NY Education

RFP Posted: Implementation of the D...

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

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

Multiple Pathways to Graduation Update

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

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

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

RFI Posted: Child Nutrition Program: Administrative Review System

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

News and Notes: Responding to the Learner

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

RFP Posted: Early Childhood Direction Centers

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


Essay on how departments and confer...

Essay on how departments and conferences can welcome transgender academics

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

Essay on how traveling academics ca...

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

A new professor's advice on whether...

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

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

Essay on a long academic job search

Essay on a long academic job search

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

BBC News Education

Top teachers' pay freeze 'unfair'

Top teachers' pay freeze 'unfair'

Plans to freeze senior teachers' pay "arbitrarily discriminate" against school leaders, according to the head teachers' union ASCL.
Bank fines to 'fund apprenticeships...

Bank fines to 'fund apprenticeships'

The Conservatives will use fines imposed on Deutsche Bank for its involvement in Libor rate-fixing to fund 50,000 apprenticeships, David Cameron will say.
Cooking 'top skill UK adults want'

Cooking 'top skill UK adults want'

Almost two-fifths of adults would like to be better cooks or bakers, according to a survey commissioned to launch a festival of learning.
Pupils prepare to sit new Highers

Pupils prepare to sit new Highers

Thousands of pupils are preparing to sit the new look Higher qualifications as the exams period gets under way in Scottish schools.
A-level economics to include crash

A-level economics to include crash

Students will learn about the global financial crisis in a new economics A-level to be taught from September.
Education is 'red line' for Lib Dem...

Education is 'red line' for Lib Dems

Nick Clegg says education funding guarantees for England will be a "deal breaker" in any coalition negotiations between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives or Labour.

US Govt Dept of Education

U.S. Education Department Reaches R...

U.S. Education Department Reaches Resolution Agreement after Finding LaPorte, Indiana, Community School Corporation in Violation of Title IX for Failing to Respond to Sexually Predatory Behavior, Sexual Harassment of Students

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reached an agreement with the LaPorte Community School Corporation in LaPorte, Indiana, to resolve a Title IX complaint involving sexually predatory behavior and sexual harassment of female high school volleyball players.
Statement from Education Under Secr...

Statement from Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell on the closure announcement from Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

Students seeking better life options should be assured that their investments will pay off in increased knowledge, skills, and opportunity. Today, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced it was effectively ending operations, following the company's failure to find a buyer for its remaining campuses willing to abide by conditions put in place by the Department to protect students, borrowers and taxpayers. As Corinthian closes its doors for good, the Department will continue to keep students at the heart of every decision we make.
Working to Protect Students and Bor...

Working to Protect Students and Borrowers as Corinthian Colleges Ceases Operation

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

5 Common Student Loan Mistakes

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

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

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

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

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


Corinthian Colleges students to mee...

Corinthian Colleges students to meet for help after shutdown

Students who attended the now-closed Corinthian Colleges will meet with state officials for help getting reimbursed for tuition and obtaining transcripts. The Santa Ana, California-based company closed ...
Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 r...

Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation.
A look at the schools Corinthian Co...

A look at the schools Corinthian Colleges is closing

Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was ...
Teen texting and driving dips with ...

Teen texting and driving dips with state laws

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - According to a new analysis of nationwide surveys, teens report less texting while driving in the years following statewide bans. Rates of texting while driving seem to be declining, ?which is great,? he told Reuters Health by phone. The researchers used the 2011 and 2013 rounds of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, which for the first time included questions about texting and driving over the previous 30 days. The nationally representative survey of high school students is done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why Corinthian Colleges went belly ...

Why Corinthian Colleges went belly up

Corinthian Colleges, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based for-profit education provider, announced Sunday that it will close its remaining 28 physical campuses, effective immediately. About 16,000 current students are affected by the closure. With Sunday's announcement that Corinthian will cease all operations, perhaps Corinthian's experience will be seen as a cautionary tale for other schools in the for-profit sector. The Department of Education began investigating the school?s practices after Corinthian failed to address allegations of misreporting job placement and career success of its graduates last year.
Corinthian Colleges shuts its doors

Corinthian Colleges shuts its doors

Corinthian Colleges is closing all of its schools after it was accused of falsifying its finances and job placement rates.


