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When a dream becomes a nightmare

By Uriel Rivera

November is usually a stressful time for many high schools students all over California; application deadlines to the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) are around the corner and students are working with a lot of effort to apply and be accepted to some of the best public institutions not only […]

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Special week … undocumented immigrant students

By Lisa Garcia

We here at 21st Century Scholar are delighted to bring you a special week focusing on undocumented immigrant students. Each day, a guest blogger—Uriel Rivera, Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Crissel Rodriguez, Susana Muñoz, and a brother and sister from a mixed-status family—will talk about their experiences as, interactions with, and hopes for undocumented immigrants and students. We hope that you […]

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My son: The 22nd century scholar

By Mark DeFusco

It is that time of year when children extort candy from nice old people. With a joy that comes with brisk clear skies, I watch my young children at this harvest ritual. My daughter is resplendent as an ice princess. My son is startling as a prematurely bearded pirate. This festival where we celebrate the […]

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The future of methods coursework

By Stefani Relles

Thursday is TechDay Today’s Thursday is TechDay blog is an introduction to the future of qualitative research software: the online platform. If you haven’t heard the news, there’s a new qualitative software player in town. It’s called Dedoose, and it’s worth a look for two reasons. First, within the qualitative research community, it pioneers the […]

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Bill Tierney and Stefani Relles blog at The Washington Post

By Lisa Garcia

Want to read more about how to teach writing to college-bound students? Check out the blog post here!

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Writing books about higher education

By Bill Tierney

About 90% of books published about higher education every year are dull, repetitive, or armchair treatises that have little of interest to say about the current state of academic affairs. –Benjamin Ginsberg. The famous sportswriter, Howard Cosell, once wrote an important book entitled I Never Played the Game. When Cosell was in his prime he […]

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Adaptive strategies and underground economies in the 21st century

By Randy Clemens

I. In 1974, Carol Stack published All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. The groundbreaking ethnography chronicled the adaptive strategies of poor African American families. Stack provided thick descriptions of women struggling to raise their children. In doing so, she indicted poverty as pathology and inadequate public policies. Since then, ethnographers have […]

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The importance of mentoring: Just call me coach

By Bill Tierney

The lack of academic coaching highlights how little regard the academy has for mentoring scholars. Assume you’re an assistant professor in your second year and you’re worried. You only have published one paper, another you have resubmitted, and three others have just been rejected. You also submitted a proposal for funding and they didn’t even […]

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Meaningful assessment and evaluation in challenging circumstances and contexts

By Gisele Ragusa

The blog entries for this week provide both an overview of impact focused educational assessment and evaluation and discuss both historical and emergent dilemmas in assessment and evaluation for students in K–12, college goers, and teachers. Identifying these dilemmas do not let us off the hook for addressing these important issues. This is of particular […]

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Evaluating pediatricians and educational practitioners: An immodest proposal

By Gisele Ragusa

A significant disparity exists between the way our nation evaluates teachers and the way the nation evaluates physicians. Teacher evaluations are unique to the profession and research has indicated that the evaluations may place teachers at an unfair disadvantage (Pecheone & Chung, 2006). As an example of this potential disadvantage, applied to pediatrics, teachers are […]

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