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Facing Pressure on Enrollment, Will Colleges Support More Transfer Students?

During his yearslong quest for a bachelor’s degree, José Del Real Viramontes encountered trials at four different California community colleges. At his first college, right out of high school, the young man born in Zacatecas, Mexico, hoped to play for the football team. But Del Real Viramontes never made it to tryouts, he says, and when his best friend left

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Colleges Must Respond to America’s Skill-Based Economy

Back in March of this year, EdSurge published my article outlining the nearly 400-year history of higher education in America, how that past shapes the way the country views colleges today, and why microcredentials, while critical to the future of the U.S. economy, are causing a dilemma for the academy. Since then, I have enjoyed serving on various panels like

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How Can Colleges Close the Latino Graduation Gap?

While this data is not exactly positive, Labandera says a bright spot is that it reveals that opportunities exist for higher education institutions to reach out and support students who started but haven’t finished their degrees. “The higher education system was created for a more traditional student that finishes an associate degree in two years and or a bachelor’s degree

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Why Schools Should Focus on Social Capital Development — Not Just Skills

The word “meritocracy” has reached new heights, becoming ubiquitous in everyday conversation and in debates about identity politics. The concept is seemingly simple: Strong ability yields well-earned roles in the workforce. And yet, in the tech sector where I work, I bear witness to a world of gender and racial homogeneity that fails to represent the gender and racial heterogeneity

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How Many English Learners Graduate From High School? It Depends Where They Live

Exactly how much of a gap exists between native-English speakers and English learners depends on the state. In Indiana and Florida, graduation rates for English learners are approaching 90 percent and almost on par with the overall student population. The worst state for English learners is New York, where only 39 percent of them graduated compared to 83 percent of

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How to Drive Student Success With Creative Generative AI Tools in the Classroom: Part 2

This article is the second of a two-part series covering key principles to consider when integrating a generative AI creativity tool into your academic setting. Read the first article here. The first two principles focused on how to ensure that the AI tool not only fits with existing technology and workflows but equips students for their futures. These next three

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Why Educators Should Lean in to AI to Better Support Students

Plato once quoted Socrates lamenting that, “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written.”1 The ancient philosopher was speaking, of course, of the latest technology in the B.C. era: hand-written scrolls. As humans, we’ve always had a somewhat complicated history with invention. On

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How to Drive Student Success With Creative Generative AI Tools in the Classroom: Part 1

This article is the first of a two-part series covering key principles to consider when integrating a generative AI creativity tool into your academic setting. The 21st-century classroom is a dynamic, ever-evolving space where cutting-edge technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), are pushing us all to rethink what students need to learn and how that learning can best be structured to

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Colleges Are Missing Out on Students Who Start — But Don’t Finish — Their Applications

Twice a week, Rofiat Olasunkanmi, 22, heads back to Brooklyn to her alma mater, Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School. Now a senior at New York University, Olasunkanmi helps high school seniors navigate applying to college, a process she personally recalls being dominated by concern about finances and a general sense of anxiety because no one in her family did it

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The Math Revolution You Haven’t Heard About

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Math professor Martin Weissman is rethinking how his university teaches calculus. Over the summer, the professor from the University of California at Santa Cruz, spent a week at Harvard to learn how to redesign the mathematics for life sciences courses his institution offers. Called Math 11 A and B, these classes, which students take as freshmen and

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Is the Post-Pandemic Era Ripe for Rethinking High School?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On a Friday morning in March, students and teachers gathered at a hip hotel here to reimagine what their high schools could be. The delegation from Calvin Coolidge High School was thinking big — as in, global. For months, they’d been crafting plans to reframe their school’s curriculum around the United Nations sustainable development goals, 17 lofty

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Which Colleges Pay Off for Low-Income Students?

As juniors and seniors return to high school this fall, part of their school day likely will include thinking about which colleges and universities they’ll apply to. Parsing education data into snack-sized servings. But recent data suggests that’s the case for fewer students, as college enrollment remains sluggish and some members of Gen Z remain skeptical that a four-year degree

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A Third of Homeless Students Are Chronically Absent. Would an ‘Attendance Culture’ Help?

Under federal law, homeless students are owed a K-12 education. But it’s always been difficult to deliver on that promise. There are a lot of reasons why these students struggle. Poverty in the local community trickles down to affect families, says Lisa Mentesana, executive director of the Beaverton Resource Center, an Oregon-based nonprofit that assists with basic needs. Families experiencing

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Latino Teachers Share How Their Communities Can Reshape Education — If Given the Chance

This is the second in a three-part series of conversations with Latino educators and edtech experts. Read the first part here. As Latino children make up a growing proportion of public school students in the United States, they’re also facing unique challenges. Education researchers now know that Latino students were dealt an outsized blow to their learning by the coronavirus

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A Student and a Teacher Try to Untangle Why Group Work Is, Well, Terrible

Everyone has a group project horror story. Maybe you had a classmate who got away with doing none of the work. Or maybe a group member doubled down on doing something incorrectly. For the really unlucky, perhaps a teammate repackaged your work as their own. Educator Jen Manly, left, and EdSurge reporter Nadia Tamez-Robledo address the audience during a discussion

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In School, Girls Rule. Where Does That Leave Boys?

College began as a nearly all-male world, and that long trickled down through the education system. Then, 50 years ago, the U.S. government prohibited discrimination in education on the basis of sex. Now, women earn more than 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees. It’s evidence that “in the space of just a few decades, girls and women have not just

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How a Little-Known Federal Program Creates Opportunities for Migrant Students

Olga puts on a fleece pullover and wraps her head in a bandana while her husband dons similar garb. It’s four in the morning and still dark outside. They’re off to work in the grape harvest in Napa Valley, California. Olga is a recruiter for the Migrant Education Program (MEP); by working side by side with the farmworkers she hopes

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Equity and Access in Math Education

Historically, underserved communities of Black and Latino students experiencing poverty underperform in mathematics as measured by various academic indicators. The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated this phenomenon, impacting teaching and learning for all students, especially students from underserved communities. Overnight, the modality of remote learning became necessary, and these underserved communities encountered the most difficulties. There is no doubt

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Can After-School Programs Help Children Recover From the Pandemic?

DETROIT — A fleet of vans and a bus picked up dozens of students and dropped them off at the Downtown Boxing Gym here on a chilly Monday afternoon in March. Inside the spacious facility, students learn more than just how to throw a jab or perform pushups and plank exercises. From athletics and academics to enrichment classes in other

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Reeling From the Mental Health Crisis, K-12 Districts Turn to Telemedicine

LOS ANGELES — Tucked at the end of a hall in General Benjamin O. Davis Middle School in Compton is Room 105. Students know it as the “wellness center,” where they sometimes go for counseling sessions. “A lot of people believe that it’s only adults who go through things in their lives,” says Neftalí Alcocer, a seventh grader at the

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How Building Bonds in the Classroom Can Motivate Better Teaching

It’s accepted wisdom that good relationships between teachers and their students lead to students who are willing to work harder in the classroom. Could those positive feelings also have an impact in the other direction, leading teachers to up their instructional game? As it turns out, yes. A University of Missouri study found that students who feel their teachers care

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