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The quest to create an education system that works for all kids


first_imgThey had seen the statistics before. A depressing batch of data on how poor kids don’t perform as well, or achieve as much, as children who grow up financially secure. Higher dropout rates. Dismal SAT scores. Lower wages. A shorter life expectancy.Yet the audience of educators who came to the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Tuesday for the kickoff of the Education Redesign Lab’s By All Means initiative were feverishly taking notes as Professor Paul Reville clicked through slide after slide of data. These superintendents, mayors, and school leaders from around the country were looking for ways to change the statistics and answer the question at the heart of the conference: How do we create an education system that works for all kids?As Reville told the audience, we start by talking about what’s become crystal clear to anyone trying to reform education: “We’re afraid to admit that demographics still predict destiny.”Reville, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, who founded the Ed Redesign Lab as a way to rethink how we educate children, said that although much reform work has been done over the past two decades in the United States to close the “achievement gap” created from income disparities, there is still a persistent, ironclad correlation between ZIP code and destiny. “The data don’t lie,” he said, showing another slide. “They tell a story — the story that there are consequences to poverty on education and life outcomes.”One consequence, said James Ryan, dean of HGSE, is that “far too few students receive a high-quality education and far too few are able to reach their potential.”Too often, we look solely to schools to “fix” this problem. But as Reville and others pointed out, schools alone can’t turn things around for all kids. “If we’re going to get all kids ready for success, it’s going to take a broader community effort,” Reville said.This is exactly what the By All Means initiative is about. During the next two years, the initiative will host a series of conferences at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and work closely in the field with six cities to create individual plans to tackle a specific childhood challenge. The cities — Oakland, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Providence, R.I.; and Salem, Somerville, and Newton, Mass. — will serve as labs as they test different methods of making deep change in schools and learning for all students.Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the keynote speaker on Tuesday, said an initiative like By All Means is critically needed, now more than ever. (Reville served as the commonwealth’s secretary of education under Patrick.)Linda Hammett Ory (from left), Fritz Hobbs, Harvard President Drew Faust, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick attended the kickoff of HGSE’s By All Means initiative. Patrick delivered the keynote address. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“We need to reach the talent we know resides in all communities, by all means necessary,” said Patrick. “We need to create curious, confident learners for life; learners who become undaunted by the new; learners who, with real conviction, can figure it out. We need to see and think about education as beyond the four walls of a school. But that won’t happen unless we are determined to educate the whole child.”To do this, Reville said, “We need a new vision. We need conversations to imagine what that new vision would look like.” He said we need to move away from an outdated, one-size-fits-all model of education. “If we build a system that would guarantee that poor children had the same opportunities that well-off students have, what would that look like?”The Ed Redesign Lab, in addition to working closely with the six cities (to start), plans to push this kind of conversation nationwide, and will focus on research, specifically what works and what doesn’t. As Reville noted, good work is being done around the country, but it’s done in isolation and not at scale.He said several times during the conference that we cannot expect teachers and principals alone to shoulder the burden of making change. They are already overwhelmed, he said, they may not have the expertise, and they don’t have the authority. During a panel discussion with the mayors of the participating cities, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said we need to see education for what it is — “very complex.”In some ways, said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, having mayors serve as a major part of the By All Means initiative makes sense because “for better or for worse, mayors fly at an altitude that allows us to see the interconnectivity” of what impacts kids. “Just as educators alone can’t fix all of the problems in education, safety can’t be delivered only by the police. Health care can’t be delivered by just doctors and hospitals. No one system can do it alone.”“We need everyone jumping in,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, noting that he recently pulled the business community into schools. “Some knew it was the right thing to do, others got engaged when we pointed out that this is your future workforce,” he said. “We got them through the pocketbook.”Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said it’s also important to ask what it means when we say we care about kids. “Everyone says, ‘We want to help,’ but how do we get a unified community vision and then get everyone to recognize that they need to play a role? You need to have that shared vision.”Reville admitted that all of this will take a lot of hard work and “is easier said than done.” But, he added, “This is the most important work of the 21st century. This isn’t miracle work. We’re not naïve. But pushing the envelope is really important work for all of us. This is the start. We have a long way to go.”To learn more, visit edredesign.org.last_img read more


