Monday, October 25, 2010

American Experience Invites College Students to "Get on the Bus" & Retrace the 1961 Freedom Rides



PBS: American Experience Invites College Students to "Get on the Bus" & Retrace the 1961 Freedom Rides

http://www.pbs.org/freedomriders

JOIN students from across the country in retracing the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Accepted students will participate at no cost to them. All transportation, hotel and food expenses are covered by American Experience.PARTICIPATE in an intergenerational conversation about civic engagement.What does it mean today? What has changed since 1961?What inspires young people to "get on the bus"? SHARE the journey.Through live blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, the students on the bus will be able to share their experiences and, in a sense, bring others along on their journey.

Application period is open!
Application deadline: January 17, 2011
Decisions announced: February 2011
May 6-16, 2011: Washington, DC to Jackson, MS
Apply now! Details at http://to.pbs.org/freedomrideapp

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It Gets Better Project


Many LGBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.



President Obama: It Gets Better

As part of the It Gets Better Project, President Obama shares his message of hope and support for LGBT youth who are struggling with being bullied.

Unusual college offers questions, not answers

Unusual college offers questions, not answers, Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer (via SFGate)

Students at the American College of History and Legal Studies are getting used to two things: questions instead of lectures from their professors, and questions from dubious friends and relatives who worry they're guinea pigs in an educational experiment.

Friday, October 22, 2010

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards



WH.gov: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about the importance of arts and humanities programs as 15 programs across the country receive awards for fostering the creative and intellectual development of American youth. October 20, 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Early Action Could Aid in Admission, Report Finds

Early Action Could Aid in Admission, Report Finds By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes

A new study provides some evidence that submitting college applications under binding early-decision programs increases the likelihood of acceptance.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans



VOANews: Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

President Obama speaks about improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanic students as he signs the Executive Order for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. October 19, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks By LISA W. FODERARO, NYTimes

Though the world of print is receding before a tide of digital offerings, college students weaned on technology appear to be holding fast to traditional textbooks, but at a price.

Monday, October 18, 2010

White House Science Fair (STEM)



WH.gov: White House Science Fair

President Obama speaks about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) to the country's economic future after viewing exhibits from science fair winners from across the country. October 18, 2010.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

If You Miss the PSAT/NMSQT...

CollegeBoard: If You Miss the PSAT/NMSQT...

The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered on two days in October....If you missed taking the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year, you may still be able to enter programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation if you meet other requirements to enter the NMSC competitions--published in the Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT and on NMSC's website.

To request information about alternate testing after the October PSAT/NMSQT administration, write to NMSC as soon as possible but no later than March 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. Your letter must be postmarked on or before March 1 for your request to be considered. Read the full text>

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PSAT Saturday


Taking the PSAT?


Checkout the Tips for the SAT.


Good luck!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Scrutinizing the Elite, Whether They Like It or Not

Scrutinizing the Elite, Whether They Like It or Not By PAUL SULLIVAN, NYTimes

Scholars gathered at Columbia University to focus on the elite in American society and their relationship to the non-elite.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Higher Education, a Focus on Technology

In Higher Education, a Focus on Technology By STEVE LOHR, NYTimes

A new initiative aims to accelerate the development and use of online learning tools in postsecondary education.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

President Obama meets with students from the documentary, "Waiting for Superman"



WH.gov: President Obama meets with students from the documentary, "Waiting for Superman"

President Obama meets with students, their families and others that worked on the film, "Waiting For Superman". The President invited them into the Oval Office and the group then watched him depart in Marine One.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

8 College Fees You Didn't Plan For

8 College Fees You Didn't Plan For by AnnaMaria Andriotis SmartMoney.com

SmartMoney: Parents of college students may be prepared to pay for tuition, books and room and board. But when the first bill arrives, you might surprised by extra charges for orientation parties, clubs – even the library.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers

STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes

The letters stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but it has some branding issues. And is it even a brand worth saving?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Strengthening Education, Not Cutting It



WH.gov: Strengthening Education, Not Cutting It

The President explains that even as we focus on creating jobs immediately, we must also ensure the economy is better for our children by investing in education -- not cutting it by 20% as Congressional Republicans propose.

