education en GOP Candidate For Governor Will Also Run On Anti-Common Core Ballot Line <p>The Republican candidate for Governor is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 94372 at GOP Candidate For Governor Will Also Run On Anti-Common Core Ballot Line PianoSummer At New Paltz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Now in its twentieth year, <a href="">PianoSummer at New Paltz</a> is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.</p><p>Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.</p><p>PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94246 at PianoSummer At New Paltz Karen Hitchcock: In Honor of Dr. James J. Gozzo <p>On June 30<sup>th</sup>, this coming Monday, an era will end at one of the Capital Region’s most respected institutions of higher education, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. President James Gozzo will leave the helm of this exceptional college – turning its leadership over to the new president, Dr. Gregory Dewey. I have been fortunate to have known President Gozzo for virtually all of his 16-year tenure at the college, a college which has been transformed by his presence.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:52:00 +0000 Karen Hitchcock 93546 at Stephen Gottlieb: For A Better Education <p>A recent headline read, “Slow Common Core.” For quite a long time there has been a backlash against anything viewed as “too tough” for our kids. That is a tendency of living in a democracy. Anything tough for our kids is bad but at the same time they have to get a fabulous education that will equip them for life’s challenges. So the solution is teachers who can make everyone learn painlessly. And therefore, if anything goes wrong it’s the teacher’s fault, not the student’s.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 92805 at "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward </span>Connerly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>kickstarted<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the </span>mid-1990s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent. Only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race, with elite schools more likely to do so, although they too have retreated.</span></p><p>For law professor and civil rights activist <a href="">Sheryll Cashin</a>, this isn’t entirely bad news, because as she argues, affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people. In <em>Place, Not Race</em>, Cashin reimagines affirmative action and champions place-based policies, arguing that college applicants who have thrived despite exposure to neighborhood or school poverty are deserving of special consideration.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90589 at "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin Karen Hitchcock: The Need to Communicate the Crisis Looming For Our Nation’s Research Enterprise <p>In a recent commentary, I raised the question of whether the United States is losing its global competitiveness in the area of scientific research. And yet, despite the fact that major reductions have been made in our research infrastructure and productivity due to cuts arising from sequestration and over a decade of federal research budgets which have not exceeded inflation, I was startled to learn that “only 38% of Americans feel science [research] is getting too little funding” (reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Strapped,” February 28, 2014). Why isn’t the message getting out? Why do so few Americans see the risk in falling behind in areas of research critical to understanding disease processes, to addressing environmental issues, to developing alternative energy, and on and on?</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Karen Hitchcock 90527 at Women’s Philanthropy Of The Jewish Federation of NENY Present Joy Ladin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York</a> will host Connections 2014 featuring Prof. Joy Ladin at Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany, NY on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.</p><p>“Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders” will be the theme of Ladin’s presentation as she shares her Jewish journey through the transition process —not just of changing genders, but of creating a new self.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90406 at Women’s Philanthropy Of The Jewish Federation of NENY Present Joy Ladin An Intimate Evening With James Taylor, Kim Hessberg Taylor And Friends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Associate Head of the <a href="">Albany Academy for Girls</a>, Wendy Muhlfelder, and Kim Taylor, Albany Academy Alum, speak with Alan Chartock.</p><p>Kim Taylor will back up her husband, James, at a benefit concert for the school’s 200th anniversary this Saturday, May 17th.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 90415 at An Intimate Evening With James Taylor, Kim Hessberg Taylor And Friends NEA President On National Teachers Day <p>At one point or another, we all had that teacher who demanded more and saw something in us that we could not, or would not see, in ourselves. Good enough wasn’t good enough, and the papers were often handed back covered in red ink. It may have been tough then, but that teacher may welcome your thanks today for setting a higher bar. Today is National Teachers Day, a time to look at the profession and the challenges faced by today’s teachers. Dennis Van Roekel is the president of the 3 million-member National Education Association, who hopes teachers will hear from former students today. Tue, 06 May 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Brian Shields 89801 at NEA President On National Teachers Day Teachers Protest Education Retreat <p></p><p></p><p>At least 300 teachers and education advocates picketed outside the venue of an education reform retreat in Lake Placid Sunday. They are upset that no educators were participating in the upscale Camp Philos organized by a group backed by Wall Street hedge fund managers with a goal of privatizing education. Mon, 05 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 89714 at Teachers Protest Education Retreat