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Harvard Teacher Fellows provides new teachers, local impact

first_imgFor five years, Harvard Teacher Fellows (HTF) has provided Harvard undergraduates with an innovative pathway into teaching, preparing fellows for the complex world of education through five semesters of coursework, summer student teaching, and a yearlong teaching residency. In schools from Oakland, Calif., to New York, fledgling HTFers have grown into accomplished educators.Last spring, HTF was preparing to send its new fellows out of state for teaching residency placements when school closures threw the program into turmoil. Faced with uncertainty about licensing requirements, summer teaching, and travel, HTF pivoted, placing all of its 2020–21 fellows in the Boston area and doubling down on its expertise in online teaching and learning. In past years, finding new placements on such short notice would have been impossible — but the pandemic actually made it easier.“As it became clear that COVID would continue to impact local schools throughout the fall, the schools began to say, ‘We need more people, because we have no idea what remote learning is going to look like,’” says HTF fieldwork administrator Emily Hess. “Our fellows were able to start to fill that need.”In Greater Boston, a strong community impactOf the 28 fellows working in schools across the Boston area, half are working in the Chelsea Public School District (CPS), in a city The New York Times once called the “epicenter” of the pandemic in Massachusetts.CPS is one of HTF’s longstanding partners, and “it was gratifying to partner with the district’s educators and to offer the support of a group of recent college graduates who had been learning and practicing to teach for eight months prior,” says Lecturer Noah Heller, director of HTF. “Our fellows spent the spring developing foundational pedagogical knowledge and the summer rehearsing teaching practices and learning to implement instructional technologies. They were eager to apply these skills in the challenging remote settings that currently exist in Chelsea and elsewhere.”CPS, a district where more than 80 percent of students are classified as high needs and over 40 percent are classified as English language learners, found homes for the new fellows as teachers of record and co-teachers. While Chelsea normally accepts HTFers for hard-to-fill positions like high school chemistry and math, this year, fellows are filling positions across the board, bringing their expertise in both STEM and the humanities to CPS students.All fellows are being mentored by master teachers in Chelsea as they continue to develop under the supervision of HTF. “The HTF fellows, in addition to having a growth mindset and being open to feedback, are really knowledgeable about their content,” says Sarah Kent, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Chelsea Public Schools. “Some of the new humanities fellows are bilingual, which has also been helpful.”In another local placement, the impact of this year’s HTF fellows is even more pronounced. The Academy of the Pacific Rim (APR) Charter School, in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, is a smaller school, and the five new HTF fellows have become valuable contributors to the community. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Aaron Tveit & Stark Sands Cheer on the New Touring Cast of Kinky Boots

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows Wait, do we spy Aaron Tveit in a New York City rehearsal room? No, sadly, he isn’t rehearsing for a new Broadway show—he’s cheering on the new touring cast of Kinky Boots! The Graceland star stopped by to see his old pal, Catch Me If You Can choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who also is the director and choreographer of Kinky Boots. But wait, two more special visitors stopped by to say hello to Mitchell, musical supervisor Stephen Oremus, Steven Booth, Kyle Taylor Parker and the touring cast: Original Tony-winning Kinky Boots headliner Billy Porter and Tony-nominated star Stark Sands! Check out these photos posted by Mitchell on Twitter, then see Kinky Boots on the road beginning September 4, 2014 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019center_img Stark Sands Kinky Boots Aaron Tveitlast_img read more

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How Keystone Set a Template for Pipeline Opposition Nationally

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Melissa Cronin for Grist:“Another Pipeline Rejected” is now the go-to headline for updates on new fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States. Does the growing file of scrapped pipeline plans forecast the “Keystone-ization” of our energy future? Yes — proposals for pipelines to transport oil and natural gas are being brought down by public protest so frequently, we now have a term for it.A quick review: On Friday, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it would not grant a necessary permit for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline proposed to run through the northeastern United States. The Earth Day announcement came after backlash regarding potential safety issues from residents, as well as from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who said that the plan would be “catastrophic to our air and our climate.” The DEC ultimately refused to grant the permit after concluding that the pipeline would interfere with water resources in its path.This latest decision follows the rejection, just days prior, of a $3.1 billion natural gas plan proposed by Kinder Morgan. Before that, the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would have run through Virginia and West Virginia, was delayed earlier this year. Georgia’s 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline and Oregon’s 232-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline were both thwarted in March. All that went down in 2016 alone.The mother of all these killed projects is, of course, the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion undertaking that would have ferried 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast — had President Barack Obama not vetoed it last November. Since that decision, the phrase “Keystone-ization” has come to connote the death of a proposed oil and gas pipeline — often due to public backlash.“Fifty years ago, people in the U.S. were much more accepting of new pipelines and new infrastructure,” Rob Jackson, a professor at the Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment who studies energy use and climate change, told Grist. “Today, people don’t want new pipelines and nuclear power plants near their homes and schools. The failure of Keystone emboldened people to fight the next project.”“Keystone-ization” is the fossil fuel industry’s new nightmare How Keystone Set a Template for Pipeline Opposition Nationallylast_img read more

