There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young children are free to brainstorm with other early childhood professionals regarding "out of the box" concepts...which is basically the whole premise of Reggio. (Parents will enjoy a peek into the Reggio Emilia world from the teaching professional's point of view as well, I'm sure.)On my latest trip to Reggio Inspired, I came upon this video gem, posted by one of the members. As I watched the soul warming essence of Mr. Fred Rogers I was simultaneously bombarded with grief and with joy. Grief that our world no longer contains this individuated soul, and joy that in such a short lifetime...so many were touched so deeply, and profoundly changed at a root level.
It was part of Mr. Roger's genetic makeup to be an advocate for the very young child. I do not believe that anyone has ever been able to see through the eyes of a child as throughly as he. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. I trust you will share in my appreciation of his intelligence, thoughtfulness,empathy and strength, as he attempts to retain funding for PBS which was in jeopardy. Click on this link to view the video.
Summer camps with a mission: To create cybersecurity experts
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches.
Ivory Coast says striking teachers' salaries can rise
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara used the May 1 Labour Day holiday Friday to announce that civil servants' salaries can finally increase after more than two decades. His announcement comes at a time when the west African nation's schools are paralysed by a teachers' strike -- they will be among the beneficiaries of the new move. "The salaries of all civil servants will be unfrozen from today," Ouattara told several hundred people at a ceremony to mark May 1. Civil servants' pay has been frozen in Ivory Coast since the mid-1980s.
College Students Join Freddie Gray Protests
The death of Freddie Gray—the young black man who died mysteriously after being taken into police custody in Baltimore—has inspired protests in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and even outside the U.S. Embassy in London. College students are driving many of the protests. Thursday evening on the University of Michigan campus, for instance, hundreds of students gathered for a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with the protests across the country triggered by Gray’s death but also to protest police brutality in general. “It’s really important for me to show solidarity, to be active in the fight, to show that we care, and that we’re paying attention—and that we want something to change,” said Lauren Seale, a 24-year-old medical student.
Sentences cut for 3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating scandal
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the trial stemming from the city's standardized test cheating scandal.
Judge eases prison time for three educators in Atlanta testing scandals
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday cut the prison sentences by more than half for three former Atlanta public school administrators who had received the harshest punishments for convictions in a widespread test-cheating scandal. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter reduced the time the defendants will have to spend in prison to three years from seven, explaining in court that he was not comfortable with the harsher sentences he initially doled out. "I want to modify the sentence so I can live with it." Former area directors Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts were the three highest-ranking school officials found guilty this month on conspiracy charges arising from a state investigation that uncovered pervasive cheating in the Georgia city's schools on 2009 standardized tests. A prosecutor said the three-year prison sentences were in line with what the district attorney's office had recommended.
Detroit school system to split under Michigan governor's plan
(Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday proposed a dramatic restructuring of Detroit's public school system, which remains financially and academically troubled despite years of state oversight. The Detroit Public Schools, run by a state-appointed emergency manager, and its elected school board would continue to exist but only for the purpose of eliminating the district's $483 million operating deficit. A new Detroit Education District, managed by a seven-member board initially appointed by the governor and Detroit's mayor, would take operating control of the schools. "The schools will be a vital part of Detroit's continuing comeback, and this plan represents state and city leaders working together on a long-term solution," Snyder said in a statement.
Burundi sends college students home amid unrest
Learn to Teach With Scholarships for Educators
Fortunately, to help minimize that debt, there are plenty of scholarships and other financial aid options available for those who are called to teach. The only catch is that if you receive an award, the grant commitment requires you to spend four years after you graduate teaching in a high-need field at a school serving low-income students. These awards are distributed by individual colleges and universities, so if you're going into STEM education, check with your financial aid office. Future teachers can also find plenty of private scholarships.
