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Funding Opportunity: New York State...

Funding Opportunity: New York State Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center (NYS CTE TAC)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals from organizations to provide research and support services that build effective communication links with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and academic programs at the secondary and post-secondary school-levels. The purpose of the NYS CTE TAC is to assist the NYSED in carrying out the Board of Regents reform agenda and CTE team’s mission of improving the quality, access, and delivery of CTE through research-based methods and strategies resulting in broader CTE and career readiness opportunities for all students.
Funding Opportunity: Expanded Preki...

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts

The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State.
RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaig...

RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaign

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) team is seeking proposals for a comprehensive statewide multi-media campaign to promote the importance of consuming a nutritious breakfast and getting daily physical activity to students and teachers. The vendor would be responsible for developing an impressive statewide multi-media campaign that focuses on the correlation between the consumption of breakfast and getting daily physical activity with positive learning outcomes.
News and Notes: Introducing Commiss...

News and Notes: Introducing Commissioner-Elect Elia

Read our latest edition of News and Notes for an introduction to Commissioner-Elect Elia, a recap of the Learning Summit, new social studies resources, translated modules, teacher workshops, news from the State Library, and more!
Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School...

Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) – Round 6

The primary purpose of the SIG is to provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in their Priority Schools. This grant allows for three federally-designated models to do so: Turnaround, Restart, and Transformation. In addition, this grant is introducing three additional models – Innovation Framework, Evidence-based, and Early Learning Intervention. A secondary purpose of the SIG is to support this school closure process. In certain cases the LEA, in collaboration with the local community, may conclude the best option for its students is to close the existing school and transfer students to existing higher achieving options within the district. The requirements and parameters set forth in this Request for Proposals (RFP) will serve as the quality standard for an approvable SIG plan. LEAs will be expected to fully implement the SIG plan in its funded Priority Schools through available resources including, but not limited to, the SIG. The SIG plans in this RFP must be designed to meet one of the intervention models. For additional information review the SIG Grant Application Documents.
2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant...

2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant Application

The purpose of this grant is to help transform learning environments through the integrated use of instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers and school librarians in the use of instructional technology in coordination and implementation of the Learning Standards of New York State and the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The goals of this grant are to integrate instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries to help students attain higher levels of performance in the State Learning Standards of NY and NYS Common Core Learning Standards to ensure that all New York State students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.


Essay on how new Ph.D.s should prep...

Essay on how new Ph.D.s should prepare resumes for nonacademic job searches

Joseph Barber explores how to think about your résumé -- and how to reshape the language you use -- if you are a new Ph.D. looking for employment outside academe.

Essay on mistakes of rookie deans

Essay on mistakes of rookie deans

Eli Jones shares advice on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Essay on when a new tenure-track pr...

Essay on when a new tenure-track professor should agree to a request

New tenure-track professors receive lots of advice about turning down requests, but there are times they may benefit from saying yes, writes Melissa Dennihy.

Essay calls for new metaphor -- clo...

Essay calls for new metaphor -- clogged pipeline -- on academic workforce

It's time to switch metaphors and focus on multiple work-life balance issues, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra.

How to handle employee farewells le...

How to handle employee farewells least awkwardly (essay)

Employee departures can range from awesome to awkward. Sam Minner discusses how best to handle them, and who should decide how the departing are feted.

Essay on how to move ahead on writi...

Essay on how to move ahead on writing in what's left of the summer

Kerry Ann Rockquemore answers readers who realize it's already mid-July and they haven't made a dent in their big writing projects.

BBC News Education

Councils to be scored on Neet rates

Councils to be scored on Neet rates

Local councils are being scored annually on how well they reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training.
'Glass floor' protects middle class...

'Glass floor' protects middle classes

Middle-class children benefit from a "glass floor" protecting them from slipping down the social scale in Britain, a study of 17,000 people concludes.
Poor pupils 'no better in academies...

Poor pupils 'no better in academies'

A report suggests many academy chains are struggling to improve the results of poor pupils despite several years in charge of schools.
Charlie tops must-read school list

Charlie tops must-read school list

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is at the top of a teachers' list of books "all children should read before leaving primary school".
University access work 'fragmented'

University access work 'fragmented'

Universities in England are urged to work together to ensure young people from less advantaged homes succeed in their degree studies.
More pupils try 'vaping' than smoki...

More pupils try 'vaping' than smoking

More pupils in England aged between 11 and 15 have tried electronic cigarettes than have smoked a cigarette, according to official figures.

US Govt Dept of Education

Toward a New Focus on Outcomes in H...