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Are credit union branches becoming obsolete?

first_imgHave you visited a bank or credit union branch in the past six months? If your answer is “no,” you’re in good company: Bankrate reports that nearly four in ten Americans could say the same thing.In fact, the percentage of Americans who say they haven’t visited a branch in the previous six months is up 34% from 2014.Those that are visiting branches, aren’t doing so as often as they once did.Bankrate said that the propensity to have visited a branch in the past 30 days was fairly even across age groups, ranging from 41% for Millennials to 48% for those ages 50 to 64.What does this say about bank branches? Are they going the way of the Dodo Bird? It’s safe to say that the more we can get done remotely (via mobile and online banking), and the less we use cash for purchases, the less we need to visit branches. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Sell the dream: Your products and services aren’t special

first_imgI offer this as a friendly challenge: the products and services your credit union offers are probably not that remarkably different, better or more innovative than most of what your competition has.If you find that a little unsettling it’s probably a good thing. Retail operations (including credit unions) typically don’t adapt and evolve unless they find themselves in an uncomfortable position.The products and services you offer — checking accounts, loans, digital, etc. — are not bad. However, when you get right down to it, are the products and services you offer really all that different from the competition? Doubtful. Sure — every once in a while somebody will offer a new gizmo that is different and catches the consumer eye — for a while. Eventually, however, somebody else will appropriate the idea (a nice way of saying steal) and it’s no longer unique.Consumers come to your credit union not so much for the product or service. For example, they’re really not coming for an auto loan. What they’re coming for is the dream of driving the vehicle. They’re not really coming for a checking account. What they’re coming for is the ease and convenience of managing their financial livelihood to free up time so they can concentrate on things that mean more to them. Credit unions that focus on selling the dream rather than products are better positioned for success.To sell the dream your staff must re-learn what it has probably regarded for many years as the traditional “features and benefits” way of thinking. This feature-centric way of promoting products and services focuses on the features side. Features (think the bullet point list of things on your brochures or website that describe an account, for example) describe what a particular product offers. However, they are typically dry and boring and don’t speak to the dream. The benefits of a product, conversely, directly address the higher aspirations of a product or service (such as the examples above regarding checking accounts and car loans). When your staff approaches members with the idea of promoting benefits first, their likelihood of successfully achieving the sale rises dramatically.This type of paradigm-shift in thinking doesn’t come quickly or easily (especially for staff that have worked front-line positions with members for years). It requires a 180-degree shift from focusing on the nuts and bolts (features) of a product or service to the more member-centric dream (benefits) aspect. A dramatic shift in thinking and member interactions such as this doesn’t come about accidentally — rather, it happens with continuous, rigorous and regularly reinforced training as well as predefined expectations for employee success.Credit unions with an eye towards future growth welcome uncomfortable revelations such as this. Once you understand that it’s not the features of a product or service that attract a member but rather the benefits (and dreams) they offer, you can begin the pivot towards dream-centric member engagement. 112SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

