Category: Urban Ed Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Detroit Public Schools’ new ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ guaranteed to wow families!
More than 90 schools open for information, tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE shuttle service; Every site will offer FREE healthy meals, receptions and giveaways
On Saturday, April 27, more than 90 DPS schools will open their doors, allowing parents to see schools firsthand; meet principals, staff and parent leaders; take tours; sample healthy nutrition food in the school cafeterias for free; and see in action DPS’ plans to create Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools throughout the city.
The ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as part of the Open Enrollment Period, which runs through May 10.
Some activities will include classroom visits, instructional technology/lab demonstrations, presentations by teachers, student performances and business/community partner information. Some schools will also feature choirs, step and cheer teams, puppet shows, mini band concerts, Michigan Tech Science Experiment Stations and more!
Unique ‘DPS Open Doors Day’ offerings:
- Two free flights over the city by staff from Davis Aerospace High School
- Hard-hat tour of the new Diann Banks-Williamson Educational Center, a $6.67 million addition to replace the old Kettering West Wing facility for Special Education that will open adjacent to the new East English Village Preparatory Academy
- Showcase of the district’s 17 new or significantly renovated schools as part of the 2009 bond issue
- Dance and music performances by students from the renowned Detroit School of Arts
- Free shuttle buses available from seven Parent Resource Center hubs; the four-hour time block, as well as the shuttle bus service, will allow families to visit several schools in one day
- Free samples of DPS’ healthy lunches, free refreshments and other giveaways, while supplies last
- Mobile Dentist at Ludington Magnet Middle School
- Preschool Showcase at Marcus Garvey Academy and Charles Wright Academy
- Free workshops by The Home Depot at the Osborn Parent Resource Center
- Autistic Team offering information and support opportunities for students with disabilities at Earhart Elementary-Middle School
- And much more!
Individual schools that are open for enrollment include 12 neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the city, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculums focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 12:36
Category: Urban Ed Written by CNN
Why do more women than men earn college degrees? The reasons are complex, but new research suggests that money plays a big role.
FORTUNE -- The facts are plain, if puzzling: Not only do women enter college at higher rates than men, but they're less likely to drop out once they get there. Female grads now account for about 60% of U.S. bachelor's degree holders.
Does that mean men are less studious or committed than women are?
Not necessarily. Instead, it seems the gender gap's roots are partly financial: Men are less willing to take on the heavy debt loads that are increasingly required to complete a college degree. When they reach the point of owing $12,500 in school loans, men "are more likely to be discouraged" than women -- and to decide it makes sense to leave school and start working full-time.
That's according to a new study, "Gender, Debt, and Dropping Out of College," published in a recent issue of the journal Gender & Society. The researchers, three professors from Ohio State University and Pacific Lutheran University, analyzed data from a national longitudinal study of youth from 1997 to 2011, funded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that included interviews with about 9,000 men and women in their 20s.
It turns out that persistent wage gaps in the labor market play a big part in motivating women to finish school. In the short term, men who drop out face no financial penalty in their entry-level salaries. Women, on the other hand, pay a steep price right away for dropping out, since female dropouts earn entry-level pay that averages $6,500 a year lower than what their male counterparts earn.
"Female dropouts simply face worse job prospects," the authors observe. "They are more likely to be employed in lower-paying service work, while men who drop out have more opportunities in higher-paying jobs in manufacturing, construction, and transportation."
True, but parents of college-age kids may want to emphasize one further finding: Male dropouts' earnings advantages are short-lived. While men who leave college before graduating "don't face a wage penalty early on, the penalty accumulates later," the study notes. "By middle age, men with a college degree earn $20,000 a year more, on average, than men with some college but no degree."
An unwillingness to pile on debt when they could be making money may explain why more men quit school, but what accounts for the fact that fewer men start college in the first place? In a new book called The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools, Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann, sociology professors at Columbia and Ohio State, respectively, tackle that thorny question -- and come up with answers that challenge conventional wisdom.
Boys get lower grades than girls, and report liking school less, not because girls are naturally more studious or because schools aren't "boy-friendly" enough, they write. Rather, "our research shows that boys' underperformance in school has more to do with society's norms about masculinity … Boys involved in extracurricular cultural activities such as music, art, drama, and foreign languages report higher levels of school engagement and get better grades than other boys. But these activities are often denigrated as un-masculine."
DiPrete and Buchmann believe schools need to do better in two main areas. First, "the most important predictor of boys' achievement is the extent to which the school culture expects and rewards academic effort," they write. "We need schools that set high expectations [and] treat each student as an individual, as opposed to a gender stereotype."
Second, the authors write, their research shows that "boys have less understanding than girls about how their future success in college and work is directly linked to their academic effort in middle school and high school." Making that connection clear, they argue, could go a long way toward closing the gender gap in higher education.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:09
Category: Urban Ed Written by Britney Spear, Regional Content Editor
We live in a digital world. As technology continues to expand, industries are faced with the task of making the most of innovation to meet their goals. Education is no different.
The challenge to provide students with an engaging, effective learning experience is one that institutions across the country continuously face. Oversized classrooms and limited resources make that challenge even more difficult in a steadily growing population. Schools must carefully balance novel ideas with foundational aspects of learning.
A new direction is gaining more attention as institutions aim at meeting the demands of a new educational climate.
Will classrooms of the future be completely different from what they are now?
Bill Gates recently announced a push for education that caters to the individual. It involves making classrooms digital, where students learn remotely. The big question rests on whether being physically present is a necessity to the educational experience. Gates says “no”. He believes that the days of overcrowded lecture halls will soon be a thing of the past. The Microsoft Chairman envisions a college classroom of the future in which students watch lectures online, given by the brightest minds in their fields.
