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    Scholarships they are literally money in the bank

     

    Are you a high school student getting ready for college? Or maybe you have your undergraduate degree but are now looking to go to professional school of some kind? Well let me tell you, you have your work cut out for you. Not only do you have to have gotten good grades in school but you also have to pay a premium for your education in today's economic climate. Education is a good as gold and the universities aren't stupid, so they charge a lot of "gold" for it. The good new is that college is not only for the rich kids whose parents pay for everything. There are ways to pay for school without working for 15 years after high school at McDonald's to raise enough money. The best option is usually the scholarships that are offered. Scholarships come in many shapes and sizes and carry with them all sorts of different expectations and criteria. The great thing about it is that there are literally more available than people use and so it is almost a lock to find large chunks of money that you can use to pay for school. The other piece of good news is that scholarships are often based on need and the people that hand them out are trying as hard as they can to find people who are serious about their education and will make a difference, for the better, using their education gained. The potentially bad news is that many aren't used because people don't even know that they exist. This is due to a huge amount of scholarships that seemed to have exploded in the last 30 years and grown faster than people could organize them. Currently efforts are being made to change this and there are now several indexes that students can purchase that give all of the information necessary to contact the benefactor and provide them with the required data to show their need and also how they are going to use the money in a useful way for the betterment of mankind. This news is becoming less bad with the explosion of the internet and its capacity to search using computers. This has taken a lot of the time out of the picture and has also allowed student so search through many more possibilities, and find and apply to more scholarships, which maximizes their chances of getting the money they need to choose their own destiny in this life through education.

         
    School based mental health services reduce school violence

     

    We live in a complicated world requiring complex skills. We must prepare our children to cope and to compete. They need reading, social studies, science and math more than ever, but they also need social skills, problem solving, superior reasoning and good mental health. There is a societal need to reduce the incidence of violence in our schools, as well. When children and teens are focused on problems at home or within themselves, they often do not do well in school. School success and good mental health are intrinsically tied together. Additionally, school success and good mental health are linked to life success. Identifying those youth who are in need of help can reduce suffering and improve mental health, school success, and life success. Good mental health aids development, learning, interpersonal relationships, and the ability to cope with stress more effectively. Approximately 1 in 5 children & adolescents (20%) experience the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder during the course of a year. These children are estimated to have severe emotional or behavioral problems that significantly interfere with their daily functioning. Yet, less than one-third of the children under the age 18 with a serious disturbance receive any MH Services. Often the services they do receive are inadequate or inappropriate (Children’s Defense Fund). Ten percent of children in any given classroom (3/30) are ready to learn at the curriculum level (Dr. Adleman & Dr. Taylor UCLA School Mental Health Project).Only 16% of all children receive any mental health services. Follow through for children receiving mental health services in school is much greater than those referred to community services. Of the 16% that receive MH services, 70-80% receive that care in a school setting (healthinschools. org), yet less than 10% of all school districts in the United States currently have an established School Based Mental Health Program (Center for School Mental Health Assistance, Dr. Mark Weist 2001, University of Maryland). To assess the effectiveness of school based mental health (SBMH) services in reducing emotional, school, home, and behavioral problems of youth, Robert Schmidt, MA and Kathryn Seifert, Ph. D. collaborated on the evaluation of outcomes for a SBMH program for a rural mid-Atlantic School district. Coordination of mental health services with educators, Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile Services, and the Development Disabilities program contributed to the program’s success. The project began in 1999 with a Federal grant to the school district and the project is ongoing. Youth were referred to the project from teachers, guidance counselors, parents, student self-referrals and other agencies such as the Departments of Social Services and Juvenile Services and Law Enforcement. The student’s scores on the Devereaux, BASC, CARE and several school measures such as absenteeism, disciplinary referrals, violence related suspensions, and other suspensions were measured at the beginning of services and at the beginning and end of each school year. From 1999 to 2004, 36% youth were referred because of symptoms of depression, 26% because of family problems, and 24% because of behavior problems. Examples of reasons for referral to the program included: crying in class, child can’t stay focused, student found out mom is terminally ill, youth’s parents going through divorce, and recent sexual abuse. There were 84 referrals to the program in 1999, compared to 437 students in 2002 and 239 students in 2003. Peak referral times were in October and February. Youth in the transition years of sixth and ninth grades were referred to the program most often. In 2000, 2,132 mental health sessions were provided, in contrast to an amazing 15,763 sessions in 2003. A group of 632 students who participated in the program showed significantly improved attitudes toward teachers and school, mental health symptoms, and self-esteem during and after services. Students participating in SBMH in years one and two had significantly better school attendance (56 and 57% increase) when compared to non-participants (66 and 59% decrease). Additionally for the group of participants, absenteeism increased 44% before participation and decreased 53% during participation. Students had a significant (40%) decrease in disciplinary referrals when compared to non-participants (20% decrease). Participants in years one and two had a significant decrease in suspensions (32% and 27%) from school when compared to non-participants (33 and 16% increases). Parents reported that their children were having significantly fewer problems after receiving services. Youth self-reported significantly improved commitment to school, interpersonal relationships and self-esteem, as well as fewer stress related problems. Students reported significantly reduced school maladjustment and clinical maladjustment and improved attitude toward parents and emotional well-being. Evaluation of the success of the program revealed several key components. One important component was having a central school/mental health coordinator to be an organizer, ombudsman, problem solver, program evaluator, and coordinator of the two systems. Additionally, the mental health service must be an integral part of the school system, not just an adjunct or add-on. Mental health staff need to communicate and attend meetings with school personnel. Mental health professionals can provide workshops and consultation to teachers, guidance counselors, and administrative staff. Funding for the project came from mental health third party billing and grant funding. Supplemental funds allowed mental health professionals to attend meetings, consult with school personnel, and provide services for children and youth who do not meet medical necessity criteria of their insurance companies. It is also important to include families as an essential part of the program. In a time when all programs are struggling to cope with funding cuts, collaborative programs, such as this one can make services more efficient and cost effective. Many families of troubled youth are involved in more than one service, in addition to the school. Coordination of multiple services is beneficial to the families and helps improve outcomes for youth. This project demonstrated that school based mental health services improved student well-being, behavior and school success, while showing a significant decrease in violence and other behavior problems at home and at school. The study is ongoing and a second site has been added.

