Teaching

VDOE Awards Grant to PWCS, Eight Other School Divisions for Apprenticeship Program to Address Teacher Shortages

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Her expertise and commitment to education are invaluable as we continue to enhance our teacher recruitment programs," said Dr. Babur Lateef, Chairman At-Large, School Board.

Key Points: 
  • Her expertise and commitment to education are invaluable as we continue to enhance our teacher recruitment programs," said Dr. Babur Lateef, Chairman At-Large, School Board.
  • The program is based on the national apprenticeship model and is meant to help address teacher shortages by removing cost barriers and providing quality teacher preparation.
  • “Looking ahead, we envision a future where the Grow Your Own Registered Teacher Apprenticeship program becomes an exemplary model for others to follow.
  • The Grow Your Own – Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program will afford PWCS and partnering divisions the opportunity to significantly expand the pipeline for recruiting and retaining quality teachers.

Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos Scholarship for Healthcare Students: A Beacon of Opportunity for Aspiring Healthcare Professionals

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Established by renowned hand surgeon Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos, this scholarship embodies a commitment to fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Key Points: 
  • Established by renowned hand surgeon Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos, this scholarship embodies a commitment to fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders.
  • "The Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos Scholarship for Healthcare Students is more than just a financial award; it's a symbol of empowerment and opportunity," remarks Dr. Manon-Matos.
  • The Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos Scholarship for Healthcare Students serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring healthcare professionals, offering support and recognition to those who embody excellence and dedication in their academic pursuits.
  • For more information about the Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos Scholarship for Healthcare Students and details on how to apply, please visit https://dryorellmanonmatosscholarship.com/ or https://dryorellmanonmatosscholarship.com/dr-yorell-manon-matos-scholars... .

Teacher apprenticeships may encourage more people into the profession – but greater change is needed to get them to stay

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Friday, February 16, 2024

In eight of the past nine years there have been too few people entering the teaching profession in the UK.

Key Points: 
  • In eight of the past nine years there have been too few people entering the teaching profession in the UK.
  • In 2023-24, only half of the targeted secondary trainee teacher places have been filled.
  • Now the government has announced teacher degree apprenticeships as a new way to enter the profession.

Attracting teachers

  • In the academic year 2023-24, the government sought to recruit 2,820 new physics teachers, and offered training scholarships and bursaries worth up to £29,000 to attract them.
  • Bonuses like these do not appear to be a significant driver in people’s choice to become teachers.
  • An important element of this strategy is to support teaching assistants – who are already familiarised with working in schools – to become teachers.
  • But it does assume that teaching assistants wish to become teachers, which is not necessarily always the case.

Working conditions and wellbeing

  • It is no wonder that more than half of teachers in England feel their workload is unmanageable.
  • Nor is it surprising that people working in education are subject to higher levels of stress than other professions and are also likely to be disappointed with their occupation.
  • In 2023, the government launched a teacher workload reduction taskforce to find ways to reduce teachers’ working weeks by five hours.
  • Unless the teaching profession experiences a fundamental shift in working conditions for all we are likely to continue to see poor workforce satisfaction and teachers continuing to leave the profession.


Stephen Corbett receives funding from the University of Portsmouth. He is affiliated with the Education and Training Foundation.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces Jiseon Lee Isbara as Next President

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Friday, February 16, 2024

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a leader in art and design education, today announced Jiseon Lee Isbara as the School's next president, completing a successful national search. Jiseon, who currently serves as the provost of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, will step into the role that will be vacated by Elissa Tenny upon her retirement.

Key Points: 
  • CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a leader in art and design education, today announced Jiseon Lee Isbara as the School's next president, completing a successful national search.
  • Jiseon, the second woman to serve as president in SAIC's 158-year history, comes to the School with extensive experience in higher education and the arts.
  • "SAIC is composed of a community of diverse people, philosophies, pedagogies, and goals, and I am honored to serve as the School's next president," said Jiseon.
  • "I am so thrilled that Jiseon will serve as the next president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago," said Board of Trustees Chair Denise B. Gardner.

7 crucial issues casting a shadow over Prabowo-Gibran’s likely Indonesian election victory

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Friday, February 16, 2024

After four election attempts and three presidential races, the 72-year-old Defence Minister is set to succeed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has been in power for a decade.

Key Points: 
  • After four election attempts and three presidential races, the 72-year-old Defence Minister is set to succeed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has been in power for a decade.
  • We summarised the views of nine academics on seven crucial issues that have become public discussions following recent presidential and vice-presidential debates.

1. Human rights and freedoms on the line

  • Prabowo had admitted his involvment in the kidnapping of pro-democracy activists in May 1998 riots, but said he released them.
  • Eka said it was concerning that Prabowo did not include any commitment to resolve past human rights violations in his election platform.
  • “Hoping for Prabowo to resolve the past human rights cases seems impossible.
  • It is difficult to expect Prabowo to be able to fully protect human rights, including civil, political, economic and socio-cultural rights of the entire community,” Eka said.