Cost-effectiveness is a central aspect of education. Administrators have become increasingly concerned with making the most of each dollar while providing a quality learning experience for students. Eliminating the need for a physical presence in the classroom means allocating resources differently. Institutions will gather material from a multitude of sources, and ones that are not just limited to professional educators. Borrowing from the outside world of professionals who work in fields of choice might mean a more diversified learning experience. It will give students a “real world” taste of the industries they seek to work in. Less professors might also mean more resources allocated to study groups and labs.
Bill Gates' vision of the classroom of the future is an innovative approach to an industry on the cusp of rapid transformation. As the keynote speaker at this year's South by Southwest conference, the technology titan called attention to critical challenges that plague our nation's education system. Gates’ proposed solutions center around the theme of personalized learning, a concept he feels can be enhanced by new technology.
Gates employed well-recognized figures from pop culture to illustrate the importance of personalized learning. Displaying a picture of Star Wars' Luke Skywalker crouched next to Jedi-Master Yoda, he referenced the mentor's brilliance for his ability to tell when his pupil was no longer “interested” in the lesson. It is a figurative image that comes from the mind of George Lucas, yet it resonates loud and clear with Gates' real life vision of the direction of education.
Gates described a new software currently in development that gives students the opportunity to learn at their own pace and based on their individual needs. Some students require special attention and must return to certain concepts to understand. The new software would give students a chance to engage with material, helping them absorb information based on strategies unique to their learning style.
Gates’ latest concept is one that he strongly believes in and aims to bring to life. His Foundation recently announced a $100 million investment in startup inBloom, a service designed to help teachers tailor their lesson plans to the individual needs of students.
Important questions arise with the prospect of a completely digitized learning environment. People are undoubtedly split as to which aspects of the traditional classroom experience must be preserved.
The primary mission of our institutions is to provide students with a quality education. Will moving toward a system completely reliant on technology be the key to accomplishing that end?
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Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 15:26
Category: Urban Ed Written by Emily Driscoll, FOXBusiness
College students might be facing a deadline not imposed by their professors, but by Uncle Sam: April 15, tax day.
Students risk losing money if they choose not to file an income tax return and could be leaving money on the table in the form of deductions and write offs. Filling out and filing tax forms can be complicated and mistakes can be costly to a student’s bank account.
Many students will be filing for the first time and it can be difficult to know exactly what to include on a return, particularly if students earn only a small amount of income through a summer or part time job while in school, warns Margaret Munro, author and tax consultant.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 20:03
Category: Urban Ed Written by Amber L. Bogins
Winner photo (L-R) Nandi Stewart, Ryan Brookens, Leroy Meyers Jr., Lawrence Brown, Terri Simon Coleman, Tanisha Smith with RonReaco Lee
Top Winners List: Stillman College's Lawrence Brown, Ketrina Childs of Bethune-Cookman, Nandi Stewart from Spelman College And Talladega College's Alexis Tardy
ATLANTA (February 27, 2013) - Students from the nation's leading historically black colleges clashed in a battle of wits at the 7th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Show. This year's winners shared over $25K in cash prizes, and earned 12-months of bragging rights for their respective schools. Host RonReaco Lee (BET's "Let's Stay Together") awarded championship medals and cold hard cash to the student participants in the "Jeopardy-style" nationally televised challenge.
"Participating in this year's Ford Black College Quiz has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career to date," said Lee. "Being able to interact with the students and witness first hand their enthusiasm, competitive nature and sheer brain power is something I know I'll never forget!"
Produced by Central City Productions, in the show's seventh season the format was tweaked slightly to allow each participant an opportunity to win cash prizes based on their ranking after four rounds of competitive play. The first-place winners, Stillman College's Lawrence Brown, Bethune-Cookman student Ketrina Childs, Spelman College's Nandi Stewart, and Alexis Tardy from Talladega College received a prize of $5,000 to further their studies. Second-place winners, Artis Collins III of Paine College, Rust College's Noah Moore, Leroy Myers Jr. of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Coppin State University's Tanisha Smith were awarded $1000 scholarships. $500 was given to third place prize recipients Claflin State University's Brandon Britt, Ryan Brookens of Hampton University, Central State University's Karon Jones, and Terri Simon-Coleman of Southern University at New Orleans.
"I am extremely excited about our new format for the 2013 Ford Black College Quiz series, which increased our student scholarship monies to over $25,000 - the highest ever over the 7 years of the program series," said Don Jackson, executive producer and Central City Productions CEO. "Also, the new format provided an opportunity for us to have four first place winners, rather than just one grand prize winner at the end of our 4-part series. This added another dimension of excitement and competition for all of the participating students."
The Ford Black College Quiz Show featured 12 gifted students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) skillfully displaying their knowledge of notable African-American facts. Over the course of four half-hour episodes BCQ competitors, three participants per show, earned financial scholarships for their involvement, which is a change from previous years. The top performers received $5,000 scholarships while the second and third place finishers took home $1,000 and $500 each respectively.
The series airs in syndication in various markets around the country now through March 3, 2013. For local airdate information, please visit www.blackcollegequiz.com where the most recent list of airdates will be posted as they become available. Viewers can also consult local TV listings to get programming information for their area.
For more information on the winners, visit www.blackcollegequiz.com. To connect with the Ford Black College Quiz on social media platforms, follow us on Twitter @BlkCollegeQuiz, and 'like' us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackCollegeQuiz.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 08:00
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