NY Education

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 NYSED’s 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 State’s 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 program’s evaluation (See Attachment C).

InsidehigherEd

Introduction of new career advice c...

Introduction of new career advice column for minority academics

Kerry Ann Rockquemore answers the questions she most often receives from minority scholars launching their careers.

Essay on writing the introductory e...

Essay on writing the introductory email

Paula Wishart offers advice on how to increase your response rate.

Faculty job searches at most colleg...

Faculty job searches at most colleges should focus on teaching ability (essay)

Most job advertisements in the humanities and social sciences make the bad mistake of positioning tenure-track search committees to learn much more about applicants? research than their teaching.

Faculty job searches at most colleg...

Faculty job searches at most colleges should focus on teaching ability (essay)

Most job advertisements in the humanities and social sciences make the bad mistake of positioning tenure-track search committees to learn much more about applicants? research than their teaching.

Essay on why faculty members need t...

Essay on why faculty members need to learn to understand college finances

Faculty members need to learn to understand higher education finances, writes Nate Kreuter.

Interview about forging your own ca...

Interview about forging your own career path with a Ph.D.

Arica Lubin interviews Jean-luc Doumont about his unconventional career for an applied physics Ph.D.

 

BBC News Education

Church school fails on Islamic grou...

Church school fails on Islamic group

A Church of England school in east London is expected to be put into special measures, following concerns about a sixth-form Islamic Society.
School textbooks renaissance urged

School textbooks renaissance urged

Textbooks should be upgraded and returned to their rightful place in the English classroom, says education minister Nick Gibb.
University pension dispute on hold

University pension dispute on hold

The threat of industrial action by lecturers over changes to university staff pensions is suspended.
Hunt attacks 'confusing' exam chang...

Hunt attacks 'confusing' exam change

The changes to A-levels and AS-levels in England are so confusing that the government should write to every school to explain them, says Labour's Tristram Hunt.
'Poorest of poor' test talking tech

'Poorest of poor' test talking tech

A charity is to give away 2,000 Talking Book audio computers to some of Ghana's poorest communities after securing funds from Unicef and ARM.
Arrests in student demo clashes

Arrests in student demo clashes

Police make 11 arrests during clashes with campaigners demonstrating against tuition fees, student debt and spending cuts in central London.

US Govt Dept of Education

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Ed...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the shooting at Florida State University:

“My thoughts are with the community around Florida State University, as it keeps vigil with those who were victims in this senseless tragedy. I commend university officials who acted quickly to ensure other members of the campus community were not injured.
U.S. Education Department Reaches V...

U.S. Education Department Reaches Voluntary Resolution Agreement Following Minneapolis Public School District Discipline Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the successful resolution of a compliance review concerning student discipline in the Minneapolis Public School District, the largest school system in Minnesota. An investigation revealed that black students in grades K-12 were significantly overrepresented in the district's disciplinary actions.
U.S. Department Of Education Suppor...

U.S. Department Of Education Supports Nonprofit Education Group's Intent to Purchase a Majority of Corinthian College Campuses

The U.S. Department of Education announced its support today of an agreement between ECMC Group and Corinthian Colleges Inc. for ECMC Group’s newly formed nonprofit education entity, Zenith Education Group, to acquire 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses for transition to nonprofit status.
ConnectED to the Future Convening B...

ConnectED to the Future Convening Brings Together Future Ready Superintendents at the White House

Today, President Obama will host ?ConnectED to the Future,? a convening with superintendents and other educators from across the country, who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning.
Strengthening the AAPI Community Th...

Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts

Cross-posted from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders blog.
More than 100 School Leaders Chosen...

More than 100 School Leaders Chosen to Attend White House Conference on Digital Learning

More than 100 school superintendents have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in “ConnectED to the Future,” hosted by President Obama on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House. The event will bring together superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning.

Yahoo

'Kissing disease' outbreak closes O...

'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday. Woodland Public Schools in Fairfax, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said it made the decision so as not to put the nearly 200 students in the district at risk of the contagious disease. "The closure is due to a high infection frequency of mononucleosis in our community," the school board said. ...
IUDs: Is This Kind of Birth Control...

IUDs: Is This Kind of Birth Control Right for You?

