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  • Campaigners hail school decision to let pupils choose gender identity
    Private school St Paul’s Girls’ new protocol allows students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothesCampaigners have welcomed a move from a private girls’ school to allow students to use boys’ names and wear boys’ clothes should they wish, under a new “gender identity protocol”.St Paul’s Girls’ school in west London, which includes MP Harriet Harman and actor Rachel Weisz among its former pupils, will now consider requests from students from the age of 16 to go through a formal process to be known within the school either as boys or as gender-neutral. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-02-19
    33 mins ago
  • KIPP Leaders: 4 Critical Areas Secretary DeVos Should Focus
    Mike Feinberg, Dave Levin and Richard Barth – More than 95 percent of the jobs created since the recession went to people who had completed education or career training after high school. This means that young Americans with only a high school diploma, along with those who never finished high school, have been largely left out of the economic recovery over the past eight years. And the pace of change in the job market — driven by both automation and globalization — shows no signs of slowing down. Talent can be found everywhere in America, in small towns and big cities alike. Yet today, affluent American students are eight times as likely to complete a four-year degree as students from low-income backgrounds. It doesn’t have to be this way. Resource: The Star Teacher Pre-ScreenerThe Science of Teacher Selection and Interviewing We need to grow opportunities and our economy by investing in the talent that exists in America’s young people. As the leaders of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of 200 high-performing, nonprofit public charter schools, we have more than 20 years of experience helping students from low-income communities get to and through college. Today, 10,000 KIPP alumni ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-02-19
    2 hours ago
  • New Jersey Enacts Nation’s Strictest Opioid Prescribing Limit
    By Christine Vestal – New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill setting a five-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin, the toughest restriction yet in a growing trend among states to curtail liberal prescribing of the highly addictive medications. More than 30,000 Americans died in 2015 from overdoses of opioid painkillers and heroin, an epidemic widely considered to be the result of overprescribing pain medicine over the past two decades. The bill also requires insurance companies to approve coverage for addiction treatment as soon as a patient seeks it. As in other states, New Jersey’s limit on opioid prescriptions was controversial because physicians and some lawmakers saw it as interfering with physicians’ discretion. To address those concerns, the law allows doctors to add another five days to the prescription if the patient’s pain has not subsided. Last year in Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a mandatory three-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions, but lawmakers opposed it and agreed instead on a seven-day limit. Connecticut, New York, Maine and Rhode Island also adopted seven-day limits last year, and Maryland adopted a seven-day limit in January. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-02-19
    2 hours ago
  • Online university leads United States in awarding doctorates to blacks
    By Jeffrey Mervis – An online, for-profit university is doing something that has long eluded brick-and-mortar institutions in the United States: awarding advanced degrees to significant numbers of black students. New data from the latest Survey of Earned Doctorates by the National Science Foundation (NSF) document how Walden University, which has its academic headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is far outpacing every other U.S. university in serving this population. At the same time, Walden’s success won’t improve faculty diversity, one of the holy grails of U.S. higher education, until traditional brick-and-mortar institutions become more accepting of online degrees. Founded in 1970, Walden ranks first by a wide margin among all U.S. universities in doctoral degrees awarded to black students, NSF reports. Its total of 682 degrees from 2011 through 2015 is nearly twice the number awarded by second-place Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. Every other university lags far behind. Walden’s 5-year total of 193 degrees, for example, is six times the number awarded by such large state institutions as the University of Illinois in Urbana, and Michigan State University in East Lansing. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-02-19
    2 hours ago
  • Investigation Reveals the Extent the Koch Empire Is Willing to Go to Take Over a University
    The Kochs influenced hiring, designed classes and cut off graduate fellowships based on dissertation topics. By Alex Kotch – In 2011, the public found out that the Florida State University Economics Department had signed a deal in 2008 with the Charles Koch Foundation, which would supply the department with $1.5 million over several years in exchange for control over hiring decisions and curriculum development. After public and faculty outcry over undue donor influence, the department renegotiated the deal, signing a new one in 2013. The foundation of billionaire fossil-fuel industrialist Charles Koch, a controversial Republican mega-donor, continues to fund various programs at FSU. A new report from the FSU Progress Coalition and UnKoch My Campus, a band of activists who have researched and opposed Koch’s higher education donations for several years, analyzes new documents detailing the Charles Koch Foundation’s (CKF) prolonged grasp on the Economics Department. In addition to influencing hiring decisions within the programs it funded, CKF took part in designing required classes for economics majors, could cut off graduate fellowships based on proposed dissertation topics, and steered the creation of a new certificate program within the department. “Despite all we’ve seen in past years, the depths of ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-02-19
    3 hours ago
  • 4 Sites to Fight Fake News
    Common Sense Education has released a 1-minute video featuring four websites to separate fact from fiction. When the next viral story, makes it to class, take break to discuss media literacy and help your students determine how these sites can be of value. 1)    Opensecrets.orgThis site is all about following the money. It points out the connections among political contributions, lobbying data, and government policy. The site is run by a nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit, called the Center for Responsive Politics which is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The site was created so that citizens are empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, and so they can use that knowledge to strengthen democracy. The site works to produce and disseminate information on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.Here are some of the topics you will find on the site.Innovative Educators: Not only is this a terrific site for the study of social studies and literacy, but it could also be a great resource for math / statistics.I ... read more
    Source: Lisa Nielson, the Innovative EducatorPublished on 2017-02-19
    4 hours ago
  • Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?
    Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies – to investigate“They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white philosophers including Plato and Descartes be dropped from university syllabus”. “Great thinkers too male and pale, students declare”, trumpeted the Times. The Telegraph, too, was outraged: “They are said to be the founding fathers of western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilised society. But students at a prestigious London university are demanding that figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant should be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white.”Whiteness is not a useful category when talking of philosophy. When people speak, they speak ideas, not identity. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-02-19
    8 hours ago
  • How, exactly, does Minnesota pay for its schools?
    By Greta Kaul – Of all the issues that seem to come up every single session of the legislature, education funding — the amount the state pays for its public schools — has to be one of the most reliable. That’s no accident: spending on K-12 public schools makes up the single largest part of the state’s biennial budget. Gov. Mark Dayton got the debate started this year by proposing an additional $609 million in funding for schools over the next two years. Republicans have also expressed interest in more money for education, but are waiting till the February budget forecast to offer a spending proposal. You can expect a big debate on money for schools to follow. But to really understand that debate, it helps to understand the way that educations funded in Minnesota. With that in mind, we present brief answers to some basic questions about how Minnesota pays for its schools. Just how much does Minnesota spend on education? A lot. In 2016, K-12 education expenditures accounted for about 42 percent of the state’s $20.4 billion general fund — or more than $8 billion. That’s the single biggest area of expenditure in the state’s budget. (Higher ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-02-18
    14 hours ago
  • 3 Hottest Posts Everyone’s Reading
    Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for.  Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!Making it to the top for the first time is a post that looks at ways that teachers who receive certifications / micro-credentials are showing off their digital badges. Check out the post to read about their innovative ideas, insights, and see actual examples. Next up is a post that has been at the top for a few weeks. It shares the insights colleagues and I came up with at EduConn 2017 when discussing the role of the teacher in the age of Google. Another post that has made its way to the top for the first time provides five ways to know if you should really copy, paste, and share that thing someone told you to send. Read the post and save yourself or others the embarrassment of spreading fake news. Entry Pageviews 4 Ways to Show Off Your Digital BadgesFeb 8, 2017,  7989 The Role of the Teacher in the Age of Google & Alt...Jan 27, 2017,  7979 Did Warren Buffett Really ... read more
    Source: Lisa Nielson, the Innovative EducatorPublished on 2017-02-18
    1 day ago
  • UK universities urged to tackle rising tide of antisemitism on campus
    Academics and student representatives voice concern at widespread incidents that are fuelling anxiety among Jewish studentsUniversities are being urged to act swiftly to tackle antisemitism on campuses after a series of incidents in recent weeks – including Holocaust denial leaflets, fascist stickers and swastikas etched on and around campuses – which have fuelled anxiety among Jewish students.Leading academics, student representatives and experts on antisemitism expressed concern at the widespread nature of the incidents, which have affected a number of higher education institutions across the country. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-02-18
    1 day ago
  • Secret Teacher: our ‘perfect’ school is just keeping up appearances
    Visitors are impressed by our high standards. But they don’t know what goes on behind the scenesStaff collectively roll their eyes as a member of the senior leadership team says: “Diaries open, we are expecting a lot of visitors next week.” More visitors. As teachers who often play host to training days for external schools, we’re no strangers to strangers being in our classrooms. However, the anticipation of visitors and the pressure to prepare has altered the atmosphere of the school, affecting teachers and students alike. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-02-18
    1 day ago
  • Fredericton students upset over university campuses remaining open during snow storm
    Some Fredericton university students have taken to social media to complain that their campuses should have been closed on Thursday when the city was shutdown by heavy snow. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-02-17
    2 days ago
  • Mothers new to Calgary help others adjust to life in Canada
    Recent immigrants to Calgary are seeing success with a program that encourages parents to read out loud to their young children every day, before they enter kindergarten. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-02-17
    2 days ago
  • Mississauga teacher suspended over assignment instructing kids how to make, inject meth
    A Mississauga teacher has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into a drama assignment that gave kids instructions on how to make and inject crystal methamphetamine. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-02-17
    2 days ago
  • York school trustee resigns over use of racial slur
    TORONTO - A Toronto-area school trustee under fire for months for using a racial slur about a black parent has resigned. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-02-17
    2 days ago