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Nearly 100% of Evergreen’s 2015 Master in Teaching Cohort Finds Employment…

first_imgFacebook585Tweet0Pin7 Submitted by The Evergreen State College Nearly all the students who graduated  Evergreen’s Master in Teaching (MiT) program last June are enjoying the last weeks of Summer, as they will not be unemployed for long.By mid-August, 30 out of the 31 MiT Class of 2015 graduates have accepted teaching positions across Western Washington and Oregon, and even abroad. While most of the new teachers stayed in the region – Olympia, Tacoma, North Thurston, Puyallup, Hoquiam, Hood Canal and Shelton School Districts, others ventured to Beaverton, Portland and Sweet Home, Oregon, to Neah Bay and to Nablus, Palestine.They will teach subjects as diverse as visual arts, math, Spanish and Robotics, at levels everywhere between second grade and high school.According to MiT’s associate director, Maggie Foran, the program’s placement rates have been historically strong, but for a dip during and immediately after the Recession. “The number of retirements went down, class sizes grew and first year teachers were being laid off,” said Foran. In 2012 placements increased as schools began replenishing their teaching pools and reducing class sizes.The Evergreen program requires two student teaching internships – in fall and spring of year two, where most programs require only one.  Foran pointed out that, “fall student teachers participate in the opening of a school year, as communities, rules and expectations are established.” She noted, “Research shows that teachers who did fall internships tend to do better their first year.”The program sometimes attracts returning students who have significant achievements in other fields. Heather Claiborne (nee Littke), ’15, of the Snoqualmie area, had spent five years in geological mapping for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Geology Division. Beginning September 9, she will teach seventh and eighth grade Life/Physical Science and Robotics at Nisqually Middle School, where she did an internship. “I learned so much from the Evergreen program,” said Claiborne. “I was working with rocks and rocks don’t talk back.”Joking aside, Claiborne said she was, “a blank slate,” when she started her masters, and, ironically, she said, “I feel more humble now. As a teacher there’s so much to learn every day.”She is thrilled to be teaching science to middle schoolers. “Kids are so interested in the natural world,” she said. She feels that the Evergreen program prepared her to take her own classroom next month, “and that’s an awesome feeling.”Katie Schuessler, ‘15 had previously taught art in Palestinian refugee camps and wanted to go back. She returns to the city of Nablus this month, where she will teach art to grades three to 11 at the nonprofit Pioneers Baccalaureate School.Even in a country where people struggle to meet basic needs, Schuessler believes art plays a critical role. “The arts promote problem solving,” she said. “They offer valuable skills that are often overlooked. And they give students an opportunity to learn in a different way, away from language and words.”Schuessler, who speaks some Arabic, will teach in an English immersion program. “I’ll be assessing my students’ language abilities and teaching a bit of English and art vocabulary,” she said.At Evergreen she learned a great deal about English Language Learners as well as cultural competency and sensitivity, efficient classroom management and student empowerment. “I don’t have a hero complex,” she said. “If students can come into my classroom and feel safe expressing themselves in healthy ways, I will feel like I’ve accomplished something.”Schuessler, of Seattle, originally had to mitigate her parents’ concern about political instability in Palestine, but reported that they are planning to tour Palestine and Israel while she is there. “They support my decision,” she said.last_img read more

