NY Education

RFP Posted: Assessment of Homeless ...

RFP Posted: Assessment of Homeless Education Programming for McKinney-Vento Grantee Districts

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to design and conduct a statewide assessment of homeless education programs supported by McKinney-Vento grant funding. The study will focus on promising features of program implementation at the LEA level; outcomes for students experiencing homelessness; and academic and social-emotional program supports and resources provided by NYSEDís Homeless Education current technical assistance vendor, NYS-TEACHS.
News and Notes: New Professional De...

News and Notes: New Professional Development Materials

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

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

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

RFP Posted: Special Education Mediation Technical Assistance Center

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

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

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

RFP Posted: Evaluation of Categorical Bilingual Education Programs

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

InsidehigherEd

Essay on conflict between activism ...

Essay on conflict between activism and career advancement, after Ferguson

Post-Ferguson, how can young scholars balance their desire to join in activism with the demands of winning tenure? Kerry Ann Rockquemore considers the issues.

Essay on conflict between activism ...

Essay on conflict between activism and career advancement, after Ferguson

Post-Ferguson, how can young scholars balance their desire to join in activism with the demands of winning tenure? Kerry Ann Rockquemore considers the issues.

Essay on technology tools to help P...

Essay on technology tools to help Ph.D.s and postdocs in job hunts

Joseph Barber reviews websites and databases that can help the Ph.D. or postdoc doing a job search.

How to ask interview questions that...

How to ask interview questions that show you're interested in the job (essay)

About to interview for an academic position? Elizabeth Simmons suggests how to ask questions that convey your enthusiasm and readiness for the role.

Essay on how academics can use smal...

Essay on how academics can use small chunks of time

Nate Kreuter seeks more productivity by making better use of those groups of minutes between major tasks.

Essay on how to manage information ...

Essay on how to manage information overload about a job search in academe

What do you do when you get too much or conflicting advice? Stephanie K. Eberle has ideas about vetting the ideas.

BBC News Education

London overtaking Oxbridge dominati...

London overtaking Oxbridge domination

A major analysis of research quality, which will decide £2bn annual funding, suggests that London universities could soon "eclipse" Oxford and Cambridge.
Free school meals 'for 85% infants'

Free school meals 'for 85% infants'

An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says.
Boys 'held back by writing aversion...

Boys 'held back by writing aversion'

A study suggests boys are being held back by their reluctance to write outside school.
Roma pupils 'need more support'

Roma pupils 'need more support'

Children from Roma backgrounds in England's schools must be better supported to learn and achieve, a report by the watchdog Ofsted says.
Pakistan mourns its school dead

Pakistan mourns its school dead

Funerals are being held in Peshawar after Pakistan's deadliest Taliban attack left 132 children and nine staff dead at a school.
Councils 'turn homeless teens away'

Councils 'turn homeless teens away'

Children are ending up sleeping rough because local authorities are failing in their duty to protect them, says a charity.

US Govt Dept of Education

2015-2016 Teaching and Principal Am...

2015-2016 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship Program Applications Now Available!

“The Ambassador Fellows are a critical investment in ensuring that the decisions affecting students are informed and implemented by our nation?s best teachers and leaders. The answers to our most challenging educational problems lie in the voices of the courageous principals and passionate teachers our Fellows bring us every day.? ? Secretary Arne Duncan
Student Voices Session: Shining a S...

Student Voices Session: Shining a Spotlight on Native Youth in Foster Care

Youth from every ethnicity and population group experience challenges. American Indian and Alaska Native youth in the foster care system often also must contend with a disconnection from their tribal communities and cultures.
University of Cincinnati, U.S. Educ...

University of Cincinnati, U.S. Education Department Reach Agreement to Ensure Equal Access to UC?s Websites for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with the University of Cincinnati to ensure that the school’s websites comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
Improving Education One Classroom a...

Improving Education One Classroom at a Time

Elise Patterson faces challenges in her classroom every day, but there?s nothing else she?d rather be doing than teaching. Patterson is an English teacher who, like so many educators across the country, is tackling challenges and making a difference in her classroom and in her students? lives.
Statement by U.S. Secretary of Educ...