2. The New Capital’s funding challenge

  • Prabowo-Gibran’s victory means the development of the New Capital city in East Kalimantan, one of Jokowi’s signature projects, will continue as planned.
  • With many of Prabowo-Gibran’s campaign programs requiring substantial funding, including the free lunch and internet programs, money will be tight.
  • “There is still a burden from the debt inherited by the Jokowi administration, and the interest is also very high.
  • This does not include the risk of biodiversity loss due to the reduction in cover.

3. Food estate’s risk of failure

  • However, amid a changing climate and the risk of extreme weather, the food estate project is at high risk of failure.
  • Prabowo must reconsider the food estate project, Angga said, because Indonesia had already experienced two losses by forcing itself to boost mass agriculture: the Suharto-era million-hectare rice field project in Central Kalimantan and the food estate project in Merauke in Papua.

4. Strategies for nickel and other industries

  • Additionally, given its status as one of the world’s biggest nickel producers, Indonesia’s export ban on raw nickel and the flood of semi-finished nickel products in the international market has seen global nickel prices plummet.
  • Krisna said the downstream aspirations echoed by Prabowo-Gibran were not only about nickel, but also crude palm oil, coal and digital downstreaming.
  • “Some of these industries are varied, and many require a wide scale that may not be sufficient if they only rely on the domestic market.

5. Improving teacher and lecturer welfare

  • One study found increased welfare could encourage educators to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process.
  • Another study in 2019 showed the fulfilment of adequate welfare for teachers would increase teachers’ enthusiasm when working.
  • Hariyadi concluded that although necessary, improving welfare was not the only component needed to enhance the quality of public services, especially in the education sector.

6. Protecting independent research and academic freedom

  • In the presidential debates, Prabowo and his two competitors did not explain their understanding of academic freedom.
  • The discussion about the political environment, academic autonomy and the legal environment determining academic freedom was nowhere to be found.
  • Masduki said Prabowo should acknowledge academic autonomy from the very beginning: from planning research topics and building the research environment to receiving funding not flavoured with political messages.

7. Progress on helping children grow

  • The prevalence of stunting cannot go down quickly in only one leadership period, as it is caused by many factors.
  • “The Health Ministry has a program for the first 1000 days of a child’s life, starting during pregnancy.
  • “The target (of the program) is unclear, whether (it is) to overcome stunting, malnutrition or other nutrition.
  • Ultimately, budget allocations may hinder the efforts to reduce stunting, as Jokowi government has eliminated the mandatory spending for health.

Should Taylor Swift be taught alongside Shakespeare? A professor of literature says yes

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

It’s 2024 and he was born in 1564, and she’s only 34.

Key Points: 
  • It’s 2024 and he was born in 1564, and she’s only 34.
  • Sliding her into the classroom would be yet another example of a dumbed-down curriculum.
  • Well, the dates might be, but not the assumptions – about Shakespeare, about English, about teaching, and about Swift.
  • In Sweet Nothing, on the Midnights album, she sings:
    On the way home
    I wrote a poem
    You say “What a mind”
    This happens all the time.
  • Read more:
    How did Taylor Swift get so popular?

An ally of literature

  • Regardless of what The Tortured Poets Department ends up being about, Swift is already a firm ally of literature and reading.
  • It’s that the discipline of English literature is flexible, capacious and open-minded.
  • A class on reading Swift’s work as literature is just another English class, because every English class requires grappling with the idea of reading anything as literature.
  • A class on reading Swift’s work as literature is just another English class, because every English class requires grappling with the idea of reading anything as literature.
  • I will be teaching Midnights and Shakespeare’s Sonnets together in a literature unit at the University of Sydney this semester.

Teaching Midnights and Shakespeare’s Sonnets

  • I also teach three modern artworks that shed contemporary light on the sonnets.
  • Bervin prints a selection of the sonnets, one per page, in grey text.
  • In each of these grey sonnets, some of Shakespeare’s words and phrases are printed in black and thus stand out boldly.
  • Unlike Bervin’s and Kennard’s collections, in which individual pieces relate to specific sonnets, there is no explicit adaptation.

Deep connection

  • The fun challenge of writing a pop song is squeezing those evocative details into the catchiest melody you can possibly think of.
  • I thrive on the challenge of sprinkling personal mementos and shreds of reality into a genre of music that is universally known for being, well, universal.
  • Her point is that the pop songs that “cut through the most are actually the most detailed” in their snippets of reality and biography.
  • She says “people are reaching out for connection and comfort” and “music lovers want some biographical glimpse into the world of our narrator, a hole in the emotional walls people put up around themselves to survive”.
  • Swift claims that Midnights lets listeners in through her protective walls to enable deep connection:
    I really don’t think I’ve delved this far into my insecurities in this detail before.
  • This connects very well with the agenda of Midnights.
  • Swift’s songs and Shakespeare’s Sonnets are meditations on deeply personal aspects of their narrators’ experiences.
  • Swift’s persona is that of a self-reflective singer, just as Shakespeare’s is that of a self-reflective sonneteer.

