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Awaiting a State Budget, Illinois Colleges Adapt and Hope

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2017 - 2:55am
As government-relations officials for the state’s public institutions prepare for another year of financial uncertainty, their jobs are changing.
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'You Have to Understand the World in Which You Live'

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 6, 2017 - 2:01am
After going a few rounds in the political arena, Penn’s Zeke Emanuel wants to turn academics loose on crucial international issues.
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Talladega College Says Band Will March in Trump's Inaugural Parade

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2017 - 12:01pm
The historically black institution in Alabama has drawn a significant backlash, but its president said the inauguration is a civil event, not a political event.
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Are you ready to be engaged in education?

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 5, 2017 - 10:00am

With [ESSA], we reaffirm that 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.” — President Barack Obama

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), our national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.  In developing plans and implementing ESSA, stakeholder engagement – including parents – plays a crucial role in improving student outcomes in our schools.

Family engagement is crucial at the national, state and, particularly, local level where you can make a difference in your child’s school and classroom.

“Engagement” is about more than families’ one-way receiving of information and sponsoring fundraisers at school. It’s the opportunity for families to be active and integral participants in their children’s education. As examples, school districts have established parent councils to advise the  Superintendent, offered workshops on navigating the school system, and  implemented Academic Parent Teacher Teams to encourage greater conversation between teachers and parents on learning expectations and strategies to improve achievement.

Re-think family engagement, not to add burden to already-busy parents or work to teachers’ increasingly packed school day, but instead to build relationships between two crucial components of a child’s life together –families and school personnel –to further support their successful education, well-being and development.

As a parent you have plenty of options, depending on availability, interests, skills, and personal constraints, to be engaged.  Look for opportunities that work for your family.

  • Establish positive relationships with school administrators and teachers. If you haven’t met your child’s teachers yet, request a short meeting or send a quick email to introduce yourself and let them know you are there to support your child.
  • Meet with teachers about academic and social development goals for your child. Ask what your children should be able to do at his/her grade level. Ask what you can do to support learning at home. Share ideas of how the teacher can better support your child in class. If your child needs special education services – ask for a thorough explanation of options and services available. Check the Parent Checklist to get started.
  • Attend PTA or parent organization meetings and find out about the issues in your school. Ask questions if others aren’t bringing up the things that matter to your child’s success or your community.
  • Volunteer on a committee that focuses on an activity or issue important to you, whether it is school transportation, safe places to play after-school, teacher diversity, bullying or academics.
  • Voice your opinion to local and state Boards of Education and local, state, and national elected officials on things that matter to your family. Write letters, make phone calls, or attend public meetings. Check local jurisdiction or state government websites for contact information and meeting schedules.
  • Each state, by law, should have parents engaged in the process of developing and implementing ESSA for the 2017-18 school year. Check your state’s education website to find out about your parent representative and the developing plans.

Being engaged in education doesn’t require endless free time or multiple degrees and in-depth knowledge about schools. You just need a concern for your child and a little bit of time to act on that concern. You’re ready! #GetEngaged!

Frances Frost serves as the Family Ambassador, U.S. Department of Education. Find her on Twitter @FamiliesatED.

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In Letter to College Presidents, Biden Urges Continued Fight Against Sexual Assault

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2017 - 4:01am
The letter and an accompanying guide amount to a sort of swan song on the issue for an administration that has been dogged in its efforts to stem sexual violence on campuses.
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How Publicity Might Sway Reporting of Campus Sexual Assaults

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 5, 2017 - 2:49am
Some colleges have raised the publicity issue as an argument against releasing information. Anti-rape activists say the public should know more about sexual violence — but not too much.
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Chicago State U. Settles Whistle-Blower's Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2017 - 4:31pm
Glenn Meeks, a former chief financial officer, will receive $847,000 in back pay as part of the settlement.
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A New Year, A Fresh Perspective

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 4, 2017 - 3:15pm

Even though we are halfway through the school year, the start of 2017 is the perfect opportunity for a fresh perspective on my classroom. Just like I did with my home over break, I plan to reorganize my room and purge any resources that I no longer need. If I haven’t used it yet at this point in the year, chances are I don’t actually need it and it should go. Of course, I don’t want to throw out anything that could be useful to someone else, so I will give them away to a teacher, tutor, or student that will put them to good use. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A freshly cleaned classroom is a terrific landscape for exciting new projects.