Bexhill High School: Multi-million ...

Bexhill High School: Multi-million pound investment in 'education pods' ends in failure

It was, parents, pupils and the watching world were told, incredibly exciting stuff.

Smartphones are making children bor...

Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist

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

Teaching profession headed for cris...

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

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

Should schools teach boys and girls...

Should schools teach boys and girls different subjects?

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

Tristram Hunt: 'Britain needs skill...

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

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

Poor children more likely to succee...

Poor children more likely to succeed in South, says study

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

Education Week

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate...

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite

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

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

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

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

A trio of Republican presidential hopefuls?Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio?aren?t necessarily in lockstep with congressional education leaders on key issues.
Testing Titans Pearson, ETS Battle ...

Testing Titans Pearson, ETS Battle Over Calif. Deal

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

Colorado lawmakers advance school shooting liability bill

Washington Legislature going into s...

Washington Legislature going into special session


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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Professor Tries To Fail Entire Clas...

Professor Tries To Fail Entire Class, But Texas A&M Won't Let Him

Texas A&M University professor Irwin Horwitz would like to fail his entire class -- close to three dozen students in total -- but the school is blocking him from doing so. Horwitz announced in emails last week to university administrators and to his strategic management class that he would no longer teach the course and would fail the entire class because "None of you ... deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie," according to Inside Higher Ed. The professor said the class was being so disruptive that he couldn't last teaching the course for the rest of the semester, and now a department head will take over. Horwitz told KPRC the class was so bad he needed security guards in the room. "Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to 'chill out,' 'get out of my space,' 'go back and teach,' [been] called a 'fucking moron' to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students," Horwitz wrote in an email to students, published by Inside Higher Ed. Texas A&M Vice President of Academic Affairs Patrick Louchouarn told KPRC none of the students have failed the class though, because the "only reason a student would fail because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class." The university will, however, investigate Horwitz' allegations about student misbehavior. "I have nothing left," Horwitz told the Houston Chronicle, blaming the school for not enforcing the university's honor code against his allegedly unruly students. "I put my neck on the line for what I thought was the right thing to do."

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Things You Want to Know About Inves...

