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March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Dean James Ryan announced today the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative at HGSE — a major investment in transforming early childhood education in the United States. The first initiative of its kind, it will distinguish HGSE as a national leader in this field, building significantly on the pathbreaking work of existing faculty and the renowned Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.The initiative is supported by a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, is one of the largest gifts ever given to a university to focus on advancing early childhood education, and the largest gift in HGSE’s history. The Zaentz Initiative will pursue interlocking strategies for impact: conducting research to drive policy and practice, strengthening the field through high-quality professional learning, cultivating new leaders in the field, and bringing credible evidence to bear on public policy affecting young children. By building and strengthening partnerships with organizations in the field and internal collaborators such as the Center on the Developing Child, the Initiative is committed to improving and expanding early childhood education so all children have the opportunity to learn and thrive.“The Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative is a bold and forward-thinking investment in the field of early childhood education. It is perfectly aligned with HGSE’s mission of expanding educational opportunity and improving outcomes, especially for our most vulnerable children,” said Ryan. “The initiative will provide early childhood educators, from teachers to leaders, with high-quality, high-impact professional learning opportunities drawing on evidence from groundbreaking new research.“Importantly, it will tap into the strength of our faculty in early childhood, including Professor Nonie Lesaux and Associate Professor Stephanie Jones, allowing us to build a strong evidence base for pre-K program improvement, policy, and advocacy. It will also leverage the broader work of the Center on the Developing Child and its Frontiers of Innovation movement, under the direction of Professor Jack Shonkoff. Finally, the gift’s critical support for student financial aid and attracting outstanding faculty will help HGSE build its capacity to make an impact. I am grateful to the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation for this historic gift, which is a fitting and lasting tribute to the life of Saul Zaentz.”“The Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative is … perfectly aligned with HGSE’s mission of expanding educational opportunity and improving outcomes, especially for our most vulnerable children,” said HGSE Dean James Ryan. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, launched in 1997, is named for Saul Zaentz (1921–2014). A son of immigrants who grew up in poor circumstances, Zaentz created the world’s largest independent jazz record company, Fantasy Records, before becoming a film producer who won Best Picture Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus,” and “The English Patient.”“Saul Zaentz used his foresight and collaborative abilities to bring together diverse talents in making his films,” said Alan “Mickey” Hammerman ’55, president of the foundation. “We believe that HGSE will use those same attributes in creating, establishing, and building the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative.”“Harvard is committed to fulfilling the promise of opportunity for all through education,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “The Zaentz Initiative represents powerful, visible leadership to the field of early education. It will support faculty and students who care deeply about improving outcomes for very young children, and will become an essential source at the University and across the country for scholarship, partnership, and professional learning.”The Harvard Early Learning StudyUnder Lesaux and Jones’ direction, HGSE will launch the Harvard Early Learning Study, an unprecedented, population-based study in early childhood. Drawing on successful models from medical and public health research, this five-year study will follow a representative cohort of 3-year-olds that reflects the linguistic, socioeconomic, and racial diversity of today’s population. The study will shed light on aspects of children’s development in several areas —language, cognition, social-emotional development, and neurophysiology — that are sensitive to the nature and quality of early learning environments.“Developmental science makes the benefits of early education clear, but our research base has not kept pace with the changing demographics of today’s childhood population, one that is increasingly diverse and growing up in an era of great economic instability. We still need a much better understanding of what early education models work for whom, and under what conditions,” Lesaux said. “The scope of the study — following children over time and across their many contexts — is unprecedented and will address many of today’s most pressing questions, therefore informing targeted and innovative policy solutions for impact.”The study will address key questions facing today’s policymakers and practitioners, particularly those about scale, the long-term impacts of early education, and the essential ingredients for successful models.The Saul Zaentz Academy for Professional Learning in Early Childhood Addressing a recognized need to cultivate expertise across the sector, HGSE will also establish the Saul Zaentz Academy for Professional Learning in Early Childhood, dedicated to developing the knowledge and skills of people in early childhood education.The Zaentz Academy will offer a range of programs, including in-person and online learning opportunities, institutes, certificate programs, and webinars for early childhood educators, leaders, and policymakers. The programs will be grounded in a “growth-in-practice” model of professional learning in which participants learn cycles of inquiry, co-construct solutions to specific problems of practice, analyze relevant cases and policies for action, and apply learning to their specific situations. They will also form networks and communities of practice, which will provide a continuous loop of insight and feedback to researchers at HGSE and throughout the field.