NY Education

RFP Posted: Scaling and Scale Maint...

RFP Posted: Scaling and Scale Maintenance, Standard Setting, and Reliability/Validity Analyses of the New York State Regents Examination and Grades 4 and 8 Science Test Programs

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of State Assessment is seeking proposals to conduct three psychometric tasks: (1) scaling and scale maintenance of field tests;(2) post-operational score collection and standard setting; and, (3) analyses to provide evidence regarding reliability and validity for selected High School Regents Examinations in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and the Science examinations for Grades 4 and 8. The successful vendor will perform these three psychometric tasks and prepare technical documentation for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. Vendors must bid on all services for any examinations selected by NYSED in the content areas listed in this RFP.
News and Notes: Learning Summit

News and Notes: Learning Summit

The Board of Regents has asked the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to host a Learning Summit on teacher and principal evaluation on Thursday, May 7. At the live webcast event, the Board and NYSED will hear recommendations from experts and stakeholders.
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).


Essay on frustrations of associate ...

Essay on frustrations of associate professors

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist consider job (dis)satisfaction among associate professors.

Essay on how to navigate rules when...

Essay on how to navigate rules when you are on the tenure track

Sometimes an academic has to ignore a few rules to get things done, writes Nate Kreuter.

Essay on decision to become a provo...

Essay on decision to become a provost

Terri E. Givens describes her decision, six years after returning to a faculty job, to become a provost.

Essay on issues facing young academ...

Essay on issues facing young academics on social media

Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers questions for pretenure academics to consider before getting active on controversial topics on social media.

Essay on issues facing young academ...

Essay on issues facing young academics on social media

Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers questions for pretenure academics to consider before getting active on controversial topics on social media.

Essay on how to handle illegal ques...

Essay on how to handle illegal questions during academic job interviews

It's important to be prepared for illegal questions, and to think through how you want to respond to them, writes Natalie Lundsteen.

BBC News Education

Oxford University first female head

Oxford University first female head

Oxford University is set to have a female head for the first time in its history, with the nomination of Louise Richardson as vice chancellor.
State school intake up at Cambridge

State school intake up at Cambridge

The proportion of state school pupils admitted to Cambridge University rose slightly last year to 62.2%, according to figures published by the university.
China executes teacher for abuse

China executes teacher for abuse

China's top court says it has executed a primary school teacher found guilty of raping or sexually abusing 26 girls.
Points plan for degree grades

Points plan for degree grades

Universities should show students' achievement with points scores, as well as the existing degree grades, says a higher education advisory group
Teachers 'work an extra 11 hours'

Teachers 'work an extra 11 hours'

Teachers in Scotland are working an additional 11 hours a week on top of their contracted hours, according to a survey by a union.
More UK students study overseas

More UK students study overseas

Students are increasingly opting to study overseas as part of their undergraduate degrees, research suggests.

US Govt Dept of Education

An Equal Investment in Each Child?s...

An Equal Investment in Each Child?s Future

America is built on principles of equality and opportunity for all. In education, that means all our students deserve fair and equal access to strong academic programs, great teachers, new technology, and appropriate facilities, no matter where they live. Those values motivate committed educators and their partner organizations throughout this country.
U.S. Department of Education Comple...

U.S. Department of Education Completes Review of Major Student Loan Servicers

As a part of the Obama Administration's commitment to protect student loan borrowers, the U.S. Department of Education conducted thorough reviews of the four major federal student loan servicers to ensure that the companies followed federal law when it comes to loan interest rates for active-duty servicemembers.
Working to Protect College Students...

Working to Protect College Students from Unfair Banking Practices

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is cracking down on school-bank partnerships that unfairly target college students receiving federal student aid. Last Friday, ED announced proposed regulations that would ensure students aren?t required to receive their federal student aid on prepaid or debit cards that charge fees for overdrawing the accounts. Other proposed changes would:
Help Us Get the Word Out About Tool...

Help Us Get the Word Out About Tools and Resources for Student Loan Repayment

Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid (including federal student loans) in the country. Once it?s time for borrowers to repay their student loans, we?re also here to help with free tools and resources to make the repayment process easier. Federal Student Aid recently launched a student loan repayment campaign to educate borrowers about affordable repayment options and to provide them with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions. We need your help to spread the campaign?s important messages!
Bullying Rates Drop

Bullying Rates Drop

Bullying remains a serious issue for students and their families, and efforts to reduce bullying concern policy makers, administrators, and educators. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, ?As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially.
New Data Show a Decline in School-b...

New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S.


Money Minute: Are for-profit colleg...

Money Minute: Are for-profit colleges really that bad?

What makes for-profits so much worse than traditional, nonprofit schools? Yahoo Finance's Mandi Woodruff explains in this week?s Money Minute.
Judge upholds U.S. 'gainful employm...