Things You Want to Know About Investing but Are Afraid to Ask -- Part 2

Key Points Stocks, bonds and cash are the building blocks of your portfolio. It's important to understand the different types of stocks and bonds and why one may be a better choice than another. Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds can simplify your investment selection. Dear Readers, Last week I talked about investing concepts that people want to understand but are too often afraid to ask about -- things like asset allocation, diversification and risk. But if you're unclear on a concept, I say ask. And ask again if you don't completely understand. The same goes for types of investments. Stocks and bonds might seem pretty basic, but there's more to understanding the different types and why one might be a better choice than another. So this week, I want to give you some insight into what to look for when choosing investments. Starting with stocks Topline, a share of stock is a share of ownership in a company as well as a share of possible profit. Owning stock is a great way to participate in a company's growth potential. And while owning stocks carries a certain amount of risk -- there are no guarantees, and past performance can't predict future results -- historically they're the best way to grow your money over time. When it comes to choosing a specific stock, however, you have to look closely. Companies vary by size, or market capitalization, which is the total value of all the shares of a company's stock. Apple, currently with the largest market capitalization in the world, is a great example of a large cap stock. But there are also small-cap and mid-cap stocks -- plus foreign stocks, representing companies based outside the U.S. Getting more granular, there are two styles of stock: growth and value. A growth stock is considered poised for a rapid rise (think high tech); a value stock is considered underpriced. Going even deeper, stocks are generally divided into 10 sectors (information technology, telecom services, utilities, health care, financials, industrials, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, materials and energy) and 67 industries within those sectors (such as retailing, banks and building products). The ideal is to invest in a diversified mix of stocks of different sizes, styles, sectors, industries and countries. This helps control risk, but it doesn't ensure a profit or eliminate the potential for loss. Sounds complex, but don't get discouraged. Here's where mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) come in, which I'll get into in just a bit. Moving into bonds You've probably heard of fixed-income investments. These investments generally pay a specific interest rate over a certain time period and promise to return your principal at maturity. A bond is right up there at the top of the fixed income list. A bond is like an IOU. You lend money and, in return, you receive a promise of repayment, plus interest, at a set date. Bonds complement stocks because they focus on income rather than growth. And they're generally less volatile. This can be particularly appealing to older investors seeking to create a regular income stream. That's not to say there isn't some risk. There are many types of bonds (for example, corporate, government and municipal), each of which carries varying degrees of different types of risk, including default risk (the risk the issuer will go bankrupt and you won't get your money back), interest rate risk (the risk that market interest rates will rise and the value of your bond will go down), and purchasing power risk (the risk that you will lose ground relative to inflation). In general, corporate bonds offer the highest yield potential at the highest risk. U.S. Government bonds, which include Treasury bonds, notes and bills, are considered the safest. Bonds are rated so you'll have a sense of the risk before you buy. Making the most of mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) At this point you're probably thinking it's impossible to evaluate all the choices -- and you're right. Luckily, there are mutual funds and ETFs that can do much of the choosing and monitoring for you. A mutual fund pools money from many investors and invests in a broad range of securities -- offering a certain amount of diversification without having to choose individual stocks. But you still have to do some work because there are several types of mutual funds -- stock funds, bond funds and blended funds that invest in both. There are also sector specific funds. The amount of diversification you get depends on the mutual fund(s) you choose. A good choice for many new investors is a broad-based stock fund. Mutual funds are professionally managed, so you don't have to spend time following the day-to-day market. But there are two fundamentally different approaches to consider: passive and active. Passively managed funds, known as index funds, are designed to track -- rather than beat -- a specific index such as the S&P 500. Actively managed funds, on the other hand, strive to beat the market. An important consideration is cost: index funds generally have low fees; actively managed funds can cost a pretty penny. The added cost can be justified -- for example in the case of a small-cap or international fund when market information may be more difficult to obtain -- but make sure before you buy. Always read the prospectus to understand the fee structure and how your money is invested. An ETF is another way to simplify choices. With an ETF, you own a single security representing a basket of stocks that tracks an index. The main difference between mutual funds and ETFs is the way they're traded: Mutual fund trades are processed at the end of the day; ETFs trade like stocks any time during the trading day. ETFs are also professionally managed -- most passively, similar to index funds. They generally also have low fees but may charge a commission when you buy or sell. Giving a nod to cash and its equivalents Cash isn't only the balance in your savings account; it's also a type of investment. Cash investments, also called cash equivalents, are low risk but have low return potential. Think CDs, Treasury bills and money market funds. Like any other investment, cash has its plusses and its minuses. It can be great for providing stability and liquidity, but if you're trying to build long-term wealth, it's not the best choice. The low returns may well be lower than the rate of inflation. In effect, you could lose money -- and limit the opportunity to reach your goals. Once again, it comes down to finding the mix that best suits your needs. Taking the next step These basic investments are the building blocks you need to implement the concepts in the previous column. Next week, I'll talk about types of accounts, taxes and staying on top of your investments. Then you should be ready to get started! Looking for answers to your retirement questions? Check out Carrie's new book, "The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions." This article originally appeared on Schwab.com. You can e-mail Carrie at askcarrie@schwab.com, or click here for additional Ask Carrie columns. This column is no substitute for an individualized recommendation, tax, legal or personalized investment advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consult with a qualified tax advisor, CPA, financial planner or investment manager. COPYRIGHT 2015 CHARLES SCHWAB & CO., INC. (MEMBER SIPC.) (0415-2676)

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Baltimore Schools Look For 'A Teach...

