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Machete-Wielding Man Killed by Police at U. of Colorado at Boulder

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 12:40pm
It was unclear if the man was affiliated with the university, the police and campus officials said.
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Hearing the Voice of Families: Meet ED’s First Family Ambassador

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 5, 2016 - 11:21am

Parents and families are a child’s first teachers, supporters, coaches, cheerleaders, tutors, confidantes, conspirators and advocates. They are the experts about their children and the authors of what they want for their future.

Meet Frances Frost, ED’s first Family Ambassador!

When it comes to school, however, families are sometimes left out of the discussion regarding the needs of their children in receiving the best education possible. Many parents can list examples of changes in their school that they didn’t know were coming or a policy that impacted them in a way no one considered before implementation. That’s why the Department of Education recently created the Family Ambassador. This new position acknowledges the important voice of parents in the development and implementation of education policy.

I’m proud and excited to serve as the inaugural Family Ambassador. I’m the mother of four active children and began my involvement with schools as a parent when my oldest entered kindergarten 13 years ago. I started out visiting her school for parent-teacher conferences and school information nights. Through the PTA, I became more involved and found my voice as an engaged parent in our large school system.

As a mother, a former teacher and an education advocate, I firmly believe that parents and family members raising children have the right and the responsibility to be engaged in their child’s education, to be supportive and informed, to ask questions and provide constructive input. It’s through partnering and building relationships between people who care for and educate children that we will be successful in ensuring there is equity, rigor, and thoughtfulness applied to an education that will prepare children for an enriching and productive future as they enter college or begin a career.

In the role of Family Ambassador, it’s my responsibility to present the voice of families in national discussions on education with respect and thought to the diversity of their needs. To inform my input, I need to hear from parents and families about their experiences, particularly those that are marginalized or, in general, simply less represented: our parents of color, non-English speakers and lower income families who often least have a voice. I’ll be working to increase families’ awareness around educational issues, with an eye to emphasizing the importance of early and ongoing literacy development and closing the achievement gap. There are numerous organizations and experts in the field and I anticipate collaborating with them, as well, to improve the efforts and knowledge about family engagement.

I invite fellow parents and families to join me in conversations and initiatives about education. I want to hear about issues important to families. Stay connected by signing up for the Parent Newsletter and reading our Homeroom blog. Stay tuned and keep an eye for opportunities to give voice to your concerns. Meet with me when I get a chance to come to your city or when we have an event in D.C. I can’t wait to talk to you!

Have a great school year!

Frances Frost is the U.S. Department of Education’s first Family Ambassador.

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Baylor's Former Title IX Coordinator Says She Was Set Up to Fail

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 11:06am
Patty Crawford, who resigned from her position this week, has accused senior leaders at Baylor of retaliating against her.
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Online Education Is Now a Global Market

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 10:30am
MOOCs may have been overhyped, but their impact is far from over, says Simon Nelson, of the online-learning provider FutureLearn. And traditional colleges have a huge opportunity if they’re just willing to think a little differently.
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Celebrating our Students’ Assets and Intentionally Targeting their Needs

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 5, 2016 - 7:00am

“Merhaba!” “Salaam!  “¡Buenos días!” In my eleven years as a public school principal, greeting my students at the door as they start their school day is one of my greatest joys. It also serves an important purpose – setting a welcoming, warm environment in which each student is known and valued. In serving a range of English learners over the years, I have learned to keep five essential values at the core as I partner with teachers and parents to support our whole student body.

Students who are English learners are English learners all day. (Photo courtesy of the author)

First, bilingualism is a gift and an asset. Helping students maintain their native language is crucial for helping them to develop their identity. We always encourage parents to support their children’s native language development, helping our students engage in complex discourse at home, while celebrating the linguistic assets our students bring to school each day.

Students who are English learners are English learners all day. The goal of identifying the needs of English learners is to allow them to fully access all of the academic offerings in our schools. Therefore, developing students’ speaking, reading, writing, listening, and academic language cannot be the sole responsibility of a language instruction teacher. All teachers need to integrate language development into their instruction and scaffolds that support students English language proficiency, bilingualism, and their application across content areas.

