More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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The Awkward Truth About ‘Free College’—It Isn’t Truly Free

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With the movement for no-tuition community college gaining momentum in more states and earning top billing in President Biden’s education agenda , experts in college access and affordability advise caution about using that potent four-letter word: f-r-e-e.

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More Colleges Are Offering Income-Share Agreements. Are Students Buying In?

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Such claims have caught the attention of consumer-protection advocacy groups like the Student Borrower Protection Center, which has found marketing language that it contends is deceptive and predatory. From our interviews, students definitely conceptualize this as a type of debt or loan.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

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I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. Praise – It is beyond awesome that the Smithsonian is making efforts to provide access to their images. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Lawsuits Over Tuition Refunds Inspire New Student Consumer ‘Bill of Rights’

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It’s restructuring the relationship between a student and his or her institution,” says James Toscano, president of Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust , the nonprofit advocacy organization that is taking the lead in promoting the bill of rights.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. Of those who do enroll at universities on the island, fewer than half earn degrees, even after six years , the advocacy group Excelencia in Education reports, compared to more than 58 percent of college students nationwide. How is it going to be accessible?

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

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It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. My parents definitely want me to go for those two free years,” he said. “It’s Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty Rural schools

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

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The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and other advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to mandate training for graduate mentors and advisors. It definitely needs more attention,” Stevens said. Higher Ed News Adult learning Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Universities Inc The St. Thomas University School of Law. Like many other institutions, the university has expanded its graduate enrollment.

Many state flagship universities leave black and Latino students behind

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Leave this field empty if you're human: “It matters who’s enrolled at flagships, because they tend to go on to be leaders in their states, particularly in politics and in business,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at The Education Trust, an advocacy group that focuses on college access. “It’s We definitely see it; it bothers me every day,” said Amy Jarich, Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment.

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

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The advocacy group estimates that a California student starting at a community college who does manage to transfer to a four-year university and get a bachelor’s degree pays $38,000 more for it than a student who starts as a freshman at the four-year school, forced to take the same courses again and again. It was definitely a grind.” Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Solutions

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

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Titled “True Opportunity is About More than Access”, Everson pushes for public educators to consider what students and their families really need today, tomorrow, and in their foreseeable future. Many thinkers in education have provided their definition of this abstract concept. This definition applied to schools today would require some significant change to a majority of instruction in classrooms.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

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Titled “True Opportunity is About More than Access”, Everson pushes for public educators to consider what students and their families really need today, tomorrow, and in their foreseeable future. Many thinkers in education have provided their definition of this abstract concept. This definition applied to schools today would require some significant change to a majority of instruction in classrooms.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

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First, and it will surprise no one that this is the first item on my list, is the definition. Regardless of what other individuals, institutions, or organizations may think or say, UNESCO is the creator of the term “open educational resources” and, as its creator, UNESCO’s definition of OER is the canonical definition. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions. (I

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The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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All students with disabilities need to develop strong self-advocacy and communication skills to make sure they’re getting the supports they’re due, especially in the sink-or-swim real world. The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult,” he said. The transition going from high school to college was definitely difficult. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation.

The Power of Choice

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Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. While we had quality access to modern resources, we weren’t always using them to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening.

The Power of Choice

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Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. While we had quality access to modern resources, we weren’t always using them to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

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No longer would they be compelled to purchase textbooks each year, but they would have freedom to choose digital content and the technological equipment necessary for students to access the digital content. Jennifer Bergland has written about the companion bill in the House, HB 6, at the TCEA Advocacy blog here and here if you would like more detailed information. Everything I accessed was an instructional material with content relevant to my course of study.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

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It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Personalized Learning (2014 working definition) Source: EdWeek Distinctive then maps those definitions to its school model , which includes a strong emphasis on professional learning and social justice.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

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I therefore thought that a definitive quick reference guide to the major players, with a brief description would be a handy resource for our readers. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. Focus: Digital Learning Advocacy and Research. The largest single challenge in this regard is access to internet, and FLE has developed an offline program called Kolibri, essentially an offline Khan academy.

At some colleges that recruit veterans and their GI Bill money, none graduate

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The findings “demonstrate more can be done to support the needs of these non-traditional students,” said Barrett Bogue, spokesman for the advocacy organization Student Veterans of America. By comparison, the first university Skye Musson attended when she got out of the Coast Guard was “definitely not” equipped to help her or the many other veterans it had recruited, she said. Cuinn Mulinaro, 26, a U.S.

What School Leadership Can Learn From 2020

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It has also forced school leaders to become more creative, outspoken and innovative in their advocacy and leadership—lessons they will take with them to help drive change in 2021. Moving Forward There are definitely some initiatives from 2020 we need to continue to move forward.

Taking Our Eye Off the Ball

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I posted the first installment yesterday, explaining how a fundamental failure to understand copyright makes the definition of OER in the new UNESCO recommendation nonsensical.

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Is California saving higher education?

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The goal, writes historian John Aubrey Douglass, was “broad access combined with the development of high quality, mission differentiated, and affordable higher education institutions.”. I definitely want to be out of here in four years,” Soberano said.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

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Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. I’d definitely want a principal who can lead the school and rally their staff from their houses.

To Jeff Bezos: 7 Suggestions for Enhancing Preschool Education, From a Former Montessori Teacher

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Why would arguably one of the most innovative (and definitely the richest) technology tycoon of the 21st century support a low-tech pedagogy that has barely changed in more than a hundred years? But also, please use your brilliance to help modernize Montessori (in the appropriate ways) and make this great pedagogy more accessible to all. Dear Jeff Bezos, Some people might find your commitment to open low-income, Montessori-inspired preschools strange.

Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

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Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. Teachers can access audio texts from no-cost resources like Bookshare.org and Learning Ally.org to help impacted students keep growing in those three areas. By Suzanne Carreker. Dyslexia affects an estimated 15-20 percent of the U.S.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy. Tom Loud on episode 509 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers.

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Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

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The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. It has to be visible to students, and it has to be usable,” said Debbie Cochrane, executive vice president of the Institute for College Access & Success. The federal government’s definition of transparency is not the general public’s conception of transparency.”.

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Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

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Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy. Tom Loud on episode 212 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers.

Federal money to ease collegians’ coronavirus costs may shortchange some who need it most

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The nation has 539 colleges and universities that meet the federal definition of a Hispanic-serving institution, or HSI, and most Latino college students attend an HIS, according to Excelencia in Education.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

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1. Access to challenging curriculum and instruction. Let us be clear about our definition of rigor. In many middle and high schools, an advisory or advocacy program is often included. By Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson. A key facet of instructional leadership is addressing and closing the achievement gap. There are two reasons that principals should lead the charge to close the achievement gap. First, it is the right thing to do.

When the man behind the curtain is female: More women now hold key education policymaker jobs

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Samantha Tran, senior managing director of education policy at Children Now, a nonpartisan research, policy and advocacy organization, noticed. “I I find the process more accessible. There definitely seems to be an openness to that, and in my experience, it is different.”

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

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A recent survey by the polling company Socialsphere of 14- to 29-year-olds revealed that top priorities among these voters are gun control, access to higher education, and healthcare reform — all issues that stick in the craw of Republicans. It’s ridiculous that the nonpartisan, voter participation advocacy group Democracy North Carolina had to fight to get 29,000 provisional ballots counted in the last presidential primary.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

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Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents.