpoints on blended learning. From Spain, Teresa Perles told me that, "Long explanations on the blackboard have definitely become outmoded in our school. Today, all classrooms have a screen on which we can project the presentations we have created or chosen beforehand, and then we share them with students; or we implement flipped teaching." Lisa Goochee, former teacher in Brazil and now at Stanford Learning Design added, "The most outdated and destructive vestigial feature in the modern K-12 space is the emphasis on standardized testing along with the college admissions and enrollment processes which rely on these testing conventions. With the digital tools we have on hand, we could liberate children to experience and demonstrate their learning in far more compelling ways via live documentation of community-based or real-world endeavors." I talked to Vibhu Mittal (CEO of Edmodo - the world's number one K-12 social learning network) and Michael Horn (co-founder and executive director of the Clayton Christensen Institute). The resources blended learning can provide to teachers and students are growing exponentially every day. Keeping up with the changes in educational technology can be a challenge. Horn notes that "We need to support teachers in this change in practice, and we need to create more personalized learning experiences for teachers as well so that we can acknowledge and certify their mastery of certain parts of their craft and support them in the areas where they need to and want to improve." Maciej Jakubowski (Warsaw University) discussed with me how Poland turned around its education system from having one of the lowest PISA achievement rates in Europe to one of the best. The story serves as an inspiration to any struggling national educational system. His advice for further improvement in Poland and abroad -- "We have to provide more support for the weakest students, while at the same time we need to better recognize different talents and find multiple ways to make them flourish within the comprehensive school system." Some interesting news about the US economy: While middle wage jobs show little signs of recovery, a new study from Georgetown University discovered there have been more "good" jobs (which pay at least $53,000 a year) than people have assumed, and 2.8 million of the 2.9 million good jobs gained in the recent period of recovery have gone to college graduates. Anthony Carnevale, the lead author of this report, gave me the scoop on this important data, noting that "Good jobs that have been prominent in this recovery include managers, software developers, physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, financial analysts and computer occupations," all pointing toward the continued importance of a college education, despite what certain pessimists might claim. And some good news for the NYC economy: I talked to the owners of the thriving Silvercup Studios and Cynthia López (former Film Commissioner for NYC) about Silvercup's expansion into the Bronx and how filming movies and TV shows in New York boosts revenue and the local economy. As López noted, "The industry generates billions of dollars to the local economy and employs 130,000 New Yorkers behind the scenes." Finally, bringing it back to the all important level of the learning journey as we head back to school, I asked our top global teacher bloggers how parents can best help teachers and vice versa. Pauline Hawkins recommended that all parties "find a common ground," while Richard Wells suggested that students should keep daily logs for both teachers and parents to look at. For more information visit cmrubinworld.com. (Photo is courtesy of Maciej Jakubowski) 2015-04-29-1430267375-4681032-cmrubinworldtwitter2300.jpg C. M. Rubin Join me and globally renowned thought leaders including Sir Michael Barber (UK), Dr. Michael Block (U.S.), Dr. Leon Botstein (U.S.), Professor Clay Christensen (U.S.), Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond (U.S.), Dr. MadhavChavan (India), Professor Michael Fullan (Canada), Professor Howard Gardner (U.S.), Professor Andy Hargreaves (U.S.), Professor Yvonne Hellman (The Netherlands), Professor Kristin Helstad (Norway), Jean Hendrickson (U.S.), Professor Rose Hipkins (New Zealand), Professor Cornelia Hoogland (Canada), Honourable Jeff Johnson (Canada), Mme. Chantal Kaufmann (Belgium), Dr. EijaKauppinen (Finland), State Secretary TapioKosunen (Finland), Professor Dominique Lafontaine (Belgium), Professor Hugh Lauder (UK), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), Professor Geoff Masters (Australia), Professor Barry McGaw (Australia), Shiv Nadar (India), Professor R. Natarajan (India), Dr. Pak Tee Ng (Singapore), Dr. Denise Pope (US), Sridhar Rajagopalan (India), Dr. Diane Ravitch (U.S.), Richard Wilson Riley (U.S.), Sir Ken Robinson (UK), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Finland), Professor Manabu Sato (Japan), Andreas Schleicher (PISA, OECD), Dr. Anthony Seldon (UK), Dr. David Shaffer (U.S.), Dr. Kirsten Sivesind (Norway), Chancellor Stephen Spahn (U.S.), Yves Theze (LyceeFrancais U.S.), Professor Charles Ungerleider (Canada), Professor Tony Wagner (U.S.), Sir David Watson (UK), Professor Dylan Wiliam (UK), Dr. Mark Wormald (UK), Professor Theo Wubbels (The Netherlands), Professor Michael Young (UK), and Professor Minxuan Zhang (China) as they explore the big picture education questions that all nations face today. The Global Search for Education Community Page C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, "The Global Search for Education" and "How Will We Read?" She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld, and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.

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Teacher Was Fired After School Foun...

Teacher Was Fired After School Found Out She Was With Black Man: Suit

A white Florida teacher claims she was discriminated against for having a black boyfriend and associating with black staff members.

A lawsuit filed by former Edgewater High School math teacher Audrey Dudek against Orange County Public Schools last week alleges that she was fired in 2013 after school administrators found out she was dating a black man, to whom she is now married.

A copy of the lawsuit obtained by WESH says that at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, principal Michelle Erickson learned that Dudek’s boyfriend was black.

“Upon encountering Dudek with her boyfriend, Principal Erickson appeared shocked and offended," the lawsuit said. "After that encounter, Principal Erickson treated Dudek differently.”

The lawsuit also claims that on another occasion, then-vice principal Anthony Serianni berated Dudek until she cried. When Dudek confided in a black security guard after the incident, Serianni allegedly complained about the teacher being associated with "those" people, referring to black staff members.

Dudek also says that during a talent show, school staff members, including Erickson and Serianni, took part in a racist skit in which staff wore "black face," "weave hair extensions" and gold teeth in a "pejorative display of 'black' culture."

Dudek was fired in 2013 on the basis of her race, gender and who she associated with, the lawsuit alleges.

A representative for the Orange County school district could not immediately be reached for comment. But in a statement sent to the Orlando Sentinel, the district said Dudek was not discriminated against.

"The district denies all allegations of discrimination by Ms. Dudek," spokeswoman Shari Bobinski said in an email. "The district will not comment any further due to pending litigation."

Dudek spoke about her time at Edgewater with the Sentinel.

"It hurt tremendously," Dudek said. "Part of the reason you become a teacher is you don't see color -- a person is a person."

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation for lost wages, "emotional pain" and "reputational injury." 

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Yale Has A College Named After A Ra...

Yale Has A College Named After A Racist, But That Might Change

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Yale University's leaders on Saturday urged a campus conversation about whether to change the name of a residential college named for 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun, a U.S. vice president and senator from South Carolina who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

Debate over the name began this summer with a petition circulated after nine black worshippers were slain in a Charleston, South Carolina, church. The petition said the Calhoun name, in place since the 1930s, represents "an indifference to centuries of pain and suffering among the black population." 

President Peter Salovey and Dean Jonathan Holloway said in a letter to alumni that weren't taking a position on the question but urging a discussion in welcoming speeches to first-year students, and "we encourage you to take part as well."

"Any response should engage the entire community in a thoughtful, campus-wide conversation about the university's history, the reasons why we remember or honor individuals, and whether historical narratives should be altered when they are disturbing," the letter said.

Salovey and Holloway posted their remarks to the students on the university's website, along with suggested scholarly readings and an internal comment site.

Salovey told the students Yale needs to confront its complex, 300-year history in a thoughtful way, and "everyone connected to Yale will have something to contribute to the discussion."

Holloway, a scholar of African-American history, said the university's benefactor, 18th century British shipping magnate and philanthropist Elihu Yale, probably didn't own slaves, but undoubtedly profited from the international slave trade.

Holloway told the students the questions of the university's identity, national assumptions about race, and their own identities are big questions that "form part of the education that awaits you."


Online: http://yalecollege.yale.edu/open-conversation

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New Medical School with CUNY

New Medical School with CUNY

The City University of New York (CUNY) has announced that they will be starting a new medical school in partnership with St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City.  The first class will start at the medical school in the Fall of 2016.  This will be an expansion of the BS/MD program that CUNY currently has...Continue Reading >

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The New SAT and the Khan Academy

The New SAT and the Khan Academy

I assume most of you know by now that the SAT is undergoing a major revision and the new version will be given for the first time in March, 2016. Many people who have just finished sophomore year have been wondering how they should prepare for this new test or whether they should take the...Continue Reading >

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July College of the Month: Lewis an...

July College of the Month: Lewis and Clark

And we?re back, excited to announced the July College of the Month is…Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon! First off, let?s talk location. Lewis and Clark has it in spades. The campus is beautiful. Sincerely beautiful. Replete with forested trails, you literally cross a ravine to get to class.  And don?t forget for all...Continue Reading >

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Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard B...

Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard Business School

Several years ago I wrote a post about why I like small liberal arts colleges for medical school placement.  The issues I addressed back then are as true today as they were 5 years ago. But, what about the student who might want a business background? Are liberal arts colleges any good for this? And the...Continue Reading >

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What are the Right Activities for B...

What are the Right Activities for BS/MD Admissions?

Several weeks ago I talked about when to start working with us and I mentioned that we helped student understand about “engaging in the right activities”.  But that begs the question, what are the right activities? Does such a thing even exist? The quick answer is that there are right activities when applying to BS/MD...Continue Reading >

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Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Cult...

Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Culture Kids

There is one large group of global students we often work with that I haven’t discussed yet: the American living abroad.  Most of these students are also considered Third Culture Kids (TCKs) as they have spent a significant amount of time growing up in a culture other than their parents’. Avid blog readers will remember...Continue Reading >

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