Judge upholds U.S. 'gainful employment' rules for for-profit colleges

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit filed by a group of for-profit colleges challenging the Obama administration?s new regulations aimed at limiting student debt. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York upheld the Department of Education's rules, which require the colleges to demonstrate their graduates earn enough money to repay their loans in order to maintain access to federal financial aid. "DOE has a strong interest in ensuring that students ? who are, after all, the direct (and Congress' intended) beneficiaries of Title IV federal aid programs ? attend schools that prepare them adequately for careers sufficient for them to repay their taxpayer-financed student loans," Kaplan wrote in a 57-page decision.
Former British premier: Refugees ov...

Former British premier: Refugees overwhelm Lebanese schools

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, speaks during a press conference with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, center, and British Ambassador in Lebanon Tom Fletcher in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)BEIRUT (AP) ? Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday that Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, asking the world for more support as estimates suggest that more than 400,000 children from neighboring Syria need schooling here ? nearly twice the number of Lebanese children in school.

Compensation win for Japanese teach...

Compensation win for Japanese teachers forced to sing anthem

Some Japanese teachers refuse to sing the national anthem because of what they say are its imperial and militaristic overtonesThe Tokyo District Court ruled Monday that the capital's municipal government must pay a total of 537 million yen ($4.5 million) to 22 former high school teachers. Some critics say Japan's anthem amounts to a call to sacrifice oneself for the emperor and celebrates militarism. Numerous battles over the years have seen teachers clash with school administrators over the issue, and today nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is accused of trying to play down Japan's war history.

Middle-school players play major ro...

Middle-school players play major roles as stat leaders for some high school softball teams