While earning her master's degree in architecture, Emilie Schmitz barely had time to sleep, let alone remember to take a birth control pill every day. She'd already tried the contraceptive patch -- a thin plastic strip that sticks to the body and delivers hormones through the skin -- but it had given her a rash. She didn't like needles and had no desire to choose Depo-Provera, the pregnancy-preventing shot. ...
Malawi: Children protest over teach...

Malawi: Children protest over teachers' strike

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) ? About 500 schoolchildren broke classroom windows and damaged cars to protest a strike by their teachers in Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, on Wednesday.
Scuffles break out as students prot...

Scuffles break out as students protest in central London

Demonstrators pass Downing Street as they participate in a protest against student loans and in favour of free education, in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Scuffles broke out and missiles were thrown at police as thousands of students marched through the center of London on Wednesday to protest against a rise in higher education fees. Some 5,000 demonstrators marched to Parliament Square where a small group broke away and breached temporary barriers to confront police outside the Houses of Parliament. "Various missiles were thrown at the officers," Scotland Yard said in a statement. Three officers suffered minor injuries. By mid-afternoon there had been no arrests, it added. ...

Joel Klein: Education key to ending...

Joel Klein: Education key to ending income inequality

Joel Klein, a leading voice in the national conversation on education reform says it?s impossible to close the income gap without addressing shortcomings in our public education system. Klein sat down with Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Aaron Task to discuss his thoughts on how to confront the challenges faced in public schools across the United States, which he also outlines in his newly-published memoir ?Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.?
6 Answers for Consumers About the N...

6 Answers for Consumers About the New Gainful Employment Rule

The U.S. Department of Education has once again issued a final set of gainful employment regulations. If this sounds familiar, it's because the department has issued final gainful employment rules in the past too, only to have most of them dismissed in court as a result of a lawsuit filed by an association that represents for-profit colleges and universities.

Independent

Top London CofE school ?failed to s...

Top London CofE school ?failed to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism?

One of the country?s most successful inner-city state schools is to be failed by inspectors for neglecting to safeguard its pupils from extremism in an echo of the Birmingham ?Trojan Horse? affair.

Prince Charles?s old drawing school...

Prince Charles?s old drawing school wins royal mark of approval

A drawing school has become the first artistic establishment to be given royal status for more than half a century, placing it on the same level as some of Britain?s most revered institutions. Prince Charles has announced that the Prince?s Drawing School has been given permission to change its name to the Royal Drawing School.

Foreign exchange trips are becoming...

Foreign exchange trips are becoming passé for UK schoolchildren

Whether a joyful summer away from the prying eyes of parents, or a tedious fortnight in a dreary provincial town, foreign exchanges have been a rite of passage for generations of British teenagers.

Record number of British students o...

Record number of British students opting to study in US

Record numbers of UK students are choosing to take up places at US universities.

Anti-Bullying Week: Teachers warned...

Anti-Bullying Week: Teachers warned not to befriend pupils on Facebook, as they risk being victims of cyber-bullying too

Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice issued on Monday.

Anti-Bullying Week: Teachers warned...

Anti-Bullying Week: Teachers warned not to befriend pupils on Facebook - as they risk being victims of cyber-bullying too

Teachers should not be friends with their pupils and must avoid connecting with them online, according to new, official advice issued on Monday.

Education Week

New report on Newtown shooting out ...

New report on Newtown shooting out Friday

Oklahoma board OKs charter school a...

Oklahoma board OKs charter school application

Obama plugs science, math education...

Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

Bush seeks common ground with educa...

Bush seeks common ground with education critics

Teachers seek help on pension plans

Teachers seek help on pension plans

Lawmaker promises to pass special n...

Lawmaker promises to pass special needs vouchers

Educause

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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Huffingtonpost.com

UC-Berkeley Students Protest Tuitio...

UC-Berkeley Students Protest Tuition Hike With Building Takeover (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

On Wednesday night, students and community activists began a major protest in Wheeler Hall at the University Of California-Berkeley. By midnight, more than 200 protestors were occupying the hall, according to student newspaper the Daily Cal. The protesters are fighting the tuition increase which was passed by the Board of Regents on Thursday, raising tuition by at least 5 percent per year for five years. Protestors have created a list of demands, which includes dropping the pursuit of charges against Jeff Noven, a Berkeley student who was arrested on Wednesday at the San Francisco regents meeting, and creating greater transparency for the UC budget, in addition to dropping the tuition hike.

