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Students on the Margins

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
For many low-income students, college is a question mark. The guidance that they need is often in desperately short supply. Download this booklet to see their lives unfold, and you’ll see a tangle of circumstances as complex as the students themselves.
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With Title IX Guidance in Flux, It May Be ‘Open Hunting Season’ for Lawyers

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 6, 2017 - 3:43pm
Obama-era guidance led to more lawyers representing accused rapists on campus. Now that the guidance has been rescinded, even more lawyers may get involved.
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Wisconsin Regents Approve a 3-Strikes Policy to Deal With Students Who Disrupt Speakers

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 6, 2017 - 12:42pm
Under the new rule, students who twice interfere with free speech on campus will be suspended for a minimum of one semester. And three times? They're out.
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The Daily Briefing

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 6, 2017 - 2:55am
The Daily Briefing tells individual subscribers everything they need to know about higher ed. Here’s a sample.
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U. of Southern California Removes Medical-School Dean as Newspaper Reports Sexual-Misconduct Claim

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2017 - 7:46pm
The ousted official, Rohit Varma, was accused of harassing a young woman he supervised. He later succeeded Carmen Puliafito, described by the Los Angeles Times as a drug-fueled partyer.
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After a Speaker Is Shouted Down, William & Mary Becomes New Flash Point in Free-Speech Fight

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2017 - 7:16pm
Student protesters stopped the head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Virginia office from speaking. She called their actions a “classic example of a heckler’s veto.”
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Racist Incidents Plague U. of Michigan, Angering Students and Testing Leaders

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2017 - 3:31pm
Students on the Ann Arbor campus want the perpetrators caught, and administrators more vehement in their condemnation.
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Student Artists and Writers Spark a Celebration of Creativity; 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners Exhibits Open at ED

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 5, 2017 - 1:47pm

On Sept. 15, 2017, for the 14th year, the U.S. Department of Education opened the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibit of works by students from across the country, with a special exhibit this year of winners from Harris County (Houston), Texas. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and founded in 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the longest-running and most prestigious award program for teenagers in the U.S. This year, 330,000 pieces of art and writing were submitted, and only 2,700 students were selected as national winners. Of those national winners, the Department has the honor of exhibiting 66 for the entire year, along with an additional 30 artists from Harris County, Texas, through Oct. 31, 2017.

A standing-room-only audience of 230 students, family members, educators, arts leaders, and ED staff joined in the celebration. Featured ED speaker Jason Botel, acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, summed up the value of arts education from his perspective: “Through these exhibits at the Department of Education, and the opportunities your schools provide, we can gain a better understanding of each other.”  Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance, pointed out that many past winners are contributing immensely through their talents in other fields because of their success in the Scholastic competition: “If you want to be a human rights activist or an educator or an entrepreneur,” she said, “we talk to lots of people in those fields who also point to this experience of winning a Scholastic Award as having been seminal and essential to them.” 2016 National Student Poet Joey Reisberg, now a senior at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland, recited two of his poems, giving us perhaps a reason for the arts: “So much in this life is so unnoticeable— ” (from Lamedvovniks, The Thirty-Sixers).

2017 Scholastic winners in art and writing, with, in front row (l to r), Virginia McEnerney, Joey Reisberg, and Jason Botel.

Following the ceremony, the Herb Block Foundation, which awards Scholastic winners for their editorial cartoons, held a workshop for the students.

The student artists and writers made clear that their educators were instrumental in helping to define themselves as artists. Mt. Vernon (Virginia) High School’s principal Dr. Anthony Terrell and art teacher Sally Gilliam, along with 25 current students, came to celebrate award recipient Jaron Owens. Gilliam shared that, when the award announcement was made, “[Jaron] jumped out of his chair and told me that he didn’t realize that he could be a serious artist. At that moment he realized that he did have artistic talent.” Terrell spoke of the impact of the event on the students from his school: “These students are now inspired to make more meaningful artwork because next year their work could be featured here.”

The parents noted that, without great teachers, their children may not realize their talents. Grace Sanders, artist of an untitled photograph, confessed that she didn’t think her photo would win because, to her, she was just splattering paint on her face. But she submitted the photo because her teacher saw something special in it. Grace’s mom said, “Grace likes to hide all her power and beauty in the dark” and that she was grateful this award gave her the confidence to talk about her work.

We had the opportunity to talk with other student award winners in the shows, who shared these reflections about their works:

“I had a vision and just went for it. It took me about three or four months to create the piece. The wiring took me four hours.” Virginia Dragoslavic, NSU University School, Davie, Florida, on her ceramic vase.

“My friend had a hard childhood. The bottom [of my drawing and illustration] represents her broken past filled with depression and darkness. As you move up, the piece starts to lighten. It is the representation that she could finally see her beauty.” Edward Bustos, Langham Creek High School, Houston, Texas

“My [writing portfolio] was heavily influenced by my environment. It is about race, identity, and who you are and who you have become.” Zainab Adisa, Pittsburgh CAPA School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“My [editorial cartoon “A”] was inspired from a prompt from a literary arts magazine looking for pieces about what holds people back. I thought about stress from pressures of homework, grades, college applications, and student life. ” Evie Polen, Gaston Day School, Gastonia, North Carolina

Evie Polen won a Gold Medal for her editorial cartoon, “A,” portraying the stress of high school.

“My [drawing and illustration] is based on a Scottish proverb, “You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying above your head but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” Allison Maeker, Klein Oak High School, Spring, Texas

The national show will remain at the Department through July 2018, and the Harris County exhibit will remain through October 2017.

Franklin Nwora, Kipp Academy Middle School in Harris County, with his winning digital art piece, “Heaven’s Rain,” pictured on the right.


