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Working parents face summer childcare struggle

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:08pm
Working parents face a struggle to find holiday childcare as councils across Britain report a lack of places.
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NSPCC issues warning over leaving children home alone

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:00pm
The NSPCC is urging parents to think carefully before leaving children home alone over the summer holidays.
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Turkey coup: Purge widens to education sector

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:46pm
A purge of top officials following a failed coup in Turkey broadens even further with the suspension of 15,200 education staff.
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Labour warns of rising tuition fees

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:36pm
University tuition fees in England would face "significant rises" under plans being put forward by the government, says Labour.
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Assessment Literacy Definition, Resources Now Available

News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:12pm

Assessment matters for teachers. Teachers target and differentiate instruction based on evidence gathered in classroom assessments. Teams of teachers in schools review assessment evidence to understand student needs and to guide curriculum development. Parents, teachers, and students themselves make use of assessment results to make the most of learning opportunities. Assessment and interpretation of assessment results is also sometimes a particular challenge for novice teachers, and it is often the subject of school and district professional development efforts. With so many tests, so many strategies, and so much evidence, assessment is a wide and sometimes confusing topic.

Two new resources from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a not-for-profit educational services organization based in Portland, Oregon, provide a good overview of how educators and parents are viewing assessment these days, and a framework for promoting widespread clarity and common understanding of assessment’s role in education.

The first resource is NWEA’s third installment of an assessment perceptions survey, Making Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter. Conducted with Gallup, the survey asked representative samples of teachers, school administrators, students, and parents with students in schools what they thought about assessment. The study helpfully breaks out perceptions about different types of assessments, from formative classroom assessments, through classroom test, to large-scale state accountability measures.

Among the surprise findings: Despite the press that the parental “opt out” movement has received, half of parents and three quarters of students think the amount of testing in schools is about right. But three quarters of educators feel there is too much testing. Of interest to AACTE members, most teachers reported feeling well-prepared to create valid assessments and to use assessment to inform instruction; also interesting is that they felt less well-prepared to communicate about assessment results with students and parents, and even with other teachers. Given the importance of having students and parents understand assessment results and their implications, the latter finding is concerning.

The second new resource is the fruit of the National Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers convened by NWEA. The task force, on which I serve along with some two dozen other educators and advisers, is a multiyear effort intended to provide the field of education with a common definition of assessment literacy and with resources to promote it. The group has agreed on a common definition, now available for download here, developed with input from a survey last fall of various stakeholders in the field. We also benefited from the input of Portland State University (OR) Dean Randy Hitz and his partners from local schools, who responded to our drafts at our last meeting, and from colleagues like Kristin Hamilton of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, who helped the task force think about supporting good assessment practice across the professional continuum.

For more information, visit www.assessmentliteracy.org.

Calling Former Holmes Scholars: AACTE, NAHSA Seek to Expand Alumni Network

News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:10pm

Do you know any Holmes Scholar alumni? Or perhaps you were once a Holmes Scholar yourself? Then we want to hear from you!

In an effort to better connect with Holmes Program alumni positioned across the nation and the world, AACTE and the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA) have developed a brief survey to update our existing records. The organizations also hope to learn more about the program’s impact to inform improvements going forward.

As our expanded Holmes community continues to grow, we want to strengthen our supporting network of alumni, wherever they may currently be. Having updated records will allow us to tap these valuable resources and continue the program’s strong tradition of mentoring and networking across generations.

In addition, this strengthened network may spur new programmatic opportunities and services for the 43 member institutions that currently participate in the AACTE Holmes Program—and for others yet to join. With more formal tracking processes for our alumni, we aim to more strategically improve program quality as participation grows.

Please access the Holmes alumni survey here. For more information, contact me at odavis@aacte.org or NAHSA President Jacob Easley at easleyj@easternct.edu.

The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 3 | On “How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down”

New York Times Education - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:00am
This week we crown Alison Oh, who writes about how a Times Op-Ed made her realize that, until societal problems are personal, most of us take little action against them.
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Employers warn of widening skills shortage

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:22am
A CBI survey suggests rising numbers of employers are struggling to recruit skilled staff and says it could get harder after the UK withdraws from the EU.
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Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:08am
An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria's civil war free places on its degree courses.
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Academies warn Brexit 'damaging science'

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 5:12am
An open letter to the government from UK academies representing science, medicine and engineering warns that Brexit is already harming science.
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Young suffer as pensioners continue to prosper, says IFS

BBC Education News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:03am
Young people have suffered a drop in income since the financial crisis, but pensioners have enjoyed a significant rise, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
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Passionate Leaders Build Connections at Leadership Academy

News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:29pm

A dynamic group of 80 leaders from educator preparation programs nationwide gathered in Portland, Oregon, for AACTE’s annual Leadership Academy June 26-30. This year’s participants came from all types of institutions, some on their own and others in pairs or teams. Many had just accepted a new role as a chair or dean, others were experienced in their positions, and some were enhancing their skills in preparation for future career opportunities.