Prolific Playwright, Poet & Novelist Amiri Baraka Dies at 79


first_img Born Everett Leroy Jones, the writer premiered his controversial and groundbreaking play Dutchman in 1964 at off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre. His additional plays include The Slave, J-E-L-L-O, The Baptism and the Toilet, A Black Mass and The Motion of History and Other Plays. In 1967, Baraka adapted Dutchman into a film, starring Shirley Knight and Al Freeman Jr. Revolutionary writer Amiri Baraka, who wrote the acclaimed play Dutchman under the name LeRoi Jones, died on January 9 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, The New York Times reports. He was 79 years old. Baraka has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, the Langston Hughes Award and the Before Columbus Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as the Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2002 to 2003, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A prolific novelist and poet, Baraka’s works include The System of Dante’s Hell, Tales, Tales of the Out & the Gone, The Book of Monk, Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems, Hard Facts, Black Magic, It’s Nation Time, Slave Ship, Hard Facts, Prevace to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note and Wise, Why’s Y’s. Baraka is survived by his wife and three sons, Obalaji, Amiri Jr. and Ras. The writer converted to Islam in the 1960s and took on the Bantuized Arabic name Imamu Ameer Baraka, later changed to Amiri Baraka. His wife, Sylvia Robinson, changed her name to Amina Baraka. View Commentslast_img read more


Emma Stone Begins Performances in Cabaret on Broadway


first_img View Comments Cabaret will play through March 29, 2015 at Studio 54. Cabaret Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Perfectly marvelous! Emma Stone begins performances in the Broadway revival of Cabaret on November 11, taking over from Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles. Stone will remain with the Roundabout Theatre Company production, starring Tony winner Alan Cumming as the Emcee, through February 1, 2015.center_img Related Shows In addition to Stone and Cumming, the musical currently features Danny Burstein, Linda Emond, Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin. Stone is making her Broadway debut in Cabaret. Best known for starring in the Amazing Spider-Man film series, her other screen credits include Magic in the Moonlight, The Croods, Gangster Squad, Easy A, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Friends with Benefits, Paperman, Marmaduke, Zombieland, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The House Bunny, The Rocker, Superbad and the recently released Birdman.last_img read more


Jed Dousevicz named new partner at VT Commercial.


first_imgAfter a very successfull 2 years with V/T Commercial Real Estate, Jed Dousevicz has been named an owner/principal in the firm. Jed has an extensive background in sales, small business management and has been involved in real estate for 10 years. In the past 2 years, he has been focusing on commercial real estate sales and leasing and business brokerage, which he will continue to concentrate on as a partner.last_img


Compliance: FinCEN changes to CTR start in August


first_img continue reading » The Currency Transaction Report (CTR) available on the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) e-filing system will be updated in August, the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced last week. These changes are defined in a Federal Register notice published by FinCEN in February.Batch filers will be required to submit the updated CTR data in an XML-based file, rather than the current ASCII-based fixed-length delimited file. They will have 9 months from a to-be-determined go-live date in August to adhere to the new XML specification.The system will continue to accept ACSII files until May 2018.New or updated data fields include:Part I Person Involved in Transaction: Renamed Item 2d from “Courier Service (private)” to “Common carrier;”Part II Amount and Type of Transaction: Added a checkbox to Item 24 to reflect “Shared Branching;” 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Johnson City church named in Broome County COVID health alert


first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a public health alert for a location where a person who visited later tested positive for COVID-19. Two River Church, 1 Chrisfield Ave in Johnson City The health department asks if you were at the below location that you self-quarantine and monitor yourself for symptoms until November 30. Nov. 15 during the Children’s Service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The health department says you should self-quarantine if you were at the location on the respective date and time from 10 minutes or more.last_img


