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RFP Posted: Assessment of Homeless ...

RFP Posted: Assessment of Homeless Education Programming for McKinney-Vento Grantee Districts

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to design and conduct a statewide assessment of homeless education programs supported by McKinney-Vento grant funding. The study will focus on promising features of program implementation at the LEA level; outcomes for students experiencing homelessness; and academic and social-emotional program supports and resources provided by NYSEDís Homeless Education current technical assistance vendor, NYS-TEACHS.
News and Notes: New Professional De...

News and Notes: New Professional Development Materials

News and Notes: New Professional Development Materials
Funding Opportunity: 2014-15 Title ...

Funding Opportunity: 2014-15 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 identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.
RFP Posted: Special Education Media...

RFP Posted: Special Education Mediation Technical Assistance Center

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) P-12 Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to provide annual training to approximately 125 individuals who serve as New York State special education mediators, promote the use of special education mediation, provide reimbursement of mediation administrative costs to the Stateís twenty one (21) Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) and to collect and report data on the number and type of special education mediation sessions conducted throughout the State. NYSED seeks applicants for mediation training (Part I) with documented experience and expertise in alternative dispute resolution processes in special education and for data collection (Part II) with demonstrated experience in the collection and reporting of statewide data.
RFP Posted: State Performance Plan ...

RFP Posted: State Performance Plan Indicator 8; Parent Survey for Special Education Consumer Satisfaction

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education is seeking proposals for the distribution, collection and analysis of a parent survey relating to special education.
RFP Posted: Evaluation of Categoric...

RFP Posted: Evaluation of Categorical Bilingual Education Programs

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to design, develop, and conduct evaluations of all Categorical Bilingual Education Programs funded by New York State and managed by the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS). The selected vendor will design and develop protocols to assess implementation and effectiveness of all programs. Due to the variety of goals and objectives of each program to be evaluated, in addition to protocols that can be used for all programs (demographic data, evaluation elements that are common to all programs, etc.), each program is likely to also require evaluation components that are specific to that programís evaluation (See Attachment C).


Essay on how tenure-track faculty m...

Essay on how tenure-track faculty members should treat adjuncts

Patrick Iber, working off the tenure track, considers the basics on how those who have tenure-track security should treat those who don't.

Essay on how to succeed on academic...

Essay on how to succeed on academic job market while A.B.D.

Melissa Dennihy offers advice on how to juggle the tasks.

Essay on how to succeed on academic...

Essay on how to succeed on academic job market while A.B.D.

Melissa Dennihy offers advice on how to juggle the tasks.

Essay on how to get the most out of...

Essay on how to get the most out of a conference

Conference coming up? Mandi Stewart offers tips for making the most of it.

How to know when to give up a facul...

How to know when to give up a faculty job at a religious college

Brandon Withrow, discussing his own experience, describes how to tell if the time has come to give up a full-time job at a Christian college.

Essay on the mismatch between gradu...

Essay on the mismatch between graduate programs at research universities and hiring needs at most colleges

Paula Krebs writes about the need for graduate programs at research universities to learn about the colleges that will actually employ their new Ph.D.s.

BBC News Education

Norfolk schools inquiry faces revie...

Norfolk schools inquiry faces review

The investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools will be reviewed by an "independent figure", says Ofsted.
Head teachers' union NAHT joins TUC

Head teachers' union NAHT joins TUC

The National Association of Head Teachers which represents 28,500 school leaders, has joined the Trades Union Congress.
Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.
Employers condemn student visa rule...

Employers condemn student visa rules

Universities and business leaders call for changes in student visa rules, but the immigration minister says their criticisms are based on "myths".
Fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs

Fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs

New data shows fewer teenagers got five good GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams system.
'Anti-extremism' school code shelve...

'Anti-extremism' school code shelved

The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.

US Govt Dept of Education

U.S. Department of Education Announ...

U.S. Department of Education Announces Upcoming Cities on its First-Ever School Environment Listening Tour for Native American Students

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) has announced additional locations it will visit during its first-ever School Environment Listening Tour.
U.S. Education Department Announces...

U.S. Education Department Announces Final Rule to Strengthen Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program

The Department of Education announced publication of a final rule to strengthen the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program today helping more students and families pay for college, and ensuring they have the tools and resources to make informed decisions about financing their educa
Bullying of Students with Disabilit...

Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America?s Schools

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities.
Highlighting Hispanic Education Yea...

Highlighting Hispanic Education Year-Round

It?s the middle of October. The leaves are changing colors, baseball playoffs are under way, and Hispanic Heritage month ? celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15 ? just came to close.
Getting Assessment Right to Support...

Getting Assessment Right to Support Students, Educators and Families

The following op-ed piece by Secretary Duncan originally appeared in the Washington Post on Oct. 17. Secretary Duncan addressed the issue of getting assessment right in conjunction with an Oct.
Community Colleges: Helping the U.S...

Community Colleges: Helping the U.S. Become ?First in the World?

About three-quarters of college students in this country attend a community college or public university. President Obama understands the crucial role that community colleges play in helping students and our nation skill up for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.


News outlets seek access in footbal...

News outlets seek access in football hazing case

The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation. The AP joined with NJ Advance ...
High school grads to get free ride ...

High school grads to get free ride at ND college

Petrodollars can buy the finer things in life. And in one North Dakota oil county, they will be used to pay for the higher education of every graduate of area high schools, if students want. Williston ...
Two killed, four wounded in Washing...

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school. ...
Adult support of bullied LGB youths...

Adult support of bullied LGB youths tied to fewer suicide attempts

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bullied lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students are less likely to fight and attempt suicide when they feel connected to an adult at school, suggests a new study. Helping these lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) kids develop meaningful connections with adults at school could minimize the negative impacts of cyber and school bullying, researchers say. ...
Homeless and hungry, college studen...

Homeless and hungry, college students fight rising college tuition costs

sduCollege students across the country are still waging their own battles against the rapidly rising cost of higher education.

Pass or Fail? Energy Management Tip...

Pass or Fail? Energy Management Tips for College Students

Flipping through the television channels one recent Saturday, I landed on a college rugby match and had a wave of nostalgia. With more than a few years between now and my own university time, it's easy to remember the glowing memories and forget how hard it was to juggle my time and keep healthy habits. I had my share of poor sleep schedules and less-than-ideal ≠food and beverage choices. Now, I'm older and hopefully wiser and have learned how to manage my energy levels through nutrition, strategic movement and sleep. ...


Let parents take kids out of school...

Let parents take kids out of school to beat half term holiday costs, LGA says

Local council leaders have urged the Government to let up on its attempts to stop parents taking their children out of school during term time.

First fall in pupils gaining top GC...

First fall in pupils gaining top GCSE passes

The percentage of pupils obtaining the GCSE benchmark of five A* to C passes including maths and English has fallen for the first time, an official breakdown of this summer?s results has revealed.

Pushy parents putting children as y...

Pushy parents putting children as young as three into private tutoring to win prep school places

Children as young as three are being traumatised by the strain of private tutoring to get them into the best prep schools, the head of a leading tutoring agency has warned.

Nursery-age children ?should get to...

Nursery-age children ?should get tooth-brushing lessons?

Nursery-age children should be given lessons in how to brush their teeth to counter a worsening dental health crisis in the most socially disadvantaged sections of the population, experts have said.

More girls opting for science in sc...

More girls opting for science in school, BTEC results show

Science is no longer being seen as a traditional male subject in Britain?s schools, according to new vocational exam figures.

Nick Clegg launches bid to win teac...

Nick Clegg launches bid to win teachers back to the Lib Dem fold

Nick Clegg will heap praise on public sector workers today as he tries to rebuild bridges with them before next May?s general election.

Education Week

2 Dead, Including Gunman, in High S...

2 Dead, Including Gunman, in High School Shooting

A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding four other students, officials said. The gunman also died in the attack.
Alabama voters to decide school fun...

Alabama voters to decide school funding issue

Lawsuit: Hospital did not protect s...

Lawsuit: Hospital did not protect shooter records

All 3 interim school administrators...

All 3 interim school administrators in city quit

Sandy Hook panel considers hearing ...

Sandy Hook panel considers hearing in Newtown

Schools face penalties under 'flawe...

Schools face penalties under 'flawed' standards


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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Craniofacial Acceptance Month: Read...