By January, the routines and activities that we have in place can become dull and redundant to students, so this is a prime time to shake things up and try something different. I have always been interested in the idea of passion projects, and while I worry that third graders might be too young for it, I also remind myself to never underestimate the power of my students. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way I envision, I’ll never know what can be improved if I don’t try it, and there will be many lessons for all of us to learn as we go through the initiatory process. I will start by helping the kids identify problems they are affected by and brainstorming ways to solve them. No limits either, because I want them to aim high and see where it takes us. I plan to integrate technology, encourage kids to blog about their challenges and successes, and incorporate other pieces of our curriculum to model a project-based learning environment, which has been a goal of mine for a long time.

Setting new goals is another traditional part of the New Year, and that shouldn’t be limited to our personal lives, so I have been thinking about professional goals that I would like to reach in 2017. Since teacher leadership is a personal passion of mine, my list of things to do includes submitting applications for the plethora of opportunities that now exist. Most run on a calendar year so the deadlines are usually sometime in January. And, I’m excited to see what I can accomplish with summer professional development opportunities, too! I would be remiss if I didn’t plug the U.S. Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship which is now open for applications until January 23rd. This Fellowship has stretched my thinking and taught me so much about policy and the importance of teacher voice, so I encourage you all to apply for a life changing experience!

While some may humbug New Year resolutions, I believe that it is always a good idea to reflect and improve, especially when it comes to how we engage with our students. I encourage you to take a few minutes and set some small goals for your classroom, too! Happy New Year!

Melody Arabo teaches third grade at Keith Elementary School in West Bloomfield, MI and is a 2016-2017 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship.

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Wisconsin Legislative Agenda Could Have Range of Effects on Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2017 - 12:39pm
With historic majorities in both chambers, Republican lawmakers may vote to allow guns on campuses and to tie university funding to "freedom of speech on campus" and other factors.
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A Turning Point in the Campus Culture Wars? For Some, Trump Raises Hopes

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 4, 2017 - 2:54am
Critics of campus speech codes, race-conscious admission practices, and other perceived liberal excesses in higher education see opportunity in Republicans’ gains.
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Why Millennials Don’t Want to Run for Office

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 10:55pm
The economic and psychological costs of campaigning are high, but at stake is a healthy democracy, says the political scientist Shauna L. Shames.
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U. of Minnesota Fires Its Football Coach

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 4:22pm
Tracy Claeys tweeted his support for football players after they had been accused of sexual assault.
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American Council on Education President to Step Down

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 10:46am
The group said it would soon start a national search to replace Molly Corbett Broad, who has led it since 2008.
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New York Governor Announces Free-College Plan

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 10:13am
Andrew Cuomo's proposal, which needs approval by the state's Legislature to take effect, would eventually waive tuition at state colleges for students from families making up to $125,000 a year.
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Setting Ambitious Goals, With an Eye on the Rankings

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 2:55am
Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, analyzes which business-school strategies serve students well and which fall short.
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What to Do With a Mustang, and Other Lessons in Handling Gifts of Property

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 3, 2017 - 2:55am
A donor may have a college’s best interests at heart, but sometimes in-kind gifts are more trouble than they’re worth. After all, says one college official, "we’re not running a flea market."
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On the Front Lines of a New Culture War

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2017 - 5:00pm
St. Cloud State University spent 15 years trying to become a beacon of diversity and tolerance while its city fought over the arrival of Muslim refugees. Then Donald Trump came along.
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The Transfer Experience: a Student Perspective

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2017 - 4:30pm
Andy Hedrick, who started at a community college and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, says he could have used more guidance from the institutions on course credits and other topics.
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Clearing the Path for Transfer Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 1, 2017 - 4:30pm
Colleges are making changes to simplify the steps a student must take to move from a two-year to a four-institution.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/6/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - December 31, 2016 - 10:01pm
An arts dean at a State University of New York campus will lead the California Institute of the Arts. Pomona College has appointed its first female and first African-American president.
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