Toward a New Focus on Outcomes in Higher Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his vision for America?s higher education system of the future. Duncan noted that while more students are graduating college than ever before at our nation?s world-class colleges and universities, for far too many students, the nation?s higher education system isn?t delivering what they need and deserve.
Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Educati...

Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Education on Student Success

Editor?s Note: State-by-state data follows in table below.
The Future of Higher Education in A...

The Future of Higher Education in America

?The degree students truly can?t afford is the one they don?t complete, or that employers don?t value.? More students are graduating college than ever before. But for too many students, the nation?s higher education system isn?t delivering what they need and deserve. Earlier today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan outlined a new vision for higher education in America at a speech at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Fact Sheet: Teach to Lead

Fact Sheet: Teach to Lead

At a time when educators are raising the bar for student achievement higher than ever, the job of the American teacher has never been more critical to the success of students and to the prosperity of our communities and our country. Teachers are helping to catalyze great progress in education, including our nation?s record high school graduation rate, narrowed achievement gaps, and a larger number of young people?particularly African-American and Hispanic students?attending college.
Teach to Lead: Looking Back, Moving...

Teach to Lead: Looking Back, Moving Forward

On July 26th, the education community will celebrate the life of Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, who passed away after a battle with lung cancer. I will always remember Ron as a relentless and unabashed supporter of the teaching profession. He championed the value of teachers? expertise and experience, arguing passionately that teachers should be recruited, prepared, developed, paid and honored as the professionals that they are.
U.S. Department of Education Approv...

U.S. Department of Education Approves ESEA Flexibility Renewal for Seven Additional States

Building on the significant progress seen in America?s schools over the last six years, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that Alaska, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Utah have each received continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These states are implementing comprehensive, state-designed plans to ensure student success and a continued commitment to college- and career-readiness for every student.


Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black...

Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black and Latino Kids Aren't Applying to Top Colleges

Passing Up Harvard: Qualified Black and Latino Kids Aren't Applying to Top CollegesAccording to the study, which was produced by the National Bureau of Economic Research, black and Latino students are more likely than white students to apply to colleges that are closer to their home, that enroll large numbers of minority students, and that have a track record of success with students from their high school. ?We consistently find that Hispanic students are least likely of all ethnic groups to apply to college overall and to elite flagship universities in particular,? wrote the study?s authors. The gap persists, according to the report, ?even when Hispanic students attend high schools where a majority of students move on to college.? The problem also exists in states like Texas?the subject of the study?in which the top 10 percent of all graduating seniors get automatic admission to the state?s best universities.

NYC grade school principal who comm...

NYC grade school principal who committed suicide had forged tests

A successful New York elementary school principal who took her own life had forged standardized English exam scores for her third grade students, the city's Department of Education said on Monday. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, who was the founding principal of the Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a subway train on April 17, the same day the impropriety was reported. Breeden died in a hospital about a week later.
Teachers in Chile vote to end 7-wee...

Teachers in Chile vote to end 7-week strike

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) ? Thousands of teachers in Chile are ending one of their longest strikes in decades, which protested a bill in Congress that would tie pay to performance.
Leaving EU would harm status of Bri...

Leaving EU would harm status of British universities - lobby group

Graduates queue to have their photograph taken after a graduation ceremony at Oxford University in EnglandBritain must remain a member of the European Union if its higher education sector is to maintain its status, quality and research capabilities, a university lobby group said on Monday. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU and then, by the end of 2017, hold a referendum on whether the country should stay in the bloc. A decision to leave the EU, known as "Brexit", would harm international academic collaboration, university chiefs and MPs from both Cameron's Conservatives and the Labour Party said at the launch of a university-led campaign to keep Britain in the bloc.

The ancient Commodore PC that haunt...

The ancient Commodore PC that haunts a Michigan public school system

The ancient Commodore PC that haunts a Michigan public school systemA 1987 Commodore Amiga runs the heat and AC system for 20 public schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Somehow, it still works, but the system desperately needs replacing.

Toxic coworkers linked to worse men...

Toxic coworkers linked to worse mental health for college students

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Working college students were more likely to have mental health problems if they had toxic relationships with co-workers than if they were on friendly terms with colleagues in a small new U.S. study. ?If you think about a typical 24-hour day for a college student, aside from sleeping, students are going to school and studying and also working part-time, four hours a day on average,? lead study author Allison Vaughn, a psychology researcher at San Diego State University, said by email. ?It makes sense that the people a college student works with would also have the potential to be health-relevant,? she added.


Harris Academy Upper Norwood in Cro...

Harris Academy Upper Norwood in Croydon gets 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating after banning 'urban slang words' in school

A school in Croydon has turned-around its academic reputation for the better after it banned the use of all ?urban slang words? almost two years ago.