Craniofacial Acceptance Month: Read This Boy's Amazing Letter to His Classmates

For many children, the start of the school year at a brand new school can be scary and anxiety-filled. Kids worry about new teachers, forming friendships, getting taunted and bullied -- there's so much unknown. It can be terrifying for any child. But imagine if you were someone who looks and speaks like no other kid in your school. Ten years ago, Nathaniel Newman was born with Treacher-Collins Syndrome. "Nathaniel's birth was quite shocking," recalls his father, Russel Newman. "His face was swollen. He was born with no ears, no cheekbones, severe downward facing eyes, and little jawbone." After 54 surgeries, doctors at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at New York University Langone Medical Center have made extraordinary strides to repair Nathaniel's birth defect. Yet Nathaniel still doesn't resemble his classmates. How can they truly see all he has to offer -- his vivid imagination, his creativity, his sense of humor, his love for video games, his kindness and unbridled zest for life? "Numerous parents reach out expressing concern for their child entering school for the first time or entering a new classroom with unfamiliar peers and adults," says Dina Zuckerberg, Director of Family Programs at myFace.org, which funds surgeries and care at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, so all children can have the medical services they need. "How will they handle the stares, the teasing, and the bullying? Will they make friends? What can we do to help make the transition a smooth one?" 10-year-old Nathaniel has a good solution. A few weeks ago when Nathaniel moved with his family from New Jersey to Reno, Nevada and was about to enter the 5th grade, he and his family continued the yearly tradition of writing a start-of-the-school-year letter that was sent to his peers. "We include a picture of Nathaniel. It takes away some of the shock factor but more importantly affords parents an opportunity to discuss Nathaniel's differences," explains Russel Newman. In honor of National Craniofacial Acceptance Month, click on this Parade story to read Nathaniel's letter to his classmates. And to borrow from Nathaniel's wisdom, "always choose to be kind." Nathaniel Newman 2014-09-11-nathanielterrific.jpg (Photo used with permission.)
The Global Search for Education: Ch...

