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Lehigh U. Scholar and Author Resigns Amid Sexual-Misconduct Investigation

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 16, 2018 - 4:26pm
Several people made allegations against James Braxton Peterson, according to an email sent to the faculty and staff on Tuesday.
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U. of South Carolina Condemns Racist Fliers Found in African-American Studies Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 16, 2018 - 3:43pm
The university, in Columbia, S.C., released a statement on Tuesday promising to open an investigation into the incident.
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The Biggest Problem for State Higher-Ed Policy? Federal Higher-Ed Policy

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 16, 2018 - 1:34pm
It's not affordability, free speech, or sexual assault. The top issue, according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is what's happening in Washington.
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To Rebuild, Rethink and Renew

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 16, 2018 - 12:58pm

This past fall I had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, twice — first, in October, and two weeks later, in the company of Secretary DeVos. There, I saw firsthand the wholesale destruction left by back-to-back hurricanes. The experience was both humbling and uplifting.

During my first visit, I joined the Commissioner of Education for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Sharon McCollum, on a car trip around the Islands. On our way, she noticed the owner of a damaged wholesale club store — he was outside, combing through inventory, trying to salvage any goods that Hurricanes Maria and Irma had spared.

Pausing our scheduled tour, Dr. McCollum stopped the car in front of the store. She began negotiating the sale of cleaning supplies to be used in some of the many schools under her care. Simply getting students physically back to school is a monumental undertaking, she said: they shouldn’t have to fear getting sick from mold and the like once they’ve returned to the classroom.

Her goal that day — as it is every day — was to return a sense of normalcy to the more than 14,000 students whose lives and studies were interrupted by the powerful storms. I learned that, these days, such encounters are an integral part of Dr. McCollum’s day-to-day work: staff told me she can often be found out in the field, exploring the Islands in search of supplies and other resources to help students get back to school and engaged in learning again.

This is a fundamental objective on the Islands, where the scale of devastation from the storms defies description. Surveying the damage by military helicopter, I was overwhelmed by what I saw. Roofs had been ripped off houses; stores destroyed; roads impassable. School facilities that had once been home to fine arts and music — integral parts of the culture and education on the Islands — are gone forever, with many well-loved instruments, such as the region’s iconic steel drums, lost.

Read more about Acting Assistant Secretary Botel’s visits to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Medium


Jason Botel is Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

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Johns Hopkins Just Got the Largest Donation Ever Given to a Philosophy Department

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 16, 2018 - 10:34am
The department will pocket a $75-million donation from Bill Miller, a well-known Wall Street investor.
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U. of Rochester Report on Professor’s Alleged Harassment Gets Mixed Reviews

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 15, 2018 - 1:33pm
How can an investigation find inappropriate, unprofessional, and offensive behavior, and “gross lapses of judgment,” yet still conclude there were no violations of university policy?
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Relationships Are Central to the Student Experience. Can Colleges Engineer Them?

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 14, 2018 - 4:30pm
Having a mentor can help students academically, and is even linked to their later well-being. Such connections can’t be forced — but they can be encouraged.
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After a Suicide, What Colleges Can Do to Protect the Public Health

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 14, 2018 - 4:30pm
A suicide is a nightmare. But proper planning for its aftermath might avert a bigger one.
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A Postvention Primer

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 14, 2018 - 4:30pm
Following a suicide, campuses are particularly volatile, vulnerable places. What can a college do to try to keep one tragedy from multiplying?
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Resources for Handling Suicide’s Aftermath

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 14, 2018 - 4:30pm
Here are some references to help colleges create their own protocols.
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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (1/19/2017)

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 14, 2018 - 4:09pm
Elfred Anthony Pinkard will become president of Wilberforce University, and Brenda Fredette was named dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology at California University of Pennsylvania.
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The NCAA as Modern Jim Crow? A Sports Historian Explains Why She Drew the Parallel

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 12, 2018 - 3:51pm
Victoria Jackson, a lecturer at Arizona State University, drew attention for her Los Angeles Times op-ed, about how college athletics “contributes to the undervaluing of black lives.”
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Judge Dismisses Suit of LSU Professor Who Was Fired for Obscenities

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 12, 2018 - 3:12pm
Teresa Buchanan, a former associate professor of curriculum and instruction, was fired in 2015 over complaints she had used obscene language in front of students, among other things.
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A Rekindled Interest in Law

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 12, 2018 - 2:48pm
Kellye Testy describes signs that the outlook for many law schools may be improving. The number of applications is beginning to rise again. And the current political climate has engendered more interest in law and the effect it can have on issues like immigration and social justice.
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2 New Threats Highlight Human-Factor Gaps in Cybersecurity Research

