A different take on immigration

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Thanks, Rick, for a really important rant.  You’re famous for them; this one hit home.

Look. This is personal.  Really personal.

In 1978, as an Indiana Hoosier,  I accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Saskatchewan, selecting it over positions at Oregon, Virginia, and my own beloved alma mater, Indiana University.  Long story, but it made sense at the time.  I fell in love with Saskatoon and my new university almost immediately. It was a wonderful, much smaller, town and the people here became family almost immediately. I retired from the UofS last year, after 36 years of what I hope was a career that mattered.

Rewind.  We arrived in October, 1978 after a lot of scrutiny on both sides of the border.  Everything was fine.  In December we were called into a back office of Canadian Immigration, presumably to get our landed immigrant papers.  Instead, we were ordered to leave the country in 30 days because our son had Down syndrome — how did they miss this earlier? — and might become a burden on society.  Really?  He was 3.

The university got animated, and a lot of people in the immigration offices helped too.  Good people trump stupid legislation every time. And let me emphasize — many of the really good people were people we dismiss too quickly as “bureaucrats”. They cared, and they worked to do what they could.

There are a dozen twists and turns to the story, but let’s segue to 2011.  Jim (a.k.a. “the burden”) got his Canadian citizenship.  He’s contributed in so many ways to Canadian society, and to our knowledge, has never been a burden. He isn’t a client of Social Services.  He’s just wrapping up his 21st year working for the local YMCA.  How many people do you know who can claim such a significant contribution?

Are we proud?  Sure.

But here’s the thing.  It’s still happening. People who have so much to give, so much possibility, are being denied a life in Canada because of a really archaic provision in the Immigration Act.   Can we fix it?  Sure we can.  We’re Canadians.


Why publish in AERA Open — open access journal

So glad to see AERA doing this. It’s always been a little awkward to give a paper at the AERA Conference, and then have to think about how to get it into public discourse.  This is a natural next step.

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5 top reasons to publish in AERA Open
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5 top-read articles from AERA Open
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podcast icon Improving Outcome Measures Other Than Achievement by Kristin Anderson Moore, Laura H. Lippman, Renee Ryberg
podcast icon Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? by Daphna Bassok, Scott Latham, Anna Rorem
podcast icon Early Grade Teacher Effectiveness and Pre-K Effect Persistence: Evidence From Tennessee by Walker A. Swain et al
podcast icon Investigating the Prevalence of Academic Redshirting Using Population-Level Data by Francis L. Huang
podcast icon Do First Impressions Matter? Predicting Early Career Teacher Effectiveness by Allison Atteberry, Susanna Loeb, James Wyckoff

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13th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2016), Mannheim, Germany, Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS CELDA 2016 – Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2016

13th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2016)

October 28 – 30, 2016 – Mannheim, Germany


Endorsed by the Japanese Society of Information and Systems in Education

* Conference Scope

The CELDA 2016 conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways. Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns. This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified please check http://www.celda-conf.org/call-for-papers

* Paper Submission

This is a blind peer-reviewed conference. Authors are invited to submit their papers in English through the conference submission system by April 15, 2016. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously.

* Important Dates:

– Submission Deadline: 15 April 2016
– Notification to Authors: 20 May 2016
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 20 June 2016
– Late Registration: After 20 June 2016

* Paper Publication

The papers will be published in book and electronic format with ISBN, will be made available through the Digital Library available at http://www.iadisportal.org/digital-library/showsearch.

Authors of the best published papers in the CELDA 2016 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in a book published by Springer.

The Conference proceedings will be indexed by ERIC – Education Resources Information Center. The proceedings will also be submitted for indexing by IET’s INSPEC, Elsevier, EI Compendex, Scopus, Thomson Reuters Web of Science and other important indexing services.

* Conference Contact:

E-mail: secretariat@celda-conf.org

Web site: http://www.celda-conf.org/

* Organized by: International Association for Development of the Information Society

Co-Organized by: Mannheim University