“We know that the success of early education rests on its quality, but quality itself depends upon the educators and leaders on the ground. What is often missing from the national discussion about early learning is how, exactly, we are to enhance the capacity of the adults whose everyday work is to put initiatives and policies into action,” Jones said. “As part of the overall initiative, the Saul Zaentz Academy for Professional Learning will function as a go-to place for policymakers, administrators, and educators to access opportunities for professional growth, grounded in the cutting-edge science of early learning and development, and systems-level improvement.”The Saul Zaentz Fellows Program The initiative will also enable HGSE to prepare a new generation of leaders in early childhood education with the knowledge, tools, and networks to change and impact the field. Through the Saul Zaentz Fellows Program, HGSE will attract students invested in early childhood education, offering eight new master’s fellowships and one new fellowship in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program. Zaentz Fellows will participate in a co-curriculum that draws them together across programs; connects them to faculty involved in the initiative; offers related research, mentorship, and internship opportunities with individual faculty and at the Center on the Developing Child; and helps build a peer alumni network as they pursue careers in early childhood education.The gift to support the Saul Zaentz Initiative also includes funding for two new endowed chairs at HGSE — one for a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, and one for a practice-based faculty member — who will play key roles in advancing the goals of the Initiative.last_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Star Files View Comments School of Rock – The Musical Alex Brightman Related Showscenter_img Alex Brightman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 School of Rock star and former Broadway.com vlogger Alex Brightman is set to host the second annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival on March 7. The event, which showcases theater education in NYC public high schools, will spotlight over 100 students performing on a Broadway stage. It will be held at the Winter Garden Theatre, home of School of Rock.The Festival features students from five NYC high schools performing excerpts from their winter productions for top industry professionals. The young actors will perform selections from The Laramie Project, Fences, Beauty and the Beast, A Raisin in the Sun and Miss Saigon.The productions were selected from over 20 across NYC by a panel of theater professionals and arts educators. The Festival is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.Break a leg, everyone!last_img read more

December 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:In an arid, lunar-like landscape in the sunny highlands of northern Argentina, South America’s largest solar farm is rising, powered by funding and technology from China.Local officials said they had sought help at home, the United States and Europe without success. Potential lenders and partners, they said, were spooked by the project’s size and the fiscal woes of Jujuy province, one of the poorest in the country.The Import-Export Bank of China saw it differently. The state-funded institution financed 85 percent of the project’s nearly $400-million price tag. At 3 percent annual interest over 15 years, it is “cheap money” for Jujuy, a person familiar with the terms said. The catch: the province had to purchase nearly 80 percent of the materials from Chinese suppliers.The project, known as Cauchari, is a testament to the rising clout of Beijing as a backer of big projects in cash-strapped emerging markets. And it is helping China cement its standing as the world’s leader in clean-energy technology.At a time when [U.S. President Donald] Trump is doubling down on fossil fuels and withdrawing the United States from global partnerships, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative aims to put Chinese companies and innovation at the center of infrastructure development worldwide, including next-generation power sources.“It is a way of expanding China’s growing global presence and dominant economic force, and it progressively reorients the world from the U.S. and European-centric view of the last fifty years,” said Tim Buckley, director for the U.S-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.More: On South America’s largest solar farm, Chinese power radiates China funding South America’s largest solar development project in Argentinalast_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Due South Classic is about more than fly-fishingThe Due South Classic fly-fishing tournament hosted by Due South Outfitters in Boone, NC is taking place March 8th and 9th. The tournament is unique because it is fished on public access NC Delayed Harvest waters. The river is not shut down for the tournament. Instead, participants will fish around the public. The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness of how slim public access is on many of western North Carolina’s rivers and how crowded WNC streams and rivers can get. Due South advocates for public access and public land and hopes the tournament will raise both awareness and money to open up sections of the river. Proceeds of the tournament go to the Middle Fork Greenway, which will connect Blowing Rock to Boone. Circus forces dolphins onto land so families can take selfiesIndonesian traveling circuses have been filmed forcing dolphins to slide out of the water so audiences can take selfies with them. During these circuses, dolphins are also forced to perform tricks in small, temporary pools filled with chlorinated water. The chlorine can cause the dolphins to get skin diseases, go blind, or develop ulcers from swallowing the chlorinated water. When the shows are over, the dolphins are loaded onto stretchers and placed in boxes to be transported to the next performance. Other animals like otters, sun bears and cockatoos are also forced to perform. There is hope, however, that these circuses will close down or stop using animals. One of Indonesian’s traveling circuses recently stopped using animals in its show. To help stop animal performances in traveling circuses in Indonesia, you can write to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. First phase of Charlottesville’s Rivanna Corridor Study CompleteThe first step of an eventual master plan for Charlottesville’s riverfront has been completed. The phase was facilitated by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, which took an inventory of the existing conditions along the Rivanna. The second phase, which kicked off in October and is expected to be complete in 2019, will include community outreach, research and the drafting of the master plan. The detailed master plan will be completed in the third phase and should be finished in 2019 or 2020. The Rivanna River is 42 miles long and empties into the James River. About four miles of the Rivanna serves as the eastern boundary between Charlottesville and Albemarle. last_img read more

