Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleHow America’s love of avocados boosts economic growthNext articleOC student wins Spring Starter Kit Digital AIM Web Support Teachers given ways to navigate riot discussion TAGS WhatsApp After the events of Jan. 6 when Trump supporters rioted at the nation’s Capitol, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said teachers were given information and tools to help answer students’ questions. In a media call Wednesday, Muri said they anticipated questions from primarily middle and high school students, but some elementary as well. “We knew there would be questions and thoughts and ideas that kids would want to share. We (didn’t) want our teachers to be caught off guard, so last week we sent an email that contained some resources and tools for our teachers. We sent that to all of our administrators so they could share that with their teachers. That was Wednesday night, so when our teachers came to work Thursday morning they were armed and ready to deal with any questions or thoughts or concerns that students may have,” Muri said. The most likely spot for those conversations would have been social studies or history classes, but Muri said they knew those discussions were just as likely to happen in a math or science class. “So we equipped all of our teachers with information so that they could address and listen to the concerns of their students and we’ll continue to do so. In fact, any time there is a national or international event that we feel might create significant conversations in our schools we want to make sure our teachers are equipped with the resources they need to engage in conversations so we will always do that,” he added. As opposed to promoting one side or another, Muri said it was listening and guiding students in conversations. In speech and debate, for example, he said they educate students on how to have civil discourse. “… We can disagree on topics, but in conversations we can agree to disagree or we can discuss in a very civilized way the differences that we have. We want to make sure that we equip our students with the tools that they need to engage in civil discourse and our teachers are ready to do that,” Muri said. On a separate topic, Muri said the ECISD Board of Trustees on Jan. 12 heard about an opportunity to partner with the Odessa Family YMCA to serve 3-year-old prekindergarten students starting in August 2021. “We know that educating children as soon as we possibly can contributes to their lifelong learning opportunities and we’re excited to announce that we will be providing a pre-k program to our 3-year-olds starting in August of 2021. Unfortunately, we’re not able to handle all of those 3-year -olds on our own so we solicited assistance for an organization that could partner with us in the education of our 3 year olds. After an (exhaustive) search and looking through a variety of applications, we have selected the YMCA … as our partner in this work. …,” Muri said. The partnership was sought under state Senate Bill 1882 because the school district does not have the capacity to educate those 1,000 3 year old prekindergarten students. He noted that the agreement is not yet finalized. Currently, Muri said ECISD serves between 1,200 and 1,300 4-year-olds. The district thought it would be closer to 1,700 or 1,800 students. “We anticipate right now about 1,000 3-year-old students entering pre-k next year. …,” he said. On the calendar front, Muri said three calendar options for the 2021-22 school year are up on the ECISD website for public comment. “We’ll take that feedback to our board of trustees so we can make a final decision on the ‘21-22 school year,” Muri said. He noted that the year will be extended like this year with 180 instructional days. Muri noted that Sunday is the deadline to pick a school of choice. “We have many schools in ECISD — elementary and high schools — that provide really exciting choices and options for our families and that window for our families to choose a school that they are not zoned to. If you are interested in exploring one of those choices, you have until Sunday of this week to complete the choice application,” he said. By Digital AIM Web Support – January 14, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook EducationECISDLocal News Pinterest
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Paris Saint-Germain and Ivory Coast defender, Serge Aurier, has been praised after “saving the life” of Mali forward Moussa Doumbia last Saturday.After Doumbia was knocked unconscious in a challenge with Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, Aurier intervened to stop the Rostov player swallowing his tongue.Mali’s manager Alain Giresse added that he spoke to Aurier after the game to thank him for his “superb reactions”. Ivory Coast went on to win the home 2018 World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Bouake.“All the players realised that Doumbia was choking and was about to swallow his tongue,” Giresse told French radio station RMC.“That’s when Aurier, with one of our players, quickly put him on his side and pulled out his tongue, because he was about to lose his life.”However, Aurier later caused controversy by making a throat-slit gesture towards the crowd after his side’s third goal.The celebration was the latest in a string of incidents involving the full-back.In September, he was sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer, but remains free pending an appeal.And in February, he was suspended by Paris St-Germain after appearing to use homophobic language to insult then-coach Laurent Blanc.He had also called team-mate Angel di Maria a “clown” as he answered questions from fans on social media app Periscope.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Moscow, Russia | AFP | Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow.Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at Spartak Stadium.Silva then struck his first international goal after a handball inside the box on 104 minutes, while both sides finished with 10 men as Nelson Semedo was dismissed for Portugal before Raul Jimenez saw red for Mexico.World champions Germany face Copa America holders Chile later in the final in Saint Petersburg.“It was a really tough battle but we played very good in attack, we managed to create plenty of chances and I think it’s a deserved win for us,” said centre-back Pepe.“Of course we wanted to play in the final, to clash for the Confederations Cup. But after we failed to get that result, we needed to show our best in the third-place game. Luckily we did everything right.”European champions Portugal were without captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was released from the squad to return home to meet his newborn twins.Portugal and Mexico drew 2-2 in the opening game of the group stage, when Hector Moreno salvaged a last-gasp point for the Gold Cup winners, but were left fighting for a consolation prize in the Russian capital.Portugal should have gone in front in the drizzling rain on 17 minutes when Andre Silva was upended by 38-year-old Rafael Marquez, with the video assistant referee stepping in to award the spot-kick. But Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa flung himself superbly to his right to tip Andre Silva’s low spot-kick round the post.Rui Patricio produced a sharp stop to deny Javier Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, from close range on the half hour, but the Portugal keeper was beaten shortly after the break.Hernandez’s cross from the byline floated beyond Carlos Vela and Patricio, with Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Neto unwittingly turning the ball home.Portugal went in pursuit of an equaliser and Gelson Martins — replacing Ronaldo in attack — was denied by an excellent save from Ochoa with just over an hour played.But Ochoa was beaten in the first minute of injury time as Pepe lunged to get on the end of Ricardo Quaresma’s curling right-wing cross to force extra time.Silva, on as a substitute, then grabbed the winner just before the end of the first period of extra time, burying a penalty after Miguel Layun handled in the box.Semedo was then sent off on 106 minutes after picking up a second yellow card, but Mexico’s numerical advantage was swiftly wiped out when Jimenez received his marching orders.“Both teams played some intelligent football today but Portugal were just slightly better,” Ochoa admitted.“We put them under pressure late in extra time but failed to level again, like we did in our first meeting here.”Share on: WhatsApp
Image Courtesy: CricbuzzAdvertisement 9jc6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3v2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) otwWould you ever consider trying this?😱5tdtxCan your students do this? 🌚4vp81nRoller skating! Powered by Firework Jasprit Bumrah was the havoc in-chief yet again for the Windies as his spell has left the hosts reeling with a long way to go. Earlier in the day, Ishant Sharma too got his neck stuck in after scoring his maiden half-century.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricbuzzResuming the day on 264-5, Rishabh Pant was castled by the opposition skipper Jason Holder off the first delivery itself. Ravindra Jadeja failed to get going as he eventually became Rakheem Cornwall’s third victim.Hanuma Vihari continued his fine touch and stuck around with the tail to make amends for the last time by scoring his first test hundred. Giving company at the other end was Ishant Sharma, who surpassed his previous best score of 42 to get to his fifty. The duo struck a vital 112-run stand to possibly take the game away from the hosts. In a bid to accelerate the process, wickets fell for the visitors and they ultimately finished with 416.Advertisement Much like the second innings of the last test, Bumrah was arguably unplayable, the booming inswingers and the ball nipping off the same made the Windies hop around the crease. The pacer became the third Indian to pick a hat-trick in test cricket after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. Bumrah’s victims included Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, and Roston Chase. The Windies are currently placed at 87-7.Read Also:Advertisement New Zealand team bus breaks down, army jeeps and ambulance come to rescue Advertisement
31 January 2014 South Africa will continue to support a temporary standby force capable of responding quickly to crisis situations in Africa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday. On Thursday night, African heads of state gathered for at the summit continued to debate the implementation of the African Immediate Crisis Response Capacity (AICRC), with the majority of countries said to be in favour of the initiative. Cwele told SAnews that there was some “confusion” that the AICRC would derail the formation of a permanent African Standby Force, which many want to be operational by 2015. But he remained convinced that the AICRC would be operational very soon. “It is supported,” he said. “Yes, there was confusion that it will stall the [implementation] of the Africa Standby Force. But many heads of state believe both initiatives will complement each other, so both are being supported.” According to the AU, the AICRC should be an efficient, robust and credible force that can be deployed rapidly, conducting operations of limited duration and aims or helping to create conditions for the deployment of larger AU and/or UN peace operations. It is seen as an interim too,l as the African Standby Force is meant to be operational by 2015. The stopgap AICRC would comprise a reservoir of 5 000 troops made up of operational modules in the form of 1 500-strong battle groups. Command would rest with the AU Peace and Security Council, which would asses all requests for intervention by member states. On a voluntary basis, member states of the AU would contribute troops and finance for the AICRC to enable it to to act independently. In May last year, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda were the first support the initiative and pledged to provide troops should the need arise. Some African leaders believe that, had such an interventionist force been in place, the violence which erupted in Mali early last year, and events that led to the current atrocities in the Central African Republic, could have been averted. South Africa has been the strongest supporter of the AICRC initiative, with Cwele saying the country remained convinced that the plan would go through. Last year, President Jacob Zuma hosted several heads of state in Pretoria where the plan was given the thumbs-up. “Countries are starting to commit … money and are contributing logistical support,” Cwele said. “We are for it. We have been supporting it right from the beginning. If the AU is asking us [for troops], we have always said we are committing to it. We fully back the whole initiative.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
10 March 2015South Africa’s outstanding teachers who go beyond the call of duty have been honoured at the annual National Teaching Awards at a glittering event hosted by the Department of Basic Education at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.The awards, which recognise excellence and the outstanding contribution of teachers in enhancing the quality of teaching, were attended by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and other Education MECs.Ramaphosa, who delivered the keynote address, congratulated all the winners, whom he described as “the ambassadors of excellence in education”.“Teachers are not just passionate about teaching. I believe that they are driven by a deep sense of justice and care for others. They empower, mentor, nurture, and they give hope to the children of our country. They are our nation’s pride,” he said.He said the country’s teachers should look to teachers of past generations – like those of Zachariah Keodirelegang (ZK) Mathews, Albert Luthuli, Es’kia Mphahlele and Charlotte Maxeke – for inspiration and ensuring that the doors of education and culture in the country remain open.The nominees were winners from the provincial leg of the competition, held in all nine provinces. The teachers were originally nominated by their schools in categories aimed at recognising excellence in teaching or leadership, the use of information communication technology, as well as teaching in special needs schools.Kader Asmal awardThembisile Mdlalose from Thembimfundo Special School in KwaZulu-Natal outclassed her peers by scooping the Kader Asmal award. This award seeks to recognise educators who, in their work, demonstrate the key values that were a hallmark of Professor Kader Asmal’s leadership – a demanding educational activist who leads by example, one who has a feel for social justice and takes stands on issues – popular or unpopular – as well as one who demonstrates intellectual tenacity and creativity.Mdlalose developed her passion for teaching from 1987. In 1999, she went on to establish Thembimfundo Special School using her own money to pay the staff and run the hostel. The school is home to 35 homeless children and adults with disabilities, which the department now funds.“Working in such a specialised field is not always easy but it’s worthwhile. It’s always been in me to be a teacher, therapist, counsellor and mother. Through my work, I am able to change the lives of those who otherwise might have been overlooked in the system,” said Mdlalose.Lifetime Achievement awardGanasen Reddy, the principal of Glenhaven Secondary School in KwaZulu- Natal, won the Lifetime Achievement award. A science teacher, Reddy has been in the teaching profession for 32 years.He has managed to turn the school into a model school by introducing morning and weekend classes while embracing technology, which led to the drastic turnaround in the school’s results. “I aim to go beyond what is considered the norm. I believe that every child is a top achiever,” he said.Special Presidential awardThe Special Presidential Award was won by Sibusiso Bhengu for his contribution to education. Bhengu became South Africa’s first black vice-chancellor of a South African university when he was made head of Fort Hare University in 1991. He was appointed as Minister of Education in 1999.InvestmentInvestment in education, Ramaphosa said, produced the greatest yield for any society. “Investing in the education of our children is the best investment that any family, nation and country can ever make. It builds future generations of citizens equal not only in rights but also in access to opportunities.“We need a generation that is equipped to build a better society that is characterised by respect and generosity. That is why teachers hold the key to the nation’s future,” he said.For the younger generation to succeed, Ramaphosa said South Africa needed “teachers that are confident in their own abilities and are eager to impart the knowledge and experience that they have. We need teachers to go to work with a mission, teachers who are filled in their hearts with a great mission of improving the South African child.”However, good teachers alone were not enough. The country also needed good schools and a supporting education system. “Teaching and learning materials need to be appropriate and readily available to all,” Ramaphosa said, reiterating that teachers needed to be in school and in class on time.Big plansRamaphosa said the National Development Plan included a focus on education, recognising the need to improve the quality of education, skills and teacher training, as well as the development of teachers who are already in service, while also addressing issues such as teacher remuneration.Motshekga congratulated the teachers for a job well done: “We are here to recognise and honour our selfless, dedicated and caring teachers for their efforts in turning each learner into a leader of the future, a true role player in the local and global economy.”