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Brisbane Metro boom suburbs

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“While the Queensland Government is prepared to go it alone in the funding of the Cross River Rail project, the Brisbane Metro is the Federal Government’s preferred public transport solution for the city, and the two-tier commitment will provide investors with significant funding.“As the population growth of our major cities aggravates congestion, lessening the time we commute to work will deliver tangible value to property owners.”The funding came at a time when some of the suburbs had seen “subdued growth”, he said, with Upper Mount Gravatt houses growing 2.5 per cent in the 12 months to January to $625,000 and Eight Mile Plains up 1.3 per cent growth to $780,000. The Brisbane City Council led infrastructure project will cost $300m.He said the funding “could be the catalyst for the areas to catch up with neighbouring suburbs including Mount Gravatt East (11.6 per cent growth to $658,000) and Mansfield ($676,250 for 7.3 per cent rise)”.Suburbs that were going backwards in terms of growth in the inner north were expected to see a jump, including Kelvin Grove where houses underperformed last year falling (-7 per cent) to $771,500 and Herston which went backwards (-4.7 per cent) to $820,000. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK sophie.foster@news.com.au Realtors expect the infrastructure surge to be a growth catalyst for multiple suburbs.IF you live in these suburbs you may well have heard the ka-ching as Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison announced massive funding for Brisbane.Budget 2018 has locked in the Queensland capitals next boom suburbs, according to one of Australia’s major real estate agencies, with realtors expecting the $300m Brisbane Metro infrastructure project to be a windfall for homeowners.LJ Hooker head of research Mathew Tiller said the congestion-busting infrastructure project would “reinvigorate suburbs along the alignment” of the project with a rise in sales predicted along the inner north and south of the city.“This brings suburbs like Upper Mount Gravatt and Eight Mile Plains in the city’s south and Kelvin Grove and Herston in the north closer to the CBD through increased ‘show-up-and-go’ public transport services,” he said.last_img read more

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Clive Palmer’s fugitive nephew puts fancy home up for rent

first_imgClive Mensink, the nephew of Clive Palmer, has put his Gold Coast house up for rent. Image: AAP/Dave Hunt.A WATERFRONT mansion on the Gold Coast belonging to Clive Palmer’s fugitive nephew has been listed for rent for $1100 a week.Records show the house at 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point, belongs to Clive Mensink, who was last seen in Bulgaria and is wanted on two warrants to return to Australia to answer questions about the collapse of his uncle’s company, Queensland Nickel. This property at 36 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands, is for rent. Picture: Paul Riley.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is a bit dated, but still pretty swish, featuring a floating pontoon, wet bar and pool.The main bedroom has an ensuite and balcony, the kitchen boasts marble benchtops and there’s an undercover entertaining area perfect for parties. Inside the house at 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point. The kitchen inside the home at 36 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point.The property is advertised for rent with Professionals Vertullo Real Estate and requires six weeks — rather than the usual four weeks bond — of $6600.Mr Palmer also happens to own property in the same street.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.Records show the billionaire businessman is the owner of two, neighbouring waterfront properties at 15-17 King Arthurs Court.One of the lots is vacant, while the other has a large, four-bedroom house on it, which was last listed for rent at $1100 a week in November 2019. Clive Palmer’s property at 15 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands. Photo: Suppliedlast_img read more

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Corallian finds Colter prospect to be smaller and Colter South larger than expected