Value of education: UK and US paren...

Value of education: UK and US parents in top-ten countries that think university offers poor value for money, HSBC survey finds

The value of further education is not just being thrust into the spotlight here in the UK, but across the globe too.

Wealthy parents give their less abl...

Wealthy parents give their less able children a 'glass floor' to prevent them from falling down the social ladder in Britain, says new research

Wealthy parents are giving their less-able children a ?glass floor? to prevent them from falling down the social ladder in Britain, a new report claims, while bright but disadvantaged young people are failing to get the same opportunities.

Too many examiners may not be up to...

Too many examiners may not be up to the mark

Like many teachers, as well as students and parents, I am already holding my breath over this summer?s results following the debacle over exam marking in the past few years.  Experienced teachers know their classes and what they are capable of.

Michael Gove's education reforms bl...

Michael Gove's education reforms blamed by exam board for shortage of GCSE and A-level markers

Recruitment adverts for GCSE and A-level markers placed on buses and even in the pages of cruise holiday magazines may not be enough to help solve a staffing shortage, the head of a major exam board has warned, amid calls for reform of the system.

Universities are failing to tackle ...

Universities are failing to tackle sexist and homophobic 'lad culture', says NUS

?Lad culture? that can result in sexual harassment is being allowed to fester at British universities because of a lack of action by institutions, the National Union of Students (NUS) has warned.

Education Week

Career Prep Moves Into Middle Schoo...

Career Prep Moves Into Middle Schools

It's not just about career fairs anymore; educators are increasingly looking to provide middle school students with deeper, ongoing exposure to potential careers.
Confederate-Flag Controversy Unders...

Confederate-Flag Controversy Underscores Need for Educational Activism

The civil disobedience displayed by an activist in removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol last month should serve as a "battle call" for educators, writes professor Jon N. Hale.
Mississippi judge rules state is no...

Mississippi judge rules state is not obligated to fully fund schools' budget formula each year

N.Y.C. High School Strives for 'Aut...

N.Y.C. High School Strives for 'Authentic' Assessment

East Side Community High School is among 48 New York schools where students complete projects to graduate?rather than take the state test.
Baesler says new version of educati...

Baesler says new version of education law should help states

Students charged after device simil...

Students charged after device similar to stun gun found


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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Haunted by Student Debt to the Grav...

Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

It will not be news to 41 million Americans that this nation is in the middle of a student debt crisis. That's the number of people burdened by student loan payments. But many people, including many student debt holders, may be surprised to learn that people can be pursued for student debt even into their elder years. In fact, the government is withholding Social Security payments for some retirees, because their student loans have not been fully repaid.  This is a growing problem which Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Claire McCaskill have asked the government to study in greater depth. "Garnishing Social Security benefits defeats the entire point of the program -- that's why we don't allow banks or credit card companies to do it," said Sen. McCaskill. "Social Security is the sole means of retirement income for tens of millions of Americans, and allowing those benefits to be garnished to collect student loan debt cuts a dangerous hole in our safety net." That is one problem with this practice. But, as we will see, there are others. Many people will be surprised to learn that any seniors are still paying off their student debt. They are. 706,000 households headed by someone 65 or older are still paying off their student debts, according to a report by the GAO. Collectively these households owed $18.2 billion in 2013. That's 6 and a half times as much as they owed in 2005, when these senior households' total debt obligation was "only" $2.8 billion. 191,000 of those households -- more than one in four -- are in default. The government can take up to 15 percent of a Social Security check to pay back a student loan, as long as the monthly check amount does not drop below $750 a month. Social Security payments could not be seized for any reason until -- for the first time ever -- Congress created an exception for student debt in 1996.  Before then, Social Security was protected from garnishments of any kind. That was deliberate. The original Social Security Act of 1935 stated that benefits were not "subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law." The government doesn't have to go to court, either. It requires a court order to garnish a working person's wages, but Social Security benefits are entirely under federal control. Many people have learned they still owed student debt only after a portion of their Social Security check had been taken. These seniors' benefits are not being garnished to pay loans they took out for their kids, either. The GAO found that four out of five seniors in this category owed the money for their own education, not their children's. In many cases these loans were incurred and the defaults arose (with subsequent interest and penalty fees) years before the government assumed the power to reach into seniors' retirement income to collect them. While the total number of seniors losing benefits today is relatively small (it was 155,000 in 2013), this problem threatens to grow larger as our overall student debt problem continues to grow. What's more, the moral dimensions of this problem are quite large. The fact that this problem even exists suggests that we've lost our national perspective on education. Student debt is a historical anomaly in this nation's history. We were primarily an agrarian nation, until the developments of the 20th century gave rise to a new economy in which far more people needed a higher education. But with that shift came a rise in publicly funded higher education at the state level. The rise of the conservative movement in the latter part of the last century led to state budget cuts and massive tuition increases. The result was skyrocketing student debt for public as well as private college students. Now there is a growing movement for tuition-free or very low cost public higher education -- a return to the principle, established in the not-too-distant past, that all qualified students should have access to debt-free higher education. If that movement is successful -- and we believe it will be -- then today's runaway student debt problem will eventually fade away. But that will leave two generations of Americans condemned to pay an extremely high price for having been unlucky enough to attend college during the conservative period during which all but the wealthiest students were required to take on debt in order to get an education. We believe that all Americans should be freed from the burdens of this aberrational period of student debts -- and that a "student debt jubilee" would be good for the U.S. economy and for the work and family lives of graduates.  But perhaps that jubilee can proceed in stages. There is already a widespread call -- partially successful so far -- to forgive the debts of students who were ripped off by for-profit universities, like Corinthian -- colleges that encouraged them to take student loans, delivered a terrible education, and are now going belly-up. And surely America can and should establish the principle that, having been forced to take on debt during this aberrational period, those Americans who reach the age of 65 and are depending on Social Security for most of their income should not have to continue to pay off what remains of student loans from their Social Security checks. There will be those who say that a debt is a debt and must be repaid. But it is a long-standing legal principle that failure to collect a debt over an extended period of time renders it un-collectable. What's more, we are actually treating people more harshly for seeking to finance an education than for financing a house or car. Where is the sense in that? The solution seems obvious: First, we must stop the practice of garnishing Social Security payments to pay student debt. Then we must take a long, hard look at all the student debt that has been accumulated in this country. For millions of Americans, a college education is the ticket to a better life. Nobody should be deprived of an education because they don't come from a wealthy family. And nobody should be subjected to onerous debt because they dared to dream and desired to learn.

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The Homeschooling Introvert

The Homeschooling Introvert

Four years ago, my daughter Alice was coasting through school on the parts she did like (words) and charming her way out of the bits she hated (numbers). For numerous reasons?some logical, some a little naive?my partner Daniel and I decided to try a year of homeschooling. The educational materials were available, so I didn?t have to create anything I was underqualified to teach. I wrote, so I was already at home, drifting around the house in yoga pants, and she was nine, so realistically I couldn?t do that much harm. It was, in a word, feasible, which isn?t the same thing as a good idea. For weeks after we decided to homeschool, I?d lie awake at night, a laundry list of concerns and horrors keeping me company. Was this about me or about her? Was a flawed but traditional education better than whatever cobbled-together weirdness I would create? What about math? Would I need to pay a tutor vast sums to make sure my daughter didn?t have her mother?s fear and loathing of math? Or was I prepared to unleash upon the world another person whose palms sweat at the thought of calculating a tip? If my greatest hope is that my daughter enters adulthood better than her mother, shouldn?t someone better than her mother be teaching her? But running parallel to my concerns for my offspring was a deep, grubby, and very self-centered thought: I?ll never be alone. After years of observing myself as an introvert in comparison with my partner?a lovely and unrepentant extrovert?I?m here to say the evidence is right: extroverts are energized by company, while introverts are drained by it. I don?t mean to be this way. If we?re friends, I?m thrilled to see you and happy to hear what you did over the holidays. But sometimes after an hour, and certainly after two or three hours, I?m done. I have nothing left to give. Not so much as one more supportive nod or approving ?uh-huh? for your plans to redo your bathroom. If you ask me what I?m up to, I?ll shrug. I?ve run out of vocabulary. Give me some down time?a place where I can flip through a magazine, throw a cat on my lap, and wait for my cellular horror of social interaction to abate?and I promise you, I?ll come roaring back with all sorts of opinions about backsplash tile options. Whatever flaws the life of the writer has (still waiting to be able to afford my own island), it has provided plenty of time alone. Whether one thinks homeschooling is a good idea or a terrible idea, everyone can agree I would rarely be unaccompanied. In spite of my many concerns, we decided to homeschool. In the four years since, I?ve discovered that the things I was most worried about are not a big deal. Yes, I cannot teach math unless as a cautionary tale, but Daniel can. And what Daniel can?t teach, I can cover (as long as I have the teacher?s guide handy?the one with the answer key). As far as my daughter being a better student than I was: again, not the problem I?d originally imagined. Thanks to the quality and abundance of online resources, my kid is learning to write computer code and speak Chinese, which, cross fingers, means she might actually earn a living in the 21st century. In short, she appears to be thriving. Nonetheless, I was right to worry about one thing: I am almost never alone. Well, that?s a slight exaggeration. Because she is a teenager, some days she wakes up later than I do, so I get about an hour in the morning by myself. But even those times when she is working in one room and I?m hiding?I mean working?in another, my ear, my brain, and my entire maternal nervous system are still trained on her. Is that the silence of concentrated academic effort or the silence of goofing around? Impossible to say. Better go check. I love this kid and being her mother more deeply than I could have ever dreamt. I wouldn?t change a thing about my life right now, but the fact remains: it has its moments. If you?re an introvert thinking about homeschooling, make your choice with the full knowledge it will mean years of being a plural and not a singular. For example, I planned to write this piece while Alice studied her Chinese characters. Since the average Chinese newspaper requires you to recognize between 2,000 and 3,000 of them, I figured that bought me plenty of Quinn Thinky Time. I went to my office, which is a floating designation, meaning ?wherever I happen to be at the time.? At that moment, my office happened to be the bathroom floor with the vacuum cleaner in the doorway to frighten off the cats. I would create in peaceful solitude. So you can imagine my surprise when Alice knocked on the door ten minutes later. ?I finished a chapter. I got 92%,? she said happily. ?Good,? I said. We stared at each other. ?You said,? she says expectantly, ?that if I got over 90%, I could color my hair.? She?s 14. A great many of her friends have gloriously unnaturally colored hair right now. With my permission, she had used her babysitting money to buy a bottle of semi-permanent maroon dye. I had, without thinking, tied using it to doing well on her Chinese, which had lit a bright reddish-brown fire underneath her. ?Sure, but I?m...writing,? I said wistfully, pointing to the tablet. ?That?s okay,? Alice said supportively, ?I?ll figure it out by myself.? There are mothers who would let their children figure out hair dye on their own. I am not that person. Instead of writing and thinking in blissful, soul-bathing solitude in the bathroom for two hours, I watched my daughter apply purple glop to her head and reminded her to apply Vaseline to her ears. I wouldn?t have missed it for the world though, and I like to think we sort of covered Chemistry when, afterwards, we Googled ?how to quickly remove semi-permanent maroon hair dye from brown hair.? If you are seriously thinking about homeschooling?even though you?re the sort of person who needs a little quiet time or you?ll start pulling out your own eyelashes?let me assure you, it can be done. You just have to notice when the opportunity arises. It might happen every afternoon after homeschool is done when you?ve raced out the door and gotten your homegrown student to their choir practice, their judo lessons, or their play date with their friends. You will hand them to a responsible adult; you will smile pleasantly at your offspring and wish them a good practice/rehearsal/play date; and then you will go. ?But,? you might ask, ?what if I have more than one child and they?re never in programs at the same time? What if we not only homeschool but I have a part- or full-time job?? Then you should know that I admire the living hell out of you, and I don?t know how you?re going to do it. That, however, doesn?t mean you can just put quiet time away for later like some delicate valuable you put in storage while the kids are little. Introverts need time by themselves as deeply as they need food, and while you can certainly cut back on both, you?re going to suffer. If you can hand your family to your spouse or a relative for two hours a week, take it, and try very hard to not listen to that voice which notes what errands you could be doing in that time?unless you happen to be one of those introverts who is recharged by going to Target. You cannot forget that being introverted is as much a part of who you are as being a parent. It?s easy to sell that part of yourself short, to promise yourself you?ll have quiet later, next month, or when the kids are in college, but that?s a recipe for disaster. I?ve known parents who took time for themselves by walking early in the morning, by meditating, or by even sitting in their cars at lunchtime at work; none of this is a deep, arcane secret. Ironically, it?s this simplicity that makes it so easy to put off your alone time until tomorrow. From introvert to introvert, I?m asking you?begging you?to stop doing that. Remember, no one begrudges the extroverted parent a night out with friends as a regular prescription for sanity. The introverted homeschooling parent deserves his or her version of that too. After all, if one of the reasons you?ve thought about homeschooling is the desire to teach your children, why wouldn?t you want to show them how to take care of other people while also taking care of yourself? 2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpgThis article originally appeared on QuietRev.com. You can find more insights from Quiet Revolution on work, life, and parenting as an introvert at QuietRev.com. 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George Washington University Drops ...

George Washington University Drops Admissions Test Requirements

George Washington University on Monday became one of the largest and most prestigious schools to join a nationwide movement against admissions tests, announcing that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. 