Baltimore Schools Look For 'A Teachable Moment' Amidst Freddie Gray Tensions

On a day of civil and violent unrest sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week, officials from the Baltimore City School District announced that they are making crisis counselors and mental health professionals available at schools throughout the city for "as long as it is necessary." "At this time of tension and anxiety regarding the tragic events surrounding Mr. Freddie Gray, we have a heightened responsibility to our students, families, and school communities," said school district leaders in a statement Monday. While noting that "the safety of our staff and students is our top concern," the officials continued, "We are also communicating with each one of our school leaders around effective instructional strategies to heighten student awareness and understanding of social justice issues. We are deeply concerned about our students and community, and we hope to treat this situation not only as a teachable moment but also a time for thoughtful reflection on how we can reduce conflict and violence in our society." Gray was arrested earlier this month after making eye contact with police officers and running away, the Associated Press reported. He sustained serious spinal injuries while in police custody, although how those injuries occurred is still unclear. Six police officers have been suspended as a result of the incident. Following Gray's funeral on Monday, protesters clashed with police in Baltimore, and the governor of Maryland ended up declaring a state of emergency. Media reports indicate that some of the violent protests -- which resulted in seven injured police officers -- involved young teenagers. Baltimore City schools are redeploying "district staff and mobile units to assist in ensuring safe passage of our students between school buildings and bus stops." according to the district's statement. Meanwhile, public schools in nearby Anne Arundel County cancelled all field trips into Baltimore until May 3, Patch reports. "The cancellation affects about 40 planned trips by schools ranging from elementary to high school. Like other school systems in the state, [Superintendent George] Arlotto said he and school system officials have monitored the developments in the city closely since Friday, and decided today that it was best to keep children, staff, and chaperones away from any potential unrest," said a statement from the Anne Arundel district on Monday.

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What's Missing in the Elementary Cl...

What's Missing in the Elementary Classroom?

I have spent the last two semesters in elementary schools observing student teachers. There's something missing. Finally, this week I had that "aha" moment as I left my last observation for the week and headed back to the university. My student teachers are teaching in classrooms where the teachers are not sitting at desks and students are not using textbooks! There it was... right in front of me. Now that might not sound worthy of headlines on the six o'clock local news, but I believe both are signs of how teachers are changing their approach as they meet the demands of teaching young children. Many educators are adjusting to changes in how they approach curriculum with the recent approval of Common Core (the new national standards). As an outsider looking in, I want to share the following observations: ? Current textbook adoptions don't necessarily meet those new standards, so many teachers have chosen not to use them ? There are many dedicated teachers working in grade level teams diligently and tirelessly to locate quality resources that do meet the new standards ? Students are engaged in small learning groups with more social interaction than ever before ? Teachers are asking students to think at deeper levels, and the dialog between teachers and students illustrates this is occurring on a daily basis ? Teachers do not have time to sit at desks when learning is interactive and hands-on Many teachers will say that they have taught this way for years, and I believe that is true for some. But teaching totally without textbooks, researching and unpacking standards and asking students to think deeper about the "whys" and "hows" are certainly evident now in most classrooms where Common Core has been adopted. The latest three "Rs" are Rigor, Relevance and Relationship -- which means learning is more likely to occur when teachers are intentional in the depth of content, when they show students how the material relates to their lives and where students are totally involved. Teachers and schools often are criticized for what they are not doing, but I see a different perspective this school year. I want to offer kudos to the teachers who are mentoring the student teachers so they are ready to meet the demands of teaching the current curriculum. Teachers are working harder than ever, and student teachers are sponges absorbing every intimate detail. The real winners are the young children in those dedicated classrooms. From my view, I see less sitting at desks and less use of textbooks... I think it is working.

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Lice Shouldn't Keep Kids From Schoo...

Lice Shouldn't Keep Kids From School, Doctors Say

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 04/27/2015 04:30 AM EDT on LiveScience

Head lice are annoying, but they don't actually make people sick, and children with the condition should not be kept away from school, according to new guidelines from a leading group of pediatricians.

The guidelines, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, say that although head lice can cause itching, they are not known to spread disease, and the insects are not very likely to spread from one child to another within a classroom. Rather, it is usually direct head-to-head contact that spreads lice.

