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John Grisham’s Latest Villain? For-Profit Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 30, 2017 - 3:07pm
With a novel about a shady law school and the student-debt crisis, the best-selling fiction writer could shape popular views of higher-education policy.
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A Day in the Life of a Principal

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 30, 2017 - 1:07pm

The principal’s day is a reflection of many complex interactions such as:

  • communicating with multiple types of stakeholders,
  • managing financial resources,
  • connecting daily with students,
  • leading professional development, and
  • being a collaborative team player.

You may be wondering how one person could accomplish all of this in one day, so I welcome you into one of my days at Jackson Hole High School.

7:30 – 8:00 am Read, review, and respond to approximately 33 emails sent between 6:00pm yesterday and 7:30 am today. 8:00 – 8:30 am Assist school district information coordinator in creating communication for all parents and students in our school about a guest speaker who will be visiting. 8:30 – 8:50 am Walk the halls and visit teachers before the first class. 8:50 – 9:15 am Work with the school counselor around a student who needs additional support.

In order to be most effective, timely responses are essential to meet the needs of our stakeholder community, especially when requests to speak to students come in. Trying to match the guest speaker’s goals with the needs of our students while aligning to school and district goals can be hard, but is necessary to supporting our community.

9:15 – 9:30 am Conduct a targeted walkthrough classroom observation around how to engage ELL students in accessing core content. 9:30 – 9:50 am Begin to plan our next teacher professional development day. Review best practices around the benefits of family engagement. Finalize plans for “learning walks” with community members who would like to tour our classrooms. 9:50 – 10:10 am Work with the athletic director to discuss academic eligibility policy and activities handbook. 10:10 – 10:30 am Discussion call with a consultant group that will be visiting our school in order to get our feedback on the state funding formula.

My collaboration with the school counseling department, athletic director, and instructional leadership team fosters reflection and instructional strategies that engage all learners. As the instructional leader of the school, designing professional development and modeling effective practices is absolute necessary.

10:30 – 11:00 am Develop a team of teachers who will meet with a school funding consultant group to provide their perspective of our school, curriculum, vision, master schedule, and students. 11:00 – 11:30 am Walkthrough observations in English, social studies, and science classrooms. 11:30 – 12:00 pm Respond and review 28 emails that have come in since 8:00 am. 12:00 – 12:20 pm Walk through halls and classrooms, connect with students in library, and discuss what classes students are having the most success in and why.

I involve teachers in key stakeholder meetings to gain a better understanding of our school and the instructional program. I must be visible, accessible, and communicating with students on an ongoing basis in order to monitor our school culture.

12:20 – 1:00 pm Meet with teaching team to discuss hosting a Veterans Day lunch for veterans in our community. 1:00 – 1:45 pm Supervise the lunchroom area while speaking with students, simultaneously checking and responding to emails. 1:45 – 1:55 pm Email examples of “unit overviews”, a school wide goal for all classes to allow students to see written summaries of units and assessment criteria. 1:55 – 2:15 pm Communicate with principal peers in the school district to set up our “Principal Professional Learning Community.”

Inviting and hosting community events provides opportunities to directly engage our students and their families. Speaking of engagement, working with other school administrators is critical in self-development and strengthening the profession.

2:15 – 3:25 pm Work with our school resource officer to update emergency evacuation maps. Conduct an evacuation drill with the whole school. 3:25 – 3:50 pm Review Gates Foundation K-12 priorities around school reform. 3:50 – 6:00 pm Supervise volleyball game while connecting with parents.

Ensuring the safety of students and faculty is my primary responsibility and equally important as continuing to develop and improve student learning opportunities through the latest research. This is at the core of being a reflective and adaptive lead learner.

The day of the principal can be both predictable and chaotic. My role requires the ability to situationally pivot on the fly in order to meet the immediate needs of students, parents, faculty, and other stakeholders. I must be sensitive to a variety of immediate and long term demands, while simultaneously balancing the interests and beliefs of the school community. However, regardless of the complexity, keeping student achievement at the core of the work can act as a grounding mechanism to assist in decision making and doing what is best for students. Thanks for joining me in a day of my life.