Middle-school players play major roles as stat leaders for some high school softball teams7th-Grader Hits Walk-off Home Run for Varsity High School Softball Team 8,199 views0:56 Video: 7th-grader hits walk-off home run for varsity high school softball teamSee middle-school slugger Johnna Staggs hit a walk-off homer Aspen Wesley has yet to set foot in a classroom at Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.), but she has already pitched the Rockets to a pair of 5A state softball titles and is a two-time All-State Team selectee. She has a chance to be a six-time All-State Team member, as well as a six-time state champion. In the state semifinals, she pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a run-rule shortened 11-0 game, then two-hit West Harrison in the title game. She also no-hit New Hope earlier in the state tournament. With only a few states allowing middle school students to play up, it is a rare opportunity to see such young players leading their teams to state titles. Neshoba Central coach Trae Embry said he's not surprised by anything Wesley accomplishes. He considers the 14-year-old to be the best pitcher in Mississippi. "She might be an eighth-grade hitter, but she certainly is not your usual eighth-grade pitcher," said Embry, referring to her .243 batting average. "She is the No. 1 pitcher in the state at any age. Courtesy photo Aspen Wesley just finished a stellar eighth-gradeseason for Neshoba Central in Mississippi. She'sone of a handful of middle-school players to findsuccess at the varsity level."She is a special player." Wesley isn't alone at making an impact at the high school level though she's yet to be called a prep. A handful of seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout the United States are getting an early opportunity to shine and they're posting numbers worth national recognition. Not all states allow middle-schoolers to play at that level, but representatives from those states that do say guidelines are in place before a student is eligible. Ron Ingram from the Alabama High School Athletic Association says seventh- and eighth-graders can play if it is a grades 7-12 or K-12 school or a feeder school into a high school. And the player must live in the school's geographic zone. "Plus, the (middle and high) schools involved must agree on the player playing up," Ingram said. "There is no distinct advantage to playing up other than the competitive level," he said. "All players in the state are limited to 18 regular season games, not counting tournaments or playoffs. If a player participates in a dozen middle school games, they then can compete in six regular-season games." Ingram noted that seventh-grader Michaela Morad of Huntsville (Ala.) tied a 6A-7A state record in winning the state's large schools golf title. "Many youngsters are ready to compete at a higher level," he said. Ricky Neaves, assistant director for the Mississippi High School Athletic Association, said there are two requirements for youngsters to play at the high school level in Mississippi. One of Wesley's requirements to be eligible to play up is based upon academics. "All seventh- and eighth-graders must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the four core courses (English, math, science and social studies) and they must live in the school district of their high school," said Neaves, who noted that a 2.0 overall GPA is required for high school students. "There is more pressure and more time away from class in high school sports than at lower levels, so we want to make sure students are handling their core classes before allowing them to play up." Wesley's numbers show that she's handling the classes and opposing offenses. In her two varsity seasons, she has lost just once to go along with 37 victories. Her lone loss was 2-0 to Germantown (Madison, Miss.) early in the 2015 season. However, Wesley beat Germantown twice (4-0, 6-2) in the state tournament. This season, she went 18-1 with a 0.80 ERA and struck out 163 batters in 114 innings. She had 16 complete games. As a seventh-grader, Wesley was 19-0 with a 0.69 ERA and struck out 209 batters in 121 innings and earned her first of two all-state honors. Her ERA would be tied for seventh in the nation but she has not pitched enough innings to qualify for the MaxPreps stat leaderboards. "She works hard at being good. She wants to win and works 365 days a year to be successful," said Embry, who noted she has five different pitches in her arsenal. "Her best pitches are her screwball and curveball. It's tough for batters to get the bat on the ball." In addition to movement, Wesley consistently pitches 61-62 mph and displays excellent control, indicative of just 66 walks in 235 high school innings. In two seasons, she is averaging better than 1.5 strikeouts per inning. "Despite her age, her strong point is her mental approach to the game. She is so far ahead of any others at her age ... she never gets rattled. She never changes expression. She understands she has a good defense and that her team will score runs. She is very confident," Embry said. When Embry took over the softball program at Neshoba Central two years ago, he said he had never seen Wesley pitch, but had heard about her. "But you hear that about a lot of kids," he said. "We have 3,000 students and you get told about this kid or that kid ... some you see it, some you don't." With Wesley, Embry certainly "saw it." "No doubt about it," said Embry. "She is my ace." Though Wesley has had an unofficial visit to a Division 1 school, Embry said "she's focusing" on her immediate future, which will include playing slow pitch softball in the fall. "Playing slow pitch will help her defensively," he said. "Right now, when she plays, she only pitches. This will make her all-around game better." Here's a brief look at some other eighth-graders making an impact at the high school level: Photo by Brandon Sumrall Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville- Maddie Webber of King's Academy (Seymour, Tenn.) is hitting over .500 and has already verbally committed to Tennessee. - Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville (Deatsville, Ala.) averaged a strikeout per inning in 194 pitched with a 21-13 record and a 2.63 ERA. She also had team highs in batting (.473), hits (53), RBIs (20) and slugging percentage (.633). She pitched 30 complete games and had a season-high 17 strikeouts against Elmore County. - McKenna Griffin of Wilson Christian Academy (N.C.) only played in 18 games, but made the most of them as she batted .630, scored 36 runs and drove in 33. - Lily Tanski of Tuscaloosa Home Educators (Northport, Ala.) led her team to a 17-9 season by hitting .623 and driving in 38 runs. She also was 13-3 in the circle and recorded a 1.62 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 95 innings. Few players in the nation matched Tanski's two strikeout per inning ratio. - Arianna Burford of Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, Va.) hit a team-high 10 homers and helped lead the Gators to their seventh-straight (and 10th overall) VISAA D2 state title. She batted a team-high .507 and drove in 38 runs. - Maelyn Thompson of Johnsonville (S.C.) led the Flashes to the AA Lower State title game and a 26-5 record by hitting eight home runs, scoring 47 runs and stealing 22 bases without getting caught. - Ali Settlemires of Biggersville (Corinth, Miss.) won a dozen games and struck out 146 in 122 innings. - Chloe Culp of North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the Eagles to a 19-6 record with team-high marks for home runs (seven), RBIs (40), runs scored (47) and hitting (.527). - Kaleigh Caulder starts for Latta (S.C.), which plays in the state A title game this weekend. She is batting .397, has scored 36 runs and stolen 18 bases. - Caroline Clark of Colbert Heights (Tuscumbia, Ala.) led the Wildcats to a 42-7 record and deep into the state 3A playoffs with a team-high 47 RBIs, a .423 batting average and 58 base hits. Teammate Kinsley Milender, a seventh-grader, batted .357 with 31 RBIs and 18 extra base hits. - Daniella Wilson of Indian Land (Fort Mill, S.C.) led to the 2A Warriors to an 18-8 season with a .500 batting average and team highs in hits, homers and RBIs. - Arianna Atchley of Prattville Christian Academy (Ala.) scored a team-leading 52 runs and stole 41 bases to lead the Panthers to a 36-win season. Eighth-grade teammate Melissa Townsend was 11-5 with a 2.66 ERA and batted .324. - Brylie St.Clair of Sand Rock (Leesburg, Ala.) is a two-time all-state player after putting up big numbers for a second-straight season (48 runs, 26 RBIs, .548 batting average and 31 stolen bases). She was the 3A Wildcats' top offensive player and had 26 more base hits than any other teammate in a 19-15 season. - Daja Cowan of Resurrection Catholic (Pascagoula, Miss.) stole 47 bases and batted .479 in 16 games. Not to be outdone by the older eighth-graders, a pair of seventh-graders made headlines. Halle Payne averaged better than a strikeout per inning and had an 0.89 ERA as Hale County (Moundville, Ala.) won Alabama's 3A state title. And Liz Rodebaugh of Dale County (Midland City, Ala.) scored 47 runs and batted .466. Payne picked up two wins at the state tournament, including a four-hit, 10-inning quarterfinal victory. Her only loss on the season was 2-0 to 4A state champion Curry. Her freshman teammate Savanna Holmes batted .407 and won 15 games as an eighth-grader in 2014 to lead Hale County to the state 2A title. Also, seventh-grader Johnna Staggs of Rogers (Florence, Ala.) had a pair of walk-off game winners for the Pirates this season. While some states give the green light for middle-school players to move up, most don't. However, that has not stopped the following Class of 2019 members to verbally commit to play softball for Division 1 universities: - Paloma Usquiano from Downey, Calif. has committed to Arkansas. - Maddison Koepke, who will play at Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.), has committed to Auburn. - Sydney Supple, who will play at Oshkosh North (Wis.), has committed to Northwestern. - Raylee Pogue from Ardmore, Okla. has committed to Oklahoma. - Kinzie Hansen from Anaheim, Calif. has committed to Oklahoma. - Ariel Carlson, who will attend Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.), has committed to Oregon. - Deijah Pangilinan, who will play for St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo, Calif.), has committed to Oregon. - Kaitlyn Morrison from South Park, Pa. has committed to Penn State. - Vanessa Oatley from Providence, R.I. has committed to Penn State. - Michelle Leone from Jacksonville, Fla. has committed to Penn State. - Caitlyn McCrary from Murfreesboro, Tenn. has committed to Tennessee. - Natalia Reeves from Liberty Hill, Texas has committed to Texas State. - Lexandra Sosa from Los Angeles has committed to UCLA.

