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After Backlash, Hampshire College Returns U.S. Flag to Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 2, 2016 - 8:01am
The flag had been removed by college officials after being lowered to half-staff and then set on fire, apparently by students or others seeking to make a statement about the presidential election.
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Video: Supporting Undocumented Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 2, 2016 - 2:55am
David W. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, recently spoke with The Chronicle about his advocacy on behalf of undocumented immigrant students and what advice he has for new college presidents.  
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When Do Public Rebukes of Students Cross a Line?

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 2, 2016 - 2:55am
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is the latest campus roiled by an instructor’s criticism of a student online. Scholars disagree on when protected speech becomes unprofessional harassment.
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How Colleges Are Responding to Demands That They Become ‘Sanctuary Campuses’

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 2, 2016 - 2:49am
To protect undocumented immigrant students, a handful of colleges have declared themselves to be "sanctuary campuses." Others have avoided that term but have pledged support for such students, and have spelled out what they will do if immigration authorities come knocking.
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Committing to More Adult Schools by 2020

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 1, 2016 - 10:00am

Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin, Chief of Staff Carmen Drummond, and Deputy Assistant Secretary Kim Ford listen to Carlos Rosario student Senovio, a student in the culinary arts program.

Over the last few months, staff of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) visited adult charter schools and schools for disconnected or opportunity youth in the D.C. area. We were inspired by the dedicated students, faculty, and staff and saw the need for more high-quality and adequately resourced adult and family charter schools, pilot schools, or other blended learning or hybrid schools for adults and opportunity youth in the United States. There are currently 36 million adults and 5.3 million disconnected or opportunity youth in the country who could benefit from access to such schools.

On our visits we met students like Senovio, who dreams of owning his own restaurant one day. Senovio’s dedication to his dream was apparent as he shared how he works up to 70 hours a week as a sous chef at a local Mexican restaurant and sometimes wakes up at 4 a.m. to do his homework before heading to class. Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is helping Senovio prepare for his future with a restaurant-grade kitchen where his culinary training classes are held. Next to the kitchen classroom is a dining room where the students practice serving and interacting with customers. Carlos Rosario International PCS and the other adult schools we visited in D.C. are giving students like Senovio the opportunity to learn in-demand occupational skills and employability skills necessary for employment, while they learn literacy and numeracy.

Today’s older youth and adult learners face a number of obstacles that keep them from completing their education, for this reason it is critical that the schools that serve them provide the needed supports to minimize these external barriers. For example, the schools we visited offer day, evening, and night classes to make sure their classes meet the varying schedules of students, free child care while students attend class, and transportation subsidies. They also offer college and career counseling and give students social services support. Communities across the country can benefit from models like these that give older youth, low-skilled adults, and families access to high-quality, adequately resourced schools.

Today, December 1, 2016, OCTAE, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School hosted the first Adult Schools Growth Forum focused on expanding high-quality schools for low-skilled adult learners, opportunity youth, and other disadvantaged older youth and adults.

The forum is the first step in what we hope will be a continued conversation on how to expand educational options for older youth, adults, and families. The event brought together individuals and organizations with a vested interest in expanding access to high-quality schools for adults including adult charter school and adult school operators, community leaders interested in creating high-quality and adequately resourced adult schools, charter school authorizers, city and state education policy decision makers, national associations, researchers and evaluators, potential investors, federal agencies, and intermediaries involved in promoting and expanding access to these types of schools.

Please join me in committing to create #MoreAdultSchools and increase the number of high-quality and adequately resourced adult and family charter schools, pilot schools, or other schools for adults by 100 or more schools across the country over the next three years. To see what concrete steps you can take to help increase the number of high quality adult schools, look at the menu of actions paper.

For more information on adult schools, a follow-up paper articulating key recommendations from today’s event, and much more, head to http://conference.novaresearch.com/ASGF2016.

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Learning to Lead at a Teach to Lead Summit … Priceless

U.S. Department of Education Blog - December 1, 2016 - 7:51am

“Our kids need an education that is reflective of them, that challenges them, and helps them to better understand who they are in the world.”

Last April, I was able to take advantage of an opportunity to explore this powerful idea. My team and I were able to travel to New Orleans to attend a Teach to Lead Summit. Our hope was to bring the perspectives and ideas we have on education from our various sites (Denver, Rochester, Boston, Baltimore) and turn them into well…something. Not only did the summit allow us two days to work on and develop how to address our idea for culturally responsive instruction and emancipatory pedagogy, it also gave us time to come together and create something not only professionally but personally.

The students in Anderson’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classroom are participating in an activity to enhance their sense of trust and belonging in the community.

My team consisted of five like-minded individuals, and we were able to share a priceless experience. We grew up with a similar experience of schooling and life, and all of our passions for education brought us together. The fact that we had this similar connection of being Black male educators in this world, instantly created a brotherhood that we will not soon forget. As young men, we were all surrounded by elders who wanted to “give us the lives and opportunities that they never had”.

Now, we all teach in Title I schools and serving urban schools with student populations that are predominantly students of color and where at least 75% of students are on free and reduced lunch. We consider ourselves gifted with the opportunity to teach “those kids” because when we were in school, we were “those kids”.

The summit started with our critical friend, a third party advisor to our group who provided us with insight and challenged the way we were thinking about our idea. She made us truly understand the “why” to our idea, and once we had our rationale down, we were off to the races. Our rationale follows:

“Culturally responsive instruction (CRI) and an emancipatory pedagogy (EP) eliminates damaging colorblind approaches to teaching and learning and brings student identity to the foreground. Not only does CRI and EP meet all students where they are but it communicates high expectations and generates positive perspectives of parents, families and communities, thus increasing equity for all students.”