Language immersion programs are marvelous opportunities to both develop students’ native language literacy skills, boost academic achievement, and allow solely English-language speakers to become bilingual. Especially in communities with one dominant common language, such as Spanish, language immersion from the earliest grades can eliminate achievement gaps before the start.

English learner students who are dually- identified with specials needs, as well as those who have yet to be identified, require specific supports. Using culturally relevant assessment tools helps us tease out possible special needs from language development needs. Being proactive, particularly at the elementary level, requires that we are intentional and targeted in the kinds of scaffolds and explicit teaching we do. Using quality ESL data sources to observe trends and patterns to inform school-wide practices is an important administrative responsibility.

Above all, all students must have access all day to rigorous, rich, engaging learning opportunities that leverage their assets and interests. When our students and their families form strong relationships with the educators and know they will be challenged and developed to their fullest potential – regardless of their level of fluency in English – we can foster a path of academic and future success.

My job as a principal is to intentionally create and sustain positive, caring communities in which all my students and their families are welcomed and feel valued. When students feel safe, respected, and included – which is especially important for my English learner students – then we are all able to achieve maximum success.

Dana Nerenberg is principal of Sitton Elementary School in Portland, Oregon and a 2016 Principal Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education.

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At U. of New Mexico, Long-Simmering Frustrations Over a Seal Find a Receptive Ear

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 2:57am
The seal features images of a frontiersman and a conquistador. For decades, critics have protested it as racist. Now, there’s hope it might finally be changed.
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Concert Promoter Pleads Guilty for Role in U. of Hawaii's 'Wonder Blunder'

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 2:55am
The university's Manoa campus paid him $200,000 to set up a performance by the pop star Stevie Wonder. But the singer had never agreed to appear.
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Video: Creating ‘a Sense of Ownership’

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 2:55am
In a Chronicle video, Nariman Farvardin, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, describes balancing its hands-on majors with the liberal arts.  
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Stanford Hangs Up on Telemarketing — Will Others Follow?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2016 - 2:55am
Fund raisers debate the university's decision to end phone-athons, weighing the costs of annoying donors versus the benefits of acquiring more of them.
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UNC-Wilmington Orders Mandatory Evacuation as Storm Approaches

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 4:10pm
Hurricane Matthew could make landfall on Saturday near the coastal campus, which has 15,000 students.
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Communicating Visions of the Current World: 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners Honored

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 4, 2016 - 2:15pm

During Keiji Ishida’s vacation last year in Japan, the 17-year-old Los Angeles teen observed an overwhelming number of subway commuters tethered to their cell phones, texting and playing games. “People were quiet — muted,” he noted, “and that just isn’t right.” Not, he continued, in a country alive with so much beauty and expression.

This discomfort sparked Keiji’s creative streak, evident in his painting, “Addiction,” now displayed in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Education (Department) headquarters, along with 57 other 2016 Scholastic Gold Medal winners in 2- and 3-D art.

Since the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards inception in 1923, it has become the nation’s best- known recognition program for teen artists and writers, and their largest source of scholarships. About 250 people attended the Department’s 13th annual celebration of the winners and the opening of the exhibit. Present were 2016 honorees, their teachers and families, art educators and leaders, and Department staff.

Keiji’s painting — splashes of vivid colors covered with black outlines — creates abstract hands holding cell phones.

Keiji Ishida with his painting “Addiction”.

This year, the Scholastic judges selected 2,500 medalists in grades seven through 12 from almost 320,000 submissions across 29 artistic categories. Past winners include Ken Burns, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Kay Walkingstick and Andy Warhol.

“We see lots of beautiful work that celebrates nature and family, and plays with language in a joyful way,” Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, told the audience. “But we also see work that is challenging and probing, that contemplates the mysteries of the universe, worries about the future of the planet, and about race relations, and aging and health care.”

The honored works convey myriad themes, from love, death and identity to politics, peace and technology.

Eighteen-year-old Jane Demarest built a six-foot cardboard couch to which she glued tampons and sanitary pads. The New York City artist entitled her sculpture “Comfort,” which she recognizes may be counter to some public reaction to her work, a photograph of which is on exhibit. With her art, Jane spearheaded a drive to collect women’s hygienic products for the homeless.

In 14-year-old Leo Wall’s drawing, two beat-up tractors sit on either side of a dilapidated truck abandoned in a rolling, verdant landscape. The Richmond, Texas, artist based his work on a photo of a similar real-life scene, which he loved because, within the stunning setting, “something so ordinary could be so beautiful.”

Leo Wall with his drawing “Left Behind”.

Behind each winner lies “hidden forces,” explained Deborah B. Reeve, executive director of the National Art Education Association. “What we don’t see is the early awakening of human potential — their very first marks made at the hands of their first teachers — parents,” she said. Nor do we see “… the evolution of human potential as it matures under the influence of excellent art educators,” or “… the whole child … and how their … world view … is shaped in part by the artistic processes …”

Aline Dolinh, one of the 2013 National Student Poets, won a Scholastic Gold Medal this year for “Romance Disguised as Portent of Doom,” which the University of Virginia freshman read to the audience. It begins “I fall in love the same way//deer break open on asphalt//after meet-cutes with minivans. . .”

Aline Dolinh reads her award-winning poem.

Jessica Clark received a Golden Educators Residency award from Scholastic. A Native American artist, she documents and celebrates the everyday life of the 60,000 Lumbee people who have been in the same southern area of the U.S. for 10,000 years. Clark described her combined career: “Being a teaching artist, I learn from [my students] all the time … I think [they] respect me more as a teacher when they see I can create along with them. … Students change teaching artists’ work.”

Jessica Clark describes her work as a teaching artist.

The exhibit will remain at the Department until August 2017; a special collection of Scholastic Regional Award winners from New York City will be displayed through October 2016. Books containing works by award-winning writers accompany the exhibit.

Meet the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners and their educators.

Nancy Paulu is an editor and writer in the Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO) at the U.S. Department of Education. Amanda Cary, an OCO intern, contributed to the blog.

All Department photos are by Tony Hitchcock. More photos from the event may be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/128781046@N08/albums/72157670860377733

The Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program provides students and teachers an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public space that honors their work as an effective path to learning and knowledge for all. To visit the exhibits or for information about exhibiting, contact Jackye Zimmermann at jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov/.

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Calif. Adjuncts Score Partial Victory in Bid for New Workplace Rights

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 1:05pm
Adjunct instructors at the state's community colleges have won significant new workplace rights — though not as many as they initially had seemed poised to gain.
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Clown College Calls National Rash of Rumored Clown Scares 'Troubling'

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 12:16pm
A spokesman for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey organization says the panic over scary clown sightings is "a distraction for our clowns, who just want to make people laugh."
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Baylor U.'s Title IX Coordinator Resigns

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 9:10am
The departure was announced the day after two women filed a lawsuit against the university over its handling of their sexual-assault allegations. The suit is the third Baylor is facing.
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An Ambitious Science Hub's New Leader Explains Its Bid to Find All Cures

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 2:55am
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, the pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have invested $600 million in a new lab space for universities in the Bay Area. The Chronicle talks to one of its directors.
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How One College Quelled Controversy Over a Koch-Financed Center

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2016 - 2:55am
Western Carolina University faced a faculty rebellion over plans to use funds from the conservative Charles Koch Foundation to create a new research center on free enterprise. It found ways to render the gift agreement much easier for critics to swallow.
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Court’s Refusal to Hear O’Bannon Case Leaves Player-Pay Issue Unsettled

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2016 - 8:32pm
The Supreme Court's action lets stand lower-court rulings that allow college athletes to be compensated up to their full cost of attendance.
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Controversial Brookdale Trustee Takes Leave of Absence After Threat

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2016 - 10:46am
Joseph DiBella has been the subject of criticism since August, when his Twitter account was found to have "liked" several racist tweets.
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Supreme Court Won’t Hear O’Bannon Fight Over NCAA’s Amateurism Model

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2016 - 7:55am
As is its custom, the court gave no reason for its decision not to hear appeals by the NCAA and a former basketball star at the University of California at Los Angeles.
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What a $2-Billion Loss Really Means for Harvard and Its Endowment

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2016 - 2:57am
Some observers dismiss a year of bad returns as of little consequence for the world’s richest university. Others see a cautionary tale over how elite institutions use and invest their endowments.
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