Alberta energy minister inexperienc...

Alberta energy minister inexperience a concern for industry

By Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada's oil and gas industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta's new energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts and executives said on Monday. Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master's degree in administration and leadership from San Diego State University, was on Sunday appointed as energy minister by new Premier Rachel Notley. Notley's left-wing New Democratic Party toppled a 44-year-old conservative government in a May 5 vote, but only a few of its lawmakers have ever held public office.


University of Oxford nominates firs...

University of Oxford nominates first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history

The University of Oxford has nominated its first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history. Professor Louise Richardson, who is currently principal at St Andrews University, is set to take up the role at the start of next year, subject to the approval of the institution?s legislative body.

Universities should ?ditch degree r...

Universities should ?ditch degree ratings for point scores?, says advisory group

Universities should scrap degree classifications and replace them with a US-style point score, according to a government advisory group.

Mediterranean migrant crisis: Pupil...

Mediterranean migrant crisis: Pupils to study issue as part of revamped A-level curriculum

Pupils will be studying the Mediterranean migrant boats crisis as part of a revamped A-level geography exam.

Number of UK university students tr...

Number of UK university students travelling abroad as part of studies soars by 50 per cent

The number of students at UK universities who went abroad as part of their studies soared by 50 per cent last year, according to figures released.

Number of UK university students tr...

Number of UK university students travelling abroad as part of study soars by 50 per cent

The number of students at UK universities who went abroad as part of their studies soared by 50 per cent last year, according to figures released.

Erasers are 'an instrument of the d...

Erasers are 'an instrument of the devil and should be banned', says leading academic

A cognitive scientist has warned that erasers are "an instrument of the devil" and has called for them to be banned from the classroom.

Education Week

Five Principles for Securing Studen...

Five Principles for Securing Student-Data Privacy

Microsoft's chief technology officer, Cameron Evans, writes that schools need a cultural shift in order to protect student data.
Programs Aim to Smooth Student-Poli...

Programs Aim to Smooth Student-Police Relations

Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters.
Finding a Balance Between Monitorin...

Finding a Balance Between Monitoring and Tracking Students

The path to securing acceptable school privacy practices is not a simple one, write Jules Polonetsky and Joseph Jerome.
Our K-12 Policies Resemble Those of...

Our K-12 Policies Resemble Those of Imperial Japan

There is irony in today's U.S. education standards resembling those of pre-World War II Japan, writes Lawrence Baines.
State Lawmakers Balance Concerns on...

State Lawmakers Balance Concerns on Student-Data Privacy

The debate over how to best protect student data has legislators weighing the views of privacy advocates and education technology providers in this year?s crop of proposals.


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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New Jersey Gov. Christie's Shifting...

