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Asian American Groups Target Top Ivy League Schools For Racial Discrimination

YuKong Zhao, president of the Asian American Coalition for Education, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (Kirk Carapezza/WGBH) First some background: This isn’t the only complaint against Ivy League universities by the Asian American Coalition. Last year, it claimed Harvard holds the highest expectations for its Asian applicants....

How One Educator Broke Rules, Influenced a State Law and Got All His Students to Graduation

Roger Cook, superintendent, Taylor County School District, Kentucky Roger Cook, a superintendent in rural central Kentucky, took a risky path to becoming a champion for academic success. By his own admission, this former high school football coach says some of his methods broke the rules. He believed his students needed personalized help to be successful...

Why Don't More Teachers Like the edTPA?

Teachers participate in a Common Core training session in Kingsport, Tenn. A new test known as edTPA, meant to better gauge if teachers are prepared for the classroom, is still getting mixed reviews, according to a pair of studies out this month. While many teacher recruits like aspects of the test, for which they have to submit a portfolio that...

UMass Divests From Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings

Members of the student-led UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign are calling Wednesday’s announcement a victory. (Courtesy of UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign) UMass will become the first major public university in the country to divest its $770 million endowment from fossil fuel companies. Under pressure from the student-led Umass Fossil...

Five Ways Policymakers Can Support Children's Mental Health

As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, it is important to remember that fostering mental health starts in infancy. From birth to age three a child’s brain is developing rapidly with over 700 new neural connections formed every second. Nurturing environments and positive experiences that promote early learning help to foster healthy brain...

Organic Adoption of One Classroom Technology Leads to a Seamless Way to Share Other Ideas

When Jessica Schon decided to start using a new method for managing classroom behaviors, no one in the district had told her to do it. Instead, Schon started using a free program to track behavior and get children excited about things like staying in line. The children soon became enamored with a plump, green cartoon character sporting a ninja mask,...

Exclude Louisiana's Poorest Students from Scholarships? Stop Kicking That Can Down the Road

A high school graduate raises his diploma in celebration as he walks back to his seat during a commencement ceremony Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Pittston, Pa. Photo: Andrew Krech/The Citizens' Voice via AP Funding problems still plague Louisiana’s benchmark scholarship program and none of the proposed ideas are solutions. The Taylor Opportunity...

Which Colleges Benefit from Counting More Graduates?

The official graduation rate that colleges must report to the U.S. Department of Education has included only first-time, full-time students who graduate from that college within 150% of normal time (three years for a two-year college or six years for a four-year college). Although part-time and non-first-time students were included in the federal government’s...

You've Seen the Meme. Here are Some Actual College Administrator Titles

By now you’ve likely seen the viral “University Title Generator” meme that parodies the culture of academic bureaucracy by listing made-up administrative titles such as “deputy vice president of the committee on community climate,” “principal deputy dean of the committee on learning affairs,” and “temporary lead deputy chancellor of facilities compliance...

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