The Washington, D.C., school's new policy will go into effect on Aug. 1 and applies to both freshman applicants and transfer students. The university said in a statement that it came to the decision based on the findings of its Task Force on Access and Success.

"Members of the task force examined the value of test scores in understanding how a student performs at GW," the statement said. "They reached the same conclusion as many other institutions: that the best predictor of academic success in college is a student’s high school record, especially their high school GPA. This conversation led GW to adopt a test-optional policy."

Students are free to submit their SAT or ACT scores if they feel that the results accurately reflect their academic abilities, the university noted, but those who choose not to will face no penalty in the admissions process. 

The policy will not apply to home-schooled students, recruited NCAA Division I athletes, applicants to GW's accelerated seven-year BA/MD program or students whose high schools provide "only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale."

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing, also known as FairTest, applauded GW's decision, noting that 40 colleges and universities have adopted test-optional policies in the last two years, including Wesleyan, Brandeis, Bryn Mawr and Temple. 

"The test-optional surge recognizes that no test -- not the SAT, old or new, nor the ACT -- is needed for high-quality admissions," FairTest Public Education Director Bob Schaeffer said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. "Many independent studies and practical experiences have shown that test-optional admission enhances both academic excellence and diversity."

A study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling last year found that at schools with test-optional policies, there was virtually no difference in cumulative GPA or graduation rates between students who submitted scores and those who did not. The study also found that non-submitters are more likely to be first-generation college applicants, minorities, women, Pell Grant recipients and students with learning differences, suggesting that moves like GW's could help break down barriers to access.

“For economic growth and social stability, America will need to find successful paths to higher education for hundreds of thousands of additional first-generation-to-college, minority, immigrant, rural and [learning differences] students,” the NACAC report said. “This study provides the research support for optional testing as at least one route by which that can happen.” 

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Entire Boys' School Performs Electr...

Entire Boys' School Performs Electrifying, Emotional Dance For Teacher They Lost


A New Zealand school has honored a late teacher with national pride and unity. 

The entire student body of Palmerston North Boys' High School performed a traditional Maori dance last Friday at the funeral of a beloved teacher, the Telegraph reported. With powerful chants and movements, the students ushered in the hearse carrying the late Dawson Tamatea, honoring their educator with a fierce display of pride and love.

Called a haka, the ancient dance was used by Maori in New Zealand, both on the battlefield and when groups came together in peace, according to newzealand.com. Now the tradition is used to honor special guests at ceremonies.

As a celebrated educator, the dance was an appropriate tribute to Tamatea who was the dean of Maori student achievement and who “was able to create an atmosphere and develop an environment where it was a real family feeling,” David Bovey, the head of the school, told the Manawatu Standard.

That same feeling is conveyed in the powerful performance, as the students stand tall together and deliver an astounding tribute. 

“This was a very emotional and powerful performance,” the school wrote on YouTube. “We are extremely proud of our boys' performance and we know that Mr. Tamatea would be too.”

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A Medical Intern Writes to His Futu...

A Medical Intern Writes to His Future Self

Dear future Pranay, By the time you read this, time will have passed with the same explosive inevitability that C diff diarrhea passes from unfortunate rectums. I'm not sure where life has taken you--you might be a serious senior resident physician, frazzled fellow, or -- maybe -- living your dream of being an eccentric train conductor with an affinity for shoe polish and writing novels. Wherever life has brought you, take five minutes, sit back, put your feet up, stop being distracted by the passing scenery on the Northeast regional, and think about your intern year. How far you have come from the fresh-faced, bow-tie-wearing, revoltingly cheerful fellow who stumbled anytime he had to introduce himself! The first few days in the hospital were so gruesome that they'd have been conducted off-stage in any respectable Greek tragedy. People actually expected you to KNOW stuff. What a notion! Sure you had gained vague ideas of what PTs and PTTs were in med school, but what were you to do when gimlet-eyed nurses asked you to adjust heparin drips? Need I remind you of your frequent urge to dive into a corner and impersonate a HIPAA compliant dustbin until people left you alone? And why, in the name of all that is digital, did we have to pre-round and present every patient every morning? Was there a celestial curse upon our attendings and residents that blinded them to readily available information on the very computers they pushed around? The only thing worse than supervisors ignoring the information before them was supervisors entranced by it. When around supervisors thus transfixed, presentations sometimes felt like ancient rituals necessary to stave off famine. The amount of pimping you experienced was fortunately minimal, but occasionally it did feel like a form of advanced interrogation that Dick Cheney would support. What on earth is Throck-Morton sign anyway? Even on the rare occasion when you actually did know a thing or two, the IQ -depleting gaze of some inscrutable attendings reduced your intellect to that of a salamander who had had a difficult birth. And then came the notes -- the scourge of every intern. We all developed a dreaded condition called hypernotemia. Does every patient really need Shakespearean prose written about them daily? You probably spent more time doctoring your notes than your patients. Mind you, the notes often parted company with reality. Lungs: CTAB? Heart: RRR no m/r/g? Thyroid: Midline? Yeah, right! The cacophony of pagers, so integral to the intern experience, gradually ingrained itself into your nervous tissue like some insidious toxin. By the middle of the year, your acoustic nerve began to conduct paging sounds to your brain without any stimulus at all--kind of like a pager fibromyalgia. Your best friends developed the dreaded pager-traumatic stress disorder, with dreadful flares during backup rotations. Symptoms included jumping at small sounds, checking the pager obsessively for missed pages, and waking up screaming at nights. Each page filled you with a nameless dread, especially at first, and you asked deep existential questions about why you got yourself into this mess in the first place? You had fleeting regrets about passing up on a graduate degree in Gender studies or English literature where nobody would ask you to fix broken human bodies. Most dangerous, of course, was the ever-present threat of crippling cynicism. Inappropriate ICU care, overly optimistic code statuses, ridiculous ROMIs, helplessness before cancer, and unprecedented exhaustion eroded your spirit. You became the gruff bar curmudgeon given to slurred soliloquies about life, the universe, and the medical-industrial complex. There is probably no escaping the malaise associated with internship. Doctors, like Rome, are not built in a day. But slowly and imperceptibly, over the course of the year, you and your friends became competent physicians. Before you knew it, notes were done before rounds, pages lost their terror, and you learned to make even the most solemn attendings and nurses snort with laughter. Managing chest pain, shortness of breath, and electrolyte problems became surprisingly ordinary. With increasing competence, your initial wretchedness and inadequacy gave way to renewed joy in medicine. Most importantly, your humanism, ethics, and general sense of optimism survived. You couldn't have done it without compassionate co-interns who listened to the aforementioned soliloquies and salved your wounds with kind words or the occasional frozen yogurt. Almost every day, you were rescued by residents and attendings in shining armor well...bleached white coats at any rate. They taught you to manage sick patients, listened to your rants, took annoying tasks off your hands, and respected you. They spared you from "paying" most of your supposed "dues" because they remembered their own struggles with heparin drips, "hypernotemia," and pager-traumatic stress disorder. I write to you now, at the end of my intern year, to refresh your memory and dispel recall bias. If you are currently supervising interns, remember your humble origins and cut them slack. Do the things that made you adore your favorite residents and attendings. Take a genuine interest in your interns as human beings and trainees- fake curiosity is cloying. When you teach, do so to improve their knowledge, not to showcase yours. Respect their intellect and don't be embarrassed to learn from them. Remember that interns prefer to work with human beings, not demigods. Pay attention on rounds and make eye contact. The occasional encouraging smile or wink goes a long way. Make them feel like valuable members of the team, not chroniclers of events that they weren't part of. If you see them struggling with something you also struggled with, share your experience candidly to remind them that they aren't alone and that there is hope. Oh...also, donuts and coffee don't hurt on the weekends. If, however, you ended up becoming a train conductor, enjoy the scenery, polish your shoes, and write a good novel. Yours truly, Pranay Sinha, MD (Intern) -- This is a cross-post. The essay was originally posted on the extraordinary kevinmd.com

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About the Upcoming House-Senate ESE...

About the Upcoming House-Senate ESEA Conference Committee... And One from the Past

2015-07-27-1437969845-133556-capitolcloseup.jpg In July 2015, both House and Senate passed bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The House version is known as the Student Success Act (SSA); the Senate version is called the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) of 2015. Both are an effort to reauthorize the last version of ESEA known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. NCLB was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but Congress would not touch it because it was a bust and the bipartisan honeymoon that gave America NCLB was over. So, NCLB remains on congressional life support to this day. Since both House and Senate have passed versions of an ESEA reauthorization, they now must come together and sort out the issues that differ between their two versions so that they might present a single bill to both houses for a vote. The committee chairs who presided over the House and Senate bills, Representative John Kline and Senator Lamar Alexander, respectively, get to decide who to invite to sit on the resulting House-Senate conference committee. There is no set number of individuals, and House and Senate do not have to have equal numbers on the committee because the two houses vote separately and act via majority vote. Still, there might be some friction between Democrats and Republicans within a house regarding the proportions of each party invited to sit on the committee. The 2015 situation with the two ESEA reauthorizations is unusual in that what is being discussed in conference is not one bill that originated in one house of Congress and then was agreed to "as amended" by the other house. What we have here are two distinct bills. It seems that content of the two bills that does not differ is not up for amendment. For example, both SSA and ECAA preserve annual testing. So, it seems that the conferees will not be able to vote to rid the bills of annual testing. However, on issues about which the two bills differ, such as Title I funding portability, conferees will be able to vote. (I am drawing my reasoning from two Library of Congress documents on House-Senate conference committees, here and here.) But there is a lot of negotiation that will occur, not only between the two houses, but also between the houses and the White House. To help me understand the process and the timeline, I investigated the NCLB House-Senate conference committee. (I realize that when this 2001 committee was in session, there was not yet an NCLB, but I will use this title for clarity's sake.) NCLB originated in the House as HR 1 for the 107th session of Congress (2001-02). On May 23, 2001, HR 1 passed in the House by a 384-45 vote. On June 14, 2001, the Senate approved HR 1 "as amended" by a vote of 98-1. Since the Senate was in possession of HR 1, the Senate was in the official position to request the conference. (Note: In the 2015 situation in which both House and Senate have versions of the ESEA reauthorization, both House and Senate could technically request conferences of each other. Nevertheless, they could have bypassed conference and just sent their respective bills to the other house, but given the massiveness of the ESEA reauthorization undertaking, that would have been poorly decided, no doubt.) In 2001, the Senate voted on HR 1 "as amended," and on July 19, 2001, the NCLB House-Senate conference committee met for the first time. That two-hour meeting is available on C-SPAN. The second, one-hour meeting was held on August 01, 2001 and is also available on C-SPAN, as is this 14-minute, August 02, 2001, video of Senator Edward Kennedy, Representative John Boehner, and US Secretary of Education Rod Paige, following a meeting at the White House regarding the progression of the conference. Note that the White House was also represented in the second, August 01, 2001, conference meeting. Following the second meeting, the NCLB House-Senate conference committee adjourned until after Labor Day. On December 13, 2001, the House voted 381-41 to pass NCLB. Five days later, on December 18, 2001, the Senate did the same by a vote of 87-10. So, from the time that the Senate voted on HR1 "as amended"- June 2001- to the time that the resulting NCLB passed in the Senate- December 2001- six months passed. Conferencing over ECAA and SSA will not be accomplished in short order. But thanks to C-SPAN, the public will be able to witness (at least some) conference committee meetings. The above post is an excerpt originally posted 07-21-15 at deutsch29.wordpress.com Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who's Who In the Implosion of American Public Education. 2015-07-19-1437271710-3939907-Echoesbookcover.jpg She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, newly published on June 12, 2015. 2015-07-19-1437271774-1889357-CCbookcover.jpg

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The New SAT and the Khan Academy

The New SAT and the Khan Academy

I assume most of you know by now that the SAT is undergoing a major revision and the new version will be given for the first time in March, 2016. Many people who have just finished sophomore year have been wondering how they should prepare for this new test or whether they should take the...Continue Reading >

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July College of the Month: Lewis an...

July College of the Month: Lewis and Clark

And we?re back, excited to announced the July College of the Month is…Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon! First off, let?s talk location. Lewis and Clark has it in spades. The campus is beautiful. Sincerely beautiful. Replete with forested trails, you literally cross a ravine to get to class.  And don?t forget for all...Continue Reading >

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Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard B...

Liberal Arts Colleges and Harvard Business School

Several years ago I wrote a post about why I like small liberal arts colleges for medical school placement.  The issues I addressed back then are as true today as they were 5 years ago. But, what about the student who might want a business background? Are liberal arts colleges any good for this? And the...Continue Reading >

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What are the Right Activities for B...

What are the Right Activities for BS/MD Admissions?

Several weeks ago I talked about when to start working with us and I mentioned that we helped student understand about “engaging in the right activities”.  But that begs the question, what are the right activities? Does such a thing even exist? The quick answer is that there are right activities when applying to BS/MD...Continue Reading >

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Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Cult...

Global BS/MD Admissions: Third Culture Kids

There is one large group of global students we often work with that I haven’t discussed yet: the American living abroad.  Most of these students are also considered Third Culture Kids (TCKs) as they have spent a significant amount of time growing up in a culture other than their parents’. Avid blog readers will remember...Continue Reading >

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Strong Academics but Weak Extracurr...

Strong Academics but Weak Extracurriculars-Competitive for BS/MD?

We hear all the time about how strong academically a student must be to be competitive for BS/MD programs.  And while that is true, BS/MD programs are about much more than good grades and test scores. I have said this many times and I will say it again, grades and test scores will only get...Continue Reading >

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