Istanbul Buyuks 2 – 1 Man Utd


first_imgBa was a constant thorn in the side of Axel Tuanzebe and was incensed when the United centre-back only received a yellow for a desperate last-man challenge on the Basaksehir striker as he ran through on goal again.Just as United seemed to have steadied the ship following the early setback, their defensive frailties were exposed for a second time as Deniz Turuc picked Juan Mata’s pocket, broke forward and sent a cross in that Ba brilliantly dummied for Visca to rifle in the hosts’ second. ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 04: during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Istanbul Basaksehir and Manchester United at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu on November 04, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)Image:Former Premier League striker Demba Ba tormented Axel Tuanzebe before the United centre-back was hooked at the break The ease with which Basaksehir contained United’s attack prompted further reinforcements from the bench, with Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood summoned, but they failed to galvanise the visitors.United nearly got out of jail when substitute Mehmet Topal diverted the ball back towards his own goal line, but Epureanu’s stunning clearance ensured it was a night to savour for Baseksehir – and one to forget for Solskjaer.Opta stats – Man Utd toil in TurkeyThis result ended Manchester United’s longest away winning run in all competitions in their history (10 straight wins), and was their first away defeat in 19 matches since losing in January at Liverpool in the Premier League.Including qualifiers, this was only İstanbul Başakşehir’s second win in nine UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L5), also beating Club Brugge in qualifying for the 2017-18 competition.Manchester United have lost four of their last six away matches at Turkish opposition in all competitions (W2), including each of their last three.İstanbul striker Demba Ba (35 years, 163 days) became the second-oldest African player to score a UEFA Champions League goal, behind only Didier Drogba, who was 36 years and 259 days old when he scored his final goal in the competition in November 2014.Among Premier League clubs, İstanbul’s Demba Ba only has more goals in all competitions against West Brom (6) and Tottenham (5) than Man Utd (4); today was his first goal against the Red Devils since April 2013 for Chelsea.İstanbul’s Edin Visca was the first player to both score and assist in a single UEFA Champions League game against Manchester United since Arjen Robben for Bayern Munich in April 2014, and the first to score and assist for a Turkish side in a match in the competition since Didier Drogba for Galatasaray against Juventus in October 2013.With today his 32nd UEFA Champions League appearance, Man Utd’s Anthony Martial has scored in back-to-back games in the competition for the first time; his strike came just 137 seconds after İstanbul had gone 2-0 ahead.What’s next?Manchester United travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm. Istanbul Basaksehir host Genclerbirligi in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday at 1pm. Manchester United’s woes took a turn for the worse as Istanbul Basaksehir punished shambolic defending to inflict a 2-1 first Champions League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.United travelled to the Turkish capital on the back of impressive victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, but found themselves two down inside 40 minutes as strikes from Demba Ba and Edin Visca capitalised on a defensive horror show from the visitors.- Advertisement – Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester UnitedImage:Istanbul Basaksehir players celebrate Demba Ba putting them ahead against Manchester United Team newsDean Henderson made his European debut, Axel Tuanzebe made his second start of the season, and Donny Van De Beek and Anthony Martial returned as Man Utd made six changes from the defeat to Arsenal.Former United full-back Rafael, ex-Premier League players Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba, and on-loan Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli started for the Turkish champions. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Anthony MartialImage:Anthony Martial scored in back-to-back Champions League games for the first time on his 32nd appearance in the competition United looked to be effectively carrying out their gameplan early on, with Bruno Fernandes rifling a volley wide and Luke Shaw whistling a shot past the post inside 10 minutes, but it all unravelled for Solskjaer’s side in farcical circumstances before the quarter-hour mark.- Advertisement – But United were able to grab a lifeline before the half was over, with Martial steering a brilliant header into the far corner to halve the deficit with their first attempt on target on 43 minutes.After a performance in stark contrast to his stunning display at Paris Saint-Germain, Tuanzebe was hooked at the interval, as Scott McTominay came on to add another layer of protection in front of United’s porous defence. Basaksehir captain Visca blazed a shot over and United failed to heed the warning as a simple punt from the back released Ba in behind the visitors’ non-existent backline, and the Senegal striker strode unopposed through on goal before slotting past European debutant Dean Henderson. Anthony Martial’s instinctive header pulled one back before the break but it failed to inspire a second-half comeback, with a stunning stoppage-time goal-line clearance from Alexandru Epureanu denying United a point at the death.Newcomers Basaksehir didn’t have a Champions League point or a goal to their name before kick-off but a resilient performance earned a famous and deserved first win in the tournament for the Turkish champions, as United became the first English club to lose in this season’s competition on the banks of the Bosporus.How Man Utdlast_img read more


