E.S.L. students learn new vocabulary words and connect with their home countries by reading articles from The Times’s Travel section.
(Correction: An earlier version said that Bill Clinton was paid for two speeches at Hamilton College. One of them was actually given by Hillary Clinton.)The Clinton Foundation has disclosed that it received up to $26 million in payments that had not been previously disclosed, with about 20 colleges and universities on the list of organizations and institutions that paid fees for speeches by one of the Clintons —Bill, the former president; Hillary, the former U.S. senator and secretary of state; or Chelsea, their daughter.Read full article >>
Many teachers today talk about how classroom life has changed in the era of high-stakes standardized tests, with “teaching to the test” — or, at least, teaching concentrated on making sure kids pass the test — creating a more rigid and less creative dynamic than before. But how does that actually look in a classroom? Here’s a post by a veteran teacher providing details. It was written by Matt Jablonski, who has been teaching U.S. history at Elyria High School in Ohio for the past 16 years. Here are comments he submitted to the Ohio Senate Advisory Committee on Testing, which has this as its charge, according to the panel’s webpage:Senate members have heard concerns from parents, educators and other stakeholders about state student assessments and their administration. Legitimate concerns have been raised both about the current state assessments as well as Ohio’s overall testing policies. With this in mind, the Senate President created the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing. The immediate charge of the committee will be to review and evaluate the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers) math and English language arts state assessments and the AIR (American Institute for Research) science and social studies state assessments and provide advice to the Senate as to whether Ohio should consider alternative tests and/or make specific modifications to the tests for the next school year. The committee will also explore whether or not the quantity of testing currently being conducted in Ohio classrooms is out of balance with time students are engaged in active learning.Read full article >>
The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Your Tired, Your Poor and Your Xenophobes at a Rebuilt and Re-Envisioned Ellis Island
Why does the author argue that the intellectual challenges the museum faces are in some ways more difficult than the physical ones?
Here are several paragraphs from the May 19 article “Some Boys Ask, ‘What’s a Barber, Mom?’ ” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?
This is the seventh and final post in a series about a high school senior attempting to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, have documented her application process in a posts that started last fall and included the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. I published her story to help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>
Tianjin University, where three of six indicted scientists worked, defended its professors’ ethics and denied that it had benefited from any theft.
Commencement ceremonies are mostly pretty similar, one to another. Graduates, caps and gowns, polite attention to a speaker at a podium.But at the University of North Texas, the keynote speaker — the governor of the state — addressed just a tiny fraction of the graduating class. And part of that small audience was actively protesting him — turning away from him, holding anti-Gov. Greg Abbott signs.Read full article >>
The Common Core-aligned tests that made their debut in 11 states and the District this spring will be approximately 90 minutes shorter next year, a change that comes after parents, teachers and school administrators expressed frustration with the amount of time devoted to the new exams.Read full article >>
An associate dean at the University of Virginia is suing the article’s author, as well as Rolling Stone magazine and its parent company, for a total of nearly $8 million in damages.
President Obama’s proposal to make community college tuition free got a warm hug from Gene D. Block, chancellor of the 42,000-student University of California, Los Angeles. He called it “the most encouraging idea for higher education to emerge from Washington in years.”Read full article >>
Regina Kieran, an English teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y., tells how she and her students mourned the death of Maya Angelou last May. Her idea could be paired with any Times obituary to celebrate the life of someone who matters to you and your students.