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An Instructor Saw Digital Distraction in Class. So She Showed Students What She’d Seen on Their Screens.

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 20, 2017 - 2:55am
A graduate student at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor cataloged every instance of students getting distracted in class, and then presented her findings to them.
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In Renting Out Space, Do Colleges Invite Trouble?

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 20, 2017 - 2:55am
Both Auburn and Texas A&M Universities got unwelcome visits from a prominent white supremacist as a result of policies that let outsiders stage events on campus.
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Does Financial Literacy Betray Racial Bias?

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 20, 2017 - 2:44am
In a provocative paper, researchers argue that the emphasis on money-management skills perpetuates false stereotypes that black people lack basic financial sense.
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Berkeley Cancels Speech by Ann Coulter, Citing Possibility of Rioting

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 3:05pm
The student groups hosting the event say the university's action amounts to "unconstitutional prior restraint," and Ms. Coulter says she will be there regardless.
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Faculty Union at Rider U. Votes No Confidence in University's President

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 12:37pm
The union cited "a series of rash actions" by the president, Gregory G. Dell'Omo, who took office in 2015, among the reasons for the vote.
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The Next Higher-Ed Funding Battle to Watch May Be in New Mexico

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 2:56am
A veto of higher-education funding by the state’s governor, Susana Martinez, is the latest concerning development for public colleges in the state.
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The Pathway to a College Presidency Is Changing, and a New Report Outlines How

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 2:55am
As the campus leader’s job has become more dynamic, the traditional career trajectory toward it has become more varied. The provost’s office is no longer a mandatory steppingstone.
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A White Supremacist Comes to Auburn

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 2:43am
Richard Spencer brought his defense of the alt-right movement to the Alabama institution on Tuesday, against the wishes of university leaders.    
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The '4-Hour Guy' Shares His Theories on Learning Fast

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 19, 2017 - 2:31am
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, describes the experiential approaches he uses to help people teach themselves.
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Baylor U.’s Pick as New President Will Be First Woman at Its Helm

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2017 - 2:07pm
Linda A. Livingstone is currently dean and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business.
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Top Researcher's Departure Prompts Faculty Protest at U. of Utah Institute

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2017 - 1:21pm
Faculty members at the Huntsman Cancer Institute were notified on Monday, with no explanation, that Mary Beckerle was leaving her posts as chief executive and director.
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Military Child Education Coalition and ED Celebrate a Military-Connected Vision for America’s Children

U.S. Department of Education Blog - April 18, 2017 - 8:30am

“Being a military kid is a bit lonely. Your dad has to go away for a long time. But being apart makes us closer.” This is how third-grader Elena Banzon from Michael Anderson Elementary School in Spokane, Washington, describes her life as a military child.  When the Air Force calls her dad away, Elena says she gives her mom “so much love” because she knows it is the “best thing” one does for family.

Elena’s essay was honored at the recent opening of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Student Art and Writing Exhibit at U.S. Department of Education (ED) headquarters in Washington, D.C., where a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to recognize the creative work of military-connected children.

This was the third MCEC exhibit opening at ED since the organization’s worldwide Call for the Arts program began in 2002. It has drawn thousands of participants who were inspired by their military experiences to create works reflecting a shared understanding of mobility, family separation, transition, resiliency, and service to one’s country.  This year’s opening drew students, parents, teachers, ED employees and veterans, and arts educators and advocates.

Maureen Dowling, director of ED’s Office of Nonpublic Education, where the Military Affairs Team resides, and a military child herself, described her family’s military experiences as a “catalyst for artistic creation and endeavors,” a benefit of separation.

Students who attended the opening also reflected on their challenges and opportunities in military-connected families.

Trace Lewis, a 12th-grader at Hayfield Secondary School (Hayfield) in Alexandria, Virginia, whose dad is in the Air Force, has moved multiple times. At the opening, Trace performed a passionate keyboard version of his composition “Jurassic.”  He explained that making music and films are ways for him to cope with his family’s many moves: “All of the films I made, they’re like memories. When I move to a new place, it is an opportunity to make new memories.”

Trace Lewis playing his original composition “Jurassic”

Madison Lewis, an 11th-grader at Hayfield and Trace’s sister, said the most difficult part of moving to new places is being unable to share memories with her classmates. These hardships led Madison to describe military children as “soldiers”— not because they possess the same “physical characteristics that soldiers have,” but because of the “sacrifices they make every day.”