After Lebanon blast, future lawsuits pile up against the state


first_imgHasrouty’s father, Ghassan, was among the more than 190 people killed in the mega-blast, caused — the authorities say — by a large stockpile of ammonium nitrate blowing up.The explosion, one of the largest non-nuclear blasts in history, also wounded at least 6,500 people, and ravaged swathes of Beirut. Ghassan worked for most of his life in a control room in the shadow of the port’s giant silos, right next to the epicenter of the explosion.He was buried so deep under rubble, wheat and corn that the foreign rescue teams who rushed to the scene never stood a chance of pulling him out alive.  ‘Only want justice’ The Hasrouty family is one of at least 1,228 families who have turned to the Beirut Bar Association to file complaints they hope will become lawsuits against the state, as Lebanese law does not allow for class action procedures. The Beirut Bar Association is offering its services pro bono as part of an accountability drive it launched after the blast, assigning a lawyer to each of the cases it is currently handling.”We can’t stand by idly in the face of a tragic crime of this kind,” Melhem Khalaf, the head of the association, told AFP.”We are not seeking revenge in any way. We only want justice.” With an army of 400 volunteer lawyers and 200 legal aides, the Beirut Bar Association has set up seven makeshift centers in blast-hit districts in the aftermath of the explosion, Khalaf said.They have been backed by more than 450 real-estate appraisers who helped assess the cost of damages suffered by the claimants.Staring at a computer at the association’s Beirut headquarters, lawyer Ali Jaber gave a break-down of the cases. So far, more than 82 percent of all cases brought to the Beirut Bar Association involve people whose complaint focuses on material losses as a result of the blast, according to Jaber.Those who sustained injuries as well as material losses make up around seven percent of future claimants, while those whose complaint centered solely on injuries accounted for three and a half percent, he said.A little over one percent have lost a relative to the blast. Jaber said claimants would seek first to establish responsibility through a verdict before any second lawsuit for compensation from the cash-strapped state, as Lebanon grapples with its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Topics : Doubts over local probeA long history of high-level impunity in Lebanon has pushed many of the country’s citizens at home and abroad to call for an international probe into the blast — a demand now backed by Western powers and rights groups. But Lebanese authorities have rejected such a proposal, favoring instead a local investigation that has so far yielded the arrest of some 25 people.They include the head of the Beirut port and its customs director, but not a single official in government or parliament. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and French experts have been assisting Lebanese authorities in a probe that has yet to establish a cause for the blast almost seven weeks later. Amnesty International this month said an “international fact-finding mechanism” is the only way to “guarantee victims’ rights to truth, justice and remedy”.But the government has instead referred the investigation to “the Judicial Council, a court… whose proceedings inherently lack independence and impartiality”, Amnesty said.With political forces routinely exercising influence over judges to bypass accountability, a frustrated Khalaf called on the ruling elite to “leave the judiciary alone”.”A crime of this scale cannot be caught up in political disputes,” he added.”Knowing the truth and achieving justice would comfort people and let them live in peace.”center_img Elie Hasrouty, who lost his father to the August 4 Beirut port blast, is one of at least 1,228 grieving Lebanese preparing to file a lawsuit against the state.  The young computer engineer said going to court won’t bring his father back, but it could go some way towards preventing similar disasters from happening again.”We are pursuing legal action (for) us, the people who remain in this country and who want to live in it with dignity,” he told AFP. His body was found two weeks after the blast.His son said the point of legal action was not “retaliation” against the authorities, whose negligence and corruption are widely blamed for the blast, but rather to address the underlying conditions that led to the disaster.”We need to determine who is responsible as well as all behavior that led to this situation, so that the issue is addressed and proper measures are taken to deter similar conduct in the future,” he said. “What’s the use of… prosecuting those who will be found guilty if [official] conduct does not change?” he asked. last_img read more