For this reason, "no healthy child should be excluded from school or allowed to miss school time because of head lice or nits," the guidelines say. (Nits are the eggs of head lice.) Most doctors who care for children agree that school policies requiring children to be free from nits before returning to school should be abandoned, the AAP says.

In addition, screening kids at schools for head lice does not reduce the occurrence of the condition in classrooms over time, so routine screenings at schools should be discouraged, the AAP says. However, parents should still regularly check their children for head lice, and school nurses may check children who have symptoms of lice. [The 10 Most Diabolical and Disgusting Parasites]

For treating lice, a reasonable first choice is to use over-the-counter medications that contain 1 percent permethrin or pyrethrins (types of insect-killing chemicals), the AAP says. Parents should carefully follow the treatment instructions, and when using permethrin or pyrethrin products, should apply the treatment at least twice (about 9 days apart).

But because these medications do not kill 100 percent of the lice eggs, the treatments should be followed by manual removal of the eggs, the guidelines say. This can be a tedious process, but fine-tooth combs called "nit-combs" can make the process easier, the AAP says.

People living in some areas may become infested with head lice that are resistant to over-the-counter treatments. In those cases, or in cases in which a child doesn't get better after treatment, the child may be treated with a prescription medication called spinosad or topical ivermectin.

Home remedies for lice, such as "petrolatum shampoo," mayonnaise, butter or margarine, herbal oils, and olive oil, have not been tested in clinical trials, so their effectiveness is not known. Parents should also avoid using herbal products that claim to treat lice, because their safety and efficacy are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the AAP says.

A number of other substances that people sometimes try ? such as acetone, bleach, vodka and WD-40 ? may be dangerous, the AAP said. And, moreover, these have not been proven to work.

Once a person is diagnosed with head lice, everyone in the family should be checked for the condition, the AAP says. Lice are usually transmitted by direct contact, so it's less likely that people will get lice from touching household items, but it is still wise to clean all hair-care items and bedding used by the person who had lice, the guidelines say.

It is recommended to teach children not to share items such as combs, brushes and hats, although such precautions are unlikely to prevent all cases of head lice, the AAP says.

The new guidelines are an update to previous recommendations on head lice, issued in 2010.

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What Should High Schools Do? 44 Per...