New Jersey Gov. Christie's Shifting Position On Common Core

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's position on the Common Core education standards has shifted as he has positioned himself for an expected presidential run. Here's a look at how the Republican's statements on the topic have evolved in recent months. --- AUGUST 2013: Less than two years ago, Christie was touting his state's commitment to the standards, which he'd signed onto as part of an application for Race to the Top funds. "We're doing Common Core in New Jersey and we're going to continue. And this is one of those areas where I've agreed more with the president than not," Christie told the audience at a school summit in Las Vegas on August 2013, according to video footage of the event. --- NOVEMBER 2014: By November 2014, Christie was publicly distancing himself. "I have some real concerns about Common Core and how it's being rolled out and that's why I put a commission together to study it," he said during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. He repeated those concerns during a television interview that December and in another radio appearance in January. --- FEBRUARY 2015: At an Iowa GOP county dinner in February, the nature of Christie's opposition appeared to have shifted. "I've said this publicly before: I have grave concerns about the way this is being done, and especially the way the Obama administration has tried to implement it through tying federal funding to these things," he said. "And that changes the entire nature of it, from what was initially supposed to be a voluntary type of system and states could decide on their own to now having federal money tied to it in ways that give me really, really grave concern." There has been no change in implementation and the standards remain voluntary. Christie also appeared to disavow the idea of national standards at a GOP dinner in New Hampshire later that month. He stressed the need for high academic standards, but added that "those higher standards should be determined by the people who are educating the children in those particular states. And my concern about what the administration has done is the federalization of this that takes education further and further away from parents is not the type of education that I think we want in this country or need." --- APRIL 2015: As educators in New Jersey await the completion of a report on the issue of student assessments commissioned by Christie and due at the end of July, Christie made clear during an editorial board interview with New Hampshire's Union Leader newspaper in April that he was looking for alternatives. "I'm open to changing it because it's not working in New Jersey," he reportedly said. --- THURSDAY Christie disavowed the Common Core standards in a speech and announced the appointment of a new working group to come up with an alternative. "It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted. And the truth is that it's simply not working," he said, according to prepared remarks. "Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones. And when we aren't getting the job done for our children, we need to do something different."

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Chris Christie Reverses Position On...

Chris Christie Reverses Position On Common Core, Says He No Longer Supports It In New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday he wants his state to dump the Common Core State Standards, nearly five years after its board of education adopted them. Speaking at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, the likely presidential contender said the controversial academic benchmarks are "simply not working." Instead, he called for measures that "are even higher and come directly from our communities." "It's now been five years since Common Core was adopted and the truth is that it's simply not working," Christie said. "It has brought only confusion and frustration to our parents and has brought distance between our teachers and the communities where they work. ... Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones." Christie initially supported the controversial academic standards, but has expressed concerns in recent months about how they have been playing out in his state. The Common Core State Standards -- developed by a group of governors and state education chiefs -- were designed to make sure students around the country are held to similar benchmarks and have been adopted in a majority of states. In recent years, the standards have become increasing politically polarized, as conservative activists and politicians cite them as an example of federal overreach. Indeed, while the Common Core Standards were not developed by the federal government, the Obama administration incentivized states to adopt higher standards by tying them to federal education funding. "I have heard far too many people -- teachers and parents from across the state -- that the Common Core standards were not developed by New Jersey educators and parents,? Christie said. ?As a result, the buy in from both communities has not been what we need for maximum achievements. I agree. ... In my view, this new era can be even greater by adopting new standards right here in New Jersey -- not 200 miles away on the banks of the Potomac River.? Christie wants the New Jersey education commissioner, David Hespe, to assemble a group to develop new standards for the state, according to Time. When speaking at the 2013 KIPP Schools Summit in Las Vegas, Christie said New Jersey would keep following Common Core. Last year, however, the governor created a commission to review the standards. "We're doing Common Core in New Jersey and we're gonna continue," Christie said in 2013. "This is one of those areas where I've agreed more with the president than not, and with Secretary [of Education Arne] Duncan. They haven't been perfect on this, but they've been better than a lot of folks have been. ... I think part of the Republican opposition that you'll see in some corners in Congress is that knee-jerk reaction that's happening in Washington right now, that if the president likes something, then the Republicans in Congress don't." In reversing his position on the Common Core, Christie's actions mirror those of Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. While Jindal was once a strong advocate for Common Core, he drastically switched positions last year. However, another likely Republican presidential contender, Jeb Bush, maintains support for the standards. Either way, it is not clear how much opinions about Common Core may impact the presidential prospects of Christie or any other potential nominee. When Bloomberg and Purple Strategies interviewed a small, Iowa-based focus group this month about Bush's position on the Common Core, participants didn't seem to care much about the issue. In a February NBC/Marist poll, 65 percent of registered voters in Iowa said they would find it acceptable if a candidate supported the Common Core.