Kristaps Porzingis’ torn ACL healing, next evaluation in February

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He believes Porzingis — who grew so fed up with the franchise in its final days under Phil Jackson that he skipped his exit meeting before returning to Europe for the summer — is pleased with the team now. Mills said Porzingis is almost always at the practice facility and sits with teammates during film sessions.But Mills said there haven’t been any discussions about if Porzingis wants to join them on the court this season.“We really haven’t talked about it because we’ve always left it in the context of he’s going to play whenever we feel like he’s ready to play and whenever he feels like he’s ready to play,” Mills said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Porzingis’ left knee is healing well from a torn ACL and he will be re-evaluated in mid-February 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis’ left knee is getting better, though it could be at least two months before he plays again.Team President Steve Mills said Friday the team is pleased with Porzingis’ recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a fluid process so I don’t want to say that’s what will happen, but I also don’t want to say that it’s impossible to happen,” Mills said. “I’m not really sure. We’re going to see as he sort of ramps up his progression how he feels.”The Knicks are near the bottom of the league with a 9-24 record entering their game Friday against Atlanta, so Porzingis won’t be able to save them this season. But having him on the court could help them in the summer, as potential free agents may want to see if the 7-foot-3 Latvian is fully back before they would consider the Knicks.But Mills said that won’t play into the Knicks’ thinking.“The most important thing for us is to have Kristaps on the court when he feels comfortable being on the court and we feel comfortable that he should be out there,” Mills said. “That’s more important than any timetable this season, some point in the summer. The most important thing is that we know that we’ve got this guy in a place that he feels comfortable on the floor and we feel comfortable in his ability to be part of what we’re doing long term. That’s more important than anything else that we can lay out.”Mills also declined to discuss how Porzingis’ recovery would factor into whether the team offers him a contract extension in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Knicks hope their All-Star forward will be ready to play this season, but won’t push it.“We’d like him to get on the court, we’d love to see him play,” Mills said. “But we also acknowledge that he is a really, really important part of the long-term future of this franchise and one thing we’re not going to do is take any real risk.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPorzingis was hurt Feb. 6 after landing on a dunk in a game against Milwaukee. He has gone through a series of tests during his rehab, but Mills said they want to see more improvement before the 23-year-old Porzingis can move onto the next level of activity.For now, he is working individually with a coach, able to do some pull-up shooting and dunking. But Mills won’t speculate about when Porzingis can do more, or even if he will get on the court in February if he meets the necessary benchmarks at the next evaluation. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding setlast_img read more

“Women, Girls, Agents for Transformative Social Change” -P4DP

first_imgThe Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), in collaboration with Partners, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and CONCORD, will today, March 8, celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, a release has said.The 2019 theme for International Women’s Day, which is expected to take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart and innovate for change”.According to the release, the theme focuses on innovative ways in which gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, can be advanced. The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.Based on current trajectories, there are signs that existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030, except if innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” mentality are designed to remove structural barriers thus leaving no woman and behind.Against this backdrop, P4DP, a Liberian Peace-building and Research NGO that is committed to ensuring a fifty-fifty participation of both men and women in societal issues, is pleased to celebrate the uniqueness of this day. The overall theme of this year resonates with P4DP’s vision that seeks to see a Liberian society characterized by equality, social cohesion and respect for all.“Women & Girls as Agents for Transformative Social Change” is the day program, which will be held on March 8, 2019 at P4DP’s Office in Old Matadi Estate. The program specifically concentrates on teenage mothers, women living with disabilities, market women, students and marginalized girls, especially those who are considered to be at the lowest ebb of society. This year target groups will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on 2019’s theme and will advance suggestions on what needs to be done for equal protection, especially when it comes to, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure and development.The day will start with an hour indoor program and later a parade through the principal streets of Matadi and Lakpazee communities. The parade will not only create awareness on the transformative role women and girls play in building vibrant communities but will also amplify the message of respect, tolerance and gender inclusivity as Liberia works toward building peace and social cohesion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Northeast receives funding to fight invasive plants

first_img“Invasive species have detrimental impacts to our farm and ranchlands, lakes and natural environment,” said MLA Pat Pimm. “This support will certainly help the regional municipalities in their efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.”“Preventing the spread of invasive species in the Peace to protect our agriculture sector and delicate ecosystem is a major priority for our government,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “This funding will go a long way to continue the fight against these species.”The funding will be used to raise public awareness of invasive plants, survey invasive plant populations, and control their spread in high-priority sites.- Advertisement – Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into B.C. from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage, with some posing a health risk. Invasive plants may disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops. A total of $1.6 million is being distributed by the B.C. government to help local governments, regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. implement the provincial Invasive Plant Program.last_img read more

Sharks send Thika deeper into relegation

first_imgThika remained pegged bottom of the pile with a sixth consecutive loss and are 10 points away from safety with six matches remaining before the season ends.Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Joseph Rutto stepped up on the touchline for the second consecutive game after former head coach John Njogu hired mid-season left the club on personal grounds.But, it was Sharks who got off to a perfect start inside the opening minute of the game when Ugandan forward George Abege glanced home at the near post after racing to a Moses Mwangi cross from the right.It was a relieving start for William Muluya’s charges who have endured a tough second leg and just last weekend put to an end a five-match losing streak with a slim 1-0 win over Sofapaka.Thika, with heaps of relegation worries on their faces put in a gallant fight as they seek to clutch to any available straw of survival with six matches left before the season ends.-Mwachoki experienceThey should have gone level after 12 minutes when the experienced feet of Hajji Mwachoki sent youngster James Kinyanjui through, but the latter’s low effort inside the box was parried away by Sharks keeper Gad Mathew.They almost paid for that miss in the 18th minute when a poorly defended freekick from Bolton Omwenga, but Duke Abuya could not burry the ball home from close range with Allan Owiny saving.Thika did not show signs of being cowed despite going down and Mwachoki rolled back the years with a 25th minute shot from range after intercepting a Pascal Ogweno pass, but the shot went wide.Sharks went on attacking as well and on the half hour mark, they had a brilliant chance when Patillah Omotto’s freekick from the right landed on Shaphan Oyugi unmarked inside the box, but the midfielder’s connection went awry.Mwachoki, despite his advanced years showed that he still got the quality stringing in passes in the final third and anchoring the Thika attack. Six minutes to half time he came gloriously close to drawing the side level but his left foot shot inside the box was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Mathew.In the second half, Sharks continued pushing and Abege had two more chances, first heading wide unmarked from the edge of the six yard box from an Omwenga freekick in the 58th minute before shooting wide after being sent through from the right in the 65th minute.-Simale missHe was hauled off for Sidney Simale and it seems the new entrant picked up the bag of misses. Just six minutes after coming on, Simale did well to break into the box before wiping past Sosthenes Idah, but his eventual shot was saved by Owiny.In the final minutes of the game, Thika tried to get at least a point off and they had a chance late on with Dennis Matasi’s freekick from the edge of the area flying inches over.Abuya dealt Thika the hammer blow in the 84th minute with a simple finish inside the box after Sharks turned over possession from Thika.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Sony Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Thika United’s hope of reviving their chances of surviving the axe for a second consecutive season were dealt a massive blow on Wednesday afternoon after suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos.George Abege’s second minute goal, Duke Abuya’s finish six minutes from time and Eric Kapaito’s penalty at the stroke of full time saw Sharks climb to seventh in the Kenyan Premier League standings.last_img read more

Storm adds to L.A. road hazard

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A drenching Pacific storm Tuesday turned streets into flooded channels, made driving the freeways an exercise in survival, and contributed to a roll-over collision in Norwalk, authorities said. National Weather Service spokeswoman Bonnie Bartling said showers were expected to continue through this morning, followed by partly cloudy skies this afternoon. The area will start drying out on Thursday. On Tuesday, a 42-year-old Norwalk woman escaped injuries after her 2000 Dodge Durango veered off the Shoemaker Avenue bridge near the Golden State (5) Freeway and overturned. The vehicle landed near the backyard of a home on Loch Nevis Avenue, county sheriff’s officials said. The woman was the sole person in the vehicle. “She said she made the turn and lost control of the vehicle and tried to correct it, and she overcorrected it,” Deputy Phil Fernandez said. Flooding occurred in an area just before the Shoemaker bridge, contributing to the collision, officials said. Tuesday’s storm also brought off-and-on heavy rain, more than 2 feet of snow in local mountains, winds and a flash-flood advisory issued by the NWS. Coastal and valley areas got from 1 to 2 inches of rain, while the mountains got up to 4 inches of rain, the weather service said. Because of the subtropical nature of the storm, snow levels remained fairly high, around the 6,000-foot level. Higher elevations received up to 27 inches of new snow, NWS officials said. High winds blew in the mountain areas, gusting up to 50 mph in some areas, forecasters said. A winter storm warning remained in effect until 6 a.m. today. And we’re not out of the rainy woods yet. A weaker storm system being tracked Tuesday was expected to move into the Los Angeles area Friday and Saturday, Bartling said. – From staff and wire reportslast_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 19/08/2013:Seniors:The senior team have had mixed fortunes in the league in recent weeks with a win against Parnells and a defeat to Neasden Gaels. After falling behind to two early goals against Parnells the Gaels fought back to win by 2-16 to 2-6. Last Sunday in our final league game against Neasden we played poorly in the opening half to trail by 2-8 to 0-4 at the break. A better performance from the boys in the second half seen us reduce the score line but not enough to close the gap and we lost by a 2-13 to 1-11 margin. Credit to Neasden who showed that they will be a force to watch this season with the championship just around the corner.The result made little difference to our position in the league with us guaranteed a place in the final.Juniors: Our junior team played the final group match in the championship against Eir Og and came away with a convincing 2-16 to 0-5 score line and in doing so topping the group.Next up will be the semi final against an improving Dulwich and nothing short of a 100 percent effort will be required here to progress to another final.Under 21s:It has been a six year wait but our under 21 team have at last returned the championship cup back to Greenford after a trilling final encounter against Parnells.The game was played in Ruislip on a Wednesday night which both teams deserving to have a championship final played on a weekend.Parnells lead at the break and held out until the final ten minutes before an inspired Gaels comeback lead by Liam Gavaghan went on to win by 0-15 to 1-10. Ladies:A big congratulations to our ladies team after they picked up their first trophy of the season after winning the Joe Fryday 7s shield last weekend against St Anthonys in Greenford. Connor and Sean have got them into tip top condition and with the beer ban in place dividends are starting to pay off.Fixtures:There are no fixtures for the club this weekend due to the bank holiday, but the following weekend the seniors play KKG in the 1st round of the championship, while the juniors play Dulwich in the championship semi final on Saturday 31st August at Ruislip. Wedding Belles:The club would like to pass on our best wishes to clubman Brian Corry who tied the knot last weekend to new wife Louise in Co Waterford.Brian has served the club for up to ten years as a player, manager and committee member and we all look forward to him committing his long term future to the club.Lottery:Lotto results for 15/04/2013, Jackpot £1,500Numbers drawn 2-9-10-13, No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Mick Scrap, c/o Three Wishes, Pat Nagle, c/o T O Connor, Paddy Callaghan, c/o TCG, JFM, c/o British Queen. This week’s draw takes place in the club on Thursday at 9pm with a jackpot of £1,550. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS – MIXED FORTUNES FOR TIR CHONAILL GAELS SENIORS was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgThe Senior men played out an end to end finish which saw a share of the points with Malin in the Banks on Saturday evening.Drive-in Bingo is back by popular demand!! Sunday June 5th in the Banks – €3000 in prizes – €1000 guaranteed for bonus sheet. This is our third Drive-in Bingo and promises to be the most popular yet. What an unbelievable support in the Banks on Sunday for the great Team Cian charity day. Supporting Temple Street Hospital and the Jack and Jill Foundation. Thanks to all who helped out and supported!This week’s winning numbers: 2,9,12,20. We had 4 match 3 numbers: Anne McGinley (Annagry), Sheila Boyle (Mullaghduff), Michael Kavanagh (Rannafast) and Anne Boyle.No jackpot winner! Next weeks jackpot is €1880, remember if you’re not in you can’t win!! Play our weekly club Lotto online at: are still a few available slots in out 100 club, ask any committee member for details! DRIVE-IN BINGO IS BACK AT NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more