first_imgUK-based Corallian Energy has completed its Colter appraisal campaign off the UK, which has included the Colter North and the new Colter South prospects, discovering that the Colter prospect is smaller but the Colter South prospect is larger than expected.Ensco-72 jack-up rig; Author: SP MacCorallian is the operator of offshore license P1918, which contains the Colter oil discovery located two kilometers south of Wytch Farm – Europe’s largest onshore oil field.As previously reported on February 25, 2019, the Colter appraisal well (98/11a-6) was drilled as a vertical well with the Ensco-72 jack-up rig and reached a Total Depth of 1870m MD in the Sherwood Sandstone.The well was drilled to appraise the 98/11-3 well, drilled in 1986 by British Gas, within the Colter Prospect. The 98/11a-6 well unexpectedly remained on the southern side of the Colter Prospect bounding fault but encountered oil and gas shows over a 9.4m interval at the top of the Sherwood Sandstone reservoir. A petrophysical evaluation of the LWD data has calculated a net pay of 3m.Similar indications of oil and gas were encountered in the 98/11-1 well, drilled in 1983 by British Gas, within the Colter South fault terrace. Provisional analysis of the new data indicates that the two wells may a share a common oil-water-contact having both intersected the down-dip margin of the Colter South prospect.Corallian’s most recent assessment of the Colter South Prospect prior to drilling the 98/11a-6 well had estimated a mean recoverable volume of 15 mmbbls. HOwever, Corallian said on Friday that further work will be required to refine this assessment with the new well data. Following the appraisal well in February, a decision was made by the joint venture to drill a side-track (98/11a-6Z) to the north to evaluate the Colter Prospect. The well has now been drilled to a Total Depth of 1910m MD and encountered the Sherwood Sandstone below the oil-water-contact of the 98/11-3 well.Initial evaluation of the data from both wells indicates that the Colter Prospect is smaller than pre-drill estimates. The Colter South discovery remains an opportunity to evaluate further as it is now really more extensive than indicated by the pre-drilling mapping. In addition, the side-track encountered oil and gas shows in the Jurassic Cornbrash-Lower Oxfordian interval, the producing reservoirs in the Kimmeridge oilfield, and this provides an interesting potential target on trend to the west within the onshore licenses held by the joint venture.The data from these well results and existing data will be incorporated to determine the best forward plan, Corallian concluded.Corallian’s partners in the license are Baron Oil and United Oil & Gas.Following the completion of the appraisal drilling campaign, Malcolm Butler, Chairman and CEO of Baron, commented: “While the drilling campaign indicates that the Colter Prospect is smaller than expected, it has demonstrated that the Colter South Prospect is larger than initially thought and has also given encouragement for our adjacent onshore prospects by encountering good shows in the Middle Jurassic. We will now integrate the results of drilling into the seismic data and evaluate the way forward to commercialization of the Colter Prospect and the enlarged Colter South Prospect.”United Oil & Gas CEO, Brian Larkin, said: “The Colter Appraisal campaign has delivered a new discovery and significantly increased our understanding of the Colter prospect. While we are obviously delighted by the discovery of Colter South, which with an estimated mean recoverable volume of 15 mmbbls is an exciting discovery and appears to have exceeded our pre-drill requirements for commerciality, Colter North has not delivered in the way that we would have hoped. However, even this latest result has delivered some interesting additional data which points to further targets and prospectivity within the license area.“We will continue to work with the partners to evaluate the best way of commercializing the license and the considerable data we have acquired during this campaign will help the partners decide on their next steps.” Colter side-tracklast_img read more

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Dungeon Lions making positive contribution through music

first_imgGroup Members of Dungeon Lions(L-R) Kunta Kinte Charles,David “Gwappers” Peter, Lennon Bruney, Walton “Fyah Bryte” Dalrymple and Lester “Smooth” Dupigny.Five young men of the community of Pointe Michel are on a journey to highlight Dominica through positive reggae music which their band Dungeon Lions produces.Kunta Kinte Charles, Lennon Bruney, Walton “Fyah Bryte” Dalrymple, David “Gwappers” Peter and Lester “Smooth” Dupigny formed the group “Dungeon Dwellers in 2009 after Fyah Bryte free-styled during one of the group’s hangout.Lennon Bruney and Kunta Kinte Charles deal with the production and editing of the music videos while Walton “Fyah Bryte” Dalrymple, David “Gwappers” Peter and Lester “Smooth” Dupigny are the lead singers.In an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes News, band members explained that the group started with the name Dungeon Dwellers but this was changed months after the group was formed on advise by one of the members David “Gwappers” Peter to Dungeon Lions.They subsequently released their first music video in 2009 entitled “Brighter Dayz” sang by Walton “Fyah Bryte” Dalrymple which encourages particularly young men and women to hold on, keep their heads up despite the tough times because brighter days will come.Dungeon Lions prides themselves as young men who are motivated to relay positive lyrics of love, unity, peace and hope for generations with the hope of dispelling the stereotype that young people are bad. Band promoter, video producer and editor Kunta Kinte Charles; named after the starring in the Roots movie, says the music the band produces has a positive message even for children.“I think if people take some time to listen to these songs they will see this is great music. When you have songs saying things like “bend down for the wood” and the kids going mad for that compared with our songs like “Show A Little Love”, “I Walk With Jah” or in fact “No Love” by Smooth which talks about no love in the world anymore all you see is guns and that kind of life. So he is asking where has the love gone? Also, we have Gwappers singing “all rasta love to see people living in love and unity, we have Bryte singing “Brighter Dayz” and “Show A Little Love” these are all real positive songs.”To date the group has released several singles including “Far Away”, “She Fell In Love”, “Rasta Must”, and “Feeling So Right” which are featured on YouTube and have received several hits. Charles explained that their music has been receiving good reviews and commendation internationally.“Fans have been checking the music, mainly in Europe; Madagascar, Czechoslovakia Sweden, Spain, Scandinavian countries Norway, Finland, love the music and are and asking for CD’s and to come down to Dominica to meet the group members.”Despite this international recognition, Charles laments that to date the group has not received air play from any of our local radio stations.“We brought a copy of a CD to all the radio stations. I even emailed the songs to one of the popular radio hosts so that they could feature it but we have not heard any of the songs played. To get them to play the song has been a challenge.”Lester “Smooth” Dupigny however says this will not deter the group as “what does not kill you, only makes you stronger so that’s not going to make us give up”.Another lead singer Walton “Fyah Bryte” Dalrymple, thanked the fans for their support but also called on “the radio stations to give local artists a chance. Give us a little air play, a little more support because that can help us to reach far. ” According to David “Gwappers” Peter “music is life and music is love and togetherness. I want us to keep it together because I’m seeing that we can reach places. We don’t have to fight or break up but build the foundation and take it to the higher level.” The band features every Friday at Lintona’s Restaurant and Bar in Pointe Michel close to the popular fish spot called “Kiman’s” from 9 pm and are inviting the public to come and support them. Share EntertainmentLocalNews Dungeon Lions making positive contribution through music by: – December 9, 2011 235 Views   9 comments Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