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Senate's Confirmation of James Cole Jr. as Education Department General Counsel

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:
Celebrate Diversity During the Holi...

Celebrate Diversity During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a great time for families to celebrate diversity! Parents and caregivers, you can choose to use this time to teach your children about customs that are different from your own and you can help children to understand and embrace other cultures. Children learn best by seeing, doing, and being a part of a new experience.

Yahoo

Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rate...

Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students

U.S. News has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies.
Race in school discipline: Study lo...

Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

As protests and anger continue to percolate around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other unarmed black men, one group is calling attention to the fact that many of the racial stereotypes that may have contributed to these events begin at much younger ages.
Electronic cigarettes gain foothold...

Electronic cigarettes gain foothold in American middle and high schools

First, the good news: Far fewer teens are taking up cigarette smoking than ever before. However, many are instead turning to electronic cigarettes, according to a national survey of middle and high school students.
10 Colleges With the Highest Accept...

10 Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.
Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out ...

Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015

Top 10 ed tech trends to watch out for in 2015From flipped classrooms to online learning, what ed tech trends should we watch out for in the next year?

Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Brav...

Riverbed to be bought by Thoma Bravo, Ontario Teachers

By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Thoma Bravo LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan said they would buy network equipment maker Riverbed Technology Inc for $3.6 billion, just over a year after the company's biggest shareholder started agitating for a sale. Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp had been pressing Riverbed to sell itself due to a slowdown in its main wide-area network (WAN) optimization business and its struggle to integrate Opnet, a maker of software to manage traffic on networks that it bought in 2012 for about $1 billion. ...

Independent

Schools ?not getting resources for ...

Schools ?not getting resources for Roma?

Schools are struggling to find the finances and resources to educate Gypsy and Roma children because fear of discrimination means many of their parents are not revealing their true ethnicity, hampering efforts to provide extra funding, inspectors have said. The finding comes as official figures show the number of Gypsy and Roma pupils in UK schools have increased from 16,735 to 19,030 in the past year, after work restrictions were lifted for Romanians within the EU.

Pupils with special educational nee...

Pupils with special educational needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

Parents who have children with special educational needs (SEN) believe that mainstream schools are failing to help them reach their full potential, according to a report published today. A survey of 1,000 parents by the charity Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, found mainstream schools are failing children with learning disabilities ? with 81 per cent of parents saying they are not confident their child's school is helping them do their best.

Pupils with special needs are being...

Pupils with special needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

Parents who have children with special educational needs (SEN) believe that mainstream schools are failing to help them reach their full potential, according to a report published today. A survey of 1,000 parents by the charity Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, found mainstream schools are failing children with learning disabilities ? with 81 per cent of parents saying they are not confident their child's school is helping them do their best.

New careers college set to fill ski...

New careers college set to fill skills gap

It has a marine simulator which can reproduce at the touch of a button a replica of ports around the world that any ship's navigator will sail into. It can also conjure up a range of weather conditions from calm to stormy as you stand at the helm of your ship ? giving you the impression of listing when you are, in fact, on terra firma.

Prospect of higher salaries makes m...

Prospect of higher salaries makes maths more attractive

Teenagers would be more likely to study maths at A-level if they were told what salaries it would help them earn in future, according to new research.

Progress in the three Rs is lower i...

Progress in the three Rs is lower in rural and coastal areas

Pupils in rural areas are underachieving, according to performance tables showing that location plays a large part in how well children do in the three Rs at primary school.

Education Week

New Center Aims to Better Aid State...

New Center Aims to Better Aid States on Special Education

The U.S. Department of Education is retooling the way it provides technical assistance to states on complex issues involving students with disabilities.
Blended Learning Is About More Than...

Blended Learning Is About More Than Technology

Problem solving, not technology, should be the centerpiece of blended learning planning, say Michael Horn and Heather Staker.
Crossing the Border to Kindergarten

Crossing the Border to Kindergarten

The benefits of bilingual K-12 schooling drive Annalisa Nash Fernandez to go to great lengths for her children.
The Anti-TFA Protests Are Misguided

The Anti-TFA Protests Are Misguided

Critics like United Students Against Sweatshops should applaud Teach For America, not bash it, former Milwaukee schools chief Howard Fuller writes.
Colorado's high court hears school ...

