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 NYSEDís Homeless Education current technical assistance vendor, NYS-TEACHS.
News and Notes: New Professional De...

News and Notes: New Professional Development Materials

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

Funding Opportunity: 2014-15 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) - Basic School Improvement Grant Application

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.
RFP Posted: Special Education Media...

RFP Posted: Special Education Mediation Technical Assistance Center

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

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

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

RFP Posted: Evaluation of Categorical Bilingual Education Programs

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


How to fairly and efficiently alloc...

How to fairly and efficiently allocate employee raises and rewards (essay)

Elizabeth Simmons discusses fair and efficient selection processes for distributing raises, grant funds, workshop seats and other resources.

Essay on the most important advice ...

Essay on the most important advice for a tenure-track professor

When it comes to earning tenure, you need to forget all the fights about who is responsible for higher education's problems and focus on one simple piece of advice, writes Chuck Rybak.

Essay on the way academics must get...

Essay on the way academics must get used to friends moving elsewhere

In academic careers, those to whom you are closest frequently move.

How to avoid the pitfalls that comm...

How to avoid the pitfalls that commonly trip up college leaders (essay)

Christine Helwick describes some of the financial and managerial problems that trip up college leaders -- and how to avoid them.

Essay on mistakes humanities facult...

Essay on mistakes humanities faculty members make in seeking to be published

Rob Weir considers the mistakes humanities professors make that keep them from having journal submissions accepted.

Essay on how academic entrepreneurs...

Essay on how academic entrepreneurs can get the right feedback

To move projects ahead, you need to get the right advice, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

BBC News Education

'Big rise' in school absence fines

'Big rise' in school absence fines

The number of parental fines in England for children's poor school attendance has risen sharply since the term-time holiday ban, BBC research suggests.
School A-level advice 'often wrong'

School A-level advice 'often wrong'

Thousands of pupils are being given scant or wrong advice about the best A-level subjects to study to gain a degree place, a survey finds.
'Extremist' nurseries to lose funds

'Extremist' nurseries to lose funds

Councils will be given powers to stop funding early-years providers with links to extremism, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.
Mother in poolside breastfeeding ro...

Mother in poolside breastfeeding row

A breastfeeding mother says staff at a pool told her she was breaking a "no food or drink" rule but the pool says staff were just concerned for safety.
Families still 'struggling to cope'

Families still 'struggling to cope'

People are still worried about rising living costs despite a growing economy, according to a survey.
'Four admit' Borneo student killing...

'Four admit' Borneo student killings

Four men arrested in Borneo over the stabbing of two British medical students have "admitted their crime" according to a local police chief.

US Govt Dept of Education

Students Who Have Beaten the Odds S...

Students Who Have Beaten the Odds Share Their Stories with the Secretary

Secretary Duncan and members of
The U.S. Department of Education St...

The U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program

As part of an effort to ensure more families can afford a higher education and promote the responsible use of taxpayer dollars, the U.S. Department of Education proposed today new regulations that will update eligibility standards and improve access for student and parent borrowers under the federal Direct PLUS loan program.
ED Intern Inspired by Stories of Te...

ED Intern Inspired by Stories of Teachers? Motivations

Third-grade teacher Kristen Goncalves he
?Let?s Read! Let?s Move!? Series En...

?Let?s Read! Let?s Move!? Series Ends Where Reading Begins ? at the U.S. Library of Congress

My Top Advisers: Principals and Tea...

My Top Advisers: Principals and Teachers

I had three conversations last week that served as valuable reminders of the impact of visionary, skilled principals. In one conversation, a group of award-winning teachers emphasized repeatedly the important role that great principals play in recruiting and retaining the best teachers in challenging school environments.
My Brother?s Keeper Initiative Reso...

My Brother?s Keeper Initiative Resonates Personally for ED Intern

ED summer intern Durrell Jamerson-Barnes.


Federal government says Virginia sc...

Federal government says Virginia schools restrained, isolated students

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them. The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems. The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.
Fewer Colorado teens think pot harm...

Fewer Colorado teens think pot harmful, use down since legalization

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The number of Colorado high school students who believe marijuana is harmful has fallen since the state legalized recreational pot, while teen use of the drug has declined slightly during the same time, health officials said on Thursday. Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults in ballot measures approved by voters in 2012. Retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado on Jan. 1 and in Washington last month. The survey found that one in five students admitted using marijuana within the last 30 days, down from 22 percent of those surveyed in 2011.†One-third said they have tried pot.
Embattled NCAA lets richest college...

Embattled NCAA lets richest colleges play their own game

NCAA President Emmert speaks during news conference at NCAA headquarters in IndianapolisU.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.

Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid p...

Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid plagiarism probe

This Tuesday, June 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., leaves the Capitol in Washington. A campaign spokeswoman says Walsh is taking personal time at his Helena home but declined to answer questions about whether he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race amid allegations that he plagiarized a research paper. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander's campaign said Thursday.

2 Virginia schools blamed for restr...

2 Virginia schools blamed for restraining students

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia schools denied students with emotional disabilities the right to a free, appropriate public education by frequently subjecting them to seclusion and physical restraint.
Education Department to ease colleg...

Education Department to ease college loan rules

The Department of Education said Thursday it will try to make it easier for students and parents with troubled credit histories to get college loans. New rules would ease restrictions on college students ...


Term-time holiday fines up 70% afte...

Term-time holiday fines up 70% after ban

The number of fines issued to parents for their children?s absence from school has risen by around 70 per cent since term-time holidays were banned last year, a BBC survey has found.

Exams office staff affected by burn...

Exams office staff affected by burn-out over reforms

School and college staff responsible for running GCSE and A-level exams could quit their jobs in large numbers because of burn-out linked to the constant upheaval in the system, a new report warns.

Some of Britain's most famous unive...

Some of Britain's most famous universities pay their fundraising teams less than the Living Wage

Some of Britain?s biggest universities are paying less than the Living Wage to staff on their alumni fundraising teams responsible for soliciting donations from graduates.

Government's flagship free schools ...

Government's flagship free schools accused of allowing 'stealth selection' as they fail to admit poorest kids

Free schools have been accused of ?cherry-picking? bright and wealthy pupils after a major study found that even those established in deprived areas are failing to admit the neediest children.

Exam system is 'outdated and archai...

Exam system is 'outdated and archaic', says Eton headmaster Tony Little

An unlikely opponent of exam league tables emerged today, with the head of Britain?s top public school mounting an attack on the Government?s approach to measuring the success of education.

Exam system is 'archaic', says Eton...

Exam system is 'archaic', says Eton headmaster Tony Little

An unlikely opponent of exam league tables emerged today, with the head of Britain?s top public school mounting an attack on the Government?s approach to measuring the success of education.

Education Week

Zais says he's disappointed by exit...

Zais says he's disappointed by exit exam scores

90 percent of school districts met ...

90 percent of school districts met Texas' standard

New standards mean new books for Ha...

New standards mean new books for Hawaii schools

Nebraska schools accountability pla...

Nebraska schools accountability plan taking shape

BESE to consider career courses

BESE to consider career courses

Agricultural education program gets...

Agricultural education program gets recognition


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:

  1. Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models
  2. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device
  3. 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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Mobile Learning and the Long Tail o...

Mobile Learning and the Long Tail of Education

It is an acknowledged fact today that every student learns at his or her own pace. Traditionally, teachers and schools have focused on identifying the common denominator that would sufficiently engage students at all levels. However, differentiated instructions, where a student's education is tailored to the specific attributes of that student, is increasingly making inroads into schools today. Therein lies the challenge for teachers, as they have to cater not only to the students at different levels, but also communicate this to parents effectively.

That is one of the reasons for the rapid adoption of mobile learning in K-12 education. Mobile devices inherently support the notion of differentiation. Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator, suggests that "the only thing we have to do in automatic differentiation is to start the process and then let it go." Sounds like magic? Well, Ben cites some examples of automatic differentiation that are already being embraced.