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Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidates number 75 with influx of state champions

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Another 27 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports drivers are new to the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Twenty-one of those additions are Allstar Performance State champions and include Brandon Beckendorf in Minnesota, Dean Deming in New Mexico, Kreg Dobson in Oklahoma, Greg Durbin in Illinois, Joe German in Washington, Steven Glenn in Missouri, Wyatt Howard in Utah, Paul Jones Jr. in Wyoming, K.C. Kubichek in Nevada, Mike Petersilie in Kansas, Dale Schweikart in Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Streeter in California, Jesse Taylor in Colorado, Ricky Thornton Jr. in Arizona, Curtis Towns in Oregon, Daniel Waldemar in Idaho, A.J. Ward in Michigan, Tim Ward in Nebraska, Randy Weaver in Arkansas, Keith White in Texas and Marcus Yarie in Wisconsin.Special event winners now vote eligible include Chase Allen at the Southern Challenge, Brian Mullen at Thunder On The Hill, Brad Pounds at the Dirt Track Nationals, Mike Van Genderen at the Desert Classic, Jeremy Payne at the Duel In The Desert and Randy Thornell at the Day After The Duel.Already on the ballot were state champions Robert Hellebust in North Dakota, Matt Roberts in New York, Jesse Sobbing in Iowa and Jim Thies in South Dakota.Thunder On The Hill winner Jordan Grabouski was also already on the ballot.The final qualifying event on the 2013 calendar is the Nov. 22-24 Cactus Classic at Central Arizona Raceway.By home region, the 75 drivers on the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Mark Carrell, Brian Cass, Zane DeVilbiss, Joe German, Dustin Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Wyatt Howard, Paul Jones Jr., David Karst, Eddie Kirchoff, K.C. Kubichek, Brad Pounds, Jeremy Shank, Brody Spangler, Jeffrey Streeter, Randy Thornell, Ricky Thornton Jr., Zachary Thorp, Curtis Towns, Daniel Waldemar, Jesse Williamson and Justen Yeager.BillsBuilt South Central Region – Chase Allen, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Chad Melton, Vince Ogle and Keith White.Jet Racing Central Region – Kreg Dobson, Jeremy Frenier, Cody Gearhart, Steven Glenn, Jordan Grabouski, John Hansen, Jared Landers, Bill Leighton, David Murray Jr., Jeremy Payne, Mike Petersilie, Johnny Saathoff, Dylan Smith, Jesse Taylor, Tim Ward and Randy Weaver.Belleville Motorsports North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Brandon Beckendorf, Ray Cox Jr., Eric Dailey, Todd Dart, Darin Duffy, Greg Durbin, Richie Gustin, Robert Hellebust, Sean Jerovetz, Benji LaCrosse, Tyler Limoges, Josh Meyer, Brian Mullen, Jason Schueller, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Dustin Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Jim Thies, Mike Van Genderen, Luke Wanninger and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Myron DeYoung, Chris Fleming, Matt Roberts, Dale Schweikart, Kyle Strickler and A.J. Ward.last_img read more