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Sixth-Grader Pens Adorable Apology After 'Deez Nuts' 911 Prank Call

A sixth-grader in Savannah, Georgia, learned this week that prank calls are not emergencies. On Tuesday, the boy hand-wrote an apology to emergency officials after he called a 911 dispatcher, said "deez nuts," and hung up, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police press release. He said his friends dared him to do it. His parents weren't impressed, police say, and drove the boy to the Savannah 911 Center to read his letter to staff members. "I know this was stupid but I was not listening to myself but I knew it was wrong,? the boy wrote. ?Please forgive me for what I said. I know there will be consequences for my actions and I will not complaine [sic] about them." Read the full letter: apology The boy's parents have grounded him, which the police said was adequate punishment. Emergency officials turned the incident into a learning experience, and gave the boy and his family a tour of the facility. From the release: Lt. Jeff Olson was so impressed with the parenting skills that he called the parents to thank them. ?Things like this prove that we do make a difference, one person at a time,? he said. This kid is certainly not the only person to take liberties with his calls to emergency dispatchers. Case in point: A man in British Columbia who used the service to complain that his hamster was being aggressive and having babies. And let's not forget the Wisconsin brothers who called 911 looking for Santa (he's in the North Pole, kids).

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Why A High School 'Battle Of The Sexes' Left One Student 'Appalled'

There's more to women than cosmetics and the color pink, and one high school student relied on social media to spread the word. A "Battle of the Sexes" seems old-fashioned since it pits men and women against each other, but a high school in California welcomed some friendly competition between its students. At such an event at La Serna High School in California, the gym was split into a boys? side and a girls? side and decorated by students in the Student Leadership Organization, Seventeen reported. The boys? side included posters of famous male inventors and leaders like Abraham Lincoln underneath a sign that said, "Who REALLY runs the world." The girls' side didn't use the same tactic, according to Seventeen. Instead, their part of the gym was covered in various shades of pink along with posters made to look like lipstick, a bikini and a diamond. Senior Mindy Pflug was offended by the outright sexism and expressed her well-earned disapproval on Twitter.

.....I am beyond appalled pic.twitter.com/tMpLUKkk26

? Mindy Pflug (@MindyPflug) May 18, 2015 Some on Twitter have responded saying students had the opportunity to offer ideas for decorations. Another explained that there were more decorations on the girls' side that weren't pictured.

@dezirAYYYE @IrishNickeI @MindyPflug there was a sign up sheet in the office for all students to input their ideas

? white star (@ryann_virginia) May 19, 2015

@MindyPflug we had a HUGE poster that clearly stated "Who Run The World.. Girls" so don't make it look like we only put cosmetics up

? Alexa Gaxi (@_98lexa) May 18, 2015

@MindyPflug we really just wanted to get all students involved and have fun, we were not saying or referring to a genders worth

? gillian, (@gilllsthefish) May 18, 2015 Others offered their support and applauded Pflug for speaking out.

@MindyPflug We need more girls like you in the world! Thank you for speaking out against gender stereotypes!

? Hanae Togami (@hanaetogami) May 28, 2015

I'm so happy Mindy's actions received attention!! AWARENESS IS IMPORTANT! Without awareness or education, no change can come!!

? blue (@cutielokzz) May 27, 2015

@MindyPflug you go! So many of us support you and stand with you. I know many of us would not have the courage to speak out just as you did.

? baby dre (@AndreaMaariaa) May 27, 2015 For Pflug, the posters conveyed a sense that women were only characterized by their looks. She told Seventeen that the problem affects more than her school. "The posters sent the message that a boy's worth is attributed to their triumphs in life, while my worth is only based upon appearance. This highly contributes to the harmful gender roles already in place in society," she said. Whether or not there were other posters that adequately characterized women, Pflug is right about one thing: the often shallow representation of women goes beyond the walls of her high school. La Serna High School officials did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment. H/T Seventeen

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10 Children's Books That Paved The ...