The 5-day event featured several general sessions addressing such topics as establishing authority, building consensus, assembling a team, and managing change. Two guest sessions on inclusive education were added this year, one presented by the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children and the other by the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center. Based on the positive response to these offerings, AACTE plans to continue including special topics at future Leadership Academies.

A series of breakout sessions provided participants options to learn more about performing the specific roles of chair, assistant/associate dean, or dean. The topics touched on challenges and opportunities associated with each position, such as contributing to a leadership team, dealing with conflict, leading in all directions (e.g., “up” as well as “down”), and managing career paths.

Throughout the week, participants engaged in formal and informal conversations addressing session topics as well as a host of other areas pertinent to their particular contexts. The breakout sessions were particularly popular, allowing attendees to become familiar with different contexts for leadership, to recognize common challenges across varied settings, and to learn of creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Simply said, participants engaged with a community of highly talented and committed peers, all of whom were eager to share and to learn.

At the close of the event, everyone left with new ideas, a better understanding of their prior accomplishments and setbacks, and fresh momentum and optimism for handling tomorrow’s challenges. Perhaps most importantly, participants departed with an expanded network of friends and colleagues for continued support beyond their week together. A strong collaborative network can make all the difference to leaders who are navigating through changing times.

The three of us were honored to serve among the faculty facilitating this year’s academy, each sharing our perspectives from a variety of leadership roles within and beyond academia. Like the participants, we faculty were energized by the passion and drive of the new generation of leaders in attendance. We aspire to the same level of commitment, not only in our daily work but also as we plan for next year’s AACTE Leadership Academy, which will be held in Providence, Rhode Island June 25-29. We hope to make next year’s academy even better!

John Henning is dean of the School of Education at Monmouth University (NJ). Patricia McHatton is dean of the College of Education and P-16 Integration at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Jennifer Roth is assistant principal at Fort Collins High School (CO) and a doctoral candidate at Colorado State University.

House Appropriations Committee Rejects Amendment to Restore TQP Grant Funding

News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:23pm

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) funding bill. This was the last of the 12 appropriations bills to be marked up by the full committee prior to the congressional recess.

During the markup, members of the committee submitted 32 amendments seeking to restore or increase funding to programs, clarify language, or repeal policy riders. Of key interest to educator preparation is an amendment offered by Representative David Price (D-NC) to restore funding for the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants, the only federal grant program designed to reform and strengthen teacher preparation across the nation. (See our fact sheet for an overview of the TQP grant program.) The son of two teachers, Price spoke passionately of his support for the TQP program and the work of grantees to strengthen teacher preparation. Unfortunately, this amendment failed, but the chairman of the subcommittee, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), committed to further conversations on the matter as the appropriations process unfolds.

Ultimately the bill passed out of committee by a vote of 31-19 down party lines, with many cuts to education programs and with policy riders – both of which received heavy criticism from Democratic members of the committee. Although there is little expectation at the moment that the policy riders will survive negotiations between the House and the Senate (which passed a bipartisan bill with no policy riders), the House bill does include a policy rider prohibiting the teacher preparation program regulations.

The next congressional action will take place in September, when lawmakers will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government until an unknown date – possibly December 2016, March 2017, or even September 2017.

Looking for more information? Register for one of my Federal Update webinars, offered July 19 and 20, here. Send questions to me at dkoolbeck@aacte.org or 202-478-4506.

Yale Drops Case Against Worker Who Smashed Window Depicting Slaves

New York Times Education - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:03pm
The university will not press charges after a black dining hall employee broke a stained-glass panel in Calhoun College, the name of which has been the subject of intense debate on campus.
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Pre-school boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls'

BBC Education News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:05am
Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says.
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Social media harms moral development, parents say

BBC Education News - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 7:11am
A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development, a survey suggests.
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Boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls' in early years

BBC Education News - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:08pm
A report says boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school.
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Justine Greening 'open minded' about new grammar schools in England

BBC Education News - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 10:17am
Education Secretary Justine Greening says she is "open minded" about allowing new grammar schools to open in England.
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Baylor Sexual Assault Report Produces Punishment, but No Paper Trail

New York Times Education - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 2:43pm
Outside lawyers investigated sexual violence at Baylor University. But a full accounting of the inquiry was never written down — at the university’s request.
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Finances of City College’s President Are Under Federal Investigation

New York Times Education - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 4:17pm
After a report that one of the college’s foundations had paid for some personal expenses for President Lisa S. Coico, a United States attorney is taking a closer look.
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