Colorado's high court hears school voucher case

Obama announcing $1B for early chil...

Obama announcing $1B for early childhood education

Educause

The Role of Campus Leadership in En...

The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility

“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.”

With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his institution’s AccessComputing Project, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, this video presents university presidents, chief information officers, and other higher education leaders who stress the importance to higher education of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and of having campus technology environments that support it.

read more

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

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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:

read more

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:

read more

Huffingtonpost.com

Supplement Essays: Amherst and Duke

Supplement Essays: Amherst and Duke

2014-12-19-anton.jpg Amherst by Anton Kliot Amherst gave applicants the opportunity to respond to a quotation in an essay of not more than 300 words. The instructions stated, "It is not necessary to research, read, or refer to the texts from which these quotations are taken; we are looking for original, personal responses to these short excerpts. Remember that your essay should be personal in nature and not simply an argumentative essay." Anton chose the following quote: "Rigorous reasoning is crucial in mathematics, and insight plays an important secondary role these days. In the natural sciences, I would say that the order of these two virtues is reversed. Rigor is, of course, very important. But the most important value is insight--insight into the workings of the world. It may be because there is another guarantor of correctness in the sciences, namely, the empirical evidence from observation and experiments." Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics, Amherst College Sitting in the shade of a tree in Central Park with two close friends, I absentmindedly pick up a fallen leaf and begin crumpling it in my hands. With that, a seed begins to form in my mind. As I look at the tree overhead, I think of the immense amount of solar energy necessary to its growth--yet this leaf could disintegrate into debris with little energy input. I look up at a crumbling, pre-war building a hundred meters away. Hours, days, months, even, of manual labor and tons of fossil fuels had gone into its construction; yet it would take only time and the persuasion of the elements to break down into dust. This, I realize, is free energy in action. To build things, natural or man-made, to move from chaos towards structure, requires energy. However, it is the tendency of the world-the universe even--to regress towards disorder. When my professor initially taught the concept of free energy, I was perplexed. I vaguely understood that entropy stood for chaos, and enthalpy for energy, but beyond that I was stumped. What were these values? And why did they determine the spontaneity of reactions? I learned the equations provided, and how to tackle basic problems, but without grasping entropy's role in the reactions of the world around me I found true understanding of the concept elusive. The power of insight lives in its ability to grow outside of the normative places where we expect to foster revelations, such as classes and labs. Ultimately, it was that day in the park, as much as any classroom experience, that bolstered my understanding. My passion for chemistry comes not from solving equations, but from the insight into the workings of the world I have gained, both in and out of the lab. 2014-12-19-calvin.jpg Duke Supplements by Calvin Thompson 1) Please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something in particular at Duke that attracts you? (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.) I love many things, but learning and sports top the list. The moment I stepped onto Duke's campus, I leaned over to my mother, gasping, and said, "Whoa," even before beginning my tour. I was stunned to immediately see signs of my loves everywhere. My dreams of tenting in K-Ville for the annual Duke-UNC game almost made my mouth water. As for learning, the cross-disciplinary study options that Duke offers ignite my passions. I have always loved business, and as I have aged, I discovered a deep interest in education. At Duke, I saw the opportunity to combine these two interests in many ways. I would love to initiate lunches with Professor Elizabeth Garcia, whose work focuses on educational motivation, and Mark T. Brown, Director of the Management Communications Center. Exploring commonalities in business and educational spheres would be uplifting, and will engage all of my most profound interests. 2) Please discuss one of your extracurricular activities that has required a particularly significant time commitment or that has played a meaningful role in your personal development. (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.) I struggled academically in middle school. So, in my sophomore year of high school, I started a tutoring program for 6-8th grade African-American and Latino students, who, like me at their age, were experiencing difficulties in school. I noticed at the high school level, I was among a tiny number of students of color taking honors and advanced classes. However, this problem clearly started earlier. To solve it, I thought about what I wished I had in middle school: privacy and attention. I provided this so my students could receive help without feeling like they were "idiots" compared to their peers. Since beginning the program, I have tutored the same kids for 3 years. All my students have improved their grades and are on track for honors level classes in high school. Watching them work hard and succeed has been the most gratifying experience of my life thus far.
ACLU Lawsuit Says Ferguson School D...