10 Children's Books That Paved The Way For A New Queer Protagonist

In Kendrick Daye and Myles E. Johnson?s Large Fears, Jeremiah Nebula may not be a bullfrog. But he is the queer, black protagonist of a children?s picture book -- a genre traditionally dominated by heterosexual, cisgender, white characters. Although the politics of representation is an issue for all literary forms, parent sensitivity has made materials for young readers particularly resistant to plots that question gender, sexuality or the institution of the family. Daye and Johnson were frustrated with those age-old patterns, so they decided to create new ones. Their recent Kickstarter campaign casts the project as both subtle and radical. Jeremiah, they say coyly, is just a boy who loves pink. But they also stress how his queer, black identity makes him ?a character that defies gender roles, race politics, sexuality, and his fears.? Jeremiah?s story builds on over 30 years of children?s books that portray LGBTQ characters, translating complex issues of gender and sexuality to an accessible, picture-heavy format. These books, though, reveal far more than cutesy anecdotes. They are instructional, cathartic, and ethical, explaining different family models, connecting children with LGBTQ identities or parents to fictional counterparts, and teaching values of acceptance at impressionable ages. jennylives Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin by Susanne Bösche (1981) This black-and-white Danish photobook was arguably the first to feature gay characters. Two men raise their daughter, Jenny, whose biological mother lives nearby and visits from time to time. Most events are normal children?s books fare like laundry-folding and surprise birthday parties. But the characters also deal with a homophobic comment from a stranger in the street. heatherhas Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and Diana Souza (1989) Like Bösche?s story, this one follows a child with same-sex parents. New plot points include artificial insemination and an inclusive discussion at Heather?s playgroup about different family structures. In real-life playgroups, the response to this book was far less benign: the story rocked the U.S., and the resulting controversy led to extensive parodies including a "Simpsons" version: ?Bart Has Two Mommies.? ashasmums Asha?s Mums by Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse and Dawn Lee (1990) Asha needs to get a permission slip signed by her mother, but she is perplexed when she must decide which of her two moms to ask. While Heather was lucky enough to have an accepting playgroup, Asha confronts a far less hospitable school -- and world. It?s a tale for anyone whose family does not fit into educational bureaucracy, and Asha?s African-Canadian identity marks a decisive step away from lily-white characters. daddysroommate Daddy?s Roommate by Michael Willhoite (1991) You might recognize the name from the 2008 presidential campaign when it ?came out? that Sarah Palin, back in her 1995 councilwoman days, had said the book should not be permitted in public libraries. Why? There?s a gay relationship between the the father and his new roommate-actually-boyfriend, Frank. Plus it all starts off with a divorce and arrives at a pretty clear message: ?Being gay is just one more kind of love.? kingandking King & King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland (2002) Originally published in Dutch, this book offered both a new take on the royal marriage story, with a gay child rather than just gay parents. ?I've never cared much for princesses,? says the princely protagonist, as he finds a series of potential wives paraded in front of him by his wedding-hungry mother. Then, he spots one of the princesses? brothers. They are soon crowned King and King, and the story ends with a subversive same-sex kiss -- which launched a series of conservative campaigns to ban the book. onedadtwodads One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine and Melody Sarecky (2004) Instead of focusing on a single storyline, the book features two kids comparing different paternal figures. ?Blue,? it turns out, is a not-so-subtle euphemism for ?gay,? and the children slowly come to the realization that all skin-colors and sexual identities are equally valid. (Bonus points for the enchanting Seussical rhyming scheme.) andtango And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell and Henry Cole (2005) A tale of two male penguins who are chick-less until a zookeeper helps them adopt Tango from a heterosexual couple. Animals are always one of the easier ways to discuss unconventional storylines, but that didn?t stop Singapore from banning the book along with two others last year. In fact, it?s ranked third on ALA?s list of ?Most challenged books of the 21st century,? which is hard to explain considering how heartwarming these polar birds are. Did we mention it?s based on real gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo? 10000dresses 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray (2008) Bailey is a boy by day who, at night, dreams of cross-dressing. His night-time escapades are rebuked by his family, until he finds a seamstress in playmate Laurel. Bailey?s story is an early forerunner to Jeremiah?s, for it broke from the gay-character plot to examine what it meant to be a gender-queer child. mynewmommy My New Mommy by Lilly Mossiano and Sage Mossiano (2012) Who says transgender identity can?t be explained to young children? Four-year-old Violet has a transitioning father who carefully walks her -- and us -- through the process. Like Daye and Johnson, Mossiano was frustrated with the lack of children?s materials, so she took matters into her own hands. She challenged herself to make the content accessible to a young audience, but the real challenge is the one she posed to traditional portrayals of gender in children's books. callmetree Call Me Tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez (2014) The third in a trilogy that opted for gender neutral pronouns, providing what the writer called a ?much needed break from the constant boy-girl assumptions and requirements.? Gonzalez took another decisive step away from the ?gay parent? trend and gave us an unambiguously ambiguous gender-queer character. Her engagement with the Chicano identity also departed from the classic whiteness of LGBTQ children?s characters. morristangerinedress Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant (2014) Like Bailey, Morris has a penchant for gender-queer behavior. He loves to wear the title?s orange garment but his fashion choices leave him open to relentless teasing from his classmates. Tensions escalate, and Morris becomes physically ill from the psychological pain. Though his imagination helps him triumph in the end, the book?s real triumph is that it gives a harsh and realistic account of queer bullying.
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Virginia Task Force Lays Out Plan To Remove Barriers From Reporting Campus Sexual Assault

A Virginia task force unveiled a set of recommendations Thursday aimed at removing barriers for college students reporting sexual assault, improving how those cases are handled, and pushing universities in the state to develop better prevention efforts. On the same day Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) received the report from Attorney General Mark Herring (D), the governor also signed two pieces of campus sexual assault legislation into law. Put together, these efforts are the biggest undertaking yet by the state on an issue where students have said for years that universities are dropping the ball. The task force report recommends the creation of a state-based grant program to fund research and evaluation for sexual and gender-based violence prevention; the incorporation of "healthy relationship programming" in K-12 schools; the addition of climate surveys conducted by universities; and a requirement for colleges to have agreements with local law enforcement on how they will respond to situations as well as "improve and increase reporting options using emerging technologies," such as online systems. "College students are used to doing everything online," Herring said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "It's really important we meet students where they are and communicate with them in the way that they're used to communicating." For cases that stay within the boundaries of the campus judicial system, the process should be "fair and equitable" for both parties, provide adequate support for the accused and include "sanctions proportionate to the severity of the offense." The report urges the state Department of Criminal Justice Services to train employees on trauma-informed sexual assault investigations, or investigations that acknowledge the unique circumstances found in rape cases as well as neurobiology related to trauma experienced by victims. It also directs the state to improve its collection and storage of evidence kits and to promote a Start by Believing public awareness campaign about how to respond to reports of sexual assault. McAuliffe ordered the creation of the task force in August. During the state's recent legislative session, Virginia lawmakers worked on a flurry of bills targeting campus rape, and McAuliffe signed two. One requires campus police to notify local prosecutors within 48 hours of beginning any investigation involving felony criminal sexual assault. This legislation aims to avoid the typical objections from rape victim advocates in bills that mandate schools to report assaults to police since the Virginia bill applies only to incidents that have already been reported. Another bill requires college employees to report sexual assaults they're notified of to the Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator then has to share the information with a review committee -- consisting of themselves, a representative of law enforcement and a student affairs representative -- and the group decides whether it's necessary to start a police inquiry. This legislation also requires colleges to have a written agreement with a local sexual assault crisis center or other place that provides victim support services about how to respond to situations. The University of Virginia is still under a sweeping investigation that's lasted four years so far. The College of William & Mary, the University of Richmond, James Madison University, and Washington and Lee University are also under Title IX reviews. The Virginia Military Institute was found in violation of Title IX last year, and a Virginia Commonwealth University inquiry ended quietly in 2014. UVA was under extra scrutiny, after a Rolling Stone article that was later retracted reported allegations of campus rape. "There were points in our work effort that there was real adversity," Herring said. "In the early part, in the fall, a student had been missing and later found dead. And then a couple months after that the Rolling Stone article hit, and following that the retraction -- we knew a lot of the national spotlight was on us." There is already plenty of buy-in for changes at the schools, Herring said, including support from the president of each higher education institution in the state and plenty of vocal support from student leaders. "I really get the sense that this generation of students really wants to change the climate," Herring said. Read the full task force report below:

Final Report from Virginia Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence by Tyler Kingkade

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When to Get Started Working With Us...

When to Get Started Working With Us?

At the end of each academic year I send out questionnaires to my seniors and their parents asking for feedback. One of the questions is what could have made their experience with us better? And do you know what the number one response is? “We wish we had started working with you earlier.” We start...Continue Reading >

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Global BS/MD Admissions: Internatio...

Global BS/MD Admissions: International Students

We get phone calls every year from international students looking to come to America for a BS/MD program. Is it possible for international students to do this? Yes.  Is it incredibly difficult and even more competitive than BS/MD program admittance is for U.S. citizens? Yes again. There are a very small amount of BS/MD programs that...Continue Reading >

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Why I Don?t Care About What the Com...

Why I Don?t Care About What the Common App Essay Prompts Are

I told you last month that the new Common Application Personal Statement essay prompts had been released.  What I didn’t tell you at that time is a little secret of mine. I don’t care what the essay prompts are. I don’t tell my students what the prompts are. If they already know what they are...Continue Reading >

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Global College Admissions: How we C...

Global College Admissions: How we Communicate

Welcome to Global Studies, College Admissions Partners style! For the next four weeks I?ve decided to focus on questions that we often hear from the different global communities we work with. The following weeks will be dedicated to the needs of traditional international students, Canadians, and Third Culture Kids/Americans living abroad. But before we get...Continue Reading >

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List of Acceptances 2015

List of Acceptances 2015

It’s that time of the year again when I provide information about some of the places my students were accepted this year. This is not a complete list because some students prefer not to disclose to others where they were accepted. Just a note of explanation. Under the regular colleges are a few colleges that...Continue Reading >

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Why Financial Aid Nights Will Cost ...

Why Financial Aid Nights Will Cost you Money.

Most high schools have a financial aid night for juniors and seniors. And if that is the only information you have on financial aid, you will most likely be losing out on thousands of dollars of available aid. Why? Because almost always, the people doing these presentations are from college financial aid offices. Now if...Continue Reading >

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