“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Teaching is not an easy task. It is not an easy responsibility but it’s one of those noble tasks that enables you to interact with young people. It is special opportunity to mould the greatest asset of the nation – our children.”The winners in the top eight categories won new cars. Other prizes included cash prizes, cell phones and double return airline tickets to any domestic destination.Click here for a full list of winners.Source: SAnews.gov.za
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDThe Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2009, has been enhanced to gather more information about the mental health of military families. The Institute of Veterans and Military Families collaborated in the development and administration of this year’s version of the survey. Additions include:New survey questions about mental health including: depression, substance abuse and stressAdditional questions regarding veterans’ transition, education, and use of resources[Flickr, 130304-N-SI773-359 by U.S. Department of Defense, CC BY-ND-NC 2.0]Respondents to the online survey were primarily active duty and veterans’ spouses. Key concerns voiced by survey respondents focused on financial resources: military pay and benefits, changes in retirement, and military spouse employment. The impact of deployment on children was also a big concern, with 43% of active duty spouses reporting this as an issue. Uncertainty was also a highly reported issue, with 32% voicing concern over the uncertainty of military life.Visit the Blue Star Families Military Family website for more information.This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)It’s been over two weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his unblemished record intact after turning back the UFC’s Conor McGregor in arguably the biggest boxing match this year.Although the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer cruised to victory en route to a 10-round TKO stoppage, boxing aficionados were amazed that McGregor, a boxing neophyte, managed to land a lot of punches against Mayweather’s seemingly impenetrable defense.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo As it turns out, the UFC Lightweight Champion fared better on hitting the evasive fighter than some of the biggest names in boxing—including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.In a recent footage from FightHype.com and relayed by MMA Fighting, Mayweather downplayed McGregor’s high striking success rate and said it was a result of him wanting to give fans a show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” the recently retired fighter explained.“The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments “Money” also bared that he played coy in the earlier rounds and went with an aggressive approach in the latter ones, as advised by his team.“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything,” he said. “I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions, but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”His scheme proved to be effective, as Mayweather got his first finish in six years, after last knocking out Victor Ortiz in 2011.“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch, but that’s not what I wanted to do,” the brash fighter said. “I wanted to press and push him.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pacquiao commends McGregor, MayweatherSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday removed Shahid Afridi as captain for the two-match ODI series against Ireland retaining the all-rounder in the squad.PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told media that Misbah-ul-Haq would lead the team to Ireland for the ODIs scheduled on May 28 and 30.The decision comes in the wake of Afridi’s open outburst against coach Waqar Younis accusing him of interfering with the selection of the playing eleven during the West Indies tour. Despite leading Pakistan to a 3-2 win, Afridi was replaced by Misbah as the skipper for the Ireland tour.Afridi’s removal comes as a shock in the cricket circles as he had also led Pakistan to the World Cup semi-finals, before winning the ODI series against the West Indies. On the other side, Misbah got the captaincy despite losing the first Test to the West Indies.The PCB had earlier issued a notice to Afridi for making comments on team’s affairs after returning from the West Indies.Both Afridi and Younis were members of the on-tour selection committee in the West Indies for the playing eleven. It had been reported that Afridi was unhappy with Younis’s interference in the selection of the side ahead of the fourth ODI against the West Indies.A report had earlier claimed that Afridi had almost walked out of a selection meeting and had to be persuaded by team manager, Intikhab Alam, to come back.Team: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Taufiq Umar, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Salman, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Tanvir Ahmed, Hammad Azam.advertisement- With agency inputs