The Global Search for Education: China Comes to New York

2014-10-24-cmrubinworldchinasymposium7500.jpg "Chinese traditional culture is especially important today, when the society is gradually losing its moral standards due to utilitarianism and materialism." -- Lee Shu Ping The number of Chinese students seeking to be educated in the West has received significant media attention in recent years, but what about the flipside? As the world's second largest economy continues to grow and evolve, what will this mean for the further development of higher education institutions in modern China and for their influence with educators and students around the world? Kuo Ping Wen (1880 - 1969), who studied under John Dewey (historic American education reformer), is considered the founder of the modern Chinese University. Wen was a strong supporter of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences and of women's education. On Saturday October 25, American and Chinese government officials, policymakers, education scholars, higher education faculty members and graduate students will attend a symposium on his life and work at Teachers College, Columbia University. This event is part of a longer conference on Kuo at the China Institute in New York City. Today in The Global Search for Education, I continue our East vs. West educational exchange conversations with contributors to the Symposium: Associate Professor Lee Shu Ping from the Chinese Literature Department at National Central University, Taiwan, and Yaqun Zhang, Professor in the Institute of Education and Vice Director of the Examination Research Center at Xiamen University. Zhang is also the managing director and deputy secretary-general of the professional commission of the Imperial Civil Examination Culture, China Yanhuang Culture Research Association. 2014-10-24-cmrubinworldchinasymposium6500.jpg "I think the key ways of improving the Chinese programs that exist currently are increasing core courses in natural sciences, social sciences and humanistic studies, enhancing general education, expanding the choice of courses, developing professional proficiency of teachers, and improving the assessment for courses and management systems." -- Yaqun Zhang What do you hope to learn from the Kuo Ping Wen Symposium? Lee Shu Ping: Mr. Kuo Ping Wen is an important and influential figure in the history of National Central University. I am very honored to be invited to this conference as a representative of the university. I hope to learn more about Mr. Kuo's educational theories and of their influences, which would serve as resources for my future articles about Mr. Kuo. In President Xi Jinping's recent speech on education reform, he recommends an emphasis on teaching traditional Chinese culture and values. Do you also believe this is important for students in a 21st century world? Lee Shu Ping: I agree with Mr. Jinping Xi's opinion because there are many core values in Chinese traditional culture that are eternally true. They are virtues rooted deeply within the cultured minds and souls of individuals. Chinese traditional culture is especially importantly today, when the society is gradually losing its moral standards due to utilitarianism and materialism. Generally speaking, mainland China has not done a good job in preserving traditional values. Therefore, it is not unexpected that Jinping Xi has emphasized this point. It is very important to spread the values of Chinese traditional culture. To perpetuate them in the students' daily lives would be a very good form of education. What are the pros and cons of students being exposed to both Eastern and Western education systems during the course of their school years? Yaqun Zhang: I meet graduate students that come from Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand in my courses and perceive that these students are interested in both the Eastern and Western cultures. They are readily receptive to new ideas according to their needs. I think there are both advantages and disadvantages for students being exposed to both Eastern and Western education systems. The advantages are the strict and well-organized standards in Eastern education systems, but there are some disadvantages, such as insufficient elasticity and adaptability. The advantages of Western education systems are their diversity and flexibility but their disadvantages are perhaps their looseness. 2014-10-24-cmrubinworldchinasymposium1500.jpg "Chinese students would not change their desire to study abroad even if large numbers of students from the West attend Chinese higher education institutions because the higher education of China and the West complete each other." -- Yaqun Zhang Do you think Chinese higher education institutions provide their students with a world-class higher education equivalent to the programs offered by the best higher education institutions around the world? If not, what needs to be done to improve the programs that exist currently? Yaqun Zhang: As a result of reform, China has made great progress in higher education and can provide its students with world-class courses in subjects such as traditional culture and modern science in its most distinguished universities such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University. Of course, there is a distance between Chinese higher education institutions and the best higher education institutions around the world because China is still a developing country and so it needs to improve the quality of higher education. I think the key ways of improving the Chinese programs that exist currently are increasing core courses in natural sciences, social sciences and humanistic studies, enhancing general education, expanding the choice of courses, developing professional proficiency of teachers, and improving the assessment for courses and management systems. For example, what has been done at Fudan University and what is going to be done at Tsinghua University. Current trends show that Chinese parents want their children to be exposed to a Western education. Do you see that trend changing in the foreseeable future, i.e. a day when large numbers of students from the West attend Chinese higher education institutions? Why or why not? Yaqun Zhang: The number of Chinese students who study abroad has increased rapidly in recent years. However, at the same time, the numbers of students who come from the West to China have reached a certain scale. This has been helped by the open policy of China and the internationalization trend of education. I think this trend will not change in the foreseeable future because it adapts to the objective requirements of educational and cultural exchange between the East and the West, and it is the choice of learners. Although the numbers of overseas students are not equal now, (the numbers of students from China far exceed the numbers coming from the West), the exchange of education works two ways. Chinese students would not change their desire to study abroad even if large numbers of students from the West attend Chinese higher education institutions because the higher education of China and the West complete each other. For more information 2014-10-24-cmrubinworldchinasymposiumheadbutt300.jpg Lee Shu Ping, C. M. Rubin, Yaqun Zhang Photos are courtesy of Lee Shu Ping and Yaqun Zhang. 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), Professor Ben Levin (Canada), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), 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 PasiSahlberg (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.
Arts Education: The Need for More A...

