NY Education

RFP Posted: Implementation of the D...

RFP Posted: Implementation of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness

The NYSED Office of Accountability is seeking proposals from vendors with demonstrated knowledge, expertise and the capacity to conduct district and school-based reviews aligned to the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) protocol; provide professional development on DTSDE to educational leaders across the state; and help develop capacity within the field. Focus Districts use the feedback from the DTSDE to complete a District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and any necessary School Comprehensive Education Plans.
Multiple Pathways to Graduation Upd...

Multiple Pathways to Graduation Update

Update on Multiple Pathways to Graduation including information on the new “4+1” pathway assessment option.
Funding Opportunity: Program Develo...

Funding Opportunity: Program Development Grant to Prepare Students with Disabilities to Exit School with Work Readiness Skills

The Program Development Grant program is a competitive grant program to provide funding for schools to enhance their instructional programs to increase students with disabilities’ access to and participation in career and technical education (CTE) coursework, instruction in the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards, and work-based learning opportunities to fulfill requirements for the award of the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential.
RFI Posted: Child Nutrition Program...

RFI Posted: Child Nutrition Program: Administrative Review System

NYSED hereby issues this “Request for Information” (RFI) to solicit information from vendors regarding the availability of software systems and services to assist NYSED with administrative reviews of its Child Nutrition Programs as mandated by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).
News and Notes: Responding to the L...

News and Notes: Responding to the Learner

In the latest edition of News and Notes, a NY parent says higher standards are helping her child make progress.
RFP Posted: Early Childhood Directi...

RFP Posted: Early Childhood Direction Centers

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to establish fourteen (14) Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC) to act as Special Education Technical Assistance Centers (TACs). The purpose of the TACs is to assist families and professionals in securing services that meet the needs of children with disabilities, birth through age five, by providing information and training about available service options and service delivery systems.

InsidehigherEd

Essay on how departments and confer...

Essay on how departments and conferences can welcome transgender academics

Lisa Hager offers advice on how to create an inclusive environment for departmental colleagues and conference attendees.

Essay on how traveling academics ca...

Essay on how traveling academics can get the most out of their gadgets

Eszter Hargittai shares tips on what to take on overseas work trips -- and how to make your tools effective.

Essay on what to do when you are to...

Essay on what to do when you are told you are not a team player

Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice on how to handle a criticism that many receive on the road to tenure -- and a perception that needs to be faced promptly.

 

 

Essay on how new Ph.D.s can work wi...

Essay on how new Ph.D.s can work with mentors to develop their career story

Engage mentors to figure out the best career path, even if that path is outside academe or isn't what a mentor may have initially expected, writes Stephanie K. Eberle.

A new professor's advice on whether...

A new professor's advice on whether (and how) to teach a MOOC

Venkat Viswanathan was intrigued by the prospect of creating and teaching a massive open online course. As it begins, he offers other instructors his lessons learned -- with encouragement and caution.

Essay on a long academic job search

Essay on a long academic job search

A year after Patrick Iber's story of rejection captured so much attention, he offers an update.

BBC News Education

Pupils sent to Sikh school in short...

Pupils sent to Sikh school in shortage

More than 20 pupils have been allocated to a Sikh-ethos free school in Leeds that they did not choose, amid a squeeze on places.
Railway rules thwart student advert...

Railway rules thwart student adverts

Student posters calling MPs who broke their 2010 tuition fee promise "liars" have been removed from railway stations in England.
Exam board investigates question le...

Exam board investigates question leak

A UK exam board says some overseas students taking an IGCSE exam last week knew in advance what questions they would face.
Drugs seized from hundreds of pupil...

Drugs seized from hundreds of pupils

Hundreds of schoolchildren, among them a pupil of only eight, have been caught with drugs on school premises, new figures reveal.
Labour: unqualified teachers must g...

Labour: unqualified teachers must go

Labour would fire unqualified teachers if they are not working towards qualification by 2020, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says.
Warning on loss of part-time studen...

Warning on loss of part-time students

The fall in part-time students in the UK means lost opportunities for individuals and the economy, the new head of the Open University warns.

US Govt Dept of Education

Working to Protect Students and Bor...

Working to Protect Students and Borrowers as Corinthian Colleges Ceases Operation

Corinthian Colleges, Inc., today announced the effective end of all operations. Given the wide public interest in this matter, and our Departments involvement in it, I wanted to provide some background and explain what has happened, as I have done in the past.
5 Common Student Loan Mistakes

5 Common Student Loan Mistakes

1) Not figuring out how much you?ll need to pay each month
New Guidance from U.S. Department o...

