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Flint teen earns three college degrees before getting high school diploma

Flint teen earns three college degrees before getting high school diploma | Education | Scoop.it
18-year-old Jasmine Cofield received the Phil Braun Award at MCC, which is awarded to the graduate each year with the most outstanding scholarship. Cofield, who graduated from MCC with a 4.0 GPA, is the first student from Mott Middle College to ever receive the award.
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It's great to hear stories like these!

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Magazine | YBE Magazine

Magazine | YBE Magazine | Education | Scoop.it
YBE Magazine was created to combat the negative influences in media. About the young black experience, YBE targets young black men, ages 17 to 30, and deals with life issues they face.
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My article titled "The Mindset of Black Excellence: Reframing the Narrative on Black Education" is on p. 24-26 of the March Issue (#5). I hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing feedback! #Eduplift

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Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Withdraw From Common Core - The Current Plus

Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Withdraw From Common Core - The Current Plus | Education | Scoop.it
Latest education news and coverage from thecurrentplus.com including daily updates and information on Roswell, East Cobb and Alpharetta.
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Will this be the trend for states to start rejecting the money and stop the implementation of common core?

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School Apologizes for Black History Lunch Menu

School Apologizes for Black History Lunch Menu | Education | Scoop.it

WowOfficials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students. Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways to commemorate the occasion during a lunchtime...

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Young Black Men Aren’t the Problem, We Are | Sponsoring Young People

Young Black Men Aren’t the Problem, We Are | Sponsoring Young People | Education | Scoop.it
I'm my mother's dumbest child. That's the first time I've ever said those words out loud. It's always been a secret source of shame. While it's
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Very insightful article.

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Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects

Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects | Education | Scoop.it
Too many girls and minorities are being held back from success in science, technology and engineering fields.
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Pa. judge gets 28 years in 'kids for cash' case - USATODAY.com

Pa. judge gets 28 years in 'kids for cash' case - USATODAY.com | Education | Scoop.it
Pa. judge gets 28 years in 'kids for cash' case...
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In popular discourse the term "school-to-prision pipeline" is often talked about. However, cases like this truly show how this pipeline truly works.

 

It makes logical sense for a private prision to payoff judges in return for convictions that can put people in jail. The private jail is in the business of filling cells just like a movie theatre is in the business of filling seats. To make matters worse, the concept of a private jail is troubling because essentially these individuals are investing in the demise of society (particularly Black and Latino males who are grossly overrepresented in prisions).

 

In my opinion, 28 years was a faily light sentence as this judge's actions have long-term implications for the young men that were impacted. They may have scars from being in jail that they may not be able to overcome in their adult life. 

 

Research has shown that jail does not rehabilitate individuals so why invest in private prisions? (This is a rhetorical question because it is clear to see why this happens because priosions equals $$$) It is also troubling to know that there are more judges out there doing the same thing and just have not been caught.

 

What should we do to change this?

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Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism

Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism | Education | Scoop.it
One of the students allegedly asked professor Shannon Gibney, "Why do we have to talk about this?" VIDEO
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As a concerned educator, I would hope that a college classroom would be the venue where students and professors challeneged the various inequities in America, which include White privilege. The purpose of college (and education) is to have a place to engage in these thought provoking and sometimes hard conversations that are needed to better society.

 

In this situation, the professor was presenting a topic for discussion. Structural racism is a real thing and she felt the need to challenge it along with her students (who could provide various perspectives on the issue based on their experiences). I don't see how the college could not support the professor who did not say anything obscene or degrading to these male students, however, I believe the students experienced an instance of "cognitive dissonance." Cognitive dissonance is the notion that a person may experience mental discomfort due to having two contradictory beliefs. From the story it seems apparent that the males felt some discomfort which was the reason why they reacted in the manner they did.

 

As educators, I hope that you would be willing to engage in tough conversations with students even when that means acknowledging and dealing with the various privileges you may have due to the structural systems created in our society.

 

What are your thoughts on this?

 

P.S. Make sure you watch the video as well as read the article to get the context of this incident.

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6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale

6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale | Education | Scoop.it
Teacher morale isn't a popular topic, and that makes sense on the surface. Teachers are professionals, like engineers, doctors, farmers or business leaders, and no one is going out of their way to ma
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Around Thanksgiving time morale begins to lower in schools. The author presents some methods to improving teacher morale. However, do you have any recommendations that worked in your school that we could add to this list?

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How Can We Help Our Children Become 'Grittier?'

How Can We Help Our Children Become 'Grittier?' | Education | Scoop.it
As Angela tells us, they are often talented and smart. But when it is time to write an essay, practice an instrument, or study for an exam, they procrastinate or give up.
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How A Good Teacher Becomes Great

How A Good Teacher Becomes Great | Education | Scoop.it
“ How A Good Teacher Becomes Great”
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The author presents some great points. To be an excellent teacher and impact kids you have to be more than what districts are requiring. I particularly agree that relationships are everything with kids. Do you have other points that should go on the list??
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Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit? | Education | Scoop.it
And why do they stay?
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One reason I think teachers quit is because they are often inadequately prepared to handle the issues that they will face as new teachers. I think to keep more teachers in the profession schools should have 2 teachers in the classroom so teachers aren't overloaded with all of the work that they have to complete. Also, if you are a good teacher many districts don't like for you to move into administration and as a result, some teachers leave do to limited opportunities to advance their career.