Morgan Bassford is an intern from American University in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

Chareese Ross is a student art exhibit program associate and editor in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education.

Photo at the top: 2017 Scholastic winners cut the ribbon to formally open their exhibit.

You can view additional photos from the event here. All photos are by U.S. Department of Education photographer Leslie Williams.


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

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Southern Methodist U. Suspends Fraternity for Alleged Hazing

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2017 - 12:33pm
The university said it had found evidence that the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha paddled new members and forced them to wear clothing that was covered in vomit.
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Teaching Newsletter: Welcoming Students to Your Discipline, 10/5/17

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 5, 2017 - 8:20am
How do you combat stereotypes of your field? 
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Should Universities Ban Single-Gender Discussion Panels?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2017 - 5:57pm
A recent move by a school at George Washington University raises the question of how to best encourage gender diversity at the events, whether on campuses or at academic conferences.
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Justice Dept. Investigates Admissions Practices at Harvard, BuzzFeed News Reports

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2017 - 4:55pm
The department maintains that records requested under the Freedom of Information Act are exempt from disclosure.
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Understanding Teachers Make “All the Difference” for a High School Student with Dyslexia

U.S. Department of Education Blog - October 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Note: October is Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month.

A teacher can make the difference between a good day and a bad one.

Actually, they can make or break a child’s entire school year by understanding what accommodations in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) can do to help a person like me who works every day to overcome the impact of dyslexia, dysgraphia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I think I am lucky to have been surrounded by teachers who worked hard to make sure I was able to be as successful as my peers.

I have had a 504 Plan since the fourth grade. It’s supported me through elementary school, middle school and now into high school.

At the beginning of the year, I introduce myself and my accommodations through email. I think it’s important for my teachers to know why I benefit from something that most of the other kids in my class don’t use. The game changers for me include:

  1. Extra time
    Dyslexia makes me read slowly and work hard to decode words. This means that it takes me more time to take tests. Knowing that I can work hard and answer the questions correctly at my own pace is very helpful for me. I would like to be able to show my teacher what I know.
  2. Read on demand
    Reading and spelling are harder for me than my classmates. I can decode almost any word after my remediation; it just takes me some time to do it if it’s a harder word. If I am really stuck, I would like to ask for help to have the word or phrase read to me. It makes me way more comfortable in class to know that if I get stuck, my teacher will know that I really need the help.
  3. Small group testing
    It helps to be on my own or in a smaller group. If I am taking a test with the class I might get to the third question and someone next to me is finished with the test because they can read it faster. I’d like to be able to focus on the content and do my best.
  4. Technology
    I use my iPad to ear read (text to speech) everything I can. Eye reading is tiring for me. Sometimes, I use an app to change a handout to a readable PDF and then ear read it, if I need to. Normally, I just eye read the handouts. My iPad also has an app that will let me record the classroom lecture, if I need it. I don’t access the curriculum exactly like my peers, but the system in place right now works really well for me.
  5. Teacher notes
    I am dysgraphic, too. That means it is hard for me to put my thoughts onto paper, quickly. I learn best by listening to the teacher first and then practicing what I have learned. It is very hard for me to listen and copy things from the board or write things down as the teacher is talking. I take notes, but I miss a lot. The teacher’s notes help me make sure that I don’t miss anything when I am studying.
  6. Advanced notice when called on to read in class
    This accommodation makes me feel comfortable in class. It feels terrible if I think I might be called on to read out loud without knowing what I am going to read. If my teacher wants me to read something, they’ll just tell me the night before and I will practice first. I am a good reader now, but I still get nervous when I have to read out loud. Messing up on a word like ‘began’ feels really bad in a classroom full of my classmates. That’s what dyslexia will do to me.

With the help of my parents, my teachers and my accommodations, I’ve created a successful learning environment for myself. Because I need to work very hard to achieve the academic success I’ve had, I don’t take anything for granted. I appreciate my teachers who have made an effort to understand me and my accommodations.

Teachers really do make all the difference!


Carter Grace Duncan is a freshman in a Northern Virginia public high school. She is a youth advocate for Decoding Dyslexia Virginia who enjoys sharing her knowledge with students with disabilities about how accommodations in school can help create a pathway to academic success.

(Cross-posted at the OSERS blog.)

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U. of North Texas President Tried to Stop Donald Trump Jr. From Speaking on Campus

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2017 - 10:56am
The effort to cancel the appearance of the president’s son failed, even though students, faculty members, and alumni also voiced opposition.
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Penn State Fraternity Is Suspended After Student Is Found Unconscious

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 4, 2017 - 10:24am
The incident followed the death of a freshman at another fraternity’s initiation event in February.
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DeVos Keeps Higher Ed — and Reporters — at Arm’s Length

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2017 - 7:47pm
The education secretary’s aversion to national media, and her communication style, have created a knowledge gap for college leaders seeking to understand her philosophy on higher ed.
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U. of Mississippi Alumna Wins Chronicle’s Miller Award for Young Journalists

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2017 - 2:37pm
Clara Turnage, now a reporter for The Natchez Democrat, in Mississippi, was honored for articles she wrote during her Chronicle internship this past summer.
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Can a 20-Minute Test Tell Employers What a College Degree Cannot?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2017 - 2:12pm
Some companies and education groups think so. A spate of attempts to assess job readiness offers a new challenge to the value of higher education.
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Instructors, Did You Ever Cheat When You Were a Student?

Chronicle of Higher Education - October 3, 2017 - 10:06am
There’s a good chance that, as professors, you’re now in a position to make or enforce rules about plagiarism and other forms of cheating. Has your past experience informed your teaching strategy?
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