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Reminds Schools of Obligation to Designate Title IX Coordinator

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released a guidance package emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate a Title IX coordinator. The package also contains an overview of the law's requirements in several key areas, including athletics, single-sex education, sex-based harassment, and discipline.
Beware! You Don?t Have to Pay for H...

Beware! You Don?t Have to Pay for Help with Your Student Loans

There are countless ads online from companies offering to help you manage your student loan debt?for a fee, of course. But, did you know that you can get help with your student loans for free? If you?re a federal student loan borrower, the U.S. Department of Education provides free assistance to help:
Recognizing Green Schools and Distr...

Recognizing Green Schools and Districts ? and Colleges! ? This Earth Day

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) began in 2011-2012, recognizing 78 green schools. In 2012-2013, ED added a District Sustainability Award and honored 64 schools and 14 districts. The 2013-2014 cycle had 48 school honorees and 9 district honorees. 2015 is the inaugural year of the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.
Addressing Sexual Assault as a Comm...

Addressing Sexual Assault as a Community

Cross-posted from the Department of Justice blog.

Yahoo

For-profit Corinthian Colleges to s...

For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

For-profit college operator Corinthian Colleges Inc, said on Sunday it will immediately shut down all its remaining campuses and cease substantially all other operations. Corinthian last year had agreed with the U.S. Department of Education to either sell or close down its campuses. Corinthian said in a statement that it is working to find other schools for the roughly 16,000 students affected by the shutdown. Earlier this month, the Department of Education fined Corinthian $30 million for misrepresenting job placement rates to students in its Heald College system.
Corinthian Colleges to shut down al...

Corinthian Colleges to shut down all 28 remaining campuses

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) ? Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.
4 Pa. college students survive dead...

4 Pa. college students survive deadly Nepal earthquake

4 Pa. college students survive deadly Nepal earthquakeFour students from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who were studying abroad, survived the deadly earthquake that hit in Nepal.

A Shockingly Low Number of High Sch...

A Shockingly Low Number of High School Students Want to Be Teachers

A Shockingly Low Number of High School Students Want to Be TeachersSean Patrick Corcoran, an associate professor of education economics at New York University, isn?t surprised by the findings.

Celebs donate $500,000 scholarships...

Celebs donate $500,000 scholarships to students on UNCF show

File-This photo taken April 17, 2008 shows actor Anthony Anderson speaking during an interview on the set of "Law and Order" in New York. Anderson remembers when he worried about scrounging up money to pay for the rest of his college tuition, food and housing while attending Howard University. Now the "Black-ish" star wants to help students avoid the same struggle. The actor-comedian and other celebrities through their foundations teamed up with the United Negro College Fund to donate scholarships to worthy students who are farthing their education. (AP Photo/Bernadette Tuazon,File)ATLANTA (AP) ? Anthony Anderson can recall when he worried about scrounging up money to pay for the rest of his college tuition, food and housing while attending Howard University.

Questions after Indiana school stag...

Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16

In this image from video provided by Zach Rader students from Westfield High School are on the stage during the grand finale of the concert dubbed "American Pie" Thursday April 23, 2015 just prior to the stage collapsed. More than a dozen students were injured after the stage filled with students collapsed during the musical performance at the central Indiana high school Thursday night, authorities said. (Zach Rader via AP)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged into an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it's unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection.

Independent

Smartphones are making children bor...

Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist

Constant use of technology such as smartphones is making today's children display borderline "autistic" behaviour, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist has warned.

Teaching profession headed for cris...

Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'

The working lives of teachers have become ?unbearable? because of constant monitoring and as a result they are quitting in such numbers that the profession is heading for a crisis, according to an open letter to The Independent signed by 1,200 teachers.

Should schools teach boys and girls...

Should schools teach boys and girls different subjects?

Among the more thought-provoking discoveries in the emerging science regarding the teen brain is the fact that the pace of brain development differs in males and females.

Tristram Hunt: 'Britain needs skill...

Tristram Hunt: 'Britain needs skills, skills, skills or else we're stuffed'

The man who could be education secretary next month has said he would be ?delighted? if one of his children chose an apprenticeship rather than university, as he pledged that technical and vocational education would be his ?number one mission? in the job.

Poor children more likely to succee...

Poor children more likely to succeed in South, says study

Children from poor backgrounds are more likely to succeed in life if they grow up in London or the South than in the Midlands or North of England, according to new research by the Sutton Trust.

'I wish my teacher knew...': Young ...

'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes

An elementary school teacher who received 'heartbreaking' notes after she asked her students to share their worries, has inspired other teachers to use her trick and better understand their own pupils.

Education Week

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate...

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite

The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring.
N.Y.C. Head Start Inspection Sparks...

N.Y.C. Head Start Inspection Sparks Congressional Letter

Two House education committee members demand to know why New York City?s Head Start grant was not suspended or revoked after inspections raised concerns about child safety.
GOP Senators in White House Race Co...

GOP Senators in White House Race Could Complicate K-12 Debate

A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls?Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio?aren?t necessarily in lockstep with congressional education leaders on key issues.
Lawmaker wants DPI to clarify opt-o...

Lawmaker wants DPI to clarify opt-out for Badger Exam

Tennessee school voucher bill appro...

Tennessee school voucher bill approaching key committee

Testing Titans Pearson, ETS Battle ...

Testing Titans Pearson, ETS Battle Over Calif. Deal

The state's recent decision to award a tentative, $240 million contract to the Educational Testing Service drew an angry response from its rival.

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

Professor Who Sent Porn Link Attack...

Professor Who Sent Porn Link Attacks 'Tabloid Journalists' Who Ran The Story

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia law school professor says she was "mortified" when she discovered that she had inadvertently sent students a link to a porn site rather than an article about writing legal briefs earlier this month. Professor Lisa McElroy teaches legal writing and teaching methods at Drexel University's law school. She said in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/1JF5ncS ) that she cares deeply about her students and university and about being a role model for her adolescent daughters. But McElroy called the incident "pretty trivial" and criticized what she called "tabloid journalists" who ran with the story. She said there are worse things than humiliation, including, as she put it, "the willingness - even the desire - to bring others down to lift yourself up." A university spokeswoman says Drexel looked into the matter and "cleared the way for her to continue her academic and research responsibilities."

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Historic Cooper Union's Future Depe...

Historic Cooper Union's Future Depends On Attorney General Investigation

NEW YORK (AP) -- First came a hotly-debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations. Then came an investigation by the state attorney general into the school's management of its finances. Over the past year, Cooper Union's reputation as a world-class training ground for engineers, architects and artists has taken a back seat to headlines about the investigation, a lawsuit over the imposition of tuition and the future of its president. Some Cooper graduates and students hope all the turmoil results in more financial stability and maybe even a return to the tuition-free model that has been central to the school's unique, egalitarian character. "We know that students have had to refuse our offer because they couldn't afford it," said Mike Essl, a Cooper Union alumnus and faculty member who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit over the decision to charge tuition starting with this year's freshman class. "That has never happened before in the history of Cooper Union." The attorney general's investigation includes a look into the management of Cooper Union's prime asset, the land under the Chrysler Building. Investigators are also questioning a $175 million loan, with the landmark skyscraper as collateral, used by Cooper trustees to finance a new engineering building. With an endowment of $735 million, Cooper Union is not in imminent danger of failing. But a leveling-off of rents from the Chrysler Building in the early 1990s triggered massive budget deficits, according to a report from Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha a few weeks ago. According to the report, the accumulated deficits from fiscal year 1990 to fiscal year 2012 topped $300 million. Bharucha said the tuition-free model he inherited when he took over as president in 2011 was not sustainable "without a disruptive intervention." State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking to mediate the lawsuit and will reportedly push for a review of whether the school can go back to being tuition-free. "We're cooperating fully with the attorney general's office," said Cooper Union spokesman Justin Harmon, who refused to comment on a report that the trustees offered not to renew Bharucha's contract if it would help end the investigation. Many alumni and students feel that luxuries like the new building and Bharucha's $650,000 salary are at odds with Cooper Union's history as a no-frills haven for strivers. "Cooper never had the best facilities, the most high-end equipment, but they always had the smartest people," said Devora Najjar, a junior studying chemical engineering who is the student representative to the board of trustees. "You make do with what you have." The school's rich history rivals the traditions of better-known colleges with sprawling campuses and football teams. Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by industrialist Peter Cooper to give talented young people a good education that was "open and free to all." Discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, or sex was prohibited. Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "right makes might" anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union in 1860, Thomas Edison took classes there and the NAACP held its first public meeting there in 1909. More recently, President Barack Obama spoke there in 2010. From the earliest days, classes were offered at no charge to students from working-class families. A 1902 gift from industrialist Andrew Carnegie allowed Cooper Union to sustain that model, keeping it tuition-free as other colleges' price tags outpaced inflation. "My parents saved no money for college," said Essl, who graduated in 1996. "For me to go to art school was a risky proposition. ... Getting into Cooper Union gave me permission to study art." Adrian Jovanovic, a 1989 engineering graduate, said Cooper Union "afforded me an opportunity to attend an elite university that would have been exceedingly difficult for my parents to afford or contribute to." Cooper Union officials say the school is still affordable thanks to generous financial aid. Harmon, the spokesman, said this year's freshman class paid an average of $6,931 for the academic year, an 82.5 percent discount from the list price of $39,600. Critics say there's a difference between cheap and free. Kevin Slavin, a game designer and MIT faculty member who is an alumni representative to Cooper Union's board of trustees, said the fact that nobody paid made Cooper Union a meritocracy where everyone was seen as equal. "There was a question in the discussions around tuition as to why should people who have the money be carried," Slavin said. "The answer is to remove money from the equation. You look around yourself when you're there and you only see yourself in essentially intellectual terms." Some say Cooper Union has lost some of what made it special. "The tuition-free model wasn't just about giving kids a free ride," said State Sen. Brad Hoylman, whose Manhattan district includes Cooper Union. "It was about awarding scholarships to outstanding students around the world and making Cooper Union a magnet for the best and the brightest." Hoylman said he hopes new leadership at Cooper can "right the ship" and rescind the tuition decision. Rob Franek, the senior vice president of the Princeton Review, which listed Cooper Union No. 1 in its "Colleges That Pay You Back" guide, said he is aware of Cooper's recent turmoil but the school remains highly selective and sought-after. "In our opinion it remains a remarkable place academically," Franek said. "I don't see that changing but we will continue to watch over the next year."

