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Many Teach Grants Turn Into Loans; Report Asks Department to Find Out Why

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 27, 2015 - 2:55am

The program offers loan forgiveness to prospective teachers who meet certain criteria after graduation. For more than a third of grantees so far, says a new report, that hasn’t worked out.

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The Chronicle Wins a Series of Honors From Education Writers Association

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 27, 2015 - 2:55am

The association’s National Awards for Education Reporting recognized several major projects published in 2014, including one that won first prize in investigative reporting.

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Why Colleges Don’t Do More to Rein In Frats

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 27, 2015 - 2:55am

Fraternity houses often feel like no-accountability zones for many reasons. But most of them come back to simple matters of cost and liability.

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Student-Loan Default Rates Are Easily Gamed. Here's a Better Measure.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 26, 2015 - 2:55am

A disconnect between repayment, completion, and default exposes a significant flaw in the government’s key metric for colleges' financial accountability.

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Video: 'The Athletic Machine Is in Charge of the University'

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 26, 2015 - 2:55am

Mary C. Willingham spoke with The Chronicle about how Chapel Hill's academic scandal highlighted larger problems in big-time college sports.

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Tenure Lawsuit Challenges Privacy of Student Evaluations

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 26, 2015 - 2:55am

A theater professor fired by Pomona College accuses it of denying her access to students’ reviews of her teaching to hide its own discrimination.

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Asian Nations Poised to Become Major Players in Global Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 25, 2015 - 11:39am

Asia is well on its way to being a "higher education superpower," says a new book. But only if the quality of its education can match its ambitions. 

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Teaching and Leading at the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 25, 2015 - 7:34am

Each March I look forward to joining colleagues from around the world at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession to learn from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems about ways to elevate and enhance the teaching profession in order to improve student learning. I never imagined when we started the International Summit in New York City in 2011 that it would become a vibrant and lasting international community of practice. But the thirst among countries to learn from each other is strong and on March 29 and 30, Canada is hosting the 5th Summit, Implementing Highly Effective Teacher Policy and Practice, in Banff, Alberta.

We’ve learned so much from past Summit discussions and can see a real connection to education policy and practice in the U.S. over the years, as well as significant progress on commitments made by the U.S. delegation at the end of each Summit. I am particularly excited about this year’s Summit because teacher leadership — one of our three Summit commitments last year — will be highlighted this year.

Last week Secretary Duncan reported back on the first year of Teach to Lead, an initiative in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards that is designed to advance the national conversation around the future of the profession and promote meaningful opportunities for teacher leadership that improve outcomes for students. Teach to Lead is teacher-designed and teacher-led and has the support of more than 70 organizations, including the AFT and NEA which, along with Secretary Duncan, are part of the U.S. delegation to the International Summit. As Secretary Duncan said in front of a crowd of thousands, “I was hopeful [about teacher leadership] last year. I am convinced we are onto something really important and special now. Change has to come from teachers who own it and lead it.”

The progress and excitement in Teach to Lead over the past year has been phenomenal. Thousands of teachers have engaged in Teach to Lead through the online ‘Commit to Lead’ community, and more than 500 teachers, administrators, and representatives from supporting organizations have been at our regional summits and local leadership labs. Teach to Lead has truly been about elevating the teaching profession and supporting teachers by giving them opportunities to collaborate, plan and shape their own roles for their own contexts from the school to the state.

A real question for Teach to Lead is — what next? How does teacher leadership expand and grow? This year’s Summit agenda poses three questions that can help the U.S. to reflect on possible future paths.

  • How do high-performing countries promote deeper and more collaborative forms of leadership at all levels within education systems?
  • What strategies allow education systems to exercise consistent and widespread teacher leadership?
  • What should be the role of teachers and their unions and associations in creating conditions for teacher leadership?

Six amazing U.S. teachers who have been actively involved in Teach to Lead – from Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky and Massachusetts — are part of the U.S. delegation to this year’s Summit.   This is an opportunity for them to share their work, to hear what other countries are doing to support and encourage teacher leadership, and to reflect on next steps to elevate and advance teacher leadership back home.

I am eager to learn from our Canadian hosts and other international colleagues and excited to do so with creative, committed teacher leaders from around the United States.

Maureen McLaughlin is senior advisor to the Secretary and director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.

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One Way to Reduce Textbook Costs: Get Rid of Commissions

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 25, 2015 - 2:56am

A Dallas community-college district is giving up its share of the revenue for course materials sold through its bookstores.

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States Are Eager to Collect Graduates’ Job Data. Here’s Where That Effort Stands.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 25, 2015 - 2:55am

Lawmakers say that information on what degree recipients earn can help determine funding for public-college programs. But the data comes with flaws — for now.

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What Colleges Can Do to Improve Career Development

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 25, 2015 - 2:55am

Student-affairs panelists share strategies for improving graduates’ placement rates.

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Video: How an Elite Women’s College Lost Its Base and Found Its Mission

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 25, 2015 - 2:55am

Almost 30 years ago, one college faced an enrollment crisis. So it took a risk that has allowed it to stabilize and grow.

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The Pathway to Success at King/Drew Magnet High School

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 24, 2015 - 9:29am

King/Drew Magnet High School isn’t just preparing its students for graduation; it’s preparing them for life.

The school may be located in one of the most disadvantaged parts of Los Angeles, California, but its students are reaching for the highest levels in education – and they are succeeding. Students at King/Drew not only gradate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate go on to attend college, including many of the country’s top schools, and they receive millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and university grants.