Cooperative learning is done in small groups, and students are forced to interact with other students to complete the learning task. In this setting, students automatically choose the task they are most comfortable doing along with the level of participation that resonates best with them.
Project-based learning is also an example of automatic differentiation. When given the project and the standard of success in a rubric, then it is up to the student to determine how to meet the requirements. The students automatically choose methods and learning strategies that coincide with their needs and interests.
Choice learning is an example of automatic differentiation because students are allowed to choose which assignment they want to complete from a menu containing several equivalent assignments. An example of this is the elementary concept of "centers." Students can wander from center to center, engaging in what ever they are interested in doing.

Mobile learning using tablets is ideally suited for this new paradigm of learning. Why?
  • In typical 1:1 schools, every student has a personal tablet or learning device

  • Students work at their own individual skill levels

  • They automatically follow their own interests and learning styles

The challenge is for teachers to identify or learn the effective use of mobile learning to implement any combination of the automatic differentiation strategies.

Schools that support true mobile learning allow these devices home, and so your role as a parent in supporting or facilitating these strategies also become crucial to their success. In an infinitely customizable world, why should education be any different?
10 Tips to Rock Your Brand New Scho...

10 Tips to Rock Your Brand New School Year

Whether you love school or see it only as a means to an end, you want to succeed. As my old friend Kathy (now a professor) once said, "There really is nothing like kicking a*s in school, is there?"

Here are 10 tips to help you manage your workload, make the best use of your time and get the greatest return on your educational investment:

1. Get your sleep. This will be hard, especially if you're a night owl (as I am). But without sufficient sleep, everything else in your day -- from getting to class to getting along with that annoying classmate -- will be harder than it has to be. And as much as I would like to have believed otherwise, sleeping from 4 a.m. to noon is not the same as sleeping from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

2. Get organized. This may sound obvious, but how many of us actually make it a priority? Figure out what tools you'll need to do your best work, and treat yourself. As an example, when I went back to school for my master's degree, I determined that I needed (or wanted) a separate binder for each course. I also figured out if I liked the pens I was using, I would probably take better notes and write better blue-book essays -- which turned out to be true. To this day, I still rely on Pilot G2 gel pens.

3. Upgrade your study skills. With every educational advancement comes a new level of challenge. Yet how often do we muddle along with our same study habits?

Just before going back to grad school, I read Adam Robinson's excellent book, What Smart Students Know. I learned not just how to study for tests, but how to rehearse. I also learned better strategies for note-taking (key: use loose-leaf paper, which allows for greater flexibility when reviewing your notes).

Read Robinson's book, and you will also learn better strategies for studying itself (hint: don't just glaze over your notes and textbooks as though all of it has equal importance -- hone in on what counts).

Incidentally, grad school was the first time in my life I earned straight As. I attribute much of that to Robinson's book. And no, this is not a paid endorsement.

4. Let your career interests drive your college major (not the other way around). As a career counselor, I would often get the question, "What can I do with this major?" I would always respond with, "What would you like to do?" Sometimes students had an answer, other times you could hear crickets.

When you've taken time to discern what you would like to do, using every means possible (reading, career assessments, face-to-face visits with people in careers that interest you, internships and the like), you can then select the ideal major. For example, as an undergrad, I chose to major in advertising, not because I wanted to work on Madison Avenue, but because I loved to write and wanted to learn how to write persuasively. And I wanted to graduate in four years, which I did.

5. Embrace "seasonal imbalance." If you're going to school full time, this has to be your main focus (unless, of course, you're married and/or have kids). The point is, if you want to succeed in school, you can't be on 24-hour call for your friends, family, church and local soup kitchen. Balance, yes. But not at the expense of your education. For this season of life, you're a student. As much as you can, let that role take center stage.

6. Choose your companions wisely. If you want to do well in school and life, you've got to seek out friends who bring out your best, not your worst. And of course, you must be that kind of friend. As my mother told me all while I was growing up, "If you're going to grow, you're going to have to leave some people behind." This is not to be done casually. Yet doing so, when necessary, will make new friendships possible.

7. Don't expect your degree to be enough. What will make your education fun, memorable and "marketable" are the experiences you create outside the classroom. Examples: volunteering in a field that interests you, studying overseas, working an internship. I could (and probably should) do a whole post on meaningful internships, but suffice it to say, they're the ultimate try-before-you-buy for both you and the employer. Even my worst internship ever was extremely helpful -- in three short months, it taught me what I didn't want to do with my life, and the type of organization I didn't want to work for.

