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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

EduDemic: The Internet Map: 350,000 Websites In 1 Stunning Visualization

Posted: 30 Jul 2012 08:00 AM PDT
internet-mapWhat's the relationship between the BBC and Amazon? What about Edudemic and Baidu? Scratching your head yet? The answers can be found in an incredible interactive new tool called The Internet Map.

Posted: 30 Jul 2012 06:24 AM PDT
coding-apis-noodleDid you know there are tools out there that let you do incredible things with your favorite web services? From Khan Academy to Knewton, there's a little tool called APIs that can help you build something amazing.


Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Soledad O’Brien’s Education Foundation Celebrates Second Annual Gala

July 30, 2012
by MarĂ­a Eugenia Miranda

Two years after launching, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation is well on its way to becoming a key change agent in higher education. At the organization’s second annual “New Orleans in the Hamptons” gala, Wall Street and entertainment industry players alike showed up to support the group’s efforts and celebrate its progress.

“As an organization we’ve become more sophisticated in understanding what it is we’re here to do,” said Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School and a board member from its inception. “It’s about transforming lives.”

With additional support from Target and Google, the foundation held a mentoring retreat in New York City this year, just prior to Friday night’s gala, and provided the now 12 scholars with brand new laptops. “We doubled the number of scholars—we’re up to a dozen with a couple other girls who are sort of pending,” said CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, who heads the foundation with her husband, Brad Raymond.

“Google was nice enough to send some of their young women to come and meet with our young women and mentor them and also be part of our retreat yesterday. We see that growing into a bigger mentoring session, more than a day, which is what we started with.” Along with more formal programming, the foundation also has set up an application process. In the past, most of the students were people O’Brien came across in reporting on natural disasters and the education crises in the United States.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons lauded O’Brien not just for raising funds for education, but for shedding light on important issues. “Aside from raising the money for the children who need the education, it’s helping to raise awareness. Communities are falling to the wayside. In the next America we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Each scholar in the organization gets personalized help in whatever it is they’ll need to succeed in college, whether it’s covering tuition, childcare expenses, study abroad fees, or just a mentor to navigate the bumps and hurdles on the road to a college degree. “Through your contribution you won’t just give kids some money so that they can go to college, but [you’ll] help them through the process of staying enrolled in college, mentoring them through the whole entire education journey,” Steve Perry said.

Emma Bradford Perry, dean of libraries at Southern University and A&M College, was honored at the gala for her mentorship of Tyreiron Segue, a soon-to-be junior at Spelman College. In her freshman and sophomore years at Spelman, Perry helped Segue in everything from advising her for classes to securing an on-campus part-time job. “I run interference if she runs into any issues on the campus,” said Bradford Perry. “She doesn’t know yet . . . but I have already set up a job for her at Spelman. I will probably be with her for the rest of my life because I think she’s worthy of that.”

The mission of the fund has always been to keep it personal, said executive director Rica Triggs. “We have tried to create a foundation that has a family feel to it,” said Raymond onstage with his wife. And indeed they have, as many of the scholars are boarding at their New York City apartment to do internships this summer.

“Some of these girls probably had never been on a plane before, and to come to New York and interact with all of the people that they are interacting with — that is very special too,” said Bradford Perry.

Part of this year’s programming included a retreat at CNN at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, where the girls discussed their life struggles and met with successful women they could relate to.

“I’m absolutely inspired after last night to do bigger things,” said Amanda Lynn Hill, who was featured in O’Brien’s documentary about Hurricane Katrina, “Children of the Storm,” and thanks to a scholarship from the foundation recently finished her nursing degree.


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"First to the Top" Teacher Evaluation System Succeeding
One of the first states to win Race to the Top funding -- Tennessee -- reports "tremendous progress" in teacher performance assessment, as measured by student achievement. How did they do it?

Reverse Gender Gap: Women Leaving Men Far Behind in Postsecondary Degree Attainment
The gap that began in the 1980s, with more women than men receiving postsecondary degrees, has become a chasm.

Private Student Loan Market Boom & Bust: Report Details Problems and Potential Solutions
Many of the same characteristics seen in the housing boom and bust cycle that triggered the financial crisis are being seen again in the private student loan market. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a sobering study of the growing problem of student loan debt.

