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Defending online internships (opinion)
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Defending online internships (opinion)

Defending online internships (opinion)To the Editor: The article headlined “Online Internships Fail to Meet Expectations,” casts a shadow on virtual internships, but I have seen firsthand the many promising outcomes that have come out of remote experiences. NAF, a national nonprofit bringing together education, business and community leaders to transform the high school experience, has worked with its robust network to pivot in these challenging times and continue to offer students quality internships.  For example, during summer 2020, NAF academies and its network of employer partners hosted more than 500 virtual high school interns.  Contrary to the report, in a post-internship survey, NAF participants reported being satisfied with the 2020 virtual internship experiences (96 percent). Be...
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Teaching With Digital Archives in the First-Year Writing Classroom

Teaching With Digital Archives in the First-Year Writing Classroom When this semester started, I started exploring the possibility of incorporating the use of digital archives in my first-year writing course, titled Border Stories: Power, Poetics and Architecture. In ideal circumstances, I would have loved to take my students to the physical space of the archives, but I decided against it because it would have required more advance planning and coordination with archivists that I did not have the time or the scope for in a writing classroom. Although the class lesson on digital archives happened before universities shifted to remote learning, I think digital archives can be a useful tool for instruction during virtual learning. Besides, I was not too sure whether the physical archives in P...
The movement to privatize public schools marches on during coronavirus pandemic
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The movement to privatize public schools marches on during coronavirus pandemic

The movement to privatize public schools marches on during coronavirus pandemicAnd then there is the nonprofit Arkansans for Education Reform. Jim Walton serves on its board. In 2016, the Walton Family Foundation gave that organization $325,769 in addition to a personal donation from Jim Walton himself, tax documents show. That year, Trace Strategies, Lee’s lobbying firm, was paid $205,756 from that nonprofit. In 2017, the Walton Family Foundation gave an additional $350,000 to the same nonprofit with tax-exempt status, whose mission is clearly to lobby for “reform.” Published at Thu, 20 May 2021 15:50:12 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/20/school-privatization-movement-marches-on-during-pandemic/
Moving Forward with a New ED.gov
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Moving Forward with a New ED.gov

Moving Forward with a New ED.gov A new ED.gov is coming. The transformation is already underway and includes a brand-new look-and-feel and a critical rethinking of how we effectively communicate online. The goal: a digital experience where you can find what you need, discover things you did not know, and leave feeling satisfied.  Step 1: Plan In the fall of 2019 ED began planning for the redesign of ED.gov, creating a number of internal Innovation Teams charged to lead the effort. The teams rewrote web governance policy, created new standards, and began developing the roadmap for the future. ED also hosted an open innovation challenge calling for input from across the country to help shape the design of the new ED.gov. The result was an ED.gov prototype that would define our path forward....
Record numbers of students, but no government funding rise
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Record numbers of students, but no government funding rise

Record numbers of students, but no government funding riseNETHERLANDS A record number of over 300,000 bachelor and masters degree students enrolled at Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences for the 2019-20 academic year, according to preliminary figures released by the association of Dutch universities VSNU. The association calls on the government to invest more in higher education, so that universities can keep up with the continuous growth in student numbers, writes Janene Pieters for NL Times.The number of students enrolled at higher education institutions in the Netherlands increased by around 4%. International students now make up 20% of the student population, according to VSNU. There was a sharp increase in the number of students registering to study in the natur...
Holding Pattern
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Holding Pattern

Holding PatternThese days, I go to bed thinking about sickness and death, I dream about sickness and death, and I wake up reflecting on the sickness and death that will be revealed that day. It’s a far departure from when I simply agonized over my dissertation and graduate coursework 24/7. My main concerns were proving my academic mettle and practicing mindfulness to reduce stress; now, many of us in academia are simply trying to grapple with our new normal, the emerging risks, and the unknown unknowns.  For my own sanity’s sake, I intermittently avoid focusing on breaking news. But then again, when you crave factual information that could literally save your life and the lives of those you care about, you intentionally seek out purposeful data with meaningful interpretation – the only acc...
Twisting LeBron James’s words, a fake Saturn photo and other news literacy lessons
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Twisting LeBron James’s words, a fake Saturn photo and other news literacy lessons

Twisting LeBron James’s words, a fake Saturn photo and other news literacy lessonsYES: In the first episode of the HBO show “The Shop” in 2018, James shared that he was initially wary of White people at his predominantly White Catholic high school in Akron, Ohio. YES: In telling this story on “The Shop,” James said [link warning: profanity], “When I first went to the ninth grade … I was so institutionalized, growing up in the hood, it’s like … they don’t want us to succeed … so I’m like, I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it. I don’t want nothing to do with White people. I don’t believe that they want anything to do with me.” Published at Fri, 14 May 2021 11:00:56 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/14/twisting-lebrons-words-and-other-...
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Can schools require coronavirus vaccines for eligible students?