8. Use high school or college as a springboard to the real world -- not as a shelter. If you graduate from high school or college, having never interacted meaningfully with people who think different from you or look different from you, you will have wasted some of the best parts of your education. Along those lines, don't confuse geographic diversity with socioeconomic diversity -- if you can have only one, choose the latter. You'll learn more and have a more interesting circle of friends.

9. Figure out how and when you learn best. Are you primarily a book learner, or a hands-on learner? As much as you can, bend your studying to fit the conditions under which you learn most readily.

As an example, remember how I mentioned being a night owl? I've only recently discovered that I do some of my best work early in the morning. Go figure. What about you? If you're not sure when you're at your mental peak, keep experimenting until you figure it out. When you do, succeeding in school will become that much easier and more rewarding.

10. Sit near the front of the classroom. This advice is both literal and figurative. By sitting up front, you'll be less distracted, more alert, and more accountable. Figuratively speaking, sitting near the front is code for my father's more universal advice, "Set yourself up for success." You're the only one who can make this happen, and ultimately the only one who can keep it from happening.

A month from now, I'll be putting most or all of these tips to the test -- not as a student, but as an instructor. I'll be teaching a three-credit required course for all graduate counseling students at the University of San Diego: Career Development Across the Lifespan. It's a tall order, because I haven't taught the course in two years, and I've agreed to teach a double section. Still, with enough sleep, enough preparation, a smile and a steady supply of Pilot G2 pens, my students and I are in for a wonderful adventure -- one that promises to take us outside our classroom.
Sex Education Textbook That Discuss...

Sex Education Textbook That Discusses Bondage And Masturbation Sparks Outrage

A group of California parents think a textbook being used for local sex education classes is wildly inappropriate for students.

According to the Los Angeles Times, some parents from Fremont Unified School District are trying to get administrators to reconsider the use of a textbook called ?Your Health Today? in ninth-grade health classes. The parents say that the book references sexual bondage, masturbation and other topics that they think are too mature for their teenage children.

As of Friday afternoon, an online petition calling on the district to remove the book had over 1,700 signatures.

?If all the teachers and the superintendent think it's OK to show bondage, etc. to a 9th grader, then they are all perverts. This book is clearly targeted for college students. One has to ask why are the teachers so interested in getting kids exposed to these ?advanced? sexual material?? wrote one commenter on the petition.

The Northern California district?s board of education voted to adopt the textbook in June, according to TODAY.com, and teachers also support use of the textbook.

"The teachers felt here is what California requires, here are the standards, this is the best match for it," James Morris, superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District, told TODAY.

Parents who do not want their kids taking sex education have the option of opting their child out of that part of the health class. Authors of the textbook told TODAY that the book is meant for college students, but it could still work for high schoolers.

Indeed, Fremont district administrators think it is important that ninth-graders have access to information in the textbook.

"Yes, it talks about masturbation," said school board President Lara Calvert-York to the San Francisco Chronicle. "We really want them to have a safe place to get facts about their bodies and how to handle things and how they need to be mature to deal with these things."

Still, a parent from the district says she would consider legal action if the textbook is not dropped.

"I was shocked when I looked at the book the first time," said local parent Asfia Ahmed to the outlet. ?I am willing to pursue legal action, and I have other parents willing to support me on this."

California law does not mandate sex education, although when it is provided, it must be medically accurate. Parents must also be notified about the content in sex education courses before they take place, according to California law.
What Computer Geeks Taught Me About...

What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging


Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports.

That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day.

I am one of those baby boomers. But I'm not scared anymore. And I have an energetic group of computer "geeks" to thank for that.

Don't get me wrong. I'm still concerned about the future of aging services. By 2050, there will be 89 million Americans between the ages of 65 and 84.

These older adults will make up about 20 percent of the U.S. population. That's the highest percentage of older Americans we've ever seen in this country.

The real challenge will come from another demographic fact. The Pew Research Center estimates that by 2050 -- just as the number of older people is ballooning -- there will be significantly fewer working-age people available to care for them.

So why am I not scared?