Close reading


Shakespeare’s sonnets are rewarding texts for close reading because of their poetic intricacy. Students can look at end rhymes and internal rhymes, the way the argument progresses through quatrains, the positioning of the “turn”, which is often in line 9 or 13, and the way the final couplet wraps things up (or doesn’t).

  • Karma and Mastermind are simpler, yet contain plenty of metaphoric language to be unpacked for meaning and aesthetic effectiveness.
  • Such unexpected pairings are valuable because they require close attention and careful articulation of what is similar and what is not.
  • How about High Infidelity and Sonnet 138 (where love and self-deception coexist), considered in terms of truth in relationships?
  • There is nothing to lose and plenty to gain in teaching Swift’s Midnights and Shakespeare’s Sonnets together.


Liam E Semler receives research funding from the Better Strangers project which is a collaborative education research project between the University of Sydney and Barker College. Better Strangers hosts the Shakespeare Reloaded website (https://shakespearereloaded.edu.au/) and explores innovative approaches to teaching and learning Shakespeare.

Claremont McKenna College named "Top Producing Institution" of Fulbright Students by U.S. Secretary of State

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

CLAREMONT, Calif., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent congratulatory letter to Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh, U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Anthony J. Blinken, designated Claremont McKenna College a "Top Producing Institution" of Fulbright U.S. Students for 2023-2024.

Key Points: 
  • CLAREMONT, Calif., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent congratulatory letter to Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh, U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Anthony J. Blinken, designated Claremont McKenna College a "Top Producing Institution" of Fulbright U.S. Students for 2023-2024.
  • Fulbright seeks students of the world who have a strong interest in cross-cultural exchange, research, or teaching opportunities overseas.
  • Claremont McKenna ranked as a top-tier institution among colleges and universities nationwide, with 106 of the College's students achieving the distinction as Fulbright Students throughout the school's history.
  • "I'm delighted by the fact that Claremont McKenna has once again been recognized as a Top Producing Institution of Fulbright recipients," said Brian Davidson '08, Director of Fellowship Advising at Claremont McKenna.

Celigo and Netizen Deliver Enhanced Integration Solutions Across APAC

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Celigo, a leader in the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) sector, today announced continued success in Asia Pacific (APAC) via an alliance with Netizen, a top-tier SAP Platinum Partner.

Key Points: 
  • Celigo, a leader in the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) sector, today announced continued success in Asia Pacific (APAC) via an alliance with Netizen, a top-tier SAP Platinum Partner.
  • "We are excited to partner with Celigo, whose integration system aligns perfectly with our SAP operational system.
  • The partnership, which was originally announced last year , has helped Netizen streamline internal processes and enhance services provided to clients.
  • In addition, Netizen has been able to shift resources to revenue-generating activities that drive growth instead of focusing on internal integration development.

Custom State Curriculum Finds A Home With Kiddom: Louisiana's New K-8 Social Studies Solution, Bayou Bridges

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Core Knowledge Foundation, best known for authoring trusted open educational resources such as Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), worked directly with the Louisiana Department of Education to develop Bayou Bridges .

Key Points: 
  • Core Knowledge Foundation, best known for authoring trusted open educational resources such as Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA), worked directly with the Louisiana Department of Education to develop Bayou Bridges .
  • The curriculum is aligned to the Louisiana Student Standards for Social Studies and based on the science of reading to advance proficiency by building explicit content knowledge and disciplinary literacy skills.
  • Schools across Louisiana are implementing Bayou Bridges in the 2024-25 school year and will now be able to access an enhanced version that eases implementation of this high-quality curriculum through a Kiddom subscription.
  • "Kiddom is honored to offer a rich teaching and learning environment for Bayou Bridges, a highly anticipated state-specific curriculum," said Abbas Manjee, Kiddom's Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer.

High-Impact Tutoring Experts to Share Ways Intervention Mitigates Learning Loss on edWebinar Panel, Sponsored by Cignition

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Cignition, a K-12 virtual tutoring provider, today announced its sponsorship of an upcoming edLeader panel focused on how to effectively integrate high-impact tutoring into the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) framework. The discussion will highlight best practices and practical tips for K-12 district leaders seeking to enhance student engagement, increase learning outcomes and strengthen the overall effectiveness of tutoring initiatives.

Key Points: 
  • The panel will also explore strategies for integrating high-impact tutoring across MTSS tiers to support varied learning needs and the role of continuous assessment in optimizing tutoring strategies.
  • Additionally, the webinar will provide insights into aligning funding sources with educational goals to ensure effective and equitable intervention programs.
  • The robust combination of high-dosage tutoring with MTSS provides critical classroom support, targeted intervention and individualized instruction.
  • "Successfully Integrating High-Impact Tutoring Into MTSS Framework" will take place on February 28, 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT.