U.S. to fall short of 2025 college grads goal–by 24 million degrees

Despite persistent appeals from policymakers and politicians to increase the number of college graduates in the United States, a new report projects a shortfall of nearly 24 million degree-holders by 2025, according to the Hechinger Report. The cost to the U.S. economy in lost wages and income taxes? About $600 billion a year. They’re the most dramatic figures yet in the ongoing debate about the need to improve the rates at which Americans successfully complete a higher education. In order to reach the goal of having 60 percent of adults with college degrees by the year 2025, the United States would have to confer an additional 24 million degrees beyond what it is already producing–but it is projected to award only 278,500 more degrees, the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems reported Thursday…

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Suspended high schoolers organize their own school

Students suspended for walking out of class at Detroit’s Western International High School earlier this week to protest school closures and demand a better education, are holding a “freedom school” Friday in Clark Park, across the street from their official school building, the Huffington Post reports. Students left class Wednesday morning to protest the closing of Southwestern High School, which many fear would lead to overcrowding at Western, and to demand more resources and greater teacher engagement for the district’s schools. Southwestern’s nearly 600 students will be offered space at Western International and Northwestern high schools next year, according to the district. Detroit Board of Education member Elena Herrada told the Detroit News that up to 180 students were suspended from Western and Southwestern high schools following Wednesday’s action. Detroit Public Schools spokesman Steven Wasko told The Huffington Post about 100 students were suspended for five days following the walkout…

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The challenge of the introverted student

One of my teacher interns at San Francisco State University wrote a paper a few years ago that reminded me of what I occasionally missed as a teacher, says Mark Phillips, professor emeritus of secondary education at San Francisco State University, for the Washington Post. The interns had been assigned to write a letter to their high school teachers advising them about how they might have better served them as students. My student, Rich DeNagel, wrote:

“Ninth grade was probably the worst year of my life. My home life was in shambles, and I was totally checked out of school. I was the quiet kid who showed up and never said a word. I had no ability to focus. Midway through the school year, my sister died. After that I spun into outer space. I felt so alone. I just wanted to talk to someone, anyone. I still showed up to school but nothing happened. My home life deteriorated further the next years, and the feeling of isolation increased. School was a refuge from home, yet I felt alone at school. I was again the quiet kid who sat in class, doing and saying nothing. No one noticed…”

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School cyberbullying victims fight back in lawsuits

When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus, the Associated Press reports. So the 14-year-old girl, Alex Boston, is using a somewhat novel strategy to fight back: She’s slapping her two classmates with a libel lawsuit. As states consider or pass cyberbullying laws in reaction to high-profile cases around the country, attorneys and experts say many of the laws aren’t strong enough, and lawsuits such as this one are bound to become more commonplace.

“A lot of prosecutors just don’t have the energy to prosecute 13-year-olds for being mean,” said Parry Aftab, an attorney and child advocate who runs stopcyberbullying.org. “Parents are all feeling very frustrated, and they just don’t know what to do.”

Almost every state has a law or other policy prohibiting cyberbullying, but very few cover intimidation outside of school property…

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Watch: Sisters in trouble with school for shirts supporting father, paralyzed Afghanistan veteran

Two girls from James Master Elementary School in Converse, Texas, are in trouble after officials claimed their t-shirts, which bore logos of the non-profit Homes For Our Troops, in support of their father, Army Spc. Justin Perez-Gorda, who was paralyzed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, KENS 5 reports. According to the station, the family recently learned they qualified for help from the organization and received t-shirts from the program on Thursday.

“This organization may build us a home that is safe for my husband to be safe in,” Josie Perez-Gorda told the station.  In support, the girls, one in first grade and the other in fourth, wore the shirts to school on Friday. This, according to FOX News, violated the school’s dress code because the shirts contained a logo, which are not allowed…

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Up to $5K for healthy students

Through partners such as Kellogg’s and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2012-2013 school year.  Over 500 schools will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000 to $5,000 (average $2,000) with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and school nutrition expertise.

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Up to $500K for RTI programs

This grant program is designed to assist school districts in the development and improvement of their Response to Intervention (RTI) programs.

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Win an iPad for inspired teaching

In 50 words or less, entrants will explain: What Inspires You to Help Children Learn? Just by entering, each participant will receive a $10 coupon for Evan-Moor products (with a $20 online purchase).

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Mobile Device Management and Bring Your Own Device in Education Environments

Mobile devices have the potential to engage students in new ways, but IT often doesn’t know how to manage the new technology in a way that cultivates an innovative and supportive learning environment while staying true to the organization’s IT and security policies. Download this whitepaper and learn:

  • The 3 most common issues with Mobile Device Management (MDM) – and their solutions
  • How to choose the right MDM solution
  • MDM advice for K-12 environments (from your own peers)

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InfoComm 2012 exhibitors prepare for record-setting show

Conference organizers expect a record-setting crowd.

InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry, will hold InfoComm 2012, its annual commercial audiovisual show, in Las Vegas from June 13-15. InfoComm 2012 will showcase more than 925 exhibitors with integrated display, projection, audio, conferencing, lighting and staging, digital signage, and communications system solutions.

Corporations, government agencies, and educational, healthcare, and religious institutions from more than 90 countries are expected to crowd the 500,000 net square feet of show floor exhibits, special events and product demo rooms, attend education sessions, manufacturers’ training, networking events, and more.

“Support of InfoComm 2012 has been very encouraging,” said Jason McGraw, CAE, InfoComm senior vice president for expositions. “Trade show attendance is on the rise overall, and InfoComm 2012 is no exception. We are tracking well ahead of last year’s registrations to date, and our attendees will be exploring a Show floor that has never been larger.”

Limited space on the Show floor is still available. Contact exhibitsales@infocomm.org or call +1.703.273.7200 to secure a booth. Attendees can register for InfoComm 2012 at infocommshow.org.

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