Ed Tech's Next Wave Rolls Into View

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

The coming generation of companies will do the important work of remaking higher education in a more personal, meaningful way.

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Engaging Students Requires a Renewed Focus on Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

Why don't more senior professors emphasize classroom instruction? Some are starting to.

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Are We Ready for Robots to Grade?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

An experiment with automated scoring of essays in a MOOC yields surprising results and suggestions for how to improve the process.

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Companies Promise 'Personalized Education'

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

Though the meaning of the term is still fuzzy, some new products hold promise for helping more students succeed.

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Advising Gets Personal With New Coaching Services

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

Companies that provide academic coaches say such customized support can improve retention.

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Rethinking Open Access

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

Community colleges’ continued commitment to the open door means that too many students, unprepared as they are, encounter a closed doorway.

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In Quest for Success, Colleges Ask: What’s Working?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

It’s not enough to start programs to help students meet their goals. Administrators need data.

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How to Make Students' Campus Jobs More Meaningful

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

A University of Iowa program tries to help students find academic value in their work, no matter how menial.

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The Power of the Personal

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

At its heart, higher education is a human activity. By face-to-face contact, colleges can do far more to help students learn.

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Thinking 'Bigger Than Me' in the Liberal Arts

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:05

Despite the perception that the arts primarily promote individual expression, arts training can create opportunities for something more.

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Big-Ideas Courses Are Lessons in Humility

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:01

They can’t possibly fulfill all the goals that faculty members and students set for them. But that in itself is thrilling and instructive.

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Proposal to Offer Job-Friendly English Ph.D. Draws Criticism

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:01

A doctoral program proposed at Georgetown University includes preparation for nonacademic careers. But critics say it would cheapen the degree.

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The Hottest Seat on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:01

With growing competition for students, enrollment leaders face more scrutiny and less job security.

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Transitions: Cal State Poly Pomona Chooses New Leader; New York Institute of Technology Appoints Admissions Dean

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:01

Soraya M. Coley, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University at Bakersfield, will lead the polytechnic university.

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Bobby Fong, College President of Final Four Fame, Dies Suddenly at 64

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:01
Ursinus College comes to grips with the loss of its leader.
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George Washington U. Snags a Decipherer of Ancient Texts

Chronicle of Higher Education - Sun, 2014-09-14 22:00
Christopher A. Rollston, who left a seminary in Tennessee in 2012 after a conflict with administrators, will teach students a historical approach to translating religious texts from antiquity.
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AmeriCorps – An Incredible Gift to Our Schools

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Fri, 2014-09-12 10:26

Today marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, the national service program that has helped 900,000 Americans give a year of their lives in service to this country. Hundreds of thousands have served in our schools as teachers, tutors, and classroom assistants. In fact, AmeriCorps volunteers are hard at work in 11,700 schools across the country right now. AmeriCorps volunteers have strengthened our nation in so many ways, believing that those who love their country can change it. They have helped communities rebuild after natural disasters, from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to the tornado in Joplin, Mo. They have made our parks cleaner and more accessible.  And they have increased access to healthy foods for people living in poverty. I’m heartened that much of AmeriCorps’s impact can be felt in our schools.

We know that giving kids the education they deserve takes entire communities working together, and AmeriCorps has connected people looking to make a difference in public education in strategic and meaningful ways. During my time as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and in my visits to schools across the country as Education Secretary, I have seen how AmeriCorps volunteers serving with Teach for America, City Year, Public Allies, and other organizations have helped to educate and support our nation’s children. And I have seen how they inspire even more individuals to take up the mantle of service – 4 million Americans volunteered alongside AmeriCorps members in 2013 alone.

We don’t just think national service programs can benefit kids. We know. I’ll share one example:  39 percent of the 6th – 9th graders working with City Year volunteers improved an entire grade level in their English and Language Arts courses during the 2012-2013 school year. Students with City Year volunteers spent an aggregate of 14,600 more hours in the classroom thanks to the volunteers’ attendance improvement efforts.