What Should High Schools Do? 44 Percent of Sexual Assaults Happen BEFORE College

Forty-four percent of reported sexual assaults take place before the victim is 18. One in three-to-four girls, and one in five-to-seven boys are sexually abused prior to leaving high school. And yet, secondary schools -- by which I mean parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, supervisors, boards, PTAs -- remain woefully unprepared and irresponsibly reluctant to act on this information. That reluctance is significantly to blame for the current debacle of college sexual assaults. Due to a catalytic Title IX movement led by student activists, media has had to report on rapes in college in unprecedented ways. The stories that make the news tell us far more about media and high schools than they do about colleges themselves. And what they tell us is almost uniformly bad. The only logical place for the Title IX movement to go, if the goal is to address college sexual assault, is primary and secondary education. For example, last week, three students were arrested for participating in a now much publicized, videotaped gang rape of an unconscious woman on a Pensacola beach.  Hundreds watched and didn't lift a finger to help her. Extensive national coverage of this rape starkly compares with another, which took place at Vanderbilt University, also caught on tape. In January, two former students were found guilty of raping an unconscious woman, and two more face trial. In that case, the men carried the victim into their dorm, assaulted her, photographed her and urinated on her. Chances are you didn't hear about Vanderbilt since, at the same time, media was so disproportionately focused on finding inaccuracies in the Rolling Stone UVa gang-rape article. In both cases, several men, barely out of high school, participated in the brutality and similarly aged bystanders did nothing to stop what was going on. High schools are filled with stories like these that don't make the national news. Last week, Wichita police confirmed that three Wichita Heights High School students were charged with raping a girl, an act that was also filmed. A couple of months ago, a case in Venice Beach "involved a group of male students working together to pressure girls into having sex." Fourteen boys have been accused of sex crimes. In November, students at an Oklahoma high school protested their school's response to the bullying of three classmates who alleged raped by the same person. In October, a teenage boy was convicted of raping a 15-year old girl in a school hallway in Salisbury, Maryland while classmates and teachers went through first period classes. Also in October, a 15-year old boy left in critical condition after being gang-raped by a group of men and teenage boys being held in "Christian County Jail" Kentucky. In September, a 14-year old special needs student, a girl, was used by a teaching assistant as "bait," to entrap a sexual predator, an older student. He sodomized her. Prior episodes indicating that he was dangerous could not be punished because he had not been "caught in the act." Earlier in the year, 14-year-old Daisy Coleman described her rape (in which she was plied deliberately with alcohol, assaulted and left outside in the snow, half dressed) and its after effect. The 2012 Steubenville assault, in which people joked about a "Rape Crew," and watched a girl be dragged around and violated, always looms large. In 2011, more than 20 boys and men participated in the months long rapes of an 11-year-old girl in Texas, after which a defense attorney actually suggested she "lured them into her web." Because that's how misogyny rolls. That 2011 case may seem particularly horrific, but isn't as rare as people would like to think. In addition, teenage people with disabilities, twice as likely to be assaulted, are frequently targeted for rape and gang rape in high school, often in circumstances that bear uncanny resemblance to the 1993 Glenn Ridge rape. In 2013, up to 25 boys and men lured a 13-year old special needs student into a building and assaulted her for hours, photographing part of the attack. Today, an 18-year old was arrested in the rape of an 18-year old high school senior with impaired mental capabilities. Hence my disregard for people so eager to point out America's Rape Exceptionalism. These, which I more or less randomly selected, don't begin to skim the surface. This is the most underreported crime in the nation, and clearly rape doesn't spontaneously start when people get high school diplomas. High school communities seem ignorant to the fact that Title IX applies to them. That may be because while children are involved, rape-tolerant and prone adults are implicated in ways that undermine social norms and adult authority. The cases above are inseparable from those involving athletic hazing, which frequently traditionally incorporate the sexual assault of boys and men as a feminizing degradation, something tolerated in athletic department for decades. Similarly, coaches, religious leaders and teachers are frequently implicated in sexual assaults on minors. Lastly, the thing absolutely everyone wants to avoid like the plague... the overwhelming number of assaults, as Mia Fontaine pointed out in a 2013 Atlantic article, happen within families. Reported numbers, notoriously low, show that that one in five girls and one in 20 boys is assaulted by someone in their home. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime: "Children who had an experience of rape or attempted rape in their adolescent years were 13.7 times more likely to experience rape or attempted rape in their first year of college." However, actual rapes on campuses are the tip of the iceberg. Childhood assault is correlated with higher incidences of a wide array of harms and risky behaviors, including psychological and physical traumas, and increased vulnerability to secondary assaults. Sixty-three percent of women who had suffered sexual abuse by a family member also reported a rape or attempted rape after the age of 14. Young men who were abused as children, as likely as women are to experience anger, anxiety, fear, self-blame, shame, depression, are twice as likely to have unprotected sex, five times as likely to be involved in a teen pregnancy, and three times more likely to have multiple sexual partners. These are victims, but what about perpetrators who are peers? According to a 2013 study one in ten people between the ages of 14-21 has already committed an act of sexual violence. Eighty percent of people who reported experiencing violence were girls -- 18 percent were boys and five percent were transgender youth. Boys were much more likely to say they'd been perpetrators or to have been reported as perpetrators, regardless of the gender of the victim. Three quarters of those who said that they used coercion or physical pressure specifically targeted someone they knew or were already in a relationship with. Of those, 15 percent said they used alcohol as a tool. The most likely to have assaulted were more affluent, white boys with higher than average consumption of pornography, which is so ubiquitous that childhood exposure to pornography is now considered a normative experience. Earlier this year, I participated in Berkeley's National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault & Violence, attended by more than 400 college administrators, counselors and people responsible for Title IX enforcement. The conference confirmed four things: 1)    College is way too late to address these issues. 2)    Adults -- parents, teachers, coaches, counselors -- need to stop talking, give teenagers spaces to discuss these issues, and listen to what they are saying to them. 3)    Most people currently tasked with keeping students safe on campus are neither sufficiently informed, nor prepared when it comes to understanding gender, media, sexuality, sexual assault and power. 4)    This work requires investments of time, money and other resources that institutions seem still unwilling to make. "High schools are basically where colleges were like 15 years ago -- in the Dark Ages," said Colby Bruno, senior legal counsel at the Victim Rights Law Center, in an Al-Jazeera investigative report. Just discussing the gendered dynamics and double standards of slut shaming seems to paralyze many adults responsible for children's heath, safety and well-being. Katie Cappiello, one of the founders and directors, along with Meg McInerney, of The Arts Effect NYC, sees this every day. She is co-author of SLUT: The Play, which traces the experiences of a 16-year-old girl following her sexual assaulted by three friends. Conceived and produced by Cappiello and McInerney, the play, which teenagers perform, engages school communities in open discussions about sex, gender, sexual coercion and violence. "School needs to be a safe place. And how can it be a safe place if discussion about things like slut bashing, street harassment, revenge porn, and rape is 'off limits' and 'inappropriate,'" says Cappiello. She recently shared an illustration of the problem provided by one of her students. The incident, which took place during Halloween, involved a group of 11th grade boys dressed up as a "SLUT Patrol" at school. Among other things, they blew whistles at girls they decided were "sluts." The principal told them they were being "inappropriate" and had them remove their costumes. The principal did not talk to them about why a "slut patrol" was degrading to their female peers. To kids, she added, the word "inappropriate" signals that adults are too worried to address the issue at hand. Talking to kids, Cappiello points out, means admitting that most teenagers are engaging in some form of sexual activity. Kids aren't just engaging in sexual activity. They are often engaging in coercive, damaging and criminal activity without understanding it as such. I understand that it makes parents and teachers uncomfortable and afraid, but imagine what it must feel like to be a 15-year-old who was just assaulted at a house party by a classmate and doesn't know what to do or where to turn. Students need administrators to lead, and demonstrate that they are ready for this conversation and there for students. We need fearless leadership on these issues. Students will thank you...and, in the end, so will the parents. Sadly, the need to manage community politics continues often to supersed the health and safety needs of students. This is the norm, not the exception. At the end of last year, high school girls at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. created a Google doc detailing "unwanted sexual advances," primarily involving their male peers at a brother school, St. Albans. The girls, in part hoping to engage boys in a better conversation about these topics, wrote about specific acts of sexual harassment, coercion and sexual violence. I have spoken to more than a dozen people, students and parents, involved in this episode, all of which agreed independently that these schools have left them sorely disappointed. "This is not the first video we've recovered. It's not the second video. It's not the third video. There's a number of videos we've recovered with things similar to this," Pensacola's Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen told CNN. "I can only imagine how many things we haven't recovered." If you are wondering what they're missing, all you have to do is set up a Google alert. The truth is, as awful as each video is, their circulation exploitative they do one thing: Make it impossible for anyone to say the girl was lying, she really did want to have sex with six boys. In November, six teenage boys in Winter Springs, Florida, were arrested for gang-raping a girl who had the presence of mind to record what was happening to her. Two girls sexually assaulted by a teacher, who plead guilty, just a few miles away didn't. One of them is currently suing Maryland's Mountain Ridge High School whose principal, allegedly told several times about the teacher's behavior, took no action. "Apples and oranges," only if you take the perspective of perpetrators and ignore the ways in which boys and girls learn to think about entitlements to rape. Two weeks ago, I attended the Conference on Gender-Based Harassment and Violence for secondary schools. I was involved in organizing the meeting, which was conceived as a way to start a broader conversation about how primary and secondary schools can educate children in ways that prevent sexual assault. One of the goals of our meeting was to connect the issue of rape to larger ones of gender equity. The final session of the day was a panel of eight high school and college students who urgently stressed the need for regular comprehensive sex ed and curricula that incorporated richer, more diverse and feminist perspectives. Adults who genuinely care need to step up their game.

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