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Charlottesville Violence Sparks New Worries About Safety During Campus Protests

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2017 - 10:00pm
Texas A&M University canceled an outsider’s planned "White Lives Matter" event as experts warned colleges to be prepared for violence like what occurred this past weekend in Virginia.
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Did UVa Miss Signs of Looming Violence?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2017 - 8:10pm
Professors and activists say university officials failed to spot indications of a melee in the making, leaving students vulnerable.
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Why Universities Are Unlikely to Heed Calls for Punishing Students at Rally

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2017 - 7:03pm
After internet sleuths identified some participants in a white-nationalist rally as students, calls poured in for their colleges to expel them or take other disciplinary action. Colleges’ options, however, are limited.
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Here's What Betsy DeVos Told the Associated Press About Higher Ed

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2017 - 12:13pm
The education secretary spoke about sexual assault and race-conscious admissions, in addition to other topics.
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Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 14, 2017 - 11:21am
A study finds that 67 percent of small and midsize private institutions are at or above the threshold of financial viability.
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Beyond a President’s Worst Fears, a Mob With Torches Arrived

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2017 - 7:39pm
"Violence was no longer hypothetical," Teresa Sullivan says as she recounts the events of Friday night, when a large throng of white-supremacist protesters pushed through UVa’s campus.
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Explore the States Data

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sort data on nearly 50 measures to see how your state is doing in comparison to others.
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When White Supremacists Descend, What Can a College President Do?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 12, 2017 - 5:58pm
The chaos in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend added a dangerous element to what was already expected to be a contentious climate when students return to college this fall.
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As White Supremacists Wreak Havoc, a University Becomes a Crisis Center

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 12, 2017 - 1:19pm
The University of Virginia canceled a day of programming as white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Scenes of violence were broadcast nationwide.
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White Nationalists' March at UVa. Ends in Violence at Statue of Thomas Jefferson

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 12, 2017 - 6:34am
Several attendees struck others with torches, and police arrested at least one person, according to news reports. The university's president, Teresa A. Sullivan, condemned the violence.
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U.S. Asks Court to Put Hold on Lawsuit as It Reviews 2011 Title IX Guidance

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 11, 2017 - 6:50pm
The Education Department asked for a 90-day suspension of proceedings in a lawsuit over its guidance on campus sexual-assault policy, because it is “reviewing” the guidance at the center of the case.
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For One Astronomer, a Solar Eclipse Illuminates Progress for Women in the Field

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
In the 19th century, as an eclipse neared, the U.S. government refused to send female scientists to get a closer look. Times have changed, but the discipline still struggles with harassment and sexism.
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Want Your Eclipse With a Side of Greasy Hash Browns? This Professor’s Got You Covered

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 11, 2017 - 4:20pm
Riffing off of a Twitter joke, a professor charted Waffle House locations in the path of the August 21 solar eclipse.
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Public Records Appear to Have Been Altered by Former General Counsel, U. of Florida Audit Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 11, 2017 - 2:51pm
The auditors mostly stopped short of issuing formal findings, but their report identified multiple irregularities in how records requests seem to have been handled.
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Lawsuits From Students Accused of Sex Assault Cost Many Colleges More Than $200,000

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 11, 2017 - 12:43pm
The financial burden of defending against allegations that a college mishandled a sexual-misconduct case can be significant, a new analysis finds.
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Preparing and Developing Culturally Responsive School Leaders

U.S. Department of Education Blog - August 11, 2017 - 10:59am


Standard 3 of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) reads, “Effective educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.” How do we take this important aspiration and realize it through our practices and actions?

In June, our school’s administrative team hosted a two-day Climate Summit for our entire staff. The aim was to collaborate around our school’s newly defined core values; clarify our common practices around creating a safe and positive school climate; articulate our social-emotional learning plans for the upcoming year; and standardize our discipline practices to ensure consistency, fairness, and, most importantly, increase opportunities for our students to be in class, rather than excluded.

As part of this summit, I shared a slide featuring an infographic illustrating the school to prison pipeline. In sharing this slide, I explained to our team that if we do not change some of our practices to be more culturally responsive and engage all of our students in learning, we will be enabling this system to perpetuate, rather than disrupting it.

Engaging teachers and your school team in a conversation about race and equity and disproportionality in discipline data is not an easy task. Every school leader wants to close achievement gaps, serve the whole child and ensure their teachers feel supported and safe. How do we engage in the bold and complex conversations around our data, practices and policies while understanding the role of institutionalized racism in an ever-changing school landscape? Ensuring all school leaders, at every stage of their career are well-prepared, reflective, constant learners engaging in culturally responsive leadership is essential.

On June 27, the Principal Ambassador Fellows hosted the Principals at ED Principal Preparation Summit at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. This was the third gathering we hosted this year focused on school leaders.

The convening included nearly 40 participants across the education spectrum. The theme of the day was preparing and developing culturally responsive school leaders.

Our students are increasingly diverse and varied in their assets and needs and yet achievement gaps and opportunity gaps continue to persist. School leaders set the tone, the priorities, and the way of being in their schools, and are critical to ensuring access to a quality, engaging, rigorous, and relevant school experience.

The day focused on problem-solving across domains of school leadership, specifically addressing two questions: 1. How do principal preparation programs address developing culturally responsive leadership? 2. What components can be built into programs that address this area for principals that will allow them to personalize and build better learning conditions for all students? The day also included a listening session with Secretary DeVos.

The assembled educators and thought partners collaborated on various strategies that can be implemented by local school districts, principal preparation programs, and more informally through networks of school leaders collaborating together. These include intentionally recruiting teacher leaders to become principals; fostering collaborative networks among principals; and aligning systems of support for administrators across their careers.

One of the day’s participants remarked, “The Summit has forced me to recommit to my mentor work for new principals, and re-energized my view around the value of veteran principals.”

Another participant noted, “It was good to hear multiple perspectives and feel less like we are working in silos.”

Investing in developing culturally responsive principals requires collaboration, time and engagement from a variety of sectors. Most importantly, it requires courageous leaders at all levels who are willing to reflect, model, learn and lead in order to disrupt systems that fail to serve all students.

Dana Nerenberg was a 2016-17 Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow

The photo at the top is from a Principals at ED gathering at the U.S. Department of Education occurring prior to the gathering referred to in this post.

The post Preparing and Developing Culturally Responsive School Leaders appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Could Grades Be Counterproductive?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 10, 2017 - 8:16pm
A University of Georgia professor’s offer to change students’ grades upon request raises intriguing questions.
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An Anti-Hate Group Has This Advice for When the Alt-Right Comes to Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 10, 2017 - 7:10pm
The Southern Poverty Law Center lays out some strategies for student activists who want to oppose speakers with racist views but avoid a spectacle on their campuses.
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Purdue Wins State Approval for Controversial Deal With Kaplan U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 10, 2017 - 4:13pm
Opposition was not expected from Indiana, and the transaction now moves to the U.S. Education Department for additional review. One outspoken critic outlined his objections in a letter to a top department official.
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