Why Do So Few Students With Disabilities Attend Public Charter Schools?
The Government Accountability Office looked at the data and visited school districts to learn the reasons for the comparatively low enrollment of students with disabilities in charter schools.

Bully Pulpit: Helping School Bus Drivers Handle Bad Behavior
The federal government is urging school administrators to train bus drivers on how to prevent bullying, much of which takes place on school buses (sixth graders are particular targets). Free training materials are available online.


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School Bullying: How to Build a Bully-Free Campus and Staff
Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 1 PM Eastern

About one-third of students are bullied each year, and even adults can be bullied in a school setting, as evidenced recently by the school bus monitor who was brought to tears by her young tormenters. This briefing will examine the nature of bullying and describe the steps that visionary schools are taking to become bully-free.

Managing Disabilities in the School and University Setting: How New ADAAA Requirements Affect Section 504
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 1 PM Eastern

You have expansive new responsibilities to identify, accommodate, and protect students with disabilities, including those with medical and psychiatric disabilities. Learn from an education law expert what the laws and regulations now require of educational institutions.

International Student Visas & Transitions to Work Visas and Green Cards: How Administrators Can Help Students
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 @ 1 PM Eastern

International students who earn their degrees from U.S. institutions often want to stay and work here — and they look to their college or university for assistance. To help you be responsive, join this webinar to learn about Optional Practical Training, the H-1B visa process, alternatives to an H-1B visa, and related work issues for international students.

How to Write an Effective Anti-Harassment Policy and Related Procedures to Include
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 1 PM Eastern

An effective anti-harassment policy must encompass all types of harassment (including sex- and race-based), all channels (from face-to-face to social media), and all types (student-to-student, staff-to-student, staff-to-staff, and student-to-staff). Get guidance on how to capture all these situations in a comprehensive policy that defines your responsibilities and lowers your legal risks.

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What if you have a time conflict and can't participate in a webinar of interest on its scheduled date and time? Don't worry. You can still take advantage of our CD option. Soon after completion of each webinar, the program will be available on CD. Click here for the complete listing and future ordering information.
Education in the Courts

Public School Bus Service for Charter & Private Students on No-School Days

Public school districts in Illinois that provide transportation services to students who attend charter or nonpublic schools do not have to provide those services when public school is not in session, ruled the Illinois Fifth District Appeals Court on June 18, 2012. The ruling upheld a lower court ruling.

Section 29-4 of the Illinois State School Code requires school districts to provide transportation to students attending charter or nonpublic schools if they live one-and-a-half or more miles from the school they attend. Students attending charter and nonpublic schools must board the bus along its normal route and be dropped off at the point most accessible to the school they attend along the normal bus route.

Several students at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School relied on East St. Louis School District No. 189 to provide transportation to and from their private school. For the 2009-2010 school year, School District No. 189 decided that it would provide transportation to parochial schools only when public school is in session. The parents and guardians filed a lawsuit alleging that the Illinois State School Code requires School District No. 189 to provide transportation whether or not public school classes are in session.

The Circuit Court of St. Clair County granted summary judgment to School District No. 189, finding that the legislature did not intend to require school districts to provide transportation to nonpublic school pupils on days when public school is not in session. The circuit court concluded that "the cost, convenience, and efficiency of the district would be strained if the court ordered it to provide transportation to students of Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School and that school decided to drastically expand its school year." The court further noted that, during the 2010-2011 school year, there were approximately 15 days on which the district did not provide transportation for students of the Catholic school because the public schools were not in session.

On appeal, the Fifth District Appeals Court sided with the trial court, ruling that the Illinois legislature did not intend to impose a burden on public school districts by requiring them to provide nonpublic school students with transportation services that exceed what they provide to their own school students. "Section 29-4 simply allows nonpublic school students to utilize the public school district's existing bus transportation and nothing more," wrote the Appeals Court.

