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The Costs of the Campus Speech Wars Are Piling Up for the Police

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 3, 2017 - 3:51pm
While the debate over free speech versus a welcoming campus rages on, colleges are paying for a more sustained security presence.
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Why Disclosure Policies Don’t Discourage Academe’s Drug Salesmen

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 3, 2017 - 11:59am
The practice of drug-company payments to scientists to help promote their products remains widespread, despite persistent efforts by universities and the government to check it.
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Former Baylor U. Regent Referred to Female Students as 'Perverted Little Tarts'

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 3, 2017 - 10:44am
The then-regent's emails are cited in a Title IX lawsuit filed by 10 women who say the university used its alcohol policy to shame and silence victims of sexual assault.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (7/7/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 3, 2017 - 10:00am
Johnson O. Akinleye, at North Carolina Central University, and Kelly M. Quintanilla, at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, are moving from interim to permanent top leaders of their institutions.
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Building Latino Male Achievement

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 2, 2017 - 4:30pm
Project MALES, a mentoring program at UT-Austin, is part of a small but growing effort to get more Latino men into and through college.
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A Professor ‘Who Looks Like Them’

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 2, 2017 - 4:30pm
A project born at the U. of Pennsylvania is the latest effort by colleges to cultivate a faculty that mirrors the nation’s growing ethnic and racial diversity.
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What the 21st-Century Library Looks Like

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 2, 2017 - 4:30pm
In the internet age, librarians are focusing less on books and more on teaching. Is something getting lost in the transition?
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Why Did a UCLA Instructor With a Popular Free-Speech Course Lose His Job?

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 1, 2017 - 9:57am
Keith A. Fink says even though his students love him, administrators couldn’t stand the fact that he criticized them in the classroom. His department leaders say he’s not as good a teacher as he thinks he is.
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Suspect Is Arrested in Disappearance of Chinese Scholar at U. of Illinois

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2017 - 9:14pm
Law-enforcement authorities in Urbana-Champaign say they believe Yingying Zhang, missing since June 9, was kidnapped and is now dead.
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Education Dept. Delays Compliance Deadline for Gainful-Employment Rules

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2017 - 3:09pm
Colleges and universities with career-oriented programs now have an extra year, until July 1, 2018, to report data to the department required by the controversial regulations.
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Bernie Sanders Says He Did Not Help Burlington College Secure a Loan

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2017 - 10:56am
The small liberal-arts college closed in 2016 under the weight of debt from a land purchase negotiated by Jane Sanders, who was president of the college and is the wife of the former presidential candidate.
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ED in the Field ~ School Visit: Imagine Andrews

U.S. Department of Education Blog - June 30, 2017 - 10:51am

It is not every day that ED staff is granted the opportunity to enter into a classroom and observe elementary students engaging in lesson plans and sharing thought-provoking discussions with their classmates. For several ED staff, the opportunity presented itself through the ED in the Field ~ School Visit program.

ED in the Field ~ School Visit

The ED in the Field ~ School Visits have become a staple engagement effort adopted by staff throughout the Department of Education who wish to learn more about the impact of their work through practice and theory. The program is intended to increase interactions among department personnel, school educators, and administrators to better inform decisions made on policy as it relates to real-world impact.

Imagine Andrews Public Charter School, located on Andrews Air Force base in Maryland, was among three school sites ED staff visited on a recent morning. St. Mary’s private school and Ashburton Elementary public school were the others. Led by Principal Howard Douglas Rice II, ED staff participated in classroom observations of kindergarten through eighth grade students, a roundtable discussion with parents from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and a discussion with Imagine School administrators.

The Experience

When ED staff looked along the hallway walls and noticed their measures of excellence, it was evident that Imagine Andrews exemplifies an environment that promotes student achievement and fosters educational excellence. During the classroom observation of a kindergarten class for five- and six-year olds, Ms. Cole’s students gathered together on the large alphabet carpet to sing alongside letters of the alphabet as they danced the Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes dance.

In another observation, this time of a science class for 7th– and 8th-grade students, Mr. Green helped students understand gravity and matter. ED staff watched intently as students tested their predictions of the impact volume and weight would have on the time for a ball of paper, tennis ball, and rock to fall to the ground.

Not surprisingly, each group of about four or five students in the class of 23 used the learning activity to also build leadership skills. Members of each group assumed the roles of equipment manager, group leader, recorder, and spokesperson. The classroom observations allowed ED staff to gauge how well the students were learning, and the roundtable discussions gave ED staff profound insight into the groundwork that is required to positively impact the school system.

The Groundwork

The PTA roundtable discussion provided clear indication of the strong parental engagement at Imagine Andrews over the past six years. With a memberships base of 115, the parents work year-round to fundraise, put on special events with the surrounding community, leaders and partners, host social spirit nights, and perform outreach and recruitment efforts to engage families and offer a more innovative learning environment for their children. The school is fortunate to have parents who support it with the necessary resources and quality learning tools needed for the students to thrive.

The school administration recognizes that building a bridge between military families and civilians poses both challenges and benefits. The population is 65% military and 35% civilian, and, since Imagine Andrews is not a zone school, children throughout Prince Georges County have an equal opportunity in the lottery for admission to the school. Although military families rotate in and out of the school every few years, the teacher attrition rate at Imagine Andrews is low.

The overall visit granted ED staff more awareness of the real-world impact of their day to day work.

Shavonney White is a management and program analyst in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.

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Here’s What Commenters Want the Department of Education to Change

Chronicle of Higher Education - June 30, 2017 - 10:12am
A request for suggestions about regulations to replace or modify has drawn a variety of responses, on the gainful-employment rule and the Fafsa, among other topics.
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