Geeks to the Rescue

The computer geeks who eased my fears about aging were college students participating in an event called the "LeadingAge HackFest."

Teams of 4-to-6 participants spent two days last October holed up in a Dallas hotel trying to create a technology-driven tool that would improve the lives of older adults and their families.

The technology solutions devised during the HackFest all-nighter were pretty impressive. But the technology itself wasn't what eased my fears about the future of aging services.

What set my mind at rest was the realization that we might actually be able to solve our looming caregiver crisis by enlisting the help of some pretty non-traditional partners -- partners like the young techies who traded their weekend plans for an opportunity to hit on the next big idea in aging services technologies.

To be frank, providers of aging services need lots of help from people just like this -- people who, up until now, we have never invited into our care settings.

It's Not Just About the Technology

LeadingAge will again be encouraging young men and women to develop promising age-related technology solutions during this year's Hackfest, which takes place Oct. 18-20 in Nashville.

But, why stop there? Why not encourage providers of aging services to enlist other nontraditional partners who could help us address the challenges associated with an aging population?

These new partners need just three basic characteristics -- all of which I witnessed at the LeadingAge HackFest:

An interest in the challenges facing older people, even if those challenges aren't directly related to their course of study or career path.

A belief that they have what it takes to improve the aging experience.

A willingness to collaborate with older adults and providers of aging services to come up with solutions that actually have a chance of working.

There's a long list of new partners who could help us change the lives of older people if we would only ask. Here's the short list:


Who understands the needs of older people better than older people? So why don't aging services organizations hire more of them?

Let's recruit retirees to work in our care settings. Let's create flexible, part-time jobs that appeal to their retired lifestyle.

These older workers might share jobs with younger workers who would carry out the more physically taxing aspects of caregiving.

Retired health care professionals, including doctors and nurses, could serve as mentors and coaches for younger and less experienced staff.

Family Caregivers

Many dedicated family members have already answered the call to help husbands, wives, and parents cope with illness or late-life challenges. In the process, they have acquired a host of skills that could really benefit aging services organizations and the people we serve.

With formal training, these family caregivers could become key members of our care teams when they are no longer needed at home.

High School Students

High schools are in a great position to educate their students about the aging process. They can also help dispel the myths about older people that often keep young people from entering the field of aging services.

Our care settings could give these students a place to gain practical caregiving experience and to decide if they wanted to make caregiving a career.

Providers of aging services might even consider offering financial support to help students pursue certification and degree programs that enhance their skills.

College Students

Nursing homes, assisted living communities and community-based service agencies could provide life-changing service-learning opportunities to college students pursuing a variety of degree paths.

Some providers of aging services already support training programs for nurses, doctors and other health professionals. More providers should open their doors to professionals-in-training as well as a variety of scholars in non-clinical fields.

It's not hard to imagine how a drama major might be inspired to become a nursing home's activity director.

A technology major might decide to join a retirement community's IT department. A culinary student could become an assisted living community's next chef.

The possibilities are endless, as long as we don't limit our imaginations -- or the imaginations of our new partners.

Welcoming New People to the Team

Attracting nontraditional caregivers will require some nontraditional decisions from aging services organizations. We'll need to:

Create and sustain relationships with people who have never been on our radar screens. That will take ingenuity and persistence.

Design jobs that will make young people and retirees want to come to work every day. That's a challenge for any employer.

Invest in rigorous training programs and offer competitive salary and benefits packages.

Foster a corporate culture that respects workers, offers them the freedom to use their skills creatively, and welcomes them as integral and fully functioning members of the care team.

All this may sound hard. But if the energy and excitement of the LeadingAge HackFest is any indication, it is far from impossible.

The HackFest made two things abundantly clear. An investment in welcoming nontraditional partners to the field of aging services will bring new energy and excitement to our care settings.

It will also provide new hope to the people who are depending on us to be there for them if and when they need services and supports in the future.
Department Of Education Says Virgin...

Department Of Education Says Virginia Schools Restrained, Isolated Students

Aug 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education has concluded that two Virginia public schools denied the right of education to emotionally disabled students after discovering teachers had frequently secluded and restrained them.