Can schools require coronavirus vaccines for eligible students?[unable to retrieve full-text content]One coronavirus vaccine is now approved for those as young as 12 -- and one school district said it would require it.Published at Thu, 13 May 2021 10:00:31 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/13/can-schools-require-covid-19-vaccines-eligible-students/
Colt Brennan, Former University of Hawaii Quarterback, Dies at 37
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Colt Brennan, Former University of Hawaii Quarterback, Dies at 37

Colt Brennan, Former University of Hawaii Quarterback, Dies at 37 Colt Brennan, a former University of Hawaii quarterback who tied or broke dozens of N.C.A.A. football records, died early Tuesday morning at a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., according to his father and the university. He was 37. Mr. Brennan was admitted to Hoag Hospital Newport Beach on Monday after he ingested a substance believed to contain fentanyl, according to the police and his father, Terry Brennan. Colt Brennan had recently finished a four-month course of treatment at a rehabilitation center and was trying to recover from a substance use disorder, his father said. “We’re just trying to put the pieces together and trying to figure out what happened,” he said. Mr. Brennan’s death stunned college football fans and ...
Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today
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Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today Vaccinating young adolescents The F.D.A.’s authorization yesterday of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds is a huge milestone in the battle against the virus, crucial for reducing its spread, reopening schools and returning to some sense of normalcy. But what will the plan for young adolescents look like? States and school districts across the country are now scrambling to figure out the best way to proceed. With the school year ending soon, it will be a race against the clock to schedule both recommended doses before summer break. Officials are also making plans to offer vaccines at pediatricians’ offices, day camps, parks and even beaches. Parents, whose consent is required by law, are perhaps the biggest complicating factor in vaccinatin...
Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems
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Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems

Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems BERKELEY, Calif. — The football and men’s basketball seasons were long over, but other sports at the University of California, Berkeley, were in full array — water polo in the pool, rowing in the estuary, baseball on the diamond. The Covid-19 pandemic had thrown most fall and winter sports into the spring, erecting logistical hurdles across campus. About two dozen teams and hundreds of athletes vied simultaneously in April for fields, courts, pools and arenas. Locker rooms, like most of Cal’s classrooms the entire school year, remained closed. Trainers and other support staff were spread thin. Things were hopping. They were not normal. On the last Saturday of April, the women’s lacrosse team held its final home game of the season at Memo...
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How Some Colleges Screwed-Up Online Learning

How Some Colleges Screwed-Up Online LearningIt is an unfortunate, but true, fact that bricks-and-mortar, classroom-based universities and colleges have attempted to jury-rig online delivery onto their classroom model.  The 2020-21 COVID pandemic forced the closure of traditional campus and classroom schools.  Masks and social distancing that was mandated to thwart the spread of infection forced sit-down schools to close entirely or to severely curtail student attendance.  So almost all undergraduate colleges, in the attempt to generate some student attendance and tuition revenue, jumped onto the online wagon, whether they had online capability or not. Points must be given for trying to innovate and quickly adopt online, distance-learning courses into their classroom-based delivery system a...
Celebrating Heroic Women Breaking Glass and Winning Gold
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Celebrating Heroic Women Breaking Glass and Winning Gold

Celebrating Heroic Women Breaking Glass and Winning Gold Women have made history, shattered glass ceilings, and forged paths in an array of fields spanning from STEM and space exploration to the arts and sports. Through their achievements women have fought for and advanced equality. Some of these remarkable women and their achievements are featured in a new special exhibit housed in the White House. In partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of the First Lady, the White House is honoring and celebrating the achievements of women during and beyond Women’s History Month. Celebrate their legacies and lasting impact with us.   From performing heroic work in World War II to demonstrating groundbreaking at...
Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks so
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Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks so

Teacher: No, my lesson to 7th graders on ocean pollution is not indoctrination — even if a state legislator thinks soWe tend to come to teach our kids with everything with a twist to it. And I think transparency is one of the most important things we can do, and maybe what we’ve learned from this pandemic, through virtual, some of the parents actually seeing what their children are taught and how they’re taught. I saw in the Charlotte Observer the other week a English teacher was complaining because he had to do remote learning and in-person learning at the same time and it caused him to shorten his English class on environmental pollution. What you think about that? So I think ... this will help the parents going to the next grade be able to look and see what that teacher taught the year ...
Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a Pandemic
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Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a Pandemic

Weeks Become Months: Teaching During a PandemicIn March of 2020, I said, “See you on Monday” to my students on what I believed to be an ordinary Friday, albeit a Friday the 13th. That would be the last day I would see them for months. There was a period of uncertainty as everyone grappled with our new reality. The unadulterated meaning of pandemic, hit fast and hard.  After weeks of educational triage, sending emails and hoping that students would tune into our online classrooms, the 2019-2020 school year ended with only a brief respite before the next school year began. March to May was rough, but how could we learn from what didn’t work during “quarantine teaching?”  How do we uphold educational integrity while still acknowledging that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and a frag...