Colleges that have produced the most NFL Draft picks in the last 20 years
Photo by Scott Huber Matthew Stafford went No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. High schools like Long Beach Poly (Calif.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) have many alumni that have been taken in the NFL Draft. Long Beach Poly has had 16 in the past 20 years, while St. Thomas Aquinas has produced 19. While we focus on high school sports, we still have an interest in following athletes throughout their careers. Here are the colleges that have produced the most NFL Draft picks over the the past 20 years, not counting 2015. 1. Florida State - 124 Round 1 picks: 30 Highest overall pick: Andre Wadsworth, No. 3 (1998) - Florida Christian (Miami) High School Round 2 picks: 18 NFL connection: Tampa Bay has drafted eight players from Florida State since 1994. 2. Ohio State - 123 Round 1 picks: 31 Highest overall pick: Orlando Pace, No. 1 (1997) - Sandusky (Ohio) High School Dan Wilkinson, No. 1 (1994) - Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio) High School Round 2 picks: 22 NFL connection: St. Louis has drafted nine players from Ohio State since 1994. 3. USC - 113 Round 1 picks: 25 Highest overall pick: Carson Palmer, No. 1 (2003) - Santa Margarita (Calif.) High School Keyshawn Johnson, No. 1 (1996) - Dorsey (Los Angeles) High School Round 2 picks: 48 NFL connection: Jacksonville has drafted seven players from USC since 1994. 4. Miami (FL) - 111 Round 1 picks: 33 Highest overall pick: Andre Johnson, No. 3 (2003) - Miami (Fla.) High School Round 2 picks: 22 NFL connection: Baltimore and Cleveland have drafted seven Miami players since 1994. 5. Florida - 107 Round 1 picks: 23 Highest overall pick: Gerard Warren, No. 3 (2001) - Union County (Lake Butler, Fla.) High School Round 2 picks: 32 NFL connection: Chicago has drafted nine Florida players since 1994. 5. Georgia - 107 Round 1 picks: 17 Highest overall pick: Matthew Stafford, No. 1 (2009) - Highland Park (Dallas) High School Round 2 picks: 26 NFL connection: Cincinnati has drafted eight Georgia players since 1994. 7. Tennessee - 106 Round 1 picks: 20 Highest overall pick: Peyton Manning, No. 1 (1998) - Newman (New Orleans) High School Round 2 picks: 36 NFL connection: Kansas City has drafted seven Tennessee players since 1994. 8. Nebraska - 99 Round 1 picks: 9 Highest overall pick: Ndamukong Suh, No. 3 (2010) - Grant (Portland, Ore.) High Shool Round 2 picks: 32 NFL connection: St. Louis has drafted eight Nebraska players since 1994. 9. LSU - 98 Round 1 picks: 19 Highest overall pick: JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 (2007) - Williamson (Mobile, Ala.) High School Round 2 picks: 32 NFL connection: Dallas and Seattle have drafted six players from LSU since 1994. 10. Notre Dame - 97 Round 1 picks: 11 Highest overall pick: Bryant Young, No. 7 (1994) - Bloom (Chicago Heights, Ill.) High School Round 2 picks: 18 NFL connection: San Francisco has drafted six Notre Dame players since 1994. 11. Alabama - 96 Round 1 picks: 21 Highest overall pick: Trent Richardson, No. 3 (2012) - Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) High School Marcell Dareus, No. 3 (2011) - Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.) High School Chris Samuels, No. 3 (2000) - Shaw (Mobile, Ala.) High School Round 2 picks: 32 NFL connection: Baltimore has drafted seven Alabama players since 1994. 12. Oklahoma - 87 Round 1 picks: 14 Highest overall pick: Sam Bradford, No. 1 (2010) - Putnam City North (Oklahoma City) High School Round 2 picks: 26 NFL connection: Baltimore has drafted six Oklahoma players since 1994. 13. Wisconsin - 84 Round 1 picks: 13 Highest overall pick: Joe Thomas, No. 3 (2007) - Brookfield Central (Wis.) High School Round 2 picks: 18 NFL connection: Dallas, New Orleans and the New York Giants each have drafted five players from Wisconsin since 1994. 14. Penn State - 83 Round 1 picks: 16 Highest overall pick: Courtney Brown, No. 1 (2000) - Macedonia High School (S.C.), now closed Ki-Jana Carter, No. 1 (1995) - Westerville South (Ohio) High School Round 2 picks: 10 NFL connection: Indianapolis has drafted six players from Penn State since 1994. 15. Michigan - 82 Round 1 picks: 16 Highest overall pick: Jake Long, No. 1 (2008) - Lapeer East (Mich.) High School Round 2 picks: 14 NFL connection: New England has drafted seven players from Michigan since 1994. 20 More schools 16. Virginia Tech - 80 17. California - 78 17. North Carolina - 78 19. Colorado - 71 20. Texas - 71 20. Texas A&M - 71 22. Iowa - 68 23. Clemson - 67 23. Oregon - 67 25. Arizona State - 66 26. Stanford - 65 27. Auburn - 64 28. Michigan State - 61 29. Virginia - 59 30. UCLA - 57 31. Arkansas - 55 32. South Carolina - 54 33. Kansas State - 52 33. Washington - 52 35. Arizona - 50
Brazil: Teachers, police clash outside congress building
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police unleashed waves of rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades on striking teachers in a southern Brazilian city Wednesday, leaving over 150 people injured.