ACLU Lawsuit Says Ferguson School District Discriminates Against African-Americans

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against a school district that serves children in Ferguson, Missouri, claiming that the election process for the district?s school board puts local black voters at a disadvantage. The Ferguson-Florissant School District, located in the greater St. Louis area, uses an at-large system to elect the members of its school board. The federal lawsuit claims that this system dilutes the black vote, causing blacks to be underrepresented on the board. Seventy-seven percent of the district's students are black, but only one of the seven board members is. Ferguson and the surrounding towns have gained worldwide attention in recent months following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, in August. After Brown was killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, there were widespread protests in the area and the district delayed the start of school by more than a week. In November, after it was announced that a grand jury would not indict Wilson for Brown's death, the district again canceled classes in the face of renewed protests. The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP and the district's black residents, according to an ACLU press release. The complaint charges that the at-large voting system violates the Voting Rights Act, as it ?impermissibly denies African-American voters an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice.? While more than three-fourths of the district's students are black, the area's voting-age population is majority-white. The ACLU suit contends that the district's at-large system results in the black vote getting drowned out. It calls for a new system where the district is broken down into sub-regions, each of which would elect one person to the district school board. ?Elected officials in the Ferguson-Florissant School District have not been responsive to the particularized needs of the African-American community," the complaint reads. "For example, the Board has been insufficiently attentive to issues of educational equity facing African-American students in the District." When asked for comment about the lawsuit, a spokesperson for the district told The Huffington Post: ?The Ferguson-Florissant School District is reviewing the lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). We hope to issue a statement in the near future.? The district was created in 1975 through a desegregation order, and encompasses a number of neighborhoods by design. Still, decades later, the district remains effectively segregated. The ACLU complaint also addresses recent protests in the area, and what it identifies as extreme, militarized police measures. ?There is also a significant lack of responsiveness to the needs of the African-American community on the part of other local government officials,? it says. ?These protests were triggered by a number of events following the shooting that signaled local officials? disregard for the needs of Ferguson?s African-American residents, including the police department?s initial refusal and delay in releasing the name of the shooting officer; and the police department?s excessive response to peaceful protesters, including the use of tear gas, armored vehicles, assault rifles, and military uniforms.?
13 Totes Adorbs Gifts For Your Inte...

13 Totes Adorbs Gifts For Your Internet-Obsessed Frenz

If you're struggling with what to get your Reddit-obsessed friends for the holidays this year, maybe it's time to admit who you are and go all in on Internet jokes. You don't even need to create your own. Many of the Internet memes you already love have been transformed into everything from clothing to gadgets, thanks to the creative types at Etsy and Zazzle. Don't be embarrassed to go full-on nerd with your more casual friends either. Memes were everywhere this year. Even your mom and dad surely remember #AlexFromTarget and Pharrell's hat?
Researchers Think They Have Found A...

