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Breaking up with your favorite racist childhood classic books
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Breaking up with your favorite racist childhood classic books

Breaking up with your favorite racist childhood classic booksFifth, because any culture you grow up in seems natural and inevitable, sometimes you simply don’t see. On the morning of March 2, I heard that Dr. Seuss Enterprises was withdrawing these six books, via a text from my friend, professor Sarah Park Dahlen. And I immediately thought: “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!” will be withdrawn for their racist caricatures. They were. Published at Sun, 16 May 2021 15:58:29 +0000 Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/05/16/breaking-up-with-racist-childrens-books/
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Remote Union Organizing in the Time of COVID

Remote Union Organizing in the Time of COVIDSritama Chatterjee is a second year PhD student at the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh. She can be found on Twitter  @SritamaBarna and on her Medium blog. Screenshot of a Zoom Union Office Hours for International Students When the lockdown was announced in Pennsylvania, I had just returned from the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference held in Boston and quarantined myself. I was preparing for universities to shift to remote teaching for the rest of the semester but I was still somewhat hopeful that I would be able to travel home during the summer. However within a week or two, when I realized that would not be possible anymore, I had two massive panic attacks because I was simply not able to embrace the uncertainty–th...
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Twine Storytelling as Study Aid

Twine Storytelling as Study Aid If you’ve ever seen Netflix’s brilliant comedy-drama series Sex Education, you’ll be familiar with the character Aimee’s love of mind maps. And what’s not to love? Aimee’s not wrong in her description of mind mapping as “just writing stuff down, but in a fun way that engages all sides of your brain,” but the mind map (like the related concept map) also offers a useful means of (1) organizing information and (2) drawing attention to the relationships between different pieces of information. While mind maps are often used in classrooms as a brainstorming activity, the visual aspect of these diagrams can be useful to scholars at any stage of their academic careers. As more information accumulates and mind maps grow larger, however, two interesting things occur:...
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A Medley of Multimodal Projects

A Medley of Multimodal ProjectsKay Sohini Kumar is a comics maker based in New York and a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. Follow her at @KaySohini on Twitter, or check out her website. When I started teaching a class on “Global Film Traditions” this Spring, I mentioned to my students that they could do a multimodal project in lieu of a final paper. Halfway through the semester, New York declared a state of emergency, our university shifted to remote instruction, and the classroom as we knew it changed. We were asked to revise our syllabi to adjust to the needs of remote teaching. Some of my students were returning to their home countries, some had moved in with their families, some were still working under trying circumstances, and others were struggling with proper access to th...
Let’s Talk about Title IX
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Let’s Talk about Title IX

Let’s Talk about Title IX What is Title IX? Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In other words, schools that receive federal funds are legally required to protect students against sex discrimination. Experiencing sex discrimination in any form can derail a student’s opportunity to learn, participate, and thrive in and outside of the classroom. Sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, is a threat to equal access to educational environments for students of all ages. Why are we talking about it? President Biden’s 2021 Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of ...
In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical
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In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical

In an Online World, Identifying Hidden Competitors is Critical There is a good chance that you are losing potential students right from your own backyard. In the post-COVID world, online education is growing and the competition for student demand is intense.  Students in your markets may be going right out of your own proverbial backyard, and if you aren’t looking at the right data, you may not even know it, let alone correct for it. Accurate insights are critical for making the most efficient program decisions and investing in drawing your students closer to home.     When Evaluating Online Attendance, Traditional Data is Misleading   Traditional data sources such as IPEDS are out of date, and they do not show the true picture of competition in the online space.  There is better data out ...
An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans
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An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans

An Improving Pandemic Outlook for Younger Americans A series of vaccine developments and the loosening of restrictions amid an improving virus trajectory may foreshadow a welcome return to normalcy for many young Americans, just as summer vacation nears. By early next week, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue an emergency use authorization allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be used in children 12 to 15 years old, a major step ahead in the United States’ efforts to tackle Covid-19. Pfizer also expects to seek federal clearance in September to administer the vaccine to children age 2 to 11, the company said on Tuesday. Vaccinating children is key to raising the level of immunity in the population, experts say, and to bringing down the numbers of hospitaliz...
Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class
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Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class

Article on Fourth Grader in '60 Inspires Journalism Class Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Two years ago, on a soggy January day at the University of Oregon, Peter Laufer, a journalism professor, picked up a copy of The New York Times and presented his students with a reporting challenge. He read from a feature at the bottom of Page 2 that highlights an article from The Times’s archives each day. It covered the experience in early 1960 of a fourth grader in Roseburg, Ore., not far from the college. She had written to her congressman for the names of Russian schoolchildren with whom she and her classmates could be pen pals, but the State Department denied the request, fearing they would b...
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6 GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL ONLINE

