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You are currently viewing all posts written by Caitlin Moran. Caitlin Moran is the community engagement editor for Education Lab. She joined The Seattle Times staff in September 2013 after three years running hyperlocal news websites at Patch. Contact Caitlin to find out how you can contribute to the local conversation surrounding education.

April 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Round-up: WWU president criticized over language in push for diversity, school-stabbing case settled

WWU president under fire for says school is too white (AP): Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard has drawn criticism for his comments that “ … if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university.” Shepard says he is being intentionally provocative in order to emphasize the need for more diversity at Western.

Student who was stabbed receives $1.5 million: A King County jury has awarded $1.5 million to April Lutz, a former Snohomish High School student who was stabbed in a school bathroom in 2011 and nearly died. Her attacker, a fellow student, had been expelled for threatening to kill another student’s boyfriend but was later allowed to return to class.

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April 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Round-up: Veterans have trouble securing financial aid, Portland’s Common Core concerns

Veterans face challenges paying for higher education (NPR): A variety of programs exist to help veterans pay for college, but many face confusion figuring out which funds they qualify for and what paperwork they need to fill out. Many schools are opening veteran resource centers to help students navigate the financial-aid maze.

Portland school board members express concern over Common Core (The Oregonian): Board members who generally support the standards say they are worried about teacher preparedness and whether schools have the technology and materials to implement the tests.

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April 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Quiz: Try out new SAT questions

The College Board has released a series of sample questions for the new SAT, set to roll out in 2016.

Among other changes, the new SAT will do away with obscure vocabulary words, and the essay requirement will become optional. Wrong answers will no longer be penalized.

Curious how the new test stacks up against your recollection of the SAT? Try out a few sample questions in our quiz:

Sample questions from the new SAT

On Wednesday, the College Board released sample questions for the redesigned SAT, set to roll out in 2016. Try your hand at some of the questions by taking our quiz.

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April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Round-up: Food scam costs Edmonds SD thousands, College Board offers glimpse of new SAT

Former food workers cost Edmonds School District thousands (The Herald): A state auditor’s report has uncovered additional expenses in a scam involving former food workers in the Edmonds School District. Investigators now say the two employees billed for 5,276 bogus student meals, receiving $14,774.75 in federally subsidized pay that they never earned.

Eastside voters about to decide second school bond in two months (KING 5): The Lake Washington School District is once again asking voters to approve a bond measure that would provide funding for new schools and expand existing buildings. The $404-million bond is about half the cost of a similar measure that was voted down in February.

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April 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Round-up: Enrollments decline at small colleges, Cowlitz County faces substitute-teacher shortage

Small U.S. colleges face declining enrollments (Bloomberg): Many small, private colleges across the U.S. are seeing enrollments decline, leading to a sharp increase in the number of schools experiencing ratings cuts. Some colleges are targeting different student populations, while others are offering bigger financial aid packages in an effort to draw more students.

Cowlitz County confronts shortage of substitute teachers (The Daily News): Schools across Cowlitz County are scrambling to find substitute teachers, with some using principals and uncertified teachers as emergency fill-ins. The Longview School District says its pool of substitute teachers has been depleted by a recent shift to all-day kindergarten and reduced class sizes.

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April 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Round-up: WSU considers opening med school, Denver hires undocumented teachers

WSU considers opening medical school in Spokane (AP): A projected need for more doctors has prompted Washington State University to consider opening a new medical school at its Spokane campus. Washington currently has one medical school — at the main UW campus in Seattle — and WSU officials say doctor shortages in Eastern Washington are creating an additional need.

Denver schools hire undocumented immigrants as teachers (AP): Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg says his district has hired two teachers who qualified to stay in the U.S. under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. ”Anything that touches on immigration generates a level of attention and controversy,” he told the AP. “But for us, this is about finding the very best teachers for our kids.”

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April 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

In their own words: Students talk about high-school counseling, applying to college

Education Lab’s latest story focuses on the changing role of high-school guidance counselors. As traditional counselors’ face increased workloads, programs like Seattle’s Rainier Scholars and the National College Advising Corps are providing disadvantaged students with one-on-one assistance as they navigate the college application process.

We recently asked several students — some from Rainier Scholars, some from the National College Advising Corps and some who have worked with traditional counselors — to tell us what they’ve experienced as they apply to college.

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April 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Rewind: Google+ Hangout on guidance counseling and college readiness

Watch a replay of our April 17 Education Lab Google+ Hangout about college readiness and guidance counseling. Our panelists were:  Jameil Butler, an adviser with the National College Advising Corps in Oakland Angela Tang, a regular school counselor at DeAnza High, in Richmond, Calif., where the Advising Corps has been at work for three years Zoey Salsbury, a student…

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April 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Tell a story about how you got into college at our May 20 Storytellers event

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Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Do you have an interesting story to share about getting into college or completing your degree? Education Lab is recruiting current students and recent grads to share short, inspirational tales about how they made a successful transition to higher education.

Selected speakers will get coaching and appear at our May 20 event, Storytellers: How I Got through College,” at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

Wondering what your story should be about? Here are a few questions you could address:

  • Was there a key person who helped you navigate a path to college? Who did you turn to for help the most? Tell us about this person and how he or she made college possible for you.
  • What was the biggest challenge you faced in getting into college or completing your degree? How did you overcome this obstacle?
  • What did you think college would be like when you were younger? How did your preconceived ideas of campus life change during your college career? What do you wish you would have known before you applied and enrolled?
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April 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Join us at our May 20 event ‘Storytellers: How I got into college’

Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

Are you a student dreaming of a degree but wondering how to get there? A parent wondering how to help your child get into college?

Join Education Lab and Road Map Project on Tuesday, May 20, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute for a night of storytelling about higher education. Current students and recent grads will deliver powerful individual stories about how they navigated the college application process and finished their degrees.

All storytellers will also be available after the show to answer your questions and provide resources for going to college.

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