Demands from @UCBerkeley students protesting the tuition hike. @insidebayarea pic.twitter.com/AIR9Lhe7lf

? Natalie Neysa Alund (@nataliealund) November 20, 2014 The protestors remained in the building overnight, but voted on Thursday morning to not fully occupy the hall, Daily Cal reported, so other students still have access to the building for classes. Occupiers are having teach-ins and staying well-caffeinated, according to pictures from the scene. They watched the regent meeting via livestream.

We out here #fundourfuture #occupywheeler

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A video posted by Eva Dicker (@evadicker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:00am PST

#occupywheeler

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we out here in wheeler #fightthehike

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#FightTheHike

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"freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift" #fightthehike #occupyucberkeley #occupycal

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Teach-in taking place #occupywheeler #fightthehike pic.twitter.com/QBAJS2TkQ0

? Cesca (@CyanEchoes) November 20, 2014

Partial blockade of Wheeler doors. Making our presence known #fightthehike #OccupyWheeler pic.twitter.com/URZxAIGCVc

? Lorenzo Galdón Ramos (@lgaldonr) November 20, 2014

Gathered around laptop watching livestream of UC Regent Meeting #fightthehike #OccupyWheeler pic.twitter.com/zY0OPRs1mz

? Lorenzo Galdón Ramos (@lgaldonr) November 20, 2014

The Night Before / The Morning After #FightTheHIKE #OccupyWheeler

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wheeler hall has been taken over #occupywheeler #ucfeehikes

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Early Childhood Educators Deserve a...

Early Childhood Educators Deserve a Living Wage

"I vividly remember my Head Start days...and my very caring teacher Mrs. Mary Cooper, with whom I remain in contact 40 years later," Military Police Brigade Commander Colonel Alex Conyers recently wrote. Most adults who started in Head Start still remember their teachers fondly. And why would they not, since this positive early relationship could well have been a significant ingredient that developed their love of learning, putting them on a trajectory to finishing school, going on to college, and to a life more stable than the zip code of their birth may have predicted. And so every day, Head Start and Early Head Start teachers across the country shape the future -- not only of the million children in their care -- but of our collective future as a country. Yet, this week a report was released showing our early childhood teachers are often paid less than dog walkers or fast food workers. Not to disparage dog walkers, but what does this say about our country? The report, "Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages: The Early Childhood Workforce 25 Years after the National Child Care Staffing Study," by Marcy Whitebook, Deborah Phillips, and Carollee Howes, highlights how wages for early childhood staff have barely risen over the last two decades, even as they have risen to the challenge of increased education requirements and ever more demanding jobs. The connections drawn in "Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages" are alarming. When staff are underpaid, they face increased stress: nationally, 46 percent of early childhood workers rely on public subsidies like food stamps and welfare. Among those who have children themselves, 57 percent worry about having enough food to feed their families. These stresses directly affect teachers' ability to care for at-risk children in nurturing, attentive ways -- and just at the most vulnerable time in their development. We further know that such stress is the reality of far too many Head Start staff. A survey of Pennsylvania Head Start staff carried out by Dr. Bob Whitaker and others at Temple University found that staff faced numerous economic stressors with significant health and mental health consequences. While follow-up work has suggested that mindfulness may mitigate some of these effects, the economic stressors remain a harsh reality, one we must address as a country. Head Start programs are unique in the early childhood community in their focus on developing parents as teachers, partners, and leaders - and, where appropriate, as early childhood staff. Today, one in four Head Start staff is a parent of a Head Start graduate, for a total of over 56,000 teachers, home visitors, managers, and directors from every racial, ethnic, and linguistic background found in the United States. The journeys they take to Head Start include refugee and immigrant experiences, homelessness, and poverty in many forms. Precisely because of those experiences, they are able to establish respectful connections with incoming families who have their own struggles and to empower them to set and meet their own goals while modeling by their own example that success is possible. And yet, as a nation, we perpetuate poverty for our teachers' families by continuing to pay wages that don't recognize their gains in education and which, adjusted for inflation, have actually decreased over the last decade. Today 70 percent of Head Start teachers hold BA or advanced degrees. They are committing their lives to supporting children in their most delicate early years, and the generation they help to raise will be our doctors, lawyers, military and civic leaders in the decades to come. It is in the nation's best interest that we commit ourselves to appropriate wages for our teachers, both for the worthy work that they do and for the values we communicate to them and, thereby, to the children and families they serve.
Georgetown Students Push For Clarit...

Georgetown Students Push For Clarity On RA Rules

Since Georgetown University resident assistant Thomas Lloyd came forward on Nov. 11 to give his account of what he describes as "a pattern of exploitation" by the prestigious Jesuit school, other RAs at the university are speaking out about their own concerns. In his op-ed published in the student newspaper, The Hoya, Lloyd describes his experience as a university employee in the wake of a traumatic incident. In March, fellow student Daniel Milzman came to Lloyd with a bag of homemade ricin, saying he intended to kill a student. Lloyd said that he contacted the school's psychiatric services, which took over an hour to respond. Lloyd contended that in the aftermath of the incident "the only university tool offered to make me feel safer has been a no-contact order." Lloyd also wrote that after his name got in the press, the university told him to speak only to psychiatric services or his chaplain-in-residence about the incident. Speaking to press or anyone else, he said, would be a violation of the terms of his employment. RAs are the "primary and most essential support we offer our residents," Edward Gilhool, director of residential education, told The Huffington Post. They are students and employees of the university who live among assigned residents. RA responsibilities include developing community and running programs, but they are also typically the first responders to serious situations students experience including eating disorders, suicidal ideation, sexual assault and -- in Lloyd's case -- depression and threats of violence. After the publication of Lloyd's article, several other RAs spoke anonymously with student-run newsmagazine the Georgetown Voice for an article titled "Yes All RAs," which includes allegations of mistreatment by the university. RAs quoted in the article argue that they bear tremendous responsibilities, which take up a significant amount of time and keep them from attending to personal needs. Some said they have not wanted to report sexual assaults for fear of losing their job, especially because the RA position helps to pay for tuition. "During RA training this year we had four hours of Title IX training. I know all about how to report an assault as long as it's a resident or friend who's been assaulted," the Voice quotes one RA as saying. "I don't know my own rights. It makes me very, very scared." The Georgetown administrators believe that the RA program is well-run and that students are taken care of. "We believe we provide them with good information to be able to fulfill their responsibilities as RAs," Stephanie Lynch, assistant dean for residential living, told HuffPost. RAs receive training to access and use a number of the school's resources, including the police department, counseling center, on-campus emergency rooms and an on-call professional staff member. They have specific protocols for dealing with eating disorders and suicidal ideation, Lynch said. The Georgetown University Student Association, however, is pushing for more. On Sunday, the group passed a bill calling for the university to take steps to clarify the role of the RA position and better support RAs. The bill asks the university to investigate all claims made in the Georgetown Voice article and to review how the cases were handled. It also asks the university to clarify how RAs should respond to media inquiries, and to ensure that it provides RAs a safe and comfortable work environment. The bill also requests that the university provide RAs with the proper protocols to follow should they personally experience trauma, such as a sexual assault, that would affect their ability to work as an RA or function as a student. "If there is [protocol], we don't know what that is," Elizabeth Oh, a junior in student government who helped to draft the bill, told HuffPost. "It doesn't seem to be consistent, it seems to be case by case. But we feel that there should be proper protocol that suitably addresses the needs of students if he or she undergoes [traumatic] events." "It?s important not to forget that RAs are people, too," another anonymous RA told the Voice. The bill was delivered Tuesday to Todd Olson, the vice president for Student Affairs, but so far the administration has not offered an official response. "We're certainly aware of the conversations occurring with our student government and are looking forward to engaging with them further," Gilhool told HuffPost. He said the administration wants to "ensure that this opportunity is one that is very positive and something they look back on, and reflect on, and are touched by."
We Are More Than an Ivory Tower