         
    School violence a deadly pattern calls for action

     

    Are schools safe? Considering the number of tragic events that have occurred at schools across the country in recent years, this is one question every parent, teacher, administrator and community member is having a hard time answering. The recent shooting in Red Lake, Minn., put another act of classroom violence on the map. This tragedy, as well as other high-profile school shootings such as the one at Columbine High School in Colorado and others in Tennessee, Oregon and Michigan, clearly show that school violence is not limited by geography or demographics. This deadly pattern has stirred concerns about school safety, gun control and the need to address the roots of such violence in the nation's schools. To raise awareness of school safety and security issues and to help make schools more safe, the National Crime Prevention Council, best known for its 25-year-old beloved icon, McGruff the Crime Dog, developed the Be Safe and Sound initiative in collaboration with National PTA. This public education effort, funded by the Allstate Foundation, Assa Abloy Group and the Security Industry Association, mobilizes parents to work with school officials and policymakers in creating an environment where students feel safe. The initiative distributes publications that help parents and others learn the ropes to becoming involved in school safety issues. Its "Caregivers' Guide to School Safety and Security," for example, outlines specific actions they can take to help improve school safety and includes an overview of security guidelines. Another helpful resource is the "School Safety and Security Toolkit: A Guide for Parents, Schools, and Communities." This guide gives parents and community members the tools they need to work with school administrators and policymakers to assess the safety and security of schools and plan for improvements. "Until we put school safety at the top of the community agenda, our schools - and our children - will continue to be vulnerable," said Alfonso E. Lenhardt, president and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council.