Friday, October 8, 2010

La universidad: un sueño alcanzable | College: A Possible Dream



usedgov/espanol: La universidad: un sueño alcanzable College: A Possible Dream

Samantha Hernández, estudiante de segundo año en California State University Domínguez Hills, persigue sus sueños de la universidad y la carrera por medio del apoyo constante de su familia, administradores de la universidad, y la ayuda económica que recibe.

Samantha Hernandez, a sophomore at California State University Dominguez Hills, pursues her dreams of college and career thanks to the strong support of her family, university administrators, and the financial aid she receives.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why Colleges Are So 'Selective'?

Why Colleges Are So 'Selective' NYTimes: Room for Debate

Despite the recession, the competition to get into college is more intense than ever. Why?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rummaging the Bargain Bin for a Premier Public Education

Rummaging the Bargain Bin for a Premier Public Education By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes The Choice blog

The “Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College” features something the authors call the “Budget Ivy List.” It sheds light on 10 public universities that, in the authors’ words, “combine superb academic programs with low cost.”

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Open for Questions: Education with Arne Duncan



WH.gov: Open for Questions: Education with Arne Duncan

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan takes your questions about education in a discussion with MSN's Shira Lazar. October 1, 2010.

Monday, October 4, 2010

NEW COURSE: Inside the College Admissions Process « New York Times Knowledge Network

NEW COURSE: Inside the College Admissions Process « New York Times Knowledge Network

October 13 - November 10, 2010, Registration Closes October 12
Live Sessions Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Instructor: Jacques Steinberg $225

This course will help you, your college-bound teen, and college admissions counselors navigate the mystifying process of college admissions...The course will include an explanation of the importance of matching a particular student to particular schools; an analysis of the factors that carry the most weight with admissions offices; an overview of financial aid options and how to evaluate them for your family; and a look at the merits of early decision and early action programs. Special attention will be paid to the application essay and its latest incarnations, such as video.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Countdown to Oct 2010 SAT I (updated)


Six Months Before the Test

Week (0r Two) Before the Test

  • Gather all your completed SAT Practice Tests into ONE pile.

  • Arrange the tests from oldest to the most recent test taken (so you can track your progress)

  • Review a completed test every evening before the Night Before the SAT Test (20-45 min).

  • Look-up any difficult vocabulary.

  • Note the trigger words in the Sentence completion Questions.

  • Note how you used POE (Process of Elimination) to get the right answers in the short, long, dual passage sections.

  • Analyze your wrong answers, and adjust your POE (ex. did you consistently choose the 2nd best choice on inference or EXCEPT questions).

  • Review the FIST OF NO ERROR for the Writing section and mentally check off the selections (S/V, Tense, Prononous, Adj/Adv, Diction, Misplaced Metaphors, Parallelism, Conjunctions) as you review the wrong answers.

  • Compare the errors made in the Paragraph Improvement section and your own essay: Transtions? Sentences out of sequence? Too much/too little concrete detail? Delete extraneous info? etc, etc, etc...
  • Add Image
  • Re-read NYTimes The Choice Blog: For Those Withholding SAT Scores, Advice on Completing the Common Application By Jacques Steinberg

The Night Before the Test
  • Don't cram for the SAT!

  • Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.

  • Go to bed early.

Day of the Test:
  • Wake up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.

  • Eat breakfast (skip the quad latte and Red Bulll--you'll crash during the test).

  • Bring Student ID

  • Bring pencils, calculators, ear plugs, water, energy bar, etc.

  • Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.

During the Test

  • Stand up and stretch!

  • Drink water.