We Are More Than an Ivory Tower

The documentary Ivory Tower debuts tonight on CNN, and it identifies some very real problems with higher education in this country. As chancellor of the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the nation, I live every day worrying about how America educates its students across the entire pipeline, from kindergarten readiness through college and into career, where employer demands are continually shifting in the face of a new economy. The film certainly paints a daunting picture: costs are high, debt is even higher, state support continues to decline, administrative expenses are on the rise, online learning is not a silver bullet, and the slowly recovering job market leaves many graduates un- or underemployed. It is unacceptable that we -- not only as leaders of institutions of higher education, but as stewards of taxpayer dollars and educators of future leaders -- would ignore the message of Ivory Tower at our own peril. Higher education has always been at the forefront of meeting society's most pivotal challenges. Most of our public universities stem from a bill signed by Abraham Lincoln himself in the midst of the Civil War to expand access to higher education and ensure that our universities would contribute to the economic vitality of our emerging nation. That model persevered and evolved through two World Wars, putting a man on the moon, and even the massive shift to our world with the beginning of the digital age. But today, institutions are called upon to make major adjustments across multiple sectors -- business, health care, and yes across education, especially higher education. The story the film neglects to tell is that there are some of us -- many of us -- in higher education that are working collectively to move the dial on these critical issues. That's why we at The State University of New York and at many public higher education systems across the country are riveted not only on access and completion, but on success, ensuring gainful employment as a consequence of a college degree. This idea represents a long road, but we've taken important first steps in our journey. In New York, we've partnered with our Governor to ensure tuition is fair, predictable, and responsible from year to year, and that the state will hold our budgets harmless when we ask students to invest more. We're committed to financial literacy to lower student debt and help them manage it when they need it most. We've asked our campuses to reduce costs so that we can optimize the impact of dollars on learning outcomes. We're changing the dialogue around online education by lifting up only the programs that ensure quality on par with what's available on our campuses. And perhaps most excitingly, we're partnering directly with K-12, business and industry, and the philanthropic community across the state and around the world to place, train, and develop our students, providing them with hands-on experience to prepare them for the workplace. All of this is to say that just like all of society's most pressing challenges, we can't fix higher education alone. SUNY is implementing solutions that we hope other colleges and universities can replicate across the nation to address nearly every one of the problems presented in the documentary. And if other institutions figure it out first, we'll adopt what works and bring it to scale for our nearly half a million students at 64 campuses. And we're bringing these ideas to the national level - through the White House, through our national partners like the Gates and Lumina Foundations, through organizations like the National Association of System Heads who bring academic leaders together to effectuate real change across the country. We are not proud of The Ivory Tower -- both the implications of the phrase and the points made in the documentary that bears its name. But I am proud of the ongoing efforts of SUNY and its counterparts to return higher education to the students we serve, in support of a strong citizenry and a competitive economy. If you look at the data, there is no question that getting a college degree is worth it. Our challenge is to make a college degree work for generations to come. -- Zimpher is chancellor of The State University of New York and serves as president of the National Association of System Heads.
No Amount of Data Can Replace a Goo...