Arts Education: The Need for More Arts Teachers in School

Arts in Education Week took place last month, and since then arts education has been on my mind and in the air. A recent blog post by Alan Yaffe - here -- that contended arts education advocacy should be focused more on art-making than art-viewing got me thinking. It is true, much energy goes into trying to get K-12 students to attend arts events, and that's wonderful and much-needed. We try to organize class trips, and bemoan the increasing challenges of getting access to buses, to getting the OK to leave school for an arts experience when the pressures of sticking to curriculum and "teaching to the test" are ever-present. And arts groups do all they can to provide "enrichment", to facilitate those out-of-school experiences and to also bring teaching artists or arts education programs into schools. But ultimately, and I think virtually all arts groups and teaching artists engaged in this work would concur, the most important component is having qualified arts teachers in the school providing consistent day-in day-out arts instruction. And by arts instruction I don't mean just "appreciation" or preparation for an out of school experience, but the actual teaching of the practice of making art. And this is not just visual art and music - the two art forms most commonly offered in schools -- but dance, theater, spoken word and media arts. Increasingly, even when schools do have arts instruction, it is a single music or art teacher trying valiantly to serve an entire school, often providing only the most superficial level of arts instruction to each student, making it impossible to engage in high-level "art-making" education. When I was in Philadelphia, even before the recent massive budget woes, the school district pledged to achieve the goal of having ONE art OR music teacher in each school, and even that anemic goal was considered Utopian, given how far away it was from being attained. How do we solve this challenge? Arts funders increasingly fund robust arts education programs operated by arts groups - symphony orchestra, dance companies, art museums, etc. - as well as by arts-education-specific organizations. And even if they don't directly fund such programs, increasingly the presence and quality of such programs is an important component of how grantees are evaluated. This is a very positive trend that has supported excellent programs throughout the country. The conundrum is that with rare exceptions funders DON'T fund the actual salaries of qualified arts teachers in schools. Even if it were possible, there is a strong sense that this cost should be borne as part of the school budget - that it is an essential educational expense, and that if funders took the cost on it would be a slippery slope and send exactly the wrong message - that arts were a frill and less important than math, science and other areas of instruction. So it seems that what is needed is a refocusing or reframing of the arts education advocacy argument to more forcefully target the hiring and support of arts teachers in the schools. For all of the controversy recently around Teach for America (TFA), maybe we need an "Arts Teachers for America" program that recruits and pays artists to spend a couple of years (or more!) after school or grad school in a public school classroom as an arts teacher. Maybe arts conservatories could participate as partners, since a growing number of schools realize they must provide a more well-rounded education to their students so that they are better prepared for a career that will require teaching skills as well as business skills. Maybe the time commitment SHOULD be longer, to blunt the concern with TFA that teachers some in relatively unprepared and then don't actually spend enough time for the full benefit of their engagement to be realized. And even if the commitment is only a couple of years, maybe a significant portion of these artist-teachers would decide to stick with teaching. Maybe something like this already exists but I don't know of it. Went on the TFA website, and even if they are placing arts teachers it is not mentioned anywhere, though they do reference the need for math and science teachers. There are some AmeriCorps arts programs but they seem to be widely dispersed and local (for example, a program in Maryland that is operated by Maryland Institute and College of Art). What about a major national effort, backed by the federal government and some major national foundations that provides matching funds for the hiring of new certified arts teachers in public school, requiring local investment as well? Maybe engage arts conservatory programs in the effort too. Many of them are frankly grappling with what is the "new normal" for their graduates. Increasingly even graduates from elite music conservatories like the Curtis Institute may find that their students cannot count on a career consisting just of playing for a good living wage for a major symphony orchestra. Their career is likely to now also involve teaching, and even if they secure one of the plum orchestra spots, that job too increasingly involves education and outreach. Not to mention that increasingly artists WANT to do this work - want to be more engaged in the community, to inspire young people; to use the term promoted by Yo-Yo Ma and Damian Woetzel in their Aspen Institute work, they want to be citizen artists. Curtis has in fact just launched the ArtistYear Fellowship program, part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project. This is a very promising development, and will place three recent grads in a year-long program of bringing music into Philadelphia under-served communities and schools. But it stops short of a more extended period of actually serving as in-school music teachers with the training to do the job. An interesting related approach, which I just saw last week in action in the public school system in Nashville: The Pearl-Cohn Entertainment High School, part of the Academies of Nashville program. This school integrates the full spectrum of the entertainment industry, from making music to recording, film production, marketing and advertising - even styling - into a full academic curriculum. The school is "adopted" by the industry, which supplies donated state of the art equipment, mentorship, internship opportunities, etc. Many of the teachers are drawn from the industry with vast experience. The kids are learning because the focus area - a creative enterprise that engages them - is woven into all academic disciplines. 2014-10-23-sharedendeavor.jpg A policy statement "Arts Education for America's Students: A Shared Endeavor" was recently endorsed by Americans for the Arts and a wide array of other leading arts education organizations. This document articulately lays out the complex web of players and practices that make for a strong arts education system, and it includes a useful "venn diagram" that shows the interrelationship of certified arts educators, community arts providers, and certified non-arts-educators. And I don't mean to undermine the value of this excellent statement or the importance of community arts providers, out-of-school experiences, etc. What I do mean to do is assert that the toughest - and perhaps most important - piece of this challenge is getting more certified arts educators in the schools, with a reasonable enough workload that they can truly serve their students in a deep, not superficial, way. School budget restrictions, hiring freezes, limitations on principal autonomy - all these and more contribute to how difficult it can be to tackle this aspect of the challenge. But let's acknowledge that it still remains hugely important and we need to have more strategies to tackle it. During my time in Philadelphia I watched the School District strive mightily to dramatically increase the number of arts teachers - often challenged by being able to find enough qualified candidates - only to then have to turn around and implement massive layoffs when a huge budget gap opened. I observed first-hand that there was no substitute for an extraordinary arts teacher in the school, what a gift it was for those students lucky enough to have one of those teachers. Let's work harder to ensure more kids benefit from that gift... At the same time, when we can't achieve quality arts teachers in the classroom, lets make sure kids get extraordinary arts experience AND instruction, delivered by great teaching artists!
Change Agent Ray Cortines Rapped to...

