August 31, 2011
Claiming independent status when completing college financial aid forms may offer a tremendous benefit in garnering financial aid. However, it is very, very hard to establish independence for FAFSA purposes. StudentLoanNstwork offers a good summary of the requirements. If any of the following apply, you would be considered an independent student.
- You are enrolled in a Masters program, Doctorate Degree, or graduate Certification program
- age does not matter, if you are enrolled in any of these types of programs you are considered and independent student
- You have a child or children that are your legal dependent(s)
- you may have a family member etc. that is considered your dependent…he/she does not necessarily have to be a child
- You are married
- You are under the age of 24 and both of your parents are deceased
- You were a ward of your state until you were 18 years of age
- You are 24 years of age or older
- You are a Veteran of the United States Armed Force
- You were a foster child after the age of 13.
- You are an emancipated child as determined by a court judge.
- You are homeless or at risk of homelessness as determined by the director of a HUD approved homeless shelter, transitional program, or high school liaison.
August 30, 2011
Few ideas have captured the imagination of special educators more than co-teaching, the practice of teaming a special education teacher with a general education teacher in a regular classroom for students with and without an IEP. The hope is that the general education teacher provides content expertise and the special educator provides modifications and accommodations to students with special needs (and perhaps all the children in the class).
Proponents of co-teaching extol it as ― the best of both worlds, because it ―brings children together rather than separates them and finally knocks down the walls between general education and special education.
Unfortunately, co-teaching is like dieting. Lots of people want to lose weight and look good in a bathing suit, but actually doing so is hard. National research indicates that co-teaching seldom raises student achievement.
I’ve not been impressed with the results when I’ve seen co-teaching up close. It seems that the resources being used could be channeled into more efficient methods. Teachers typically have very little say in any decisions to use co-teaching.
Something Has Got to Change: Rethinking Special Education
Recent cutbacks at the nearby Mount Vernon school district
The layoffs mean that the district will have fewer classrooms staffed by two teachers.
Under the new approach, special-education teachers will only come into the classrooms that have a mix of nondisabled and special-education students for part of the day.
August 24, 2011
According to the National Survey of College and University Parent Programs, in 1999, some 35 percent of institutions offered parent orientations. In 2007, over 95 percent conducted them.
It seems amazing to me that just over ten years ago only 35 percent of colleges offered parent orientation. Is this development good or bad?
This generation of parents has readily accepted that they have earned the Helicopter Parent label. Some flaunt the label proudly, despite warnings that their “hovering” may undermine success and prevent their children from learning some fundamental lessons of young adulthood — such as negotiating conflicts, advocating for themselves, and coping with disappointment.
I’m unaware of conclusive evidence showing that “over-involved” parents are causing serious problems for young adults. Also, I’m a bit suspicious of a label that educators seem to promote as a way to push parents out of the way when their involvement is inconvenient to the schools. On the other hand, I know that some parents are guilty of making it hard for their children to develop self-sufficiency skills.
Some parents speak with their college children every day.
How much contact between college students and their parents is too much? The Second Annual Survey on College Parent Expectations indicated that 72.5 percent of parents communicate with their college students at least 2 or 3 times per week. If parents wish to foster independence, this number of weekly contacts may be excessive, depending on the purpose of the communication.
Parents need to ask themselves whether they are calling to simply touch base or keep tabs on their students. Parents and students should determine a communication plan that is comfortable for both parties.
Why parents should leave their kids alone at college – WaPo
August 21, 2011
Old Navy left out the grammatically correct apostrophe in its college team t-shirts for sale online.
I suspect many kids won’t notice the error.