6 GREAT REASONS TO ATTEND GRAD SCHOOL ONLINEOver my five-decades of experiences with distance learning, from correspondence to online Internet, I have never seen a better time, or better reasons, to earn a graduate degree online.  Here are my favorite six motivators:1. You’re never going to be this young again.  So, take the opportunity today to start your online graduate degree program, with a lifetime of enjoyment, successes, and increased status and earnings ahead of you. 2. In my opinion, developed as founder and president emeritus of two (2) successful and accredited online universities, one in California and the other in Arizona, I believe with 100% certainty that a good online education tops a good on-campus education.    3. The benefits of a good online education include: active se...
Summer Planning Strategies
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Summer Planning Strategies

Summer Planning StrategiesFor so many graduate students, this summer has already proven itself to be unlike any other they’ve encountered so far; and with ongoing global crisis, graduate students should feel no guilt for prioritizing their personal well-being over their productivity. That being said, summer has always been a time of free fall for graduate students -- assistantships end, funding becomes unstable, precarity increases and the work structures that we rely on to keep us productive throughout the semester suddenly disappear. All the while we are expected to prepare for fall teaching, continue our own research, catch up on tasks that we shuffled off during the academic year and make real progress on a slew of tasks. Whether this summer has been particularly disruptive for you or ...
Honoring Teachers’ Commitment to Continual Improvement through Collaboration
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Honoring Teachers’ Commitment to Continual Improvement through Collaboration

Honoring Teachers’ Commitment to Continual Improvement through CollaborationTeacher Appreciation Week is one of my favorite times of the school year! Honoring the educators who spend countless hours creating lesson plans, building authentic relationships, and welcoming students into the learning space – whether it be in-person, online, or both – has been such a joy. I think back to my time growing up and fondly remember those who influenced me with their encouraging words, supportive nature, and praise of my efforts. My teachers, Ms. Pendergast, Mrs. Dixon, and Mr. Anderson were just three of many educators that left a lasting impression by showing me how much effort matters. I am grateful to them and to have this incredible opportunity to honor the efforts made by our nation’s teachers. ...
The Team Needed to Launch a Low-Cost Online Degree Program
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The Team Needed to Launch a Low-Cost Online Degree Program

The Team Needed to Launch a Low-Cost Online Degree ProgramMy latest obsession is low-cost online degree programs. My fascination with the idea of bending the master’s cost curve is partly professional and partly personal. On a professional level, my work is all about online learning. Most of my online education career has been about quality. Guiding questions for my online work have been: How can we create immersive, intimate, and transformative learning experiences for online students? What does active and student-centered learning look like when translated from physical to the online classroom? How might we apply the integrated team-based model of course design and learner support found in high-quality online programs to residential courses, particularly introductory and foundational cou...
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Students Around the World Stranded. Or were they?

Students Around the World Stranded. Or were they?Starting in 2020 and ongoing today, international students seeking to come to the United States to study found the welcome door shut tight.  In the past years, more than one million international students annually enrolled in American colleges seeking the “camp college” experience.  The 2020/21 COVID pandemic choked off travel and virtually shut down international enrollments.  These undergraduate students, ranging in age from 18 to 22, primarily from the more “well off” segments of their societies, faced U.S. travel restrictions that crushed their plans to study in the US.  From our experience with this international undergrad group they regretted most their lost opportunities of being exposed first-hand to our culture, hospitality, and fr...
Financial Literacy Education and Paying for College
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Financial Literacy Education and Paying for College

Financial Literacy Education and Paying for CollegePresident Biden issued a proclamation deeming April 2021 as National Financial Capability Month. This communication emphasizes the benefits of financial capability, the value of financial literacy, and the importance of access to financial resources. Understanding personal finance topics such as savings, loans, and investments is seldom a straightforward task, especially in the context of paying for college. Subjects, such as borrowing, can be complex for incoming postsecondary students to fully grasp. With the notable year-over-year rising cost of pursuing higher education, some students may be left with a large amount of debt and regrets about how they chose to finance their college education. According to Teach for America, a recent sur...
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Psychology Schools in Arkansas

Psychology Schools in ArkansasThe following guide on psychology schools in Arkansas will give you key information that will allow you to choose the best psychology school and program for your career and academic goals.  Many universities and colleges in Arkansas provide their undergraduate and graduate students the chance to study general psychology or specialize in a specific area (i.e., clinical psychology).  If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule for doing your coursework and earning your psychology degree, you might want to consider online psychology programs.  What to Expect in an Arkansas Psychology Program? Before you can become a licensed psychologist in Arkansas, you must complete your bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Earning a bachelor’s degree will take full-t...