The court expressed sympathy with the plight of the children who live in failing public school districts and who seek alternative schools to access quality education. However, the court noted, "We will not read into the statute a requirement which the legislature did not expressly include, especially one which places such a heavy additional burden on our already burdened public school districts."
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Webinars Designed for Education Administrators
· How to be bully-free
· Accommodating students with disabilities post-ADAAA
· Supporting international students who stay to work
· Comprehensive school anti-harassment policy writing

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Call for Papers - 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education

Call for Papers
(For full conference details, visit our website at: )

Submission/Proposal Deadline: August 10th, 2012

The 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 6th (Sunday) to January 9th (Wednesday), 2013 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu is located on the island of Oahu. Oahu is often nicknamed "the gathering place". The 2013 Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Education are Invited)

·         Academic Advising and Counseling
·         Art Education
·         Adult Education
·         Business Education
·         Counselor Education
·         Curriculum, Research and Development
·         Distance Education
·         Early Childhood Education
·         Educational Administration
·         Educational Foundations
·         Educational Measurement and Evaluation
·         Educational Psychology
·         Educational Technology
·         Education Policy and Leadership
·         Elementary Education
·         ESL/TESL
·         Health Education
·         Higher Education
·         Human Resource Development
·         Indigenous Education
·         Kinesiology & Leisure Science
·         Language Education
·         Mathematics Education
·         Music Education
·         Reading Education
·         Rural Education
·         Science Education
·         Secondary Education
·         Social Studies Education
·         Special Education
·         Student Affairs
·         Teacher Education
·         Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
·         Other Areas of Education

Submitting a Proposal/Paper:

You may submit your paper/proposal by following the instructions on our website. To make a submission, and for detailed information about submitting see:

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Hawaii International Conference on Education
P.O. Box 75036
Honolulu, Hawaii 96836

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Hawaii International Conference on Education
PO Box 75036
Honolulu, HI 96836
Phone: 808-941-0898
Fax: 808-356-0975


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Registration Discount Deadline Approaches - RCMI2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

December 10-13, 2012 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Early Bird Discount Deadline is August 31, 2012

Why Attend?

The Symposium offers unparalleled opportunities for networking and exchange of ideas, leading to scientific collaborations, resource sharing, and specialized training related to minority health and health disparities.

Important Dates

August 31, 2012
Early-Bird Discount Deadline (all participants including exhibitors)
October 5, 2012
Pre-Registration Discount Deadline (all participants including exhibitors)
Advertisement Purchase/Submission Deadline
Exhibitor Descriptors Due
November 5, 2012
Lodging Discount Deadline
December 9, 2012
Pre-Symposium Training Workshops Begin
December 10, 2012
Symposium Begins

Featured Presenters

Vence L. Bonham, Jr., JD
Branch Chief
Education and Community Involvement
National Human Genome Research Institute
Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Principal Deputy Director
National Institutes of Health

Scientific Highlights

  • Molecular and Genetic Markers: Cancer Risk and Clinical Outcomes
  • Neurobiological Basis of Addictive Behavior and Disorders
  • Inequities and Disparities of HIV
  • Improving Cultural Competency in Healthcare Delivery
  • Cell Biology and Genetics: Translational Research
  • Impact of Infectious Disease on Underrepresented Groups
  • Bioinformatics: Models, Methods, and Algorithms
  • Women's Health During Reproductive Aging
  • Advances in Heart Failure Etiology and Therapy
  • Genomic Medicine


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By becoming an Exhibitor or Supporter, you will have the unique opportunity to meet, share, and dialogue with key opinion leaders and decision makers. With nearly 1,000 attendees, this conference includes participants who are involved in clinical and basic science research and represent domestic and international universities, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations. As an exhibitor or supporter, you will meet attendees and exchange information about products and services directly related to the conduct of bench, clinical and community-based research activities.
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November 19, 2012
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December 10, 2012
Symposium Begins

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RCMI2012 International Health Disparities Symposium Dedicated to Dr. Sidney A. McNairy, Jr.

The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) 2012 Symposium Planning Committee is pleased to announce the dedication of the 13th International Symposium on Health Disparities to Dr. Sidney A. McNairy, Jr.  Dr. McNairy’s twenty-five years of exemplary leadership contributed to the development and growth of the RCMI program.  He championed the idea that researchers in minority and other small and developing institutions can compete with scientists at majority institutions if presented with the same resources and opportunities. Dr. McNairy worked to foster biomedical research environments in minority institutions that have given thousands of researcher’s access to scientific and educational resources and ensured that a diverse group of scientists contribute to the biomedical research advances that lead to improved health for all.

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