Researchers Think They Have Found A Way To Help Close The Achievement Gap

Growing up poor can affect a child's behavior and school performance. Research has found that the brains of students from poverty-stricken environments can even function differently than those of their more affluent peers, due to developments that inhibit the poorer children's ability to problem-solve and pay attention. However, a group of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas think they have found a way to counteract some of these issues, helping bring low-income adolescents up to speed with their more affluent peers. A research team led by Dr. Jacquelyn Gamino worked with a group of over 900 middle school-aged adolescents from various socioeconomic backgrounds in the Dallas area to try and determine the impact of a specific learning intervention on these students. The students were split into two groups: students who participated in the cognitive intervention program and those who did not. Students who received the cognitive intervention designed by the University of Texas at Dallas? Center for BrainHealth completed 10 different 45-minute sessions in the course of a month. During these sessions, students completed group interactive exercises and written activities, with the aim of teaching them how to extract main ideas from text and analyze that information. The students also took pre and post-intervention exams. ?It?s really the cognitive steps you and I take quite naturally to understand information and get to the big picture. We walk [students] concretely through various stages,? Gamino said. ?We start by helping them focus on what?s most important by deleting what?s least important, we help them chunk information ? get them to think at a higher level.? After completing the cognitive training, Gamino told The Huffington Post that ?kids in poverty showed as much improvement in them, even though they started out lower than kids not in poverty, which is good news.? A paper recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience outlines the results of the study. She continued, ?A lot of research is showing that kids raised in poverty -- their brains are not developing at the same rate as kids not in poverty, potentially due to environment, stress level, etc. ? [Research showed that] kids in poverty who had deficits going in could overcome deficits.? Gamino said that the steps taken in the cognitive intervention could easily be integrated into a normal school setting in a way that she believes would benefit all students -- regardless of socioeconomic background. The study notes that the researchers conducted the interventions amid an educational backdrop where ?assessment frequently requires merely a regurgitation of facts? and ?students are often more focused on memorizing huge quantities of information, rather than contemplating meaning.? Gamino said the team specifically decided to target seventh- and eighth-grade students because it is an age where the brain is still capable of rewiring -- especially in regards to the frontal lobe, which is the last area of the brain to develop. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that helps regulate decision making, control and problem-solving. However, Gamino said that the cognitive interventions seemed to impact female and male students differently. Although seventh- and eighth-grade girls showed significant improvement on assessments after participating in the interventions, only eighth-grade boys did the same. Gamino said results may be due to the fact that boys are thought to develop later than girls. ?I think we all know people who are very immature, who make bad decisions and don?t control their emotions. They haven?t developed the ability to use their frontal lobe to the full potential,? Gamino said. ?The more we know from neuroscience, the more we know we can activate certain parts of our brain to make those connections become stronger. We have kids doing pen-and-paper tasks that help them use their frontal lobe.? The team now wants to expand the data they've collected by seeing where these kids end up over time and how they perform on subsequent standardized tests, according to a press release about the research.
The Maker Movement and the Humaniti...

The Maker Movement and the Humanities: Giving Students A Larger Toolbox

Co-Authored by John Rieffel, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Union College, NY The empowering rise of the do-it-yourself Maker Movement has found fertile ground in higher education, cultivating a vibrant community who believe in the effectiveness of learning through doing, sharing and mentoring, playing, exploring, and risk-taking. As exemplified by Case Western Reserve University's impressive Think [box] Center for Innovation, academic Makerspaces provide participatory contexts for hands-on, fun and collaborative learning that are a refreshing alternative--albeit no substitute--to "sage on the stage" lectures. Often, Maker Culture in academia is promoted as a valuable tool for increasing (diverse) enrollments in STEM-fields and in applied programs, such as Economics and Entrepreneurship, and most academic Makerspaces are tightly tied to STEM departments. Yet this focus on pathways to STEM, albeit valuable, tends to underestimate the contributions of the full spectrum of the Liberal Arts -- particularly the Arts and Humanities. Missing also are accompanying efforts toward the self-reflection and articulation needed to learn not only how things are made, but also how they are embedded and can transform society and culture over time. We believe the ethos of the Maker Movement and that of the Liberal Arts go hand-in-hand. As academic environments that strive to train and foster the next generation of global and diverse citizens, the Liberal Arts can uniquely contribute to the desired broader impacts of the Maker movement. We offer more porous boundaries between departments and programs, a unique sense of (historical, cultural, ethical) context and a deeply ingrained sense of creative expression and constant self-reflection and analysis. Most importantly, at the heart of the Liberal Arts is a century-old emphasis on innovation and creativity and a deep dedication to teaching and learning in ways that are not only participatory, hands-on, and digitally blended, but that allow for a wide variety of effective learning opportunities. To remember here is that doing does not always lead to learning. In fact, any successful Liberal Arts College is a Maker Community. At Union College (in Schenectady, NY) we already have a vibrant, if dispersed, Maker Culture: on any given night, students across campus are building elaborate sets in the theater, sewing LED-illuminated Halloween costumes, soldering robotic sensors, and converting popcorn machines into coffee roasters. Too often, however, these activities happen in isolation, with few opportunities for Makers in different disciplines to interact. The key to integrating Makerspaces into the Liberal Arts (and vice versa) lies in establishing both more organic and structured opportunities for these creative innovators to interact, reflect and learn, pool their resources, and share their skills and knowledge. Our unique angle to solving the logistical riddle of finding space for a monolithic "Makerspace" anchored in a single physical location, is, in true Liberal Arts fashion, to flip the problem on its head and to unify existing creative facilities across the college to form a distributed "Maker Community" staffed by creative students and faculty alike. At the core of our Liberal Arts approach to harnessing a Maker Community is to connect making with deep learning on curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular levels, in particular by integrating and emphasizing the role of the Humanities (the Arts have traditionally had a strong role to play in making) into efforts driven by the Sciences and Engineering. The goal of our holistic and integrated Maker Community is to materialize and connect doing with understanding and reflection, learning with value and knowledge building in context. In other words, we seek to emphasize the importance of any Maker to think about, consider, and integrate new knowledge about culture, society, history, diversity, language, literacy, ethics, and so on, in the act of creation. Our ambition at Union College is to develop a human-, contextual- and value-centric Maker Community that is deeply integrated into the fabric of the college. We are thrilled to be early participants in MakeSchools.org, a growing online community of academically-based Maker communities. As one of the few Liberal Arts Colleges in the consortium, we hope to advocate strongly for the role of the Humanities in the Maker Movement. Our mission is to ensure that Makers revolutionize society and industry not only by building circuit boards and 3D-printed cars, but also by mindfully exploring the ways in which we currently think about the uses, roles and values of making itself. In doing so, we are placing not one, but two different tools into the hands of our students: a mechanical or digital tool in one hand and a question mark in the other.
For the Kids: The Gift That Keeps o...