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 12, 2018 - 10:21am
To address vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre, computer scientists must consider the work of social scientists. But, argues one expert, they tend to give it short shrift.
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In a Region With Few College Degrees, People Pin Their Hopes on Trump

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 12, 2018 - 8:57am
Job losses in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors are piling up in the Missouri Bootheel.
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How Students Can Shape the Design of Their Courses

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2018 - 4:29pm
The practice brings a host of benefits, like helping students reflect on their learning and giving professors fresh ideas.
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U. of Rochester’s President Resigns as Report Supports Handling of Harassment Case

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2018 - 3:01pm
A professor’s behavior toward women was sometimes inappropriate but didn’t violate either campus policy at the time or federal law, an investigator concluded.
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Former Columbia U. Financial-Aid Director Is Accused of Taking Hundreds of Thousands in Kickbacks

Chronicle of Higher Education - January 11, 2018 - 2:20pm
The ex-administrator and three former students from the Teachers College are facing conspiracy and bribery charges.
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Calling Local Heroes Directly into Action; Apply to be an ED School Ambassador Fellow

U.S. Department of Education Blog - January 11, 2018 - 1:42pm

“But I’m just a teacher…”

We, teachers, change the mindsets of self-doubters, instill a lifelong love of learning for many, care for the children of others as if they’re our own, and play a major role in creating all other professions. Yet, despite those superpowers, many of us have heard or uttered the phrase ourselves, “But I’m just a teacher,” when we’ve been encouraged to pursue leadership opportunities beyond our classrooms, schools or districts.

I’ll confess that I’ve used that phrase at various points during my career as an educator. While it might be difficult to determine why educators are often less confident in the value of their input, the self-doubt is real.

Perhaps it’s the perception that major policy decisions impacting students and schools often occur with minimum input from teachers. Maybe it’s the manner in which social media has a way of amplifying the most critical voices in any topic, including education. Or, perhaps teachers are feeling overwhelmed and fatigued from being frequent targets of criticism for issues beyond their control.

Regardless of the reasons, the voices of dedicated, creative, and solution-focused educators are often overlooked on issues that impact how they do their jobs and serve children.

Special Opportunity for Educator Input

As I’ve gained opportunities over the years to interact with individuals at the state and federal level concerning education issues, I’ve seen the importance of being in the position to share the stories of those who might not have the ability or opportunity to speak out concerning their interests. The Department of Education values and needs the input of those who interact with students on a daily basis. The School Ambassador Fellowship Program is unique because it gives teachers, counselors, librarians and other school leaders the opportunity to provide input and feedback on policy matters that impact their schools and communities.

Although Fellows will have differing goals and interests, the opportunity to hone leadership skills is a universal aspect of the program. I’ve been fortunate to work in numerous contexts as an educator – from preschool to teaching university students. Those experiences have been gratifying. Nevertheless, I’ve always questioned the lack of diversity in our teacher corps. Simply stated, there aren’t enough Black men leading our classrooms.

James Ford, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, Abdul Wright & Kevin Dua – State Teachers of the Year for NC, WA, MN and MA – discuss their journeys as Black male educators.

Although I’ve had numerous wonderful experiences thus far as a Fellow, it has been extremely rewarding to do work supporting others who also have a desire to increase our percentage of Black male educators. Whether through work as a Teach to Lead critical friend, or as a presenter at the inaugural convening of Black Male Educators for Social Justice, the ability to develop my leadership skills while addressing that topic (and others) has been extremely rewarding. Other Fellows have addressed areas that represent their interests in education, like special education and career readiness.

Elephant in the Room

Let’s be honest. For any number of reasons you might feel that applying to represent teachers on behalf of the Department of Education is just something you don’t feel you can do. And, if your primary reason for applying to the Fellowship is based exclusively on how you feel about issues, it might be best to pursue other opportunities where you can impact our field. However, if you desire to be a voice for the students and families you support at the national level, consider applying. For me, the best time to be a true advocate for my students and my families is, always, right now.

There were 6 Fellows selected for the 2017-2018 cohort. Does that mean you have to be the BEST at something in order to be selected? Not necessarily.

Must you be creative, passionate and eager to contribute to conversations around improving the outcomes of all students? Absolutely!

Most teachers have those skills and many more to spare. They’re our local heroes. What’s your superpower? More importantly, are you willing to share it?

Apply to be a School Ambassador Fellow for the 2018-19 school year through January 31, 2018.


Elmer Harris is a 2017-18 School Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education.

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