         
    Schools have more severely disturbed students what s a teacher to do

     

    Teachers and Counselors: Does it seem to you that you are seeing more and more seriously emotionally disturbed kids than ever before? The problem may not be with your perceptions. The problem may be that in fact, you are seeing more disturbed children and youth than at any time before. This article covers some of the updated mental health information we give out in our popular Problem-Kid Problem-Solver Workshop ( youthchg). It's data that all teachers and counselors can use. There are a few explanations for what you may already have noticed. First, many settings such as schools and Job Corps, are accepting youth with increasingly serious emotional problems. Second, mainstreaming has shifted many kids from sheltered or specialized settings, into mainstream classrooms, sports teams and scouting troops. Third, and perhaps most important, there may be, in fact, more and earlier serious emotional disturbances developing in children. Or, perhaps we are just getting better at identifying these problems. Late last year, you may have read in your local newspaper a summary of the US Surgeon General's report that noted that an amazing 1 in 10 children may have a serious mental health disorder. This report noted that the typical wait for troubled children to gain an appointment with a mental health professional was 3 to 4 months. Some communities lack children's mental health services entirely, the report also noted. This report quotes a study that indicated that many children with severe emotional problems don't gain proper school services until age 10. The report emphasizes that many of these troubled children will wind up in jail, in part because their problems went unnoticed, or were addressed way too late. The report advocates for more mental health resources for children, and better training in children's mental health for everyone who works with youth. The Bottom Line: If you are not a mental health professional, but you work with kids, you may need to acquire a basic mental health background in order to fully understand your changing population, and to best serve their changing needs. This background will also help you know when to access help from a mental health professional. There is no substitute for the expertise of a mental health worker, and if budget cuts have reduced this option at your site, that is quite serious. A class like our Breakthrough Strategies Workshop ( youthchg/live. html) can help you get the basics, but with the incidence of severe childhood emotional problems apparently on the rise, it makes relying on that counselor, social worker, or psychologist perhaps more important than ever before. If you are a mental health professional you may also want to check your skills too. We are always surprised at our workshop how many mental health professionals confuse conduct disorders and thought disorders, for example, two basic and essential mental health concepts. We also need more groups like IYI in Indiana, and the Family Resource Centers in Kentucky IYI, the Indiana Youth Institute, brings hands - on training to everyone involved with youth including scout troop leaders, faith-based professionals, after school workers and everyone else involved with kids. Kentucky's Family Resource Centers are in just about every school in the state, ready to assist the student, family, teacher, counselor or anyone involved in the child's life to help that child succeed in school, community, family and life. Sadly, most of us lack a Family Resource Center worker or an IYI to turn to. Your challenge becomes, how do I provide my service to a child with serious emotional problems? Here are a few key do's and don't's, but be sure to also upgrade your basic mental health skills if needed. ** Strike the Balance Especially in this age of widespread, mandated education performance testing, teachers can feel pressured to get students to perform and produce. But tests don't "understand" that a child has a serious emotional disturbance and make allowances, but you can. Strive to balance your school or agency's mission with the child's special needs. Keep the goals, but don't accomplish them at any cost. ** When I'm Not Sure What to Do A good general guideline for anytime that you just don't know for sure how to work with a child, is ro ask the child. That child is the expert on that child. If you get no useful response, a fall-back plan is to consider what would work or not work with you if you were in that situation. ** But I Have to Be Fair You may worry that if you give a troubled child extra time to complete a task, for example, that the other kids will complain that it is unfair. In the work world, bosses are required to accommodate employees' special needs from providing a ramp for a wheel chair to a sign language interpreter. The ultimate mission of most youth-serving sites is to prepare the child for the real world. In the real world, providing some accommodation is either legally mandated or a common courtesy. Most schools even attempt to give a bigger desk to a bigger student. Simple human courtesy and common sense should never be viewed as unfair. ** They Can Take It Some youth professionals will tell you that the child can "take it." The truth is that you have no way of looking into a child and accurately gauging their resilience. Since kids do not generally announce that they were beaten last night, or that they haven't eaten for two days, you don't know how fragile or strong a child actually is. You don't know whether or not a child can "take it." There is a risk that a harsh, embarrassing, aggressive act could harm or undermine a child. While it is never okay to yell, demean or humiliate any child for any reason, it is especially true with children who are severely troubled. ** These Children Are Manipulating the Adults While some emotionally disturbed children are very adept at manipulation, many emotionally disturbed children do not manipulate at all. There are many types of emotional disturbances, and each has its own unique dynamics. Because an adult works differently with different types of students, tailoring their methods to fit each child and that child's unique circumstances, does not mean