 

Why do you think teachers quit? What really makes teachers stay past 5 years?

 

 

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Top 10 books for Black History month

Top 10 books for Black History month | Education | Scoop.it
From Martin Luther King Jr to black power, these books on the US civil rights struggle show how relevant the issues still are, writes historian John A Kirk
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Do you recommend any other books to be included in this list?

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Mass Incarceration: Slavery By Another Name | NOMMO

Mass Incarceration: Slavery By Another Name | NOMMO | Education | Scoop.it
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Insightful article

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Black educators and racially-competent mentors - @ileducprof

Black educators and racially-competent mentors - @ileducprof | Education | Scoop.it
On Jan. 10, I was prompted to moderate a Twitter chat on mentoring preK-12 teachers. More specifically, it was suggested by two African-American educators,
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Very interesting topic and a lot of discussion on this has taken place on twitter via the #BlackEdu hashtag.

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David J. Johns on the Importance of Literacy Among African American Youth

David J. Johns on the Importance of Literacy Among African American Youth | Education | Scoop.it
This month the executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, guest blogs on the importance of literacy.
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Behavior, not race, at core of black student discipline

Behavior, not race, at core of black student discipline | Education | Scoop.it
OPINION | Black students are disproportionately disciplined in schools, but they’re at fault.
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The ideas prsented in this article are very troublesome for me as an educator concerned about Black students. In particular, the author states "...it is easier to teach when Black students aren't present." I don't see how as an educator you can properly teach, mentor or guide children in which you believe make your ability to teach more difficult. 


I have a lot more ideas about this article, however, I am going to write a follow-up post explaining my oposition to this article.

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Q. & A. With Freeman Hrabowski

Q. & A. With Freeman Hrabowski | Education | Scoop.it
A university president who has probably done more to encourage interest in science and math among minority and low-income students than any other educator.
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What Happens When Great Teachers Get $20,000 to Work in Low-Income Schools? Results.

What Happens When Great Teachers Get $20,000 to Work in Low-Income Schools? Results. | Education | Scoop.it
Teacher merit pay. It’s one of those perennially popular policy ideas that, historically, hasn’t worked very well. A few years ago, New York City offered teachers in select schools $3,000 if the entire school’s test scores went up.
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Money can definitely be a motivator for teachers. However, I don't believe all teachers care about the money because if they really did, they may have choosen a more monetarily lucrative profession. I think along with the increase in pay teachers have to feel supported in their school building. If the support is not there, teachers will not stay because it's not even worth the money!

 

Would $20,000 make you more happy to teach?

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I Won't Say 'Don't Join Teach For America' (Yet) | Education on GOOD

I Won't Say 'Don't Join Teach For America' (Yet) | Education on GOOD | Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, an undergraduate emailed me a great question: If I knew then what I know now, would I still join Teach For America?
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#Eduplift 3 TED Talks For Teachers In Need Of Inspiration - Edudemic

#Eduplift 3 TED Talks For Teachers In Need Of Inspiration - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
What happens when you hit a bit of a rough patch and need a pick me up? Why, these TED Talks for teachers will get you back up and running!
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As an educator inspiration keeps us going and these 3 TED talks allow you to really think about how your actions impact the work you do with your students. 

 

If you have other TED talks or inspirational videos please share using the hastag #Eduplift

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50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
Finding the best education technology tools is a time-consuming task. It may even be viewed as a chore (for some). Not with this fabulous list, though!
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These are all great tools. I haven't had the chance to explore all of them yet, however I have heard great things!

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UFT again shows it doesn’t care about the kids

UFT again shows it doesn’t care about the kids | Education | Scoop.it
The United Federation of Teachers has spent decades pleading for more money for public schools. So eyebrows might have shot up when it turned down federal Race to the Top…
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As a teacher who is directly impacted by the current evaluation systems that are sweeping the nation, I understand how this particular school decided not to take federal dollars in exchange to not have to adhere to the new teacher evaluation system. Although the federal government has handed the concerns of public education to states, federal programs such as Race To the Top allow the federal governmnet to have some clout on the trends in public education.

 

My area of concern with this situation is if this school is not performing up to the level of the public school (which is located in the same building) then they might as well end the charter and merge into one public school and may be able to secure more funding for the students.

 

At the end of the day, unfortunately, the students are the ones who suffer due to the work (or lack thereof) of adults.

 

 

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America held hostage: From Somali pirates to House Republicans

America held hostage: From Somali pirates to House Republicans | Education | Scoop.it
OPINION - Like some of their Somali analogues, the Republicans have been ignorant about how to navigate the government shutdown...
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