first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson: Increased ram raider’s sentenceA CRIMINAL behind a ram raid on a shop and who appealed to have his prison sentence reduced has had it INCREASED instead by a judge.Bernard McGinley was part of a notorious gang from east Donegal behind raids in different parts of the county. The 25-year-old drove a car into the front of a petrol station in St Johnston.But Gardai managed to trace the 26-year-old father-of-one after his license plate fell off at the Foyle View Service station in Dundee, St.Johnston on December 2nd, 2010.McGinley and his gang robbed a cash register drawer containing €200 and an Eircom payphone during the 7am raid.Gardai used CCTV and traced the damaged Opel Astra car to 3 Canal Road, Letterkenny.They also managed to identify McGinley who was wearing the same clothing from the CCTV and also the same jewellery.A court last March heard that €4,000 in damage caused to the garage during the raid had not been paid back.In a separate incident in June 2012, McGinley was caught trying to steal a car on the Milford Road, Kilmacrennan. He was also in possession of a 10-inch hunting knife.McGinley had a number of previous convictions for drink-driving, car theft and failing to stop for Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly jailed McGinley for nine months, with several concurrent sentences, on all the offences – but McGinley appealed to the Circuit Court to have the sentence reduced and he was released on bail.When told the details of the case Judge Keenan Johnson said that rather than reducing the sentence he was going to increase it.“Ram-raiding is about as bad as it gets. It’s far too prevalent in this country and the courts have a duty to punish people who do this,” said Judge Johnson.He affirmed the nine month sentence handed down by Judge Kelly, but added two more three-month sentences, to run consecutively – giving McGinley a total of 15 months behind bars.The judge told a solicitor that McGinley had taken “an enormous risk” in appealing what had been a “more than fair”sentence.JUDGE GIVES RAM-RAIDING THUG AN EXTRA SIX MONTHS BEHIND BARS was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crimedonegalExtra timejailLetterkenny Circuit Courtram-raiderSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Fortuna High head football coach Mike Benbow nominated for national award

first_imgAs much as Mike Benbow enjoys celebrating victories on the football field, he takes pleasure out of watching his players succeed in life just that much more. He wants to build good players into even better people and have them cherish the chance to play in front of the Fortuna community.Turns out, it’s being noticed by plenty of folks.It was announced Tuesday that Benbow has been included in the top 50 nominees for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program, with voting officially underway …last_img