Change Agent Ray Cortines Rapped to Lead the Los Angeles Unified School District

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been needing a shake-up for decades. Now the LAUSD school board has voted 7-0 to bring back Ray Cortines as interim superintendent of LAUSD. Change can finally occur in a real and systematic manner, but Cortines needs to be made permanent superintendent in order to carry weight and power in decision making. Ray Cortines has the experience and guts to make tough decisions that will rattle a monumental bureaucracy like the LAUSD. He will cut where budget waste is taking place. We can no longer afford for tens of thousands of youth to continually drop out of school and for no one to be held accountable. Especially when it comes to scandals related to contracts, iPads, and the fiasco occurring at Jefferson High School. Cortines makes sure that students come first. One of his major first achievements can be to implement ethnic studies courses within LAUSD. The LAUSD School Board of Education once again is showing confidence in Cortines who needs to be given ample power and independence to hire the right administrators at LAUSD headquarters and principals at various schools. Let's examine some of Cortines' history to better understand his talents and depth of intelligence. Cortines' tough early-life experiences have shaped who he is now. He was adopted as a child and he is proud of his Mexican roots. He served in the arm forces and became a coach/teacher within San Gabriel Valley area schools. He rose up the ranks through hard work. And most importantly, he was in the trenches -- in the classrooms. He understands the mind-set and needs of the poor, middle class, and wealthy parents and students. He has dealt with all social classes and ethnicities. Cortines became a strong educator and moved up the ranks of the Pasadena Unified School District and eventually was selected superintendent. He was in the middle of many battles that included desegregating the Pasadena public schools. He was a strong and vocal leader for poor minority students. He could identify with their struggles. He believed in providing a top-quality education for all children, with no exceptions. Cortines is a tough and fair leader who implements and follows through with his ideas. He does not tolerate nonsense and demands for his employees to truly care about the well-being and academic achievement of all children. Cortines takes the time to visit schools and the classroom. He talks to parents and students and treats them with dignity and respect. He learned many life lessons while he worked at the Pasadena Unified School District. Believe me; if you can survive Pasadena, then you can survive anything in life. He was terminated by the School Board of Education from the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and they soon realized what a mistake they had made. The Board had to beg Cortines to return to be superintendent, which he did. The staff at PUSD was so happy and proud to have Cortines back. He soon took on other challenging positions by becoming superintendent of schools in various major cities such as San Francisco, San Jose and even New York City. He also became a high-ranking education official in President Clinton's administration. While he was chancellor of schools in New York, he was not intimidated to take on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Cortines demanded change and improvement among all New York City public schools but clashed with Giuliani's own political agenda and personality. Cortines became interim superintendent for LAUSD from 1999-2000, then 2009-2011, and now he is back again. He now has an opportunity to reshape, restructure and create positive change at the district. Cortines is a factory of ideas and driven to accomplish change. Cortines has the energy of a 30-year-old. He is no puppet or pushover and he is independently wealthy. He has no financial interests and will not allow himself to be in any politician's hip pocket. Let's just hope that the school board trusts in him and allows him to make immediate changes from top to bottom. No sacred cows allowed - so give em' hell Ray. -- Randy Jurado Ertll is a teacher and author of the book "The Life of an Activist: In the Frontlines 24/7." www.randyjuradoertll.com
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First Generation College Students: The Optimist

Keresoma, or ?Soma? Leio comes from a tightly knit Samoan family. Through high school, he lived in a small three-bedroom home in south Los Angeles with nine other members of his extended family. The living room couch was his bed. As a student at Paramount High School, Leio was very involved in extracurriculars: he was a two-sport athlete, president of the school?s Pacific Islanders Club, played drums for his church band and was an avid Haka warrior dancer.
Closer to the Finish Line

Closer to the Finish Line

With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other school personnel, school facilities, and technology and instructional materials, and offers steps to level the playing field. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color, currently taught at higher rates by inexperienced, unqualified, or out of field teachers and provided far fewer resources than their wealthier peers. Our responsibility now is to ensure that children left behind truly benefit from these protections. The new guidance has real potential to address many of the lingering disparities after Brown v Board of Education. Sixty years after that historic court decision, the Department of Education has made it clear that poor children and children of color are still routinely denied access to their fair share of strong teachers, decent schools, and current textbooks. These actions are not only immoral, but illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The guidance states that wherever a state or district has seen fit to provide any education resource like a chemistry course, high-speed internet access, or a school counselor, it must be provided equally. This has been in the works for a very long time and was inspired by the Equity and Excellence Commission, convened in 2010 to examine and propose remedies to disparities in educational opportunities and student achievement. Years of advocacy that preceded Brown sought federal oversight of unfair distribution of resources by schools, districts, and states. But fairness must be a continuing concern as separate and unequal continues to pervade the education of children in our nation. The last time similar guidance was issued by the Department of Education was January 19, 2001, as one of the last acts of the Clinton Administration. Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, said in her "Dear Colleague letter" to states, school districts, and schools: "Students of color must not be consigned to dilapidated, overcrowded school buildings that lack essential educational facilities, such as science laboratories, auditoriums, and athletic fields, and that may not be able to support the increasing infrastructure demands of rapidly expanding educational technologies while providing better facilities for other students." While this language may sound like a familiar argument from the desegregation cases in the 1960s when "educational technology" meant film strips and slide rules, this new guidance recognizes that disparities still exist today and demonstrates a heightened commitment by the administration to eliminate discrimination "root and branch" and protect students' access to education. If students of color in a school are consigned to remedial courses and are denied a strong teacher or current textbooks, that could be discriminatory. If Advanced Placement courses are offered only in schools with the lowest enrollment of Black or Latino students, or if the only district school without air conditioning is the one most Latino students attend, or if the math teacher assigned to English language learners is the only math teacher without a major or minor in math, this may be evidence of discrimination in the distribution of educational resources. The Civil Rights Act protects students both from intentional discrimination and from discrimination that rises from the disparate impact of policies and procedures on student groups by race. This new guidance is good and long overdue news for poor students and students of color in education. The next step is ensuring what is promised is delivered. Students, parents, educators and community members who suspect children are receiving less than their fair share should seek to learn more, address problems they see, and file complaints with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights when disparities are not addressed. Monitoring of enforcement is essential if the neediest children are to benefit. Every child deserves a level playing field and a fair chance to succeed.


Is that BS/MD Program a Guaranteed ...

Is that BS/MD Program a Guaranteed Program?

There is a lot of confusion with BS/MD programs and the word “guaranteed”. I have had several administrators of BS/MD programs tell me that their program is not guaranteed. †So, what does it mean when I say that a program has a guaranteed acceptance into medical school? It means that under normal circumstances, once you...Continue Reading >

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Do You Need to Apply to a Safety Co...

Do You Need to Apply to a Safety College?

I just read an article on another site that argued that it is easier now to get into a selective college than it was 30 years ago. The argument is that some selective colleges have added seats in the last 30 years and some colleges that didn’t use to be selective now are so those...Continue Reading >

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When to Submit Different Parts of t...

When to Submit Different Parts of the College Application?

This time of year I get many questions about when the different parts of the application need to be submitted. For instance, what happens if a recommendation letter gets sent before the application? †As it happens, the answer is very simple. It does not matter one bit the order in which colleges get different parts...Continue Reading >

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What College Should You Apply to Ea...

What College Should You Apply to Early Decision?

I sometimes have students ask this time of year which college they should apply to early decision. And the answer is simple. None. Don’t get me wrong. Early decision can be a great choice for some students. If you have found a college that you really love, and you have done your homework looking at...Continue Reading >

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I Have One Opening for a BS/MD Seni...

I Have One Opening for a BS/MD Senior Applicant

In the past 3 months I have had a number of seniors call wanting to work with me on BS/MD admissions. Unfortunately, I have been completely booked with current seniors. Until today. I just had a student drop out and I have one opening for a senior. The opening is for help with all aspects...Continue Reading >

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What Does a Good Resume Look Like?

What Does a Good Resume Look Like?

For those of you who have been regular readers of the blog, this may seem like a strange post. Colleges don’t typically want to see a resume and I discourage them in most instances. But… Once in a while a college asks for a resume. So, for those instances, what should you put on a...Continue Reading >

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