We know there is potential for national service to do even more for our kids. That’s why last year I announced a new partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service – School Turnaround AmeriCorps. Through this innovative program, 650 young people have been given the opportunity to serve in the nation’s lowest-performing schools. I visited one of these schools in Washington D.C., Stanton Elementary. What I saw was inspiring: 18 young City Year corps members working alongside teachers to ensure that kids receive the education they deserve. Corps members motivate kids in the morning, tutor them throughout the day and afterschool, and act as great role models.

What’s perhaps even more heartening is that there are eight AmeriCorps alums on staff at Stanton Elementary today; their service experience inspired them to continue helping kids. Across the country, 60 percent of AmeriCorps volunteers go on to work in nonprofits and public service. Kids need talented, dedicated, and passionate educators in the classroom, and AmeriCorps is helping to recruit this next generation of education leaders.

While I missed out on AmeriCorps by a few years, I took a year off of college to work in my mother’s afterschool tutoring program in the south side of Chicago. That year transformed my life. It’s a big reason why I do the work I do today.

On the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, I want to thank the leaders in Washington who crossed party lines to launch this national service program, along with the tireless advocates who help the program continue to grow and thrive. But, most importantly, I appreciate the people who serve and volunteer. You demonstrate what is possible when we commit to furthering our nation’s highest ideals. You are solving our biggest challenges, strengthening communities, and increasing opportunity for our children. Our nation’s future is brighter because you serve. Thank you.

Arne Duncan is U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Our Eight Favorite Photos from this Year’s Back-to-School Bus Tour

U.S. Department of Education Blog - Fri, 2014-09-12 06:56

Secretary Arne Duncan’s fifth annual back-to-school bus tour ended on a high note on Wednesday with a pep rally in Memphis.

This year’s theme – “Partners in Progress” – focused on the partnerships between the Department of Education and state and local educators that help to ensure all of America’s students have access to a quality education.

Secretary Duncan and senior ED officials got to see and hear from teachers, principals, families, and students as the tour moved through Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Below you’ll find eight of our favorite images from the tour:

The tour began at Spelman College, America’s first historically black college for women, in Atlanta. Here Secretary Arne Duncan participated in a roundtable, where he discussed effective teacher recruitment strategies with students, educators and school officials.

 

Snapping a selfie! Students from Spelman and other HBCU’s got a chance to meet the Secretary during his visit on Sept. 8.

 

“If somebody tells you that you’re not college material … prove them wrong.” First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about her Reach Higher initiative during her speech at Booker T. Washington High School.

 

Day one of the bus tour wrapped up in Carrollton, a small Georgia community near the Alabama border, where Secretary Duncan took a tour of a Southwire manufacturing facility. He also heard from students involved in the 12 for Life program.

 

Secretary Duncan and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on the evening of Sept. 8. Earlier this year, Duncan paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” speech, which highlighted the importance of providing equal education opportunities to everyone in America.

 

After two days on a bus, it seemed that everyone on the tour needed a little “space”. On Sept. 9, Secretary Duncan toured the U.S. Space and Rocket Center — home of Space Camp — and joined more than 250 middle and high school students and educators for a discussion about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.

 

Times have changed when it comes to learning! Secretary Duncan and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke read to students from an e-book during their visit to the Chambliss Center for Children. Chambliss has run a 24/7/365 childcare program since 1969. The program serves parents who are either working or in school, and is designed to provide educational opportunities and increase school readiness for Chattanooga’s youngest learners.

 

Hundreds of students at Cornerstone Preparatory School in Memphis, Tenn., welcomed Secretary Duncan during the final day of this year’s “Partners in Progress” back-to-school bus tour. Once a school where only two percent of students were proficient in math, scores in that subject have increased by 23.1 points over the past three years and scores in reading and language arts have increased by 13.2 percentage points, with support from Race to the Top and other federal programs.

 

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What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-09-12 03:00

Higher education's talking about sexual assault on campus, Steven Salaita, college ratings, Goucher College's video applications, and more.

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What’s Next in the Steven Salaita Dispute?

Chronicle of Higher Education - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:55

The Illinois board’s vote to reject the outspoken scholar marks not the end of the story but the beginning of the next chapter.

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