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Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in U...

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

A bitter irony unfolded in New York's budget process this year as Governor Cuomo, in his allegiance to hedge fund campaign contributors, managed to push through ethics reforms alongside an education reform package that stands as the most unethical affront to public education in recent memory. The Governor openly shirked his constitutional obligation to provide equitable school funding as set forth by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State of New York ruling. The $1.4 billion increase is short of the $2 billion recommended by the NY Board of Regents and well short of the $5.6 billion cited by the Campaign for Education Equity as necessary for constitutional compliance. The Campaign for Education Equity has written a scathing rebuke of the 2015-2016 state education budget: Among the egregious violations of constitutional requirements that the 2015-16 state budget perpetuates are the following: It continues to defer full foundation funding for the costs of a sound basic education; it reverts to the notorious "shares agreement" for funding New York City schools; it continues the unconstitutional gap elimination adjustment; it revives the teacher evaluation penalty provision that threatens essential school aid; and it fails to provide appropriate funding for pre-K. The governor's decision to emphasize test scores in teacher evaluation presents a glaring disincentive for teachers working in schools with high concentrations of students who have historically performed poorly on standardized tests including students living in poverty, English language learners, and students with disabilities. The Governor is denying equitable funding to the most under-resourced schools while bending school policies toward test preparation and away from enriching curriculum. Schools already struggling are being set up for charter school takeover, an outcome actively pursued by the governor's most notable campaign contributors. The governor's political process set a new standard for evading democracy. Eleanor Randolph of the New York Times referred to the final budget negotiations as "New York's All Male Oligarchy." Randolph was criticizing the antiquated "three men in a room" culture in Albany, but just as accurately could have been referring to the oligarchy of hedge fund managers responsible for financing and overseeing the Governor's education policies from start to finish. A Quinnipiac University survey conducted during the budget negotiations measured the governor's approval rating for handling education policies at 28 percent (approval) to 68 percent (disapproval). Despite staunch opposition from parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents, the governor's policies emerged from budget negotiations virtually intact. The concessions made by the state legislators diverged so significantly from the will of their constituencies that they made a mockery of representative government. Given their omnipresent role in education legislation, Governor Cuomo has positioned hedge fund managers as the new stewards of public education. Will hedge fund managers, with their vision for a profitable public education market, foster policies that provide quality, equitable education for students? The greatest education reforms of our time have been born when society is galvanized by questions of moral importance, not business efficiency. What is the role of public education in a democratic society? Is "separate but equal" a justifiable doctrine for public education? How can we ensure equitable education for all? Teaching is an innately moral profession. Teachers carry an incredible burden in making ethical decisions on a moment-to-moment basis in schools. One year ago, two of my colleagues and I formally refused to administer the Common Core state tests as an act of conscience. We articulated our belief that market-based reforms threatened public education and undermined our pedagogies. Since that time, teachers in New York and across the country have taken similar stances in what has come to be known as the Teachers of Conscience movement. Public school parents have similarly taken a moral stand to preserve public education by mounting a historic campaign of civil disobedience in the form of the national Opt-Out movement. In these dire times of unethical decision making by policy makers, it is important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the purpose and promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that our own unions have struggled to find that moral footing across the last decade of market-based reforms as union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle. In 1990, Kenneth S. Goodman wrote "A Declaration of Professional Conscience For Teachers" as a way of establishing some measure of ethics for the teaching profession. His writing is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago. I