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9:46 am
Wed December 26, 2012

2012 News Countdown: Brown U gains new president

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit courtesy of Brown University

At the number nine slot, in our Top Ten 2012 News Story countdown is Brown University names a new president. Brown University welcomed a new commander-in-chief after the 11-year tenure of the popular Ruth Simmons. The school’s choice, Christina Hull Paxson, is an economist, who most recently led the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.
Paxson comes to Brown as the school looks to maintain need blind admissions and find a home for a new school of engineering.

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Education
8:07 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Nutcrackers on display at URI

If you’re looking to continue the holiday spirit you might want to check out a special display of German Christmas figures at the URI library. The display contains twenty nutcrackers, an orchestra of angels, and a collection of cute incense smokers.  
Retired URI professors Gerald and Sylvia Krausse collected the figures which are all from the Ore Mountains in Germany. Nutcrackers were first created in these mountains and were used to crack nuts but also served another purpose.

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

John Maeda's TED Talk

RISD President John Maeda reveals the parent-teacher conference that marked him for life, how he came to see the computer as a spiritual space for thinking and what he learned from sitting in a sandbox for several hours a day.

Education
4:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Brown University lags behind academic peers in its investment return

Brown University might be perhaps the hippest destination in the Ivy League, but it's a investment laggard compared with the nation's other top universities.  

Brown earned just 1 percent on its portfolio in fiscal 2012, placing it 10th in this analysis by the Skorina Letter, a financial newsletter:

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Education
4:50 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Colleges scale back financial aid, need-blind admissions suffer

Wesleyan has ended its blanket need-blind admissions policy, saying it can no longer afford to admit every qualified student. Like Brown University, Wesleyan promises financial aid to any student who needs it. For a small number of applicants, that means they will not gain entrance to the college this year because they do not have enough money attend.

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Drugs instead of better schools?

A New York Times article published this week suggests a growing practice of prescribing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drugs to low-income children who struggle in school.

The drugs, like Adderoll and Risperdal, can increase focus and improve a child’s behavior, but they are also addictive stimulants that can have negative side effects, including psychotic episodes.

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Last days of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors for Higher Education has just three full meetings left before it ceases to exist, at least in its current form.

The state is dissolving both the Board of Governors and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. Instead, a single board will oversee the state’s public schools and colleges and universities starting on January 1st, 2013. (No word yet, by the way, on when Governor Lincoln Chafee will announce his appointees for the new board)

Items the Board of Governors may address in its final days include:

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Education
5:02 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

90 percent of teachers support charterization for Spaziano Elementary

School leaders say 90 percent of the faculty at Spaziano Elementary School in Providence support their plan to turn the public school into a charter school.

Spaziano has filed an early “prospectus” detailing its plans to the Providence School Department. District officials have asked all Providence schools to consider becoming charters, and so far two schools have shown an interest in taking them up on the proposal.

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The Education Blog
11:44 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Few Providence schools choose charterization

Two Providence elementary schools will apply to become charter schools. The first schools entering a new district initiative are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Spaziano Elementary School.

Martin Luther King school leaders say they plan to work the The Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls. Spaziano will partner with the Highlander Charter School in Providence.

More details to come!

The Education Blog
12:04 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

‘Genius’ heads to RISD

MacArthur genius grant recipient and author Junot Diaz is slated to speak at RISD on November 5th. The talk will be open to the public.

Diaz, who teaches writing at MIT, also won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

The book was assigned reading over the summer for all incoming RISD students. School officials say it will be part of this year’s curriculum in both fine arts and liberal arts courses.

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