Ready for the Test!

  • Read the Prompt

  • Read the Quote

  • Read the Prompt again.

  • Think for 1 minute (don't write).

  • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)

  • Write (20 min)

  • Intro Paragraph:

  • Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).

  • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.

  • 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.

  • Transition between paragraphs.

  • Conclusion.

  • LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).


Writing Section (multiple choice)




Critical Reading


  • Vocabulary: flash cards, word lists (Latin/Greek roots/prefixes/suffixes), word games--good! But the best way to acquire vocabulary is to READ.

  • Use POE (process of elimination)

  • Avoid answers that are too extreme (narrow, general, always/never, etc)

Sentence Completion--1 Blank

  • Cover the answers.

  • Read the sentence.

  • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.

  • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.

  • Match your choice with the supplied answer choices.

  • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?

  • Use POE to target the correct answer.

  • Yes, the word you don't know can be the correct choice.

Sentence Completion--2 Blanks

  • Cover the answers.

  • Read the sentence.

  • Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.

  • Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.

  • Uncover the first column of words. Match them with your choice in the first blank (two answers should be retained, the other three should be dismissed).

  • Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?

  • Uncover the second column of words. Match them with your choice in the second blank (the target choices in the 1st blank are usually synonyms of each other; and the second blank is usually opposite of each other; OR the target choices in the 1st blank are antonyms of each other and the second blank is are synonyms).

  • Remember: there is only one correct answer!).

Short Parassage

  • Read the questions first.

  • The short passage questions are usually about the tone, main idea, or inference.

  • There is usually one dual short passage set per SAT test.

  • Each of the four questions compare/contrast both passages.

  • Draw a quick Venn Diagram to organize the info.

  • The dual passages may not contradict each other (i.e. +/-), but one passage may be general, and the other passage may be more specific. Remember WHAT the topic is about, and the AUDIENCE.

Long Passage

  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)

  • Skim & underline for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)

  • Mark-up the passage as per the Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)

  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)

  • Answer the questions via POE

Dual Passages


Dual Passage--Intro

  • Draw a Venn Diagram

  • Read the blurb (who? what? where? when? audience? type of text?)

  • Fill out the Venn Diagram--note "dual questions" in the union.

Dual Passage--Passage 1

  • Skim & underline the First Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)

  • Mark-up the passage as per the First Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)

  • Read the passage critically (why? how?)

  • Answer First Passage questions ONLY via POE

  • Skip all Second Passage and Dual Passage Questions

Dual Passage--Passage 2

  • Skim & underline the Second Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)

  • Mark-up the passage as per the Second Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)Read the passage critically (why? how?)

  • Answer Passage 2 questions ONLY via POE

  • Skip all Dual Passage Questions

Dual Passage--Dual Passage Questions

  • Update Venn Diagram (tone +/-) (note if there is a switch in tone/argument)

  • Answer Dual Passage questions via POE

  • Finish!

After the Test

  • Don't just go home--celebrate with a special lunch or snack.

  • Go on to your next task!


GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Perils of Being Too Cute in Your Application

The Perils of Being Too Cute in Your Application By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes: The Choice blog

“Are there certain hobbies, passions or accomplishments you’ve excluded from your college application, feeling they’re not worthy or relevant?” A thread from College Confidential explores the notion of “hidden extracurriculars” — and how to alert a college admissions office to such activities.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Navigating the College Admissions Process



unigodotcom: What Red Flags Can Kill Your College Application?

The Wall Street Journal presents "Inside The Admissions Office." Students across America sent in their questions expert Deans of Admissions from eight top colleges provide the real answers. In this clip, our panelusts reveal some of the mistakes that can put your application directly in the "reject" pile.

via GetSchooled.com: Navigating the College Admissions Process

We’d like to give a big shout-out to Lynn O’Shaughnessy over at The College Solution for compiling a list of the “10 Best College Websites.” We would also like to add a few more.