Sommer Bauman, also an 11th-grader at Hayfield who sang the National Anthem at the opening, indicated that these sacrifices are so important because they are made “willingly and with a positive attitude.” This attitude is echoed in much of the artwork present in the exhibit, including in Kiersten Flach’s piece that portrays change as simply a part of her life — something to “live” and “love.”

Artwork by Kiersten Flach, Grade 11, Hohenfels High School
Hohenfels, Germany, U.S. Army

Brigadier General (Ret) Earl Simms, vice chairman and secretary of the MCEC Board of Directors, shared his own story of sacrifice, which demonstrated the need for flexibility. His family made 14 moves and his children attended countless schools, creating many academic and social challenges.

The audience also heard from students involved in MCEC’s Student to Student (S2S) program, which brings military and civilian kids together to welcome new classmates and ease their transitions.

One S2S civilian student at Hayfield, Nana Gyebi, talked about how her painful transition from Ghana to the U.S. inspired her involvement in this program.  “I never had the opportunity that S2S gives, so it makes me glad to help others go through the same thing I did,” she said. Madison Lewis, co-leader of S2S along with Nana, says that S2S helped her “cope with her family’s choice” to allow her father to be stationed in North Dakota while the rest of the family remained in Virginia. “S2S is like one big family,” Madison said, it helps students feel connected.

S2S students tell their story. Left to right: Madison Lewis, Nana Gyebi, and Sommer Bauman

The students’ discussion, writing, performances, and artwork communicate that being connected is what makes separation from their parents and previous homes possible. And they remind us that home is not one concrete location but can be wherever family and friends are.

Artwork by Blanca Cruz Montes, Grade 10, Ramey School
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, U.S. Customs

The traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, which has been a part of ED’s Student Art Exhibit Program for 13 years, officially opened the exhibit to the public, which will remain through April 2017.

Photo at the top: Students cut the ribbon on the “America’s Children” exhibit.

Molly Howlett is an intern in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

All photos are by U.S. Department of Education photographer Paul Wood. More photos from the event may be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/128781046@N08/albums/72157681000123125/.

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 more information about exhibiting, contact Jackye Zimmermann at jacquelyn.zimmermann@ed.gov or visit https://www.ed.gov/student-art-exhibit/.

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How Artists Push Social Change

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2017 - 2:55am
Sarah E. Lewis, an assistant professor of art history and African-American studies at Harvard University, discusses the relationship between creativity and social justice. This is part of a special series of video highlights from SXSWedu, produced by The Chronicle.
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6 Years Ago This Department Got the Ax. Where Are the Faculty and Staff Now?

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 18, 2017 - 2:37am
When Washington State closed its theater and dance department in 2011, the displaced professors were forced down circuitous career paths. But the closure presented opportunities for some.
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After Video Shows Student Punching Woman, University Confirms Investigation

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2017 - 2:16pm
The video shows Nathan Damigo, a student at California State University at Stanislaus and a white supremacist, knocking the woman to the ground during clashes in Berkeley, Calif.
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Cornell U. Faculty Members Criticize Prosecution of Student Whistle-Blower

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2017 - 12:38pm
The professors are concerned about the university’s actions concerning a student who shared an internal working document with the campus newspaper.
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The Future of Work: How Colleges Can Prepare Students for the Jobs Ahead

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2017 - 10:26am
In the eyes of many students and their parents, higher education is tied to a job. And yet the world of work is poised to undergo a number of dramatic changes over the next 10 years. This report explores the future job market, reinventing college career services, and higher education's role in the workforce.
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Publishers and Open-Resource Advocates Square Off on the Future of Course Content

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2017 - 2:55am
A debate hosted by The Chronicle at this year’s South by Southwest Edu conference offered its fair share of humor — and a few pointed jabs.
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To Teach the Business of Marijuana, One Professor Faces the Challenges of a New Industry

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 17, 2017 - 2:55am
There’s plenty of demand in Colorado for instruction on selling legal cannabis. But building a course around a fast-changing, heavily regulated industry is a tall order, as Paul Seaborn has found out.
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Math Gets a Makeover

Chronicle of Higher Education - April 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
The latest push to improve mathematics courses seeks to transform them from a gatekeeper to a gateway.
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