No Amount of Data Can Replace a Good Classroom Teacher

With age comes a longing for those wonderful times of youth and like most people I have no problem in clinging to the belief that everything was better when I was growing up. Nothing tasted better than homemade strawberry ice cream at a community gathering on a Saturday night in the Missouri town of Newtonia, population 186, give or take a neighborhood dog or two, where I spent my younger years. Naturally, the music was better. Why else would I turn off the car radio when a Taylor Swift song comes on and pop a Roy Orbison, Elvis, or Ricky Nelson CD in the player. And as for CDs, didn't the music sound better on vinyl? Those things have always been at the top of my list when my thoughts run to nostalgia, but lately, I may have gone off the deep end. I miss the Iowa Basic Skills Test. Unlike the ice cream, the music or those sandlot baseball games of old, the annual Iowa Basic Skills Test was not something I remember enjoying. Each spring, all students were brought into the cafeteria, we were handed the booklets, and we diligently filled in all of the circles. It was the only time we took the tests each year, so we knew they must serve some important purpose, but it was just another tool that our teachers used to evaluate us. It must not have been that important; they wouldn't even let us use our number one pencils. Things have certainly changed. Now the test is the thing. During my last years in the classroom, I taught in a district that bought into the nonsense that the way to prepare for the high stakes standardized tests at the end of the year was to buy a series of practice standardized tests. When our district began comparing the practice test scores of our schools, we were told to take practice tests for the practice tests (McGraw-Hill was happy to provide them for a fee) And if students were falling behind, they were even given the opportunity to take extra practice tests to practice for the practice tests that helped us practice for the practice test that prepared us for the standardized test at the end of the school year. Soon teachers were being pulled out of the classroom for half-days or sometimes full days to review data and compute and compare scores. Our district pulled out all English and math teachers for full-day sessions in which we built curriculum and pacing guides around these practice tests. Learning became something we tried to sneak in whenever it was possible. Enjoyment of learning, like the Iowa Basic Skills Test, was a dim memory. Administrators kept feeding teachers the basic nonsense that we could do much better teaching now that we had data we could use. So we kept giving the tests. It was obvious that students were not putting any effort into the practice tests, which were taking up weeks of class time and who could blame them? When scores on the end-of-the-year tests went down, no one looked at the overabundance of practice tests. It was the teachers' fault because we were not using the data correctly. We were told to double down on the tests and double down on the data. That's why I was so pleased today when I read about the Tulsa first grade teachers who said enough was enough and sent a letter to parents explaining why they were refusing to administer standardized tests. Karen Hendren and Nikki Jones' letter detailed to parents exactly what tests their students have been required to take, what software teachers are required to use with the children and how much the children are losing out on because of the overemphasis on testing: We, in keeping with best practices, are unable to administer the MAP and student surveys to your children. They simply deserve a better educational experience than what either of those elements bring to the table. We informed the district of our decision last week. However, we felt like you had the right to know as well. Education is about finding the deeper meaning. Education is about acting upon curiosity and utilizing creative attributes to figure something out. Education is about highlighting multiple intelligences and valuing uniqueness. Education is not squelching. Education is not standardization. We realize that we are just two teachers in a sea of many. In being conscientious objectors to these two items, we realize we are a number, just like the students in our classroom where the SDE is concerned. We realize that we are jeopardizing our jobs. But, if keeping our jobs means harming children and squelching them during a prime developmental span, then we want no part. When we walked across the stage and accepted our diplomas, when we received certifications from the state to teach, when we signed contracts with TPS, when we represented the model for early childhood education for the nation, when we accepted awards and recognition, we simultaneously accepted responsibility to uphold ethical practices and do what is in the best interest of children. The SDE has robbed us of our ethics. They are robbing children of their educational liberties. I fear for the immediate future of these two young teachers. If the response from the Tulsa Public Schools superintendent is any indication, they are about to get smacked down for daring to stand up for what is right. A couple of excerpts from Superintendent Keith Ballard's letter: While I understand teacher and student frustration with testing, it is not an option for teachers to refuse to administer the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. We need this critical data if we are to guide and tailor instruction to students who all have very different needs. And this one: While I understand the frustration of these beginning teachers, it takes a person experienced at using data to know how to use it to guide instruction. We need this data to monitor growth and improve results for all of our students. Every student is capable of learning, and our job is to make that happen. Developmentally appropriate assessments in kindergarten through third grade give us the data to identify what kids know, what they are ready to learn and what they must be taught in order to ensure all students grow. It is every teacher's obligation to assist us in that effort and it is what is right for students. If that is truly what Dr. Ballard believes, and I have no doubt it is, then he is part of the problem and unfortunately he represents the nightmare that education has become with this obsession with data. When Ballard and the rest of those who have turned schools from citadels of creativity into an Orwellian nightmare of students who exist only as numbers on a data list, finish with what they are doing, bright young teachers like Karen Hendren and Nikki Jones will no longer be in the classrooms. There is no data that has ever been created than can replace an excellent teacher. I miss the days when the Iowa Basic Skills Test was our only brush with standardized tests. In those days, teachers were allowed to teach and the good ones were appreciated.
University Of Virginia Wants Invest...

