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A Case of Mistaken Identity Spurs Hateful Messages for a Sikh Professor

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 20, 2017 - 7:15pm
The website Campus Reform corrected an article that initially purported to show the professor (it was actually his brother) giving two middle fingers to Trump Tower. But not before the hate started pouring in.
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When Substance Abuse Hits the C-Suite

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 20, 2017 - 6:59pm
The University of Southern California’s cautious response to a former dean’s drug-fueled double life highlights an uneasy balance of compassion and accountability that such cases often evoke.
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Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 20, 2017 - 12:55pm
The National Women’s Law Center, joined by more than 50 other groups, said in a letter that Candice Jackson’s remark last week sent a “destructive and inaccurate message.”
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Need Dorms? Here’s One College’s ‘Crazy’ Idea to Recycle 3 Buildings

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 20, 2017 - 9:36am
Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the 55-bed residence halls, Goucher is moving them, intact, to another spot on campus.
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Former Top Official in Obama’s Education Dept. Is Named President of ACE

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 20, 2017 - 3:01am
The American Council on Education’s choice is Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education from 2014 to 2017, who will take office as the Trump administration seeks to dismantle some of his policy priorities.
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Students Accused of Sexual Assault Have the Government’s Ear. What Are Their Goals?

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2017 - 8:10pm
These students and their allies stress that they want the campus disciplinary process to be fair. But that’s not all they’re fighting for.
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Adjunct at BYU-Idaho Says She Lost Her Job for Facebook Post Supporting Homosexuality

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2017 - 11:38am
A practicing Mormon, Ruthie Robertson said she was given the chance to remove the post, but she stood by her beliefs, which she said she had never expressed in the classroom.
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Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 19, 2017 - 11:02am
The office of the provost paid her spouse more than $114,000. The university acted after an investigation cited the provost for five breaches of the code of conduct.
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President Trump Made a Promise to Black Colleges. It Hasn’t Happened.

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
The White House Initiative on HBCUs was to be moved from the Education Department to the West Wing.
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Heard About the Facilities Arms Race? One Professor Says You Should Be Skeptical

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 18, 2017 - 4:44pm
Kevin R. McClure keeps a list of news articles that describe a boom in campus amenities. He questions that phenomenon and whether those projects are really driving up tuition.
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‘If There’s an Organized Outrage Machine, We Need an Organized Response’

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 18, 2017 - 4:31pm
In a time when scholars’ comments can bring them under intense scrutiny, professors contemplate ways to actively support their colleagues.
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The Leadership Imperative

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 18, 2017 - 1:20pm

During my tenure as the Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow, I have found myself frequently reminded of a hard truth: teachers do not quit students or schools, they quit leaders. Teacher shortages are a national concern within the educational landscape. According to the Learning Policy Institute report, 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia, reported teacher shortages in mathematics, science and special education.  Another study suggests ”school leadership… [is] independently associated with corresponding reductions in teacher turnover.”

To solve this problem, we must be willing to ask hard questions that directly address leadership capacity and its impact on teacher turnover. What experience do leaders have in induction programs, building effective teams, and instructional supervision? Are principals being prepared to be managers or leaders? Do school leaders know how to build authentic collaboration with their staff members? These questions are important because the implications of ineffective school leadership mean more than a loss of teacher talent; it causes ripple effects that impact school climate, student achievement, and learning communities across the nation.

During the 2016-2017 school year, I met a first-year teacher who transformed from an energetic and ambitious burgeoning educational star to a “one-and-done” disengaged skeptic of the educational process. The cause: a school leader who overlooked innovation and ignored what was best for students and teachers. The effect: a first-year teacher who resigned and committed to not returning to PK-12 education. This is just one example of how quickly bad leadership can snuff out what could otherwise be a candle in the dark for many students and fellow educators.

Good leaders manage people and general operations.
Great leaders inspire and energize constituents.

Good leaders stand on the shoulders of competent personnel.
Great leaders build up others for leadership and support their success.

Good leaders accept things for what they are in the present.
Great leaders are visionaries who seek to inform the future with innovation, creativity and strategic planning.

Good leaders know that their actions will spark a reaction.
Great leaders know how to cause an effect that will inspire and motivate the hearts of staff, students and the community.

Thankfully, during my year as a Principal Ambassador Fellow, I have also had the opportunity to serve alongside great leaders from across the country, like my fellow Principal Ambassador Fellows. I witness great leaders in action during Teach to Lead summits, and I support great leaders through national engagement outreach at the Department of Education. Through these experiences, the leadership imperative has magnified into a moral imperative beyond teaching and school leadership roles. Through the efficient use of time, talent and other resources, states and local districts can champion research-based, leadership training. Even further, I suggest that we as school leaders take the time to reflect on the impact of their leadership by asking a simple question, “How can I successfully serve those in my school and reignite my imagination and passion for inspiring children?” Our nation’s children deserve the absolute best.

Jean-Paul Cadet is a 2016-17 Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow.

Photo at the top: Principal Ambassador Fellow Jean-Paul Cadet addresses a recent Principals at ED event.

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U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 18, 2017 - 1:02pm
After Nick Lutz graded his former girlfriend’s letter of apology with a red pen and posted it on Twitter, it was retweeted more than 100,000 times. He says the university told him he had violated rules of conduct on disruption and cyberbullying.
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Medical-School Dean Is Said to Have Led a Secret Life With Illicit Drugs and Prostitutes

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2017 - 7:08pm
In a bombshell report, the Los Angeles Times says a prolific fund raiser and renowned eye surgeon at the University of Southern California was also a wild partyer. He has since stepped down.
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Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2017 - 1:08pm
Carmen Puliafito was with a young woman in a hotel room last year when she overdosed, and he partied on the campus with small-time criminals, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 17, 2017 - 10:09am
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington urged the education secretary to remove Candice E. Jackson after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.
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Buildings That Foster Collaboration

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 16, 2017 - 10:34pm
Colleges have put up a wide range of buildings designed to give scholars with divergent interests reasons to talk with one another. Now the interdisciplinary approach includes the humanities and even the arts.
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How Community Service Can Help Your Career

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 16, 2017 - 10:01pm
At Sonoma State University, volunteering off campus is not just encouraged; it’s required.
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How Colleges Can Use Big Data to Encourage Better Management

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 16, 2017 - 10:01pm
Ten years of "Great Colleges to Work For" survey results have shown increasing sophistication in how college leaders are using faculty and staff engagement data to improve the campus workplace.
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