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Sunday, August 10, 2014

6 STEM resources to engage women, minorities

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Efforts are underway to ensure that women and minorities have equal access and opportunity when it comes to K-12 STEM education and program participation.” (more)

The Crisis of Minority Boys

Time – Gary Baker

“Young men and boys of color are trailing minority girls and white boys in education, and their job prospects are getting worse.” (more)

Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

NPR – Juana Summers

“Goldberg follows Campbell Brown, the former CNN anchor, into the tenure debate ignited by a California lawsuit. David Boies, the high-profile trial lawyer known for his role in the legal challenge that overturned California’s gay marriage ban, also recently joined Brown’s group, the Partnership for Education Justice.” (more)

Monday, August 4, 2014

All kids deserve great education

The Detroit News – Jalen Rose

“Many young people in America today face a harsh reality. Their fate in life is determined by their ZIP code. For an overwhelming number of African Americans and other minorities, having the wrong ZIP code keeps you from a high school diploma, a college degree, and a future that offers you opportunities that match your talents.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News & World Report – Delece Smith-Barrow

“Dozens of colleges across the U.S.​ have programs that help women and underrepresented minorities succeed in computer science and other STEM fields, which are often necessary for students to do well, experts say.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Obama’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Program Picking Up Schools, Gaining Steam

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“President Barack Obama began a five-year, $200 million initiative known as My Brother’s Keeper in February, which was slated to help black and Latino youth. This week he announced that 60 school districts would be joining the effort.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Viewing every black student as at-risk: Are we pathologizing children rather than helping them?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Smagorinsky says data collection is an example of the expected bureaucratic time-wasting built into organizational life. But he says the new wave of data gathering required of teachers is more than simply irritating and frustrating. It requires teachers judge which students are at risk for school failure based on broad demographic data that essentially leave only one large group label free — white middle-class kids.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News – Delece Smith-Barrow

“In June, the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced 20 schools were ​selected ​to participate in Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM, ​ also known as TIDES. The new initiative aims to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities, such as African-Americans​ or Hispanics, in STEM, as well as create curriculums​ that are more inclusive for these students. The program’s primary focus is to ​foster change for students interested in computer science.” (more)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Education called civil rights issue of today

The Clarion-Ledger – Kayleigh Skinner

“Freedom Summer organizer Bob Moses came to Mississippi 50 years ago, leading the historic voter registration drive for blacks. On Thursday, the civil rights icon was back with a new passion: improving education.” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

U.S. graduation average improves, but with wide racial disparities

The Seattle Times – Claudia Rowe

“As high schools graduate students across the region this spring, parents may be wondering how Washington stacks up against other states. A handy interactive map published by Education Week shows six years of graduation rates, state-by-state, ending with the Class of 2012.”(more)