University Of Virginia Wants Investigation Of Alleged 7-Member Fraternity Gang Rape

The University of Virginia wants local law enforcement to investigate an alleged gang rape at a campus fraternity said to have happened two years ago, now that a national magazine has written about the incident. A Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, published Wednesday, describes a woman, known only as Jackie, who says she attended a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party in the fall of 2012, when she was a freshman. Jackie was there as a date of one of the brothers, according to the article. The article alleges that Jackie was led to a bedroom at the party where she was sexually assaulted by seven men. According to the article, the assailants yelled at one man who penetrated Jackie with a beer bottle, "Don't you want to be a brother?" Jackie did not disclose the alleged assault until the following spring, at the end of her freshman year, when she spoke to a university dean in charge of student misconduct, according to Rolling Stone. She declined at the time to press charges, but the dean offered to be available should she change her mind. UVA did not place the fraternity under investigation until September 2014. UVA President Teresa Sullivan said in a campuswide email Wednesday that Erdely's article contained "many details that were previously not disclosed to University officials." "I have asked the Charlottesville Police Department to formally investigate this incident, and the University will cooperate fully with the investigation," Sullivan wrote. She added: "I want to underscore our commitment to marshaling all available resources to assist our students who confront issues related to sexual misconduct. Our dedicated Student Affairs staff devote countless hours to educating and counseling our students on issues regarding their health and safety, and they stand ready to assist whenever students need help." The university refuses to disclose any statistics about how it punishes sexual assault, but it did not expel any students for that reason between 1999 and 2011, and it's unclear how many expulsions, if any, have taken place since then. UVA is one of 88 higher education institutions currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights over concerns about how they handle sexual violence, federal officials confirmed to The Huffington Post on Thursday. When members of the UVA Board of Visitors, the university's governing body, asked administrators during a September meeting if the school was under any federal investigation regarding sexual assault, Dean of Students Allen Groves said yes, but downplayed it as a "standard compliance review," Rolling Stone reported. That exchange be heard at 35:15 in the video below: Groves also called the investigation a "normal review" and a "routine compliance review," and said the OCR had already completed the bulk of its on-campus work. Administrators, he said, were waiting on federal officials to "close the review." UVA did not respond to a request for comment Thursday about Groves' remarks. Federal officials, meanwhile, have taken pains to emphasize that a compliance review is more severe than an OCR probe based on a complaint. Compliance reviews are deeper, encompass more concerns and "are not random audits of schools," Education Department officials have said. In a statement Wednesday, Phi Kappa Psi's national office said that while it was taking the allegations "very seriously," it was "important to note" that no criminal charges have been filed against any member of the UVA chapter. The organization also said it is conducting its own review of the alleged incident, and that it will cooperate with any investigations undertaken by other agencies. Need help? In the U.S., visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website.

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Patient Care Experience-What Is It?

Patient Care Experience-What Is It?

One of the things I always tell students that are interested in BS/MD programs is that they need significant patient care experience. But, what exactly is patient care experience? Patient care experience is simply any type of volunteering where you have contact with people that have some type of health issue.  Most students think this...Continue Reading >

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The College Rep Said They Don?t Have a BS/MD Program. What?s up?

One of my juniors recently called me after visiting with a college rep at a local college fair. The student had asked about the BS/MD program that the college had and was told that they didn’t in fact have a BS/MD program. Since the student had gotten the information about the program from my book...Continue Reading >

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Who Should See Your College Essays?

Who Should See Your College Essays?

There is an old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth. While this is true in many aspects of life, it is also very true when it comes to the college admissions essay. I have had several instances each year where a student shows one or more of their essays to a guidance counselor,...Continue Reading >

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Free Book on FAFSA

Free Book on FAFSA

Edvisors has announced that the digital version of their 250-page book, Filing the FAFSA, The Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is now available for free download. No personal information is required to obtain the free downloadable versions of the Filing the FAFSA book. For any student that may need...Continue Reading >

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Can You Get Into a BS/MD Program wi...

Can You Get Into a BS/MD Program with a ?C??

I am contacted by a number of very smart students that at some point in their high school career, usually freshman year, received a C grade. And the question is, does one single grade of C eliminate a student from consideration for a BS/MD program? Usually, the answer is yes. The problem of course is...Continue Reading >

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Why You Don?t Want an AA Degree

Why You Don?t Want an AA Degree

Many students believe that the way to a BS/MD program is to take as many college level courses as they can before they finish high school. If you have exhausted all of the classes in a subject that your high school offers, then taking a college class is a great idea. But, I work with...Continue Reading >

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