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Vicki Reitenauer Helps Students Find Their Voice — and Their Power

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
She requires students to identify their course goals for the semester, the grade they expect to earn, and their plan for achieving both.
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Amardeep Kahlon Tailors Courses to Students’ Learning Styles

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
She puts the focus on online material that allows students to progress at their own pace but doesn’t let them get ahead of themselves.
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Eric Saliim Puts Science Into Everyday Life

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
At North Carolina Central U., he uses cellphones and Snapchat to prove that research isn’t too complex for anyone.
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Alan Goldstein Makes Disability Less Abstract

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
His courses introduce engineering students to adults with disabilities, and together they make films about the adults’ lives.
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Justin McDaniel Opens a Door to Contemplative Life

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
The religious-studies scholar at the U. of Pennsylvania oversees a course that requires students to live like monks.
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Dahpon Ho Brings History Alive

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
By using their imaginations, says the University of Rochester historian, students absorb history far better than from a textbook.
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Order Your Own Copy of 'Innovators: 10 Classroom Trailblazers'

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
Copies of the full report on our teaching innovators are available here.
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In the Face of Racism, U. of Florida Chief Says All You Need Is Love

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 20, 2017 - 5:01pm
As Richard Spencer’s white supremacist event loomed, Kent Fuchs employed emotionally laden language seldom heard from a public-college president.
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Ever Had a Weird Experience Grading Papers or Tests? Tell Us About It.

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 20, 2017 - 12:31pm
A viral exchange about a failing grade, though fake, made us curious about faculty members’ oddest or most exceptional stories about grading assignments.
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Now in Her 70s, First Black Ivy-League President Finds a Third Act

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 20, 2017 - 11:24am
Ruth J. Simmons, a former president of Brown University and Smith College, will become the president of Prairie View A&M University.
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Heckling Is a Staple of Controversial Campus Speeches. Should Colleges Intervene?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 19, 2017 - 6:47pm
Some institutions have changed their policies to mandate punishment for hecklers. In other cases, state legislatures have gotten involved.
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A Bunch of Conservative Students Dressed Up as Babies to Protest Safe Spaces

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 19, 2017 - 3:29pm
The Kent State University chapter of Turning Point USA mocked the concept of campus sanctuaries in a protest on Wednesday.
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Why This Year’s Hazing Death Is Different

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 19, 2017 - 2:30pm
You should know the details, captured on video, of how Timothy Piazza died at Penn State, says Caitlin Flanagan. Then maybe colleges would reconsider their relationship with fraternities.
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Grad Student Sounds Alarms Over Penn’s Response to Online Attacks

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 19, 2017 - 12:49pm
The student was using a teaching method that aims to give a greater voice to marginalized students by calling on them more frequently than others.
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Teaching Newsletter: Making It OK to Ask for Help, 10/19/2017

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 19, 2017 - 7:27am
High-achieving students, especially, may believe they're supposed to go it alone.
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Campus Fears Drive Boom in Threat-Assessment Teams

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 18, 2017 - 7:13pm
Ten years after the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, an association that works to identify potential crises to prevent similar tragedies has more than 900 college members.
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How U. of Florida’s Students and Faculty Are Preparing for Richard Spencer

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 18, 2017 - 6:29pm
With the prominent white supremacist arriving on the campus on Thursday, people there are feeling particularly nervous.
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Can a Focus on the Marketplace Help the Social Sciences Have an Impact?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 18, 2017 - 4:15pm
The I-Corps model is winning admirers in a variety of scientific enterprises. The question is whether it can solve social problems too.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Success Story: George (Burt) Petley

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Note: In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), a State VR agency which receives funding from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration, is pleased to share Burt’s success story. 

Burt began his path to employment in a sheltered workshop in 2007, where he did packaging and sorting tasks. Burt’s fellow participants and supervisors said he was dependable and with the support of his sister, Christie, Burt had reliable transportation. While Burt sometimes had difficulty with decision-making, repetitive tasks were an area where he excelled.

In March of 2017, Burt and Christie attended a group meeting at the sheltered workshop with GVRA staff, who presented on Vocational  Rehabiliation  (VR) services. Sherry Harris, from GVRA’s Augusta office, and Janice Cassidy, from the Athens office, explained supported employment and job coaching can be conduits toward competitive integrated employment and greater personal independence. Sherry and Janice explained that, in an inclusive workplace, individuals with disabilities would have the opportunity to earn the same wages as their coworkers and would not necessarily have to sacrifice services they may receive through a Medicaid waiver. Burt also learned about GVRA’s Work Incentive Navigators, who help individuals determine how going to work impacts disability benefits.

George “Burt” Petley

After hearing about the big picture and the spectrum of VR services available, Burt left the sheltered workshop program where he had spent the past ten years. He applied for VR services in June of 2017, first enrolling in a program where he learned socialization and independent living skills and took classes like American Sign Language, pottery, cooking, woodworking, healthy living, social skills and employability. That experience not only proved to be a valuable training opportunity for Burt, but it also led to a job offer when he was hired as a Woodworking Associate. Burt now works 13.5 hours/week earning minimum wage refurbishing furniture and looks forward to working more than 20 hours/week by the end of the year.

According to Burt’s family, he is content as a woodworker. Janice Cassidy shared that “Working with Burt has been a collaborative effort, but in reality, he is truly the star of this story. It began with his simple desire to do something other than continue to work at a sheltered workshop where he had worked for 10 years. Yes, he was certainly given information, told of resources and received supportive services from those helping him. Ultimately though, the person who took the necessary steps to move forward toward achieving his work goal was Burt. He exemplifies GVRA’s definition of true success. He made independent choices for his life, gathered necessary information, sought out potential resources and acted on choices made to realize the goal he was working toward. We wish Burt continued success in his work.”


Chris Pope is a WIOA Implementation Team Facilitator in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Education.

(Cross-posted at the OSERS blog.)

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Professors’ Productivity Declines With Age, Right? Maybe Not.

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 17, 2017 - 8:23pm
A study of computer-science professors found that, in 80 percent of cases, their research-output patterns resisted the traditional perception of an early burst of publication followed by a gradual decline.
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