December 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFire officials say the cutter was used to remove the roof of the truck so crews could get the occupant out of the vehicle onto a stretcher. Police say the driver of the vehicle ran a red light and eventually struck another vehicle at the intersection of Oak Hill Avenue and Watson Boulevard. They say the driver had a passenger in the vehicle with them. The fire department says the individual they removed was taken to the hospital with “multiple injuries.” Authorities say the vehicle struck a tree which caused the driver to be entrapped. PHOTO SOURCE: Endicott Fire Department ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Fire Department says it had to use the “jaws of life” cutter to remove an individual from their truck following a crash on the intersection of Oak Hill Avenue and Watson Boulevard Saturday afternoon. 12 News has reached out to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and the Endicott Police Department to confirm more details of the crash and is awaiting to here back. The police department says charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle who fled from the officers. The occupants of the vehicle that was struck were examined at the scene and later released, they say. Both occupants of the fleeing vehicle were taken to Wilson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 1:43 P.M. UPDATE: RELATED: Heavy police presence at Endicott crash ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department told 12 News in a press release that the incident began when a motorist failed to comply with an officer. They say the driver of the vehicle fled from police throughout “several streets” in Endicott.last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAt the end of May, more precisely on May 30, the competition for the director of the Main Office of the CNTB ended, which lasted 60 days.Eight applications were received for the competition, seven applications were received on time, one was received outside the deadline, point out from the Ministry of Tourism, which in the following period was reviewed by a special Commission for the evaluation of candidacies selected by the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board to determine which of the candidates meet the necessary conditions for further evaluation.After the last session of the Tourist Council, the first meeting of the Commission for the Implementation of the Public Tender for the Selection of the Director of the Main Office of the Croatian Tourist Board was held, consisting of: Boris Žgomba as President of the Commission, also a member of the CNTB Tourist Board and President of Uniline, Barbara Mesić Commission and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Željko Kukurin, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd, Marcel Medak, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and director of Daruvar Spa, dr.sc. Dragan Magaš from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in Opatija.Although unofficially all the candidates are already known, but respecting the election process and the secrecy of data, we will not reveal which persons all ran for the position of director of the CNTB Head Office, but interestingly, out of seven applications, one is from the Tourist Board system. one from the private sector and one from academia, while the remaining applications are from the hotel industry.Therefore, by the end of June, the commission gave each of the seven candidates the opportunity to present the work program and will then give a recommendation to the CNTB Tourist Board on the selection of candidates, which is expected in early July. Regardless of the fact that the CNTB is still headed by Ratomir Ivičić, it is certainly crucial that a new helmsman of our tourism is selected as soon as possible so that the CNTB can dedicate itself to new plans and the vision of the new director.More expertise and professionalism, and less politicsI sincerely hope that in Croatia, and thus in this competition as well, the main guiding thread will be expertise and professionalism, and not who is closer to the fire and who is pulling harder from the political side. It is important to respect the expertise and competence as well as the vision of the development of each candidate, and then in the shortlist, ie the finalists, where the little things decide, politics chooses according to the political key. Unfortunately, it is still primarily a political decision, but the candidate must first and foremost be competent and professional, and have the support of the wider tourism profession, and not vice versa.As I communicate on a daily basis with all profiles of tourism experts from all over Croatia, I am free to determine how all or at least the vast majority are dissatisfied and how they want change. To the question of how and when it will be better, I give a clear and only possible answer: That the profession, both at the destination and in the whole of Croatia, unites and asks politics to respect the profession, professionalism and business processes of the 21st century.Right at first everyone says it is impossible, because we all look at ourselves and our interests, there is no synergy and cooperation, it is unfortunately a factual situation but it is the only right way. Start from yourself, network and connect and be an example to others with your positive actions. Politics is another level, at least it should be, that facilitates business processes and it is there for us, not the other way around. A change of the whole paradigm is needed, and this is possible only if the profession unites and seeks changes, not from political connotations but exclusively from market bases, ie needs.Synergy, expertise and professionalism – must be key criteria, we can no longer afford to be different because the competition does not sleep, in fact, while we talk for ten years about changes and new regulations, tourist land… competition has already made a hundred changes.It’s all up to the people, it’s all up to you. The synergy of all tourism workers is crucial for the strategic development of tourist destinations.