For the Kids: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

As the holidays approach, so do requests from family and friends about what to give the kids this year. Meanwhile, visions of unused toys and clothes dance in parents' heads. Instead of asking for the hottest toy this year, consider a gift that will actually keep on giving: an investment in your child's future. Not only does a financial gift provide an opportunity to talk to kids about responsibility, but it can also set your child on the path for sound savings habits and help protect your own hard-earned savings.

In fact, there are some simple investments that require little oversight in the near-term but offer big advantages over the long-term. Three accounts to consider asking friends and family to contribute to this holiday season include a basic savings account, a college fund and a retirement plan. While college and retirement might seem like a long way off for your kids, it's important to think about the potential financial impact of these expenses on your own financial future.

Back to the Basics

While a savings account might seem "basic," there's good reason it's an old standby. A traditional savings account provides a place for kids to make deposits and watch the interest build up as they practice saving toward specific goals -- all while facing the temptation of withdrawals. If friends and family give your child $50 this holiday season to put into a savings account, in just a few years -- and a few more deposits -- she'll be able to pick out and buy her own first bike and win some serious financial bragging rights. Not to mention, she probably won't even realize she didn't get the "hot toy" of 2014 when she was three.

Beyond holding out for that first bicycle, savings that add up in your child's bank account can be put toward other investments as he gets older. Whether it's the account he uses to buy books for his first semester of college, put a down payment on his first house or fund his investment portfolio, these early savings result in two things: mom and dad having the ability to keep saving for their own retirement and him being able to avoid tapping into his 401(k) or other savings as he gets older.

More than Lunch Money

While your child's future college alma mater might be in question, there's no debate that the price tag associated with higher education is hefty and important to prepare for. This holiday season, friends and family can help your little one (and you) avoid future loans and debt through a financial gift toward their education, starting with a contribution to a 529 plan. Today, roughly 80 percent of Millennials are responsible for paying the majority of their student loan debt, and 41 percent have put off saving for retirement because of financial challenges[1].

Moreover, a gift toward your kids' future education is one that can also make a major impact on your own financial future. Saving for your children's college can be a challenge when you're trying to manage your own financial priorities. When family members and friends donate to a 529 plan or other college savings vehicle, you're on the receiving end of that gift in more ways than one: You can sock away a little more money toward retirement and breathe easier about affording college for your children without tapping into your 401(k) to make tuition payments.

