NPR’s Education Team spoke with H. Richard Milner, director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, on his new book, Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms, and how teachers can takeaway some context on how to approach race issues in the classroom.
“I believe most educators in general have great intentions, but I do believe they are grossly underprepared for the types of complexity they face every day in school. So, until we get race right, until we get class right, until we get the intersection of race and class correct, we’re going to reap the consequences of it.”
New research says the small class sizes and more personal attention offered at small private colleges may be a better fit for low-income and first generation students, EdWeek reports. Graduation rates, along with higher levels of overall satisfaction, are higher for small school graduates compared to their public school counterparts, the Council for Independent Colleges study points out.
Central State and Owens Community College are each on the state board of regents’ fiscal watch list, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.
The number of parents opting their students out of standardized testing is relatively small, but growing. And as Chalkbeat New York reports, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the federal government may have to “step in” if states’ testing numbers dip too low.
A new season is upon us in higher education–commencement speaker season. As Inside Higher Ed reports, some schools are choosing to shy away from controversial speakers and “play it safe” this year.
A Colorado teacher proposed a relatively simple request to her students, prompting them to reveal something they’d like their teacher to know. As ABC News reports, she called some of the responses “heartbreaking,” including one that read “I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”
It’s one of the most recognizable collegiate mascots, especially here in Ohio: Brutus the Buckeye. The Columbus Dispatch spoke with a few former students who portrayed the mascot, along with the lessons they learned.
Following a seven year stint as the CEO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District and a similar position in Detroit, Barbara Byrd-Bennett became CEO of Chicago Public Schools in 2012. Now, federal investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding a $20.5 million contract given to a business that she used to work for, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Since its inception in 1990, Teach For America has placed more than 33,000 educators in low-income districts across the country. But now, as PBS Newshour reports, the program is struggling to recruit new candidates.
Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon
At the annual State of the Schools address last fall, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon called 2013-14 the “year of disruption that yielded tangible results.”
The majority of that speech centered around the progress of the district’s plan to transform the city’s schools, also known as the Cleveland Plan.
We checked in with Gordon earlier this week for a conversation that included a refresher on the cornerstones of the plan, the district’s relationships with charter schools, and what type of work still needs to be done.