Conference on Improving Learning Conditions

From yesterday’s inbox, a conference that might be interesting to follow. The conference, aimed at improving learning conditions, should profit from a discussion of school climate. The main topics to be discussed are:

  • School discipline
  • Gender-based violence
  • Behavioral health
  • Bullying
  • School safety

Unfortunately, the topics seem more related to surface issues rather than root causes. These topics address the What without addressing the overarching theme of Why. Certainly, it’s important to treat the symptoms, but are there reasonable ways to effect change that can address all these topics at once?

The administration of the U.S. Department of Education will be participating in a discussion related school climate. I will be interested to see if climate can change attitude, which leads to increased student performance. Another question I have is, can student attitudes be changed if their teachers’ attitude remain the same? And, how are these related to school climate? I am probably expecting too much to be addressed at this conference, but there are so many questions that need to be answered. Hopefully, some good action research will develop from themes addressed here.

Here is the official “media advisory” on what the administration of the U.S. Department of Education will address (click the title to link to the full announcement).

Assistant Secretary to Discuss How Improving School Climate Can Help Improve Student Performance at Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference

08/02/2012 10:24 AM EDT

Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle will give luncheon remarks at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2012 National Conference. The national two-day conference, “Meeting the Challenge: Building and Sustaining Capacity to Improve Conditions for Learning,” will take place Wednesday – Thursday, Aug. 8–9

URL: http://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/assistant-secretary-discuss-how-improving-school-climate-can-help-improve-stud

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Financial Aid Tool, Bullying Prevention Summit, College Access

The items below were in this morning’s inbox. A single email contained items related to student financial aid tools, upcoming meetings on prevention of bullying, higher education access and affordability, and the remarks made at the annual GEAR UP conference.

Read on.

Message 1
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

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Education Department Launches New Website and Social Media Tools to Help Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

07/20/2012 09:18 AM EDT

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new streamlined website and several social media tools that will make it easier for students and families to navigate the financial aid process and make informed decisions about paying for college. The launch of the new website, StudentAid.gov, follows a report from the U.S.

Message 2
From: U.S. Department of Education <ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com>
Date: 07/20/2012
Subject: Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit.

Upcoming: U.S. Department of Education to Host Third Annual Bullying Prevention Summit

07/20/2012 10:33 AM EDT

The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 6-7, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The summit will focus on ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research.

Other Items

Senior Department Officials to Discuss Administration’s Higher Education Access, Affordability and Completion Efforts at NASFAA conference

07/20/2012 11:03 AM EDT

The U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education David Bergeron, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary on College Access Greg Darnieder will make presentations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference in Chicago July 23-25.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Discuss College Access at NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

07/20/2012 10:29 AM EDT

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver remarks at the 2012 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships’ (NCCEP) Annual GEAR UP Conference in Washington, D.C.

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ED Mailbag: Arne on Standardized Testing and 360° Accountability | ED.gov Blog

The title says it all. Read on.

ED Mailbag: Arne on Standardized Testing and 360° Accountability | ED.gov Blog.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/07/ed-mailbag-arne-on-standardized-testing-and-360-accountability/

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