Retirement, Baby

While asking for a gift toward your child's savings account or even college fund might have crossed your mind, here's another investment gift to consider: your child's retirement. A quick look at how retirement has changed in the last few years will help put this in perspective. It's safe to expect that your children will not have a pension, and while their retirement might seem light-years away, Americans are delaying retirement at rapid rates because they haven't saved enough. A gift toward a mutual fund, UGMA savings account or annuity now can help set your child on the path towards retirement readiness.

Instead of asking family and friends for that new toy your child has been eyeing, request a gift that won't end up in the bottom of the toy chest in six months. While it might not be something your child can unwrap, a financial gift is one that keeps on giving and also means that as a parent, you don't have to sacrifice your retirement dreams.

Voya Financial's Born to Save program offers every baby born in the U.S. on October 20, 2014 a $500 mutual fund investment as a head start on their retirement savings. Enroll the October 20th baby in your life by December 19 to participate.

1 Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S.), a leading retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the U.S., recently commissioned a study, representing responses from 2,000 Millennials (young adults aged 20-34), to gauge the financial needs and challenges of America's younger generation.

The material contained herein is for informational purposes only and does not constitute tax or legal advice. You should consult with your tax or legal advisor regarding your own individual situation.

Collegeadmissionspartners

When is it Too Early to Start Prepa...

When is it Too Early to Start Preparing for College?

I had a parent of a 7th grader contact me this week about working with her student. Now early preparation, particular for students interested in BS/MD programs and other highly selective colleges, is great, can you start preparing for college too early? Yes and no. It depends on how you define preparing. I typically don’t...Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersWhen is it Too Early to Start Preparing for College?

The post When is it Too Early to Start Preparing for College? appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

Lab Research vs Clinical Research

Lab Research vs Clinical Research

I have often told you that it is a good idea to have some research experience when applying to BS/MD programs. †But what I haven’t discussed are the two types of research that are possible. Lab based research vs. Clinical research. First some basic definitions. Lab based research occurs in, you guessed it, a lab....Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersLab Research vs Clinical Research

The post Lab Research vs Clinical Research appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

When It?s OK to Look Like Everybody...

When It?s OK to Look Like Everybody Else.

Generally, when applying to a highly selective college or a BS/MD program you do not want to look like everybody else. You want to stand out in some way. Maybe you have significantly more volunteering that the typical student. One of my students raised tens of thousands of dollars for health care related charities by...Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersWhen It’s OK to Look Like Everybody Else.

The post When It’s OK to Look Like Everybody Else. appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

Why Is Patient Care Experience Nece...

Why Is Patient Care Experience Necessary?

I often tell students that they need to have patient care experience but they often don’t really understand why. Volunteering in general is important to show that you care about others. †All colleges like to see students that care about some one else. But even more important for BS/MD programs is health care related volunteering....Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersWhy Is Patient Care Experience Necessary?

The post Why Is Patient Care Experience Necessary? appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

How Much Research Experience Do You...

How Much Research Experience Do You Need?

BS/MD programs like to see that you have done some type of research. Does that mean more research is better? No. Let’s back up and understand why BS/MD programs like to see that students have performed some type of research. †Most students who are interested in medicine want to do some type of research. That...Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersHow Much Research Experience Do You Need?

The post How Much Research Experience Do You Need? appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

Significant Experience in Volunteer...

Significant Experience in Volunteering

In a recent post I talked about the need for significant experience volunteering.†But what exactly does significant mean? There is no absolute definition of significant. You can’t say that 99 hours is insignificant but 100 hours is significant. Rather, what is important is how the hours are accumulated. Doing an hour of volunteering each week...Continue Reading >

RSS Feed Content © Todd Johnson and College Admissions PartnersSignificant Experience in Volunteering

The post Significant Experience in Volunteering appeared first on BS/MD Admissions by College Admissions Counseling.

Stateline

There are no news from this channel.
Dec 18      Hits : 20850
place your ad here
My News Hub