GRANT AND RECOGNITION AWARDSAs the Education Nation Summit got underway, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter announced nearly $500 million in grants to community colleges for targeted training and workforce development to help economically dislocated workers who are changing careers. The grants support partnerships between community colleges and employers to develop programs that provide pathways to good jobs, including building instructional programs that meet specific industry needs. These grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, for which the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act allocated a total of $2 billion over a four-year period. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/obama-administration-awards-nearly-500-million-first-round-grants-community-coll.
Meanwhile, before the end of the federal fiscal year (September 30), the Department announced grants for transitions to teaching, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, school counseling, strengthening colleges and universities, charter school management organizations, special education training, and physical activity and nutritional programming. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases.
Also, the Department?s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has invited states to apply for grants to assist them in developing and implementing statewide longitudinal data systems. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/SLDS/fy12_rfa.asp.
In addition, in a video message (http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/09/final-plans-announced-for-green-ribbon-schools/), the Secretary invites state education authorities to take part in the inaugural year of the Green Ribbon Schools program, which will recognize schools for reducing environmental impact on their communities, promoting healthy school environments, and offering quality environmental education. The message has details on the program?s eligibility requirements and nominating process. The Department intends to provide a nominee submission deadline in early 2012 and announce the initial group of Green Ribbon Schools before the end of the 2011-12 school year. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/.
VCU launches oral-history project on Massive Resistance http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/oct/04/tdmet05-vcu-launches-oral-history-project-on-massi-ar-1356259/ By: Kristen Green Published: October 04, 2011 FARMVILLE --Virginia Commonwealth University is launching an oral-history project on Massive Resistance that will record the stories of hundreds of schoolchildren denied an education by the closure of the state's public schools in defiance of the Supreme Court's order to desegregate. The university is teaming up with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, which oversaw Virginia's observance of the 50th anniversary of the public school closings, to track down former students from five localities that closed their schools and capture the students' oral histories on video. The oral histories, which will preserve the history of Massive Resistance, will later be posted on VCU Libraries' website. The project also intends to help former students, many of whom are now in their 60s, to get closure on that part of their lives, said Shawn O. Utsey, chairman of the Department of African American Studies at VCU. "We don't want to just get the story and leave," he said. "We want to begin to facilitate some healing." Starting this spring, the university will offer a class that teaches students how to record these oral histories in a way that provides some cathartic value to the former schoolchildren. "We hope it will be part of our department's ongoing work," Utsey said. "This will be how we connect our students with civil rights history." The state-supported Massive Resistance policies initiated in the late 1950s by U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr., D-Va. urged localities not to integrate their schools, as mandated by the 1954 Brown v. Board decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Public schools of Arlington County, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Prince Edward County and Warren County closed as a result of the policy. In some localities, white leaders founded academies for white children. Some black children moved to live with family members out of state so they could attend school, but many stopped their education altogether. In Prince Edward, public schools were closed for five years, from 1959 to 1964, shutting more than 1,500 black children out of an education. Brenda H. Edwards, who oversees the King commission's Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship program, said many of the state's Massive Resistance records have been lost or destroyed. "This is the best opportunity we have to preserve that portion of Virginia's history," she said. Edwards and Utsey are among the seven people from VCU and the commission traveling to South Africa in December to be trained in how to conduct the oral-history interviews. They will be teaming up with Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work at University of KwaZulu-Natal, which has worked since 1994 to create an indigenous oral history. Sinomlando, which means "we have a history" in Zulu, works to bring out the silenced memories of South Africa's Christian communities, particularly those that suffered during apartheid. State Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, a former civil rights attorney who represented schoolchildren in the integration of Norfolk's public schools and has referred to Massive Resistance as "a tragedy that tore Virginia apart," is part of the group. He is chairman of the King commission. "We need to create a cadre of people who can help us preserve that history, and this is an outstanding way to do it," Marsh said. "If we don't learn from our history, we're doomed to repeat our mistakes." The project is funded with $48,000 from VCU. A reception will be held in Richmond on Nov. 20 to formally announce the project.
President Obama appoints Shakira as adviser http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/05/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-postsPresident Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, Appointee for Member, President?s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and dancer. In addition to her career in music, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll has been involved in a number of global educational efforts. She founded the Barefoot Foundation in 1995, which operates schools and educational projects in Colombia, South Africa, and Haiti, feeding and educating approximately 6,000 children. In 2010, she collaborated with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to establish an initiative that distributes educational and developmental programs for children across Latin America. In 2008, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll served as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education?s Global Action Week. In 2005, she became a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies. Ms. Mebarak Ripoll became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003, where she promotes the expansion and improvement of comprehensive early childhood care and education across the world.
Nancy Navarro, Appointee for Member, President?s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Nancy Navarro has served as a Councilmember for the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland since 2009, where she is Chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and sits on the Health and Human Services Committee. Previously, Ms. Navarro served on the Montgomery County Board of Education from 2004 to 2009, where she was Chair of the Board?s Communications and Public Engagement Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and President from 2006 to 2009. Before entering public office, Ms. Navarro co-founded a community-based non-profit that promoted the economic and educational development of Latinos and other immigrant communities. She is the recipient of the Community Teachers Institute?s 2009 Heart of the Community Award and the Maryland State Department of Education?s 2001 Women Who Dare Leadership Award, among other recognitions. Ms. Navarro holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri.
Adrián A. Pedroza, Appointee for Member, President?s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Adrián A. Pedroza is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Community Action, a grassroots, community-based organization that works to build community leadership around issues of immigration, education reform, and public health. Previously, Mr. Pedroza led the University of New Mexico High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Programs, which provide educational opportunities to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. In addition, Mr. Pedroza worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman as a Constituent Services Representative in New Mexico. Under Governor Bill Richardson, Mr. Pedroza was appointed to the inaugural Hispanic Education Advisory Council. He is currently a founding and executive member of the New Mexico Learning Alliance and served as a founding member of the Latino/Hispano Education Improvement Task Force. Mr. Pedroza sits on the board of the New Mexico Civic Engagement Partnership. He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Appointee for Member, President?s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Dr. Kent P. Scribner is the Superintendent of Union High School District #210 in Phoenix, Arizona, a position he has held since 2008. As Superintendent, Dr. Scribner oversees a school district that serves approximately 25,000 students in grades 9 to 12. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Scribner served as Superintendent of Isaac School District #5 in Phoenix, Arizona. Immediately prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Department of Human Resources at School District #3 in Tempe, Arizona. In 2008, Dr. Scribner received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council of Educational Administration. In 2005, he was appointed by then-Governor Janet Napolitano to the Arizona School District Redistricting Commission. Dr. Scribner serves on several boards and commissions, including the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. Dr. Scribner holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a M.Ed. from Temple University, and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.