“All students should be prepared for college and for careers because they should have all options open to them,” says English Teacher Latosha Guy. Teachers at King/Drew are preparing their students for the future by meeting their full range of needs, from career internships and fairs to after-school health and educational tutoring.

Teachers and students across the country are working together to focus on college and career readiness by setting and reaching higher standards inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers are helping their students succeed by nurturing and building their confidence along the way. As student Symmon-e Scott puts it, “High expectations make me nervous, but I know I can do it if I really put my mind to it.”

In this new video, see how teachers are helping students overcome challenges in the community to succeed at school and in life. Improving Education: A View from King/Drew Magnet High School shows how students truly believe that “there is no other pathway that will bring you success like education.”

We will continue highlighting extraordinary educators doing remarkable things in classrooms nationwide in our video series. To learn more, visit our Partners in Progress page.

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4 Reasons to Apply for the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 24, 2015 - 7:41am

Principals! It’s time, once again, to nominate students for the President’s Education Awards Program!

We’ve got four great reasons as to why you should nominate students in your school.

1) Motivation!

Create the defining moment in a student’s life. As a principal, you aspire to make a difference in the accomplishments and success of your students. Through this program, you have the opportunity to be the catalyst that sets them on an upward path. Since 1983, these prestigious awards provide individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education for both student achievement and hard work.

The program has two recognition categories: The President’s Award for Educational Excellence and The President’s Award for Educational Achievement. The criteria for both are rigorous. Students who receive either of these awards know they’ve achieved something extraordinary.

2) Reward Academic Success!

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence recognizes academic success in the classroom. To be eligible, students must meet requirements including grade point average, school-set criteria and choice of states or teacher recommendations. 

3) Honor Educational Growth!

This award recognizes students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. Its purpose is to encourage and reward students who give their best effort, often in the face of special obstacles. Criteria for this award is developed at each school.

4) Celebrate Great Students!

Each year, thousands of elementary, middle, and high school principals participate by recognizing deserving students. The school principal determines the number of qualifying students based on program criteria and verifies the order for awards. There is no limit on the number of awards, as long as students meet the criteria for each award. Award orders can only be placed by a school administrator.

The award includes a certificate and congratulatory letter signed by the President, the Secretary of Education, and the school principal. School principals have final authority to determine which students receive an award.

Last year, nearly 3 million students from over 30,000 schools were recognized by the PEAP. 1.7 million students were honored for educational excellence and 1.1 million were cited for outstanding educational achievement.

Recipients of the 2014 PEAP stand proudly at Germantown Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education)

Get more information about the program and how to apply.

Frances W. Hopkins is director of President’s Education Awards Program in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Police Find No Evidence to Support Alleged Gang Rape at UVa

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 24, 2015 - 2:55am

An inquiry was suspended for lack of evidence, the local police chief said. He urged colleges to act quickly in the face of complaints.

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2 Proposals for Accreditation, 2 Shared Goals: Limits and Flexibility

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 24, 2015 - 2:55am

Senators agreed with a panel that oversees accreditors that it’s time to overhaul the process by which colleges are certified for federal aid. But the lawmakers took a big step further.

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In 3 Reports, Senate Republicans Hint at Higher-Ed Agenda

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 24, 2015 - 2:55am

Reform-minded senators raised the prospect of significant changes in how accreditation works, how student outcomes are tracked, and how to keep student-loan borrowers from defaulting.

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A New Grant Aims to Help Young Medical Researchers Jump-Start Their Careers

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2015 - 12:01pm

The average scientist is 42 before he or she scores a first NIH grant. That creates a gap, and three philanthropic groups are trying to fill it.

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Secretary Duncan: “Step Up and Fund Education”

U.S. Department of Education Blog - March 23, 2015 - 7:27am

On Friday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Edwin M. Stanton Elementary in Philadelphia to highlight the need to support teachers and students by investing in our nation’s schools.

During the visit, Duncan joined U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Superintendent of Philadelphia schools Dr. William Hite, and acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro Rivera for a community roundtable discussion. Neighborhood residents, parents and teachers talked about how the community came together to keep the small school from closing a few years prior.

Secretary Duncan highlighted the need for equitable education spending in states, and called on Pennsylvania to “step up and fund education.” Recent data shows that students from low-income families in 23 states are being shortchanged when it comes to state and local education funding. In these states, districts serving the highest percentage of students from low-income families are spending fewer state and local dollars per pupil than districts that have fewer students in poverty.

Secretary Duncan visited a Stanton classroom, where students were holding a mock trial for Goldilocks. (Photo credit: Joshua Hoover/U.S. Department of Education)

Twenty states also have school districts that spend fewer state and local dollars on districts with a high percentage of minority students, than they do on districts with fewer minority students.

The good news is that nothing is preventing these states from funding education more equitable, and they could quickly join the dozens of states that are ensuring that low-income students are getting the resources and support they need to succeed. 

All of us have a role to play when it comes to ensuring that students from low-income families aren’t shortchanged. At the federal level, we’re ready to work with Congress to close the federal loophole that allows districts to allocate funds inequitably.

Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his vision for a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including the idea that opportunity for every child needs to be part of our national conscience.

Read more about our recent data.

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Bloody Arrest at UVa Brings Black Students’ Concerns Forward

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2015 - 2:55am

For some, the incident reinforces a sense that the university has a long way to go before black, Latino, and Asian students feel as welcome as their white counterparts.

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