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMiddletown, Oh. — A Middletown Ohio city councilman is proposing a “two chance” policy for drug addicts.Dan Picard says each time paramedics respond to an overdose victim a citation is issued requiring a court appearance or community service. When that subject does not show up in court or fails to complete community service on two occasions, the third time that person overdoses no help would be dispatched.City officials are exploring the legal implications of the proposal before moving forward.Picard says the idea is not a solution but a response to limited resources. He notes that the city paid $1.2 million in 2016 to respond to 535 opiate overdoses, 77 of those were fatal. This year the cost is expected to rise above $2 million.Middletown has the fourth highest overdose rate in Ohio.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 16) – The checkered flag flew Friday for Manny Baldiviez, on a night of firsts at Cocopah Speedway.Baldiviez won the first-ever weekly IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature held at Cocopah and in Arizona. The victory was also his first in sanctioned competition and followed an inadvertent 360 degree turn after the race was over. “The fans enjoyed it,” the Chula Vista, Calif., driver reported good-naturedly. “It was a pretty fun race and I really enjoyed it.” Baldiviez started fifth and had the lead midway through the 15-lapper. Nine cars comprised the inaugural field and runner-up honors went to Joey Essary. Local street stocks give way to IMCA Stock Cars this season at Cocopah. Just two points had separated Baldiviez from the final title awarded in that class last year. “I’m really going to focus on the championship this season,” said Baldiviez, a six-time street stock feature winner in 2014. “This track has been getting better every year. Their name has been getting out more in the racing world, which is great for them.” His wife Andrea and buddy Mike Harlan make up Baldiviez’ crew. Largely self-sponsored, he’s backed by Discount Tires and Chassis Dynamics, both of Yuma. “It’s tough but we make it work,” said Baldiviez, who keeps his Stock Car in a local shop. “What I like best about this class are the racers I race with. They’re friendly and they drive clean.” “This is a class you can get into and not have to spend a lot of money,” he continued. “I’ve only got a couple years under my belt so it’s a good place for me to start.” Stock Cars join race programs each night of Winter Nationals at Somerton on Feb. 6. 7, 13 and 14.Cocopah promoter Greg Burgess had announced his intention to sanction his Stock Car division with IMCA this season in April of 2012.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Highway Department report Harmony Rd North of Bath Rd will be closed today for Chip and Seallast_img

September 22, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Tokyo Olympics may have to be postponed again if the novel coronavirus mutates into a stronger pathogen, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a prominent Japanese government adviser, said on Wednesday.He said a recent spike in cases in Tokyo is due to a failure to stick to guidelines to prevent contagion. A physician who served as a science adviser to the Japanese cabinet from 2006-2008, Kurokawa also headed an independent probe into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.Currently, he is advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic.“I think the virus is mutating all the time … it may be a much stronger virus that triggers a second wave,” Kurokawa told Reuters. “The Olympics may be postponed again, but I can’t predict.”“I think it’s small incidents happening in Tokyo … new cases are because people are not abiding by recommendations,” Kurokawa said of the current spike in infections.“But if there are some mutations, that is a completely different story. That could happen anywhere in the world.” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told Reuters on Monday the Olympics, originally scheduled to start this month but put off to 2021 because of the pandemic, must go ahead next year.He had said this would serve as a symbol of world unity in overcoming coronavirus.The spike in infections in Tokyo, which accounts for more than one-third of Japan’s more than 23,000 cases, has prompted a backlash against a planned campaign to promote domestic tourism.Kurokawa said authorities were trying to balance priorities.“I think one of the concerns of this pandemic is how to prevent the spreading out of this corona infection. The other side of this issue is … how to promote the economy. Many people are losing their jobs,” he said. Kurokawa added that he thought the government was “carefully balancing” the two priorities.He was appointed last month to head a new panel to examine how to use artificial intelligence to fight the spread of the virus.His appointment to the four-person group, including a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, came after Economics Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura abruptly announced he would dissolve a panel of scientific experts and remake it with new members.The move came amid reports of clashes between the health experts and politicians.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Kurokawa said that whatever experts recommended based on science, political leaders had to make the final policy call.“The scientific community’s recommendations have to be fact-based, science-based recommendations, but politicians have to make the decisions,” he said.“Scientists give advice, but decision-making is not by scientists.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Cases SpikeCOVID-19PostponementTokyoTokyo Olympicslast_img read more