would like to honor and expand upon Goodman's vision by proposing "An Ethic for Teachers of Conscience in Public Education." It is one way to differentiate our work from the political gamesmanship and corporate greed that has enveloped our profession for far too long. This is a working document, open to debate and amendment, but it is a conversation on ethics in public education that is long overdue. I welcome public comment on this set of ethics. It is my hope that teachers can continue to shape these ethics, paving a way for their general adoption. An Ethic for Teachers of Conscience in Public Education A moral imperative to attend to the development and well-being of our students We develop strong relationships with students and their families, built on mutual respect and trust. We respect the abilities, cultural identities, languages, and values that our students come to us with. We devote ourselves to fostering the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and physical development of our students. We foster students' inherent desire to learn and help to develop the skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong learning and effective community and civic engagement. We support students in developing their creative potential and offer robust experiences with the arts. The welfare of students in our schools is paramount. We protect students from violence and all forms of mistreatment, abuse, and exploitation. We work against discrimination and and injustices that affect students and that are present within our educational institutions. A moral imperative to know our students well and understand their learning We give our students opportunities to present and reflect on their learning through multiple modalities. We use multiple methods of assessment to know students well and to understand their learning. We are discerning when considering the biases, reliability, and validity of assessment methods and in evaluating the information that those methods reveal. We require assessments to be transparent and to have a direct application to teaching and curriculum development. We do not generalize or make high-stakes decisions based on a single method of assessment. We do not define students, or encourage students to define themselves, by their assessment results. We do not carry out assessments with the primary purpose of ranking and sorting students or bestowing statuses upon students. A moral imperative to serve our communities We will welcome and teach all children without prejudice -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or citizenship. We value diversity in our public school communities and believe that integrated schools are fundamental to an integrated society. We believe that teaching students to understand and value diversity contributes to a viable democracy. We consider public schools to be a part of the commons. We will work to make our schools spaces that support the learning, health, and the democratic participation of our local communities. A moral imperative to promote learning in service of the public good We teach students literacy and the fundamental skills necessary to advance learning and pursue their full potentials. We teach students to think critically and problem solve. We teach students to apply their learning to issues of social justice. We teach students to work collaboratively toward a common purpose. We teach students to be stewards of the natural world around them. We teach students civic engagement and democratic values. We teach students social ethics and how to work through conflict constructively. We are committed to our own development as teachers, including but not limited to trainings, coursework, observations and exchanges, descriptive reviews, and teacher-led inquiry and research. A moral imperative to preserve public education We believe that students have the right to equitable resources through public funding. We believe that public education must remain democratically governed and in service of the public good, not private interests or for-profit businesses. We believe that policies that divert public funding to privatized alternatives to public schools, undermine the purpose and potential of public education. We believe that public schools must remain accountable to institutions that are publicly controlled and democratically governed, including parent associations, school leadership teams, school boards, and local, state, and federal governments. We believe that public agencies and governing bodies must conduct their business transparently, maintain public records, and seek ways to involve the public in decision-making processes. We believe that the implementation of standards, assessment systems, curriculum materials, and teaching programs must be done in consultation with teachers and democratic governing bodies. Implementation must not be driven by private profit or through the decision making processes of private entities.

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Troubled For-Profit Corinthian Coll...

Troubled For-Profit Corinthian Colleges Shutting Down As Education Department Faces Bill

Corinthian Colleges Inc., once one of the nation's largest chains of for-profit colleges, announced Sunday it is abruptly shutting down after failing to find buyers for its roughly 30 remaining campuses, leaving up to 16,000 students in the lurch and potentially costing the U.S. Department of Education tens of millions of dollars in foregone federal student loan payments. "What these students have experienced is unacceptable," Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said in a blog post Sunday. The California-based chain at its peak operated more than 120 colleges with more than 110,000 students across North America under the Everest, Wyotech and Heald brands. Last July, under pressure from the Education Department over a paperwork dispute, the company struck a deal with the Obama administration to sell or close all of its campuses over the following six-month period in order to avoid what the Education Department described as an "immediate closure," or exactly what has happened with the company's Sunday announcement. The closure is effective Monday. Corinthian students were told in a statement posted on the company's website and via email that the company is trying to make arrangements with other schools that would enable Corinthian students to complete their studies elsewhere. Students with federal student loans who choose not to complete their programs would be eligible for full loan cancellations. Unless the Education Department recoups the money from the financially troubled company, taxpayers would eat the cost. Corinthian said 28 campuses are closing. The Education Department put the total at 30, which includes two satellite campuses that it counts as separate locations. "For too many students, Corinthian turned the American dream of higher ed into a nightmare of debt & despair," Rohit Chopra, the federal consumer bureau's top student loan official, wrote Sunday on Twitter. In recent years, Corinthian has been accused by multiple federal and state authorities of systematically lying about its graduation or job placement rates, misleading potential students into enrolling and forking over tens of thousands of dollars to obtain credentials many critics believe to be of dubious value. The company annually received some $1.4 billion in federal financial aid for its students, according to the Education Department. Corinthian finalized a deal in February to sell more than 50 of its campuses to one of the Education Department's contracted debt collectors in a transaction that effectively bailed out the company and deprived nearly 40,000 students of the chance to have their federal student loans canceled. The forced sale followed months of alleged delays by the company to turn over sufficient paperwork about its job placement rates to the Education Department. Last summer, the department had limited Corinthian schools' access to federal financial aid, a move that ultimately set off a chain of events that culminated with Sunday's announcement. The company in a statement blamed federal and state regulators for its abrupt closure. The surprise announcement that the company will immediately shut down its remaining campuses across five states now puts the Education Department in the exact position it had hoped to avoid. The department, led by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, had hoped to either broker a sale of the company's remaining campuses -- keeping them open for current students -- or help the company strike agreements with other schools to allow Corinthian students the opportunity to complete their programs. "We believe that we have attempted to do everything within our power to provide a quality education and an opportunity for a better future for our students," Jack Massimino, Corinthian's chief executive, said in a statement. "Unfortunately the current regulatory environment would not allow us to complete a transaction with several interested parties that would have allowed for a seamless transition for our students. I would like to thank our employees for their selfless dedication and commitment to fulfilling the educational and career goals of all of our students." The company said it had been in what it described as "advanced negotiations" with several potential buyers for its Heald campuses as well as other schools that would take in some Corinthian students in California wishing to complete their studies. But the company said its efforts were stymied "largely as a result of federal and state regulators seeking to impose financial penalties and conditions on buyers and teach-out partners." Kamala Harris, California's attorney general, has a pending lawsuit against the company alleging it misled students and investors about its job placement rates. The state of California in 2007 settled a previous investigation into Corinthian after amassing evidence that the company allegedly inflated its job placement rates. Several state attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have sued the company, alleging it lied to potential students. The Education Department meanwhile allowed the company's schools to continue enrolling students and tap taxpayer funds for its bottom line. Mitchell said Sunday that the Education Department would send its staff "to as many campuses as possible to talk directly with students." The department was in discussions with state community college systems to ensure that Corinthian students could continue their studies, he added, while some students could be eligible for debt forgiveness. The for-profit college industry has been in consumer advocates' crosshairs for years. Though students at for-profit schools constitute only 13 percent of total enrollment at higher education institutions, they represent nearly half of all loan defaults, according to the Education Department. The Obama administration has been trying to rein in for-profit schools and limit dodgy schools' access to federal financial aid. Corinthian Colleges spawned a growing movement of so-called "debt strikers" who are refusing to make payments on their federal student loans in protest against the Education Department's treatment of the company and its current and former students. A group of roughly 100 former Corinthian students that calls itself the "Corinthian 100" has been publicly pressuring the department to cancel all debts owed by current and former Corinthian students because of the company's alleged deception related to its job placement and graduation rates. "We have kept students at the heart of every decision we have made about Corinthian," Mitchell said last month. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in March endorsed the debt strike. The former Corinthian students "have decided that this is predatory lending and they're not going to repay their debts," said Waters, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. Duncan has said his department is considering their request. Full debt forgiveness for all current and former Corinthian students would likely cost the Education Department billions of dollars, especially because it's unlikely the department could get the company to cover losses from forgone federal student loan payments. The federal student loan program has generated tens of billions of dollars in profit in recent years, thanks to the spread between high interest rates paid by student loan borrowers and the relatively low rates paid by the government in financing its annual budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the program will continue to generate billions in annual profits in the coming decade. Last month, the Education Department accused Corinthian's Heald campuses of misleading students and accreditation agencies about its graduates? employment rates. The company showed a ?blatant disregard? for the federal student loan program after the department said it found 947 false job placement rates dating back to at least 2010. The Education Department levied a $29.7 million fine, a ban on enrolling new students, and a requirement that Heald prepare plans for its thousands of students to either graduate or transfer to a new school. The department has yet to announce the results of its broader investigation into allegations the company's other schools lied about its job placement rates.

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Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Putting our kids first is not just good public policy, it's just plain common sense. That's why we're excited to announce the launch of our major new platform: Common Sense Kids Action. The mission is simple: to make kids and education our nation's top priority. Period. Full stop. As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids as well. Too often in recent years, our national and state priorities have reflected the bidding of the powerful and well connected. Elected officials love to pay lip service to doing "right by our children," and they all love to have their photos taken kissing babies. But the actions of Congress, many state legislatures and many businesses rarely, if ever, put children first. Common Sense will build a unique mass constituency base for kids and education, based on our existing Common Sense platforms and millions of parent and teacher users. We will work with leaders across the country to advance policies and programs that help provide every child with the opportunity to succeed. Through our nonpartisan efforts, we already have introduced major legislation sponsored by Republicans in New Hampshire and Iowa and by Democrats in California and Oregon. On Capitol Hill, our fight to protect kids' and teens' privacy brought together lawmakers as diverse as Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). We consider Common Sense Kids Action a kid-partisan effort. And we are not interested in partisan politics as usual where kids almost always lose. As we expand our advocacy platform, we will pursue a comprehensive approach to our children's well-being. We all know that strategic investment in our kids' education is essential. That's why we will focus on four key issue areas: education and technology, quality early childhood education, online privacy and safety, and reducing child poverty while increasing economic opportunity for young people. Improving 21st-Century Education and Technology Every American child -- no matter his or her race, income, or ZIP code -- deserves an education that will enable him or her to succeed in a fiercely competitive and global economy. Sadly, millions of our kids graduate from schools unprepared to compete for jobs -- or don't graduate at all. We need to ensure teachers are equipped with modern classrooms that are connected to broadband and Wi-Fi, and we need to significantly modernize our curriculum and strengthen high standards for kids and schools. Providing High-Quality Early Childhood Education for All Kids We must make sure that all kids get the right start in life. Despite the demonstrated importance of early education and quality health and nutrition, millions of American kids are denied those opportunities during the birth-to-five period. That's especially true for low-income children and communities of color. We are already working with policy makers and advocates across the country to support increased access for all kids to the right start in life. By prioritizing early learning, we can ensure that more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. Strengthening Online Privacy for Kids and Teens As our kids and schools increasingly come online, it is vital that we protect the privacy of our students. Common Sense Kids Action leads the fight to empower parents, teachers and students to harness the power of technology while keeping students' personal information private. The first Common Sense-sponsored Student Online Privacy and Protection Act (SOPIPA) was passed in California in 2014, and now is a model for similar legislation in 15 states. We will continue to lead the charge for meaningful privacy protections to ensure kids' privacy is fully protected. Reducing Child Poverty and Increasing Economic Opportunity for Young People Last year, Common Sense played a key national leadership role in expanding E-rate, the federal program that helps connect low-income classrooms to the Internet. This year we're doing lots more to get those schools connected, and we're also fighting hard to make sure that all low-income homes are connected so all children have access to broadband as well. We also will work to improve the school breakfast program in California and push lawmakers to make paid sick leave a priority in every state so moms and dads can take care of their children and be good employees too. We believe that Common Sense Kids Action can mark the launch of a groundbreaking new era to improve the lives of all American children. We want to make sure that our nation's kids and schools have a powerful and independent voice advocating on their behalf. Improving the lives of America's children won't happen overnight. It will take imagination and leadership from government officials, as well as business groups, technology companies and millions of parents and passionate advocates. Putting our kids first is far more than just good public policy: It's just plain common sense. Learn more here.

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Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

2015-04-26-1430063824-6846501-Stocksy_txpe9c6c733bwO000_Small_195113.jpg It's no secret that teenagers love their sleep. A groggy high-schooler reaching for the snooze button is a morning ritual in my home, and many others across the country. Here's what else is commonplace: Many middle and high schools across the country start the school day at 7:30 a.m. or earlier. For students, this means waking up earlier than most adults are required to do for their jobs. And for growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning. Last month, the National Association of School Nurses and the Society of Pediatric Nurses joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in a vital policy recommendation that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to accommodate natural sleep cycles (teens are biologically programmed to stay up later and wake up later). They note that 87 percent of high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, and such regular sleep deprivation is putting our children at greater risk of depression, anxiety and obesity, as well as fatigue-related accidents and injuries. It's also undermining their concentration and performance in school. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that the reason for teens' lack of sleep are complex. The fact is that for most students the "school day" doesn't end at 3 p.m. Many of them are engaged in school-sponsored extracurricular activities, after-school jobs and mounds of homework that keep them up late into the evening. The teens in my home finish their "work day" long after my husband and I do. For such reasons, fixing the problem of student exhaustion is also complex. We need to reexamine the demands that our education system places on students -- from homework loads to extracurricular obligations. But changing school start times is a good place to start because the potential benefits are well documented. For example, in a three-year study, schools that pushed back start times saw an increase in student performance and attendance, and a decrease in student tardiness, substance abuse and depression symptoms. Health care professionals are not the only group calling for later start times. Policymakers are taking heed, too. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren introduced a bill this March -- the Zzz's to A's Act -- that would direct the Secretary of Education to study the effects of later start times on high school students' health and academic performance and submit those findings to Congress. This is a good step forward, but I believe that the biggest impact is going to come from the people who know our groggy teens best -- our parents and school communities. I have seen the potential for grassroots change firsthand. After my first film, Race to Nowhere, uncovered the ways our pressure-cooker education culture is taking a toll on student well-being, communities used it as a platform to advocate for school policies that put student health first, including healthier homework practices and school schedule reforms. We want to see these change take hold at a national level. That's why the Race to Nowhere team has launched a new Sleep Campaign, which includes a tool kit, fact sheets and other inspiration to help people advocate for later school start times and spread awareness of the health and learning benefits of doing so. For the first time, we're also making Race To Nowhere instantly available on iTunes to help families grow the conversation about school schedules (and overall student health and learning) in their homes and communities. Teens love (and need) their sleep, and we love our teens. Let's stand up for what they deserve: a good night's rest.

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Cracking the Code to Getting Into the Best Colleges

I recently read an article about a person who claimed that they had cracked the code to getting into the best colleges. And I laughed as I read the article. Why?  Because there is no secret code to crack. It is all about what each college wants. Every college wants good grades and strong test...Continue Reading >

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Is the PSAT Really Important?

Is the PSAT Really Important?

I work with a number of families that are very concerned about preparing for the PSAT. This year there is additional concern because the format has changed in anticipation of the new SAT going into effect in March 2016. The October 2015 PSAT will be using the format for the new SAT. But, the real...Continue Reading >

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Should Sophomores take the ACT, the Old SAT or the New SAT?

A year from now in March 2016, the SAT will change. The writing section is going away, penalties for wrong answers are going away and the topics covered by the SAT are changing. For more specific examples of the changes, take a look at the College Board’s description of the changes.  But, the real question...Continue Reading >

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Changes to BS/MD Programs MCAT requirements

The Rice/Baylor BS/MD program and the Baylor 2 BS/MD program, both with Baylor College of Medicine, are now requiring the MCAT for students matriculating to the program. They changed the policy late last year but a reader just noticed that I had failed to change the post I had done earlier about which programs did...Continue Reading >

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A Current HPME Student Discusses Life at Northwestern

I have worked with a number of students that have been admitted to Northwestern’s HPME. Since many of my students are interested in this program I thought it would be interesting to hear from a current HPME student. One of my former students agreed to answer some questions to give you a little insight into...Continue Reading >

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Common Application Essay Prompts for 2015-2016

The Common Application is the single application form for more than 500 US colleges including most of the highly selective colleges. The Common Application has one essay that goes to all of the colleges called the personal statement. They have just released the list of the essay prompts for the personal statement for the next...Continue Reading >

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