Wolf Administration Awards $3 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs


first_imgWolf Administration Awards $3 Million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Philadelphia, PA – The Wolf Administration today awarded three $1-million grants to organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction, including one at Temple University Hospital, as part of the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment program, or PAC-MAT.“These grants show the continued commitment of health care providers across the state to help those suffering from the disease of addiction to recover from their illness,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It is essential that we continue to listen to all our partners on the local, county and state level to discuss the needs and efforts unique to different areas of Pennsylvania.”“PAC-MAT provides for a hub-and-spoke model of treatment with an addiction-specialist physician at the center of the hub and primary-care physicians serving as spokes to provide treatment directly to patients in their own community,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Through this program, patients are connected to all of the support and medical services they need to help them recover from this debilitating disease. There is hope for those suffering from this disease and PAC-MAT is vital to that process.”“The Temple Center for Population Health will use this PAC-MAT grant funding to implement a hub and spoke model to improve access for our patients who require medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder,” Dr. Susan Freeman, Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Health System said. “Our Temple Recovery Using Scientific Treatments Clinic (TRUST) — which provide comprehensive, evidence-based services from experienced addiction medicine specialists — will be expanded as the hub to provide expertise and resources to surrounding community-based clinics. This “network” approach will enhance the quality and coordination of care for our patients.”The other two grant recipients are the Wright Center in Scranton and UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg. There are currently five PAC-MAT programs operating in Pennsylvania, including UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger Clinic, Well-Span and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.These grants are funded through the second 21st Century CURES grant, a $26.5 million federal grant the Wolf Administration received to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for substance-use disorder.“The CURES grant funding allows us to provide access to treatment to many more people,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “And treatment can lead to recovery, which is possible and is our ultimate goal. Adding more PAC-MAT programs in Pennsylvania only helps us expand our outreach to those suffering from opioid use disorder and provide them with treatment options in their communities.”The formal announcement was made prior to the third regional meeting of the Opioid Command Center as part of the governor’s continuing heroin and opioid disaster declaration.More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and help for people suffering from addiction can be found here.center_img July 17, 2018last_img read more


IFRS rejects call for guidance on foreign-currency discounting


first_imgThe International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) will not introduce new rules for discount rates relating to use of foreign currencies.The IFRS IC tentatively concluded at a meeting this month that existing pensions accounting literature already provides sufficient basis for defined benefit plan sponsors to determine discount rates.The decision means that the IFRS IC will not to add the issue to its standard-setting agenda. The decision affects sponsors that are currently applying International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19), in countries that have adopted another country’s currency as its official currency. Committee member Bruce Mackenzie said: “Each time we had to assess a discount rate in Africa, whatever the currency, we always managed to find a solution.“So, I think what is proposed by the staff seems consistent with what we usually practiced in the past, even in [regions] where you sometimes don’t have a deep market in corporate bonds [or] even in government bonds.”Interested parties have 60 days to comment on the decision.Debate during a meeting on 14 March concerned a request from an entity based in Ecuador, which uses the US dollar as its official currency.The submitter argued that that there was no deep market for US dollar-delimited high quality corporate bonds in Ecuador. It asked if it should look instead to other markets such as the US where those bonds are issued in order to calculate its discount rate.Where there are no high-quality corporate bonds in a jurisdiction, IAS 19 requires entities to revert to government-issued bonds.The submission also asked the committee to rule on whether it would be appropriate to fall back on yields on Ecuadorean government debt or instead use market yields on US dollar debt issued in another market or country.The committee also said that an entity should apply “judgement to determine the appropriate population of high quality corporate bonds or government bonds to reference when determining the discount rate.”In addition, the committee tentatively concluded that the “currency and term of the bonds must be consistent with the currency and estimated term of the post-employment benefit obligations.”The IFRS IC has also noted that the discount rate did not reflect the expected return on plan assets.Meanwhile, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has concluded work on its research project into discount rates and said it would not seek public feedback on a discussion paper dealing with the topic.In a paper presented to the board’s 21 March meeting, however, staff noted that the board “will be addressing project findings relating to existing requirements in its work on individual projects as appropriate.”IASB staff presented a draft research paper to the board on 21 January last year. The paper provided a summary of discounting across the whole of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).Together with pensions accounting, discounting ranked as a priority for the board’s constituents during the board’s 2011 agenda consultation process, as well as during its latest consultation.The two main outputs from the project, staff said during the 21 March meeting, had been to provide a summary of discounting under IFRS and also to compile a list of issues for staff to consider when developing accounting requirements that involve discounting.last_img read more