 We left the Teach to Lead summit charged up because we would have the chance to pay it forward and help craft an educational life for our students. We were ready to see how we would be able to turn this incredible experience into action. Nick and I returned to Denver where he is the principal and I am a teacher/teacher leader. With our work in hand, we began to plan for implementation in our school for the upcoming school year.

We were able to create and implement measurable, prioritized, and ritualized trainings in CRI and EP practices. We had students start the year with two weeks of relationship-building instruction that allowed teachers and students to get to know each other. We created professional development for our staff — a Teachers College that allows teachers to understand our students not only through CRI, but also through student data and outcomes, equipping staff with a human and academic face to our students. We also created a Manual H.S. Institute model after the Aspen Institute. It is a space dedicated to enrichment for our students, giving them the chance to learn more about themselves, the world, and their ability to change it.

It all started with a leap of faith by five educators who wanted to make a change, and a Teach to Lead summit that pushed us to turn our ideas into a reality.

William Anderson works at Manual High School in Denver as the school AVID site-team coordinator, teacher leader overseeing equity, and social studies and AVID teacher. A Colorado native, he attended Metropolitan State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history along a secondary teaching licensure. He also earned a master’s in Education, specifically curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, and is currently a University of Colorado at Denver student studying to earn his principal licensure and an Ed.D in policy and administration.  He is a dream chaser, reader, runner, and lover of history, music, and junk food.

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Free-Speech Groups Describe Campus Media as Besieged

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 1, 2016 - 2:55am
A report cites examples of pressure from colleges on student newspapers to restrict their content.
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Video: Building a Network to Help First-Generation Students Succeed

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 1, 2016 - 2:55am
Students from homes or high schools where few others have gone on to college don’t have peers they can turn to for advice when times get tough, explains Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania.
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Colorado Heights U. Will Close After Accreditor Loses Recognition

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 30, 2016 - 12:43pm
The university also said a decline in enrollment had played a role in its decision to shut down.
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$108 Billion in Student Debt Is Likely to Be Forgiven, Government Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 30, 2016 - 12:25pm
The U.S. Government Accountability Office also criticized how the Department of Education estimates the cost of income-driven repayment plans.
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If You Had $45 Billion, What Would You Do to Improve Education?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Jim Shelton, now heading up the education portfolio at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, isn’t giving any details yet. But in this podcast, he emphasizes the value of bringing learning scientists together with educators to improve learning and increase equality.
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Blocked Overtime Rule Sows Uncertainty for Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 30, 2016 - 2:55am
A federal judge’s injunction has forced institutions to either postpone pay increases and adjustments to hourly employment status or proceed as planned — even though the changes may be moot.
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Moody's: Colleges Can Expect Another Year of Low Growth in Tuition Revenue

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 29, 2016 - 12:15pm
An increased focus on affordability and a competitive environment will hinder revenue growth, the debt-rating service predicted.
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Ensuring Every Student Succeeds

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 29, 2016 - 6:30am

As we reflect on the important work that we have been able to do throughout the Administration, we wanted to highlight some of our key messages. This is part of a reflection series presented by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Ensuring educational access for all youth requires partnerships beyond the classroom. Educators have partnered with youth, families, faith-based and community organizations to create a culture of educational excellence and academic achievement. It is this intentionality of partnership that has created vibrant and cohesive school communities across the country. These communities provide a space and place necessary for academic achievement. The Department of Education Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships (ED Center) plays a key role in promoting student achievement by connecting schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based.

Through Together for Tomorrow, promising practices for educational achievement are shared among schools, families, national service programs, and community-based organizations. These practices continue to propel improvement of our lowest-performing schools. This partnership is possible with the cooperation of the Corporation for National and Community Service and community partners such as, the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, and National Center for Families Learning.

In addition, the ED Center formed an Memorandum of Understanding with the National League of Cities Institute, to increase visibility, understanding and appreciation of the role that mayors can play in leading educational change in their communities by advancing strong early childhood opportunities, citywide high-quality afterschool programs, and strategies to improve postsecondary success rates.

Resources and tools provided through the Department of Education have helped faith-based and community organizations, educators and families address challenges like “bridging the word gap”; improving parent and family engagement and other items in the Education Matters bulletin.

As educators and communities begin implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act we know that continued partnerships, between schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, will be crucial to fulfilling our shared vision of, in the words of President Obama, the “fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will through education.”

Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell, J.D. is the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education.

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Why Most Secretaries of Education Haven’t Had a Higher Ed Background

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 29, 2016 - 2:56am
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s Pick to head the Education Department, has no track record in higher education. But that’s hardly unusual over the post’s short history.
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Video: How One College Takes a ‘Customer-Centric’ Approach to Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 29, 2016 - 2:55am
Scott Pulsipher, the new president of Western Governors University, describes how the competency-based education provider builds relationships with students.
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To Curb Sexual Assaults, Colleges Give Students Alternative Reporting Options

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 29, 2016 - 2:55am
Many people agree that campus sexual assaults are severely underreported. So colleges are using a range of new methods to encourage more students to come forward.
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9 People Sent to Hospital at Ohio State U. After Active Shooter Reported

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2016 - 9:10am
An active shooter was reported on the Columbus, Ohio campus on Monday morning.
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White Supremacist Describes Goals of His 'Richard Spencer Danger Tour’ to Campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2016 - 2:55am
A founder of the alt-right believes motherhood is more important for women than careers, wants to see European-American student groups at colleges, and would deport the undocumented.
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Richard Spencer, White Supremacist, Describes His Forthcoming ‘Danger Tour’ to Campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 28, 2016 - 2:55am
A founder of the alt-right believes motherhood is more important for women than careers, wants to see European-American student groups at colleges, and would deport the undocumented.
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