Scott Crisp is Principal at Jackson Hole High School and a 2017-18 U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellow.

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Cappella-Strayer Merger Is Latest Sign of Upheaval in For-Profit Sector

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 30, 2017 - 12:16pm
Strayer Education Inc. and the Capella Education Company announced on Monday that they would combine.
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John Grisham: A Candid Conversation on For-Profit Colleges and His Latest Thriller

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 30, 2017 - 11:44am
John Grisham has found a new bad guy: The for-profit college industry. Hear an interview with the best-selling author.
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Shadowy ‘Professor’ Is at the Center of the Latest Revelation in the Trump-Russia Probe

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 30, 2017 - 11:21am
Court documents allege that an unnamed professor may have been a go-between for an adviser to the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.
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Play Inspires Learning. But What Is Play, Exactly?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
The connection between recreation and re-creation is a more effective, permanent way of learning new things, says Mitchel Resnick, of the MIT Media Lab.
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Low-Cost Work-Study Revamps

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
No budget? No problem. A few tweaks, and no additional funds, can make students’ jobs more relevant to their career goals.
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Making Students’ Jobs More Meaningful

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 29, 2017 - 4:30pm
Ryerson and Clemson Universities are among those helping students develop career skills in their campus gigs.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/3/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 29, 2017 - 4:20pm
Iowa State University has named its agriculture dean as the next president. The University of Arizona Honors College has chosen a new dean.
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Impeachment of Black Student Leader Raises Uncomfortable Questions at Clemson U.

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 4:56pm
The vote comes one month after the student-government vice president led a protest during the Pledge of Allegiance.
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College of the Ozarks Now Requires Course in ‘Patriotic Education and Fitness’

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 4:33pm
Topics in the class at the small Christian college in Missouri include map reading, the formation of American government, and rifle marksmanship.
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A Radical College’s Public Meltdown

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
How a season of racial protests turned Evergreen State College’s self-examination into a national spectacle.
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In Faculty Job Searches, Partner’s ‘Movability’ Affects Women More Than Men

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 3:56pm
Search committees often consider a woman’s relationship status, but not a man’s, a study has found.
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U. of North Dakota Professor Resigns, Citing Rejection of Proposed Lectures on Pipeline Protests

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 3:13pm
The proposal, the second to be rejected, would have covered how the Standing Rock Tribe, which led the protests, was discussed on social media.
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Liberty U. President Says Trump Could Be ‘Greatest President Since Abraham Lincoln’

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 27, 2017 - 2:24pm
Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of the evangelical online-learning behemoth, continues to be the U.S. president’s closest ally in higher education.
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Candice Jackson on Campus Sex Assault: ‘We’re Not Asking Schools to Step In as Courts of Law’

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 26, 2017 - 4:34pm
The acting assistant secretary for civil rights spoke to a congressional task force as the Education Department weighs changes in Title IX policy.
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U. of Arkansas System Considers Changes to Ease Tenured-Faculty Firings

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 26, 2017 - 3:49pm
The university says the proposal is merely an effort to align with “current law and best practices.” Some professors say making collegiality a criterion in faculty evaluations is an attack on academic freedom.
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Clemson Student Leader, Who Sat During Pledge of Allegiance as Protest, Is Impeached

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 26, 2017 - 3:00pm
A university spokesman said the move to take action against Jaren Stewart began before he started protesting in solidarity with athletes who kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
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After Outcry, U. of Wisconsin Drops Plan to Suspend Admissions to 2-Year M.B.A. Program

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 26, 2017 - 1:01pm
With declines in applications at many American business schools, especially from abroad, students and alumni fear their programs will close.
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Supercomputers, a Status Symbol in Academe, Compete With the Cloud

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 26, 2017 - 12:44pm
For research universities, the machines confer big-league status. But in-house experts, who can guide researchers to the best computing options, are growing in esteem.
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