The department wrote in a July 29 letter of findings that it had entered an accord with the two public schools in Prince William County, PACE East and PACE West, to correct the problems.

The schools are for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. The department's investigation followed a complaint filed in 2012.

According to the letter from the department's Office for Civil Rights, school employees in some cases physically forced students to lie face down on the floor or put them into solitary padded areas.

Investigators found that both schools denied students appropriate public education by failing to reevaluate them to determine if they needed more or different aids and service.

The investigators blamed the failure to reevaluate on the frequent use of restraint, seclusion and the removal of students from classrooms to an isolated area.

The frequent use of the practices, described in the letter as a "one-size fits all behavior management approach," caused students to miss classes and school work.

During the 2012-2013 school year at PACE West, 29 students were restrained or secluded a total of 59 times. That same year at PACE East, 31 students were restrained or secluded a total of 154 times.

School policy allows staff to physically restrain disruptive, aggressive or violent students in emergency situations.

The department said the schools broke policy by failing to notify parents when students were restrained or secluded.

In a statement of resolution, the Prince William County Public Schools said it would review records of students who were restrained or secluded more than once to find an alternative.

Teachers and counselors will also be trained to identify students that require reevaluation.

The Washington Post newspaper first reported the letter and resolution on Wednesday.

(Reporting by John Clarke in Annapolis, Maryland; Editing by Ian Simpson and Eric Beech)
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Princeton University may soon end a policy that limited how many A's could be distributed to students.

A faculty committee appointed by University President Christopher Eisgruber to review the school's grading policies announced this week that Princeton's grading guidelines need to be changed, according to NJ.com.

The current policy advises that A's cannot account for more than 35 percent of the grades given in undergraduate courses. Although the intention of the grading system was "to provide fair and consistent standards across the University," and to combat grade inflation, the faculty committee found that limiting the amount of A's increases student stress.

The report said those 35 percent caps "are too often misinterpreted as quotas," as the New York Times notes.

As part of its reviewing process, the committee surveyed students. Here are some of the grievances students expressed about Princeton's grading policy:

I received a 91 on a midterm exam in a [particular department] course this past fall (my concentration), but the 91 was scratched out and replaced with an 88. When I asked my professor why he reduced by score, he told me that normally the paper would be an A-, but due to grade deflation, he was forced to lower several students' grades to a B+.

I have experience[d] multiple negative effects from the grading policy. Because of grade deflation it has been extremely difficult to find any kind of collaborative environment in any department and class I have taken at Princeton. Often even good friends of mine would refuse to explain simple concepts that I might have not understood in class for fear that I would do better than them. I have also heard from others about students actively sabotaging other students' grades by giving them the wrong notes or telling them wrong information. Classes here often feel like shark tanks. If I had known about this I very probably would have not attended Princeton despite it being a wonderful university otherwise.

I had to drop being Pre-Med here because the grades I was getting in the sceinces were too low. I was getting low grades not because I didn't understand the material, but because the curve was getting messed up by kids who were very advanced in chemistry and taking Intro to Chem and getting 100's on the exams. Now my parents have to help me pay for a post-bac program so that I can take the sciences elsewhere post-graduation because Princeton didn't allow me to take the necessary next step to realizing my dream by giving me unfair grades in the sciences...

However, some students remain in favor of Princeton's lack of grade inflation:

I think the rigorous standards (either natural to Princeton or caused by the grade deflation policy) have definitely pushed me harder to do better work, especially in the classes I enjoy. I think one of the unmentioned effects is the clarification I feel because of grade deflation. In some classes, I'll feel very stressed trying to produce quality of work, but in others, I enjoy putting the extra time/effort in and want to be challenged. Unsurprisingly, this helped me figure out which departments and disciplines I enjoy, and which I would rather avoid.

The grading policy provides students (myself included) with an easy excuse anytime we receive grades that we don't feel reflect our work.

According to the committee's report, "the best reasons to change Princeton?s grading policy have more to do with psychological factors and campus atmosphere" than with improving students' post-graduate opportunities. In order to reshape Princeton's academic culture, the committee recommended removing the numerical targets from the grading policy, charging departments with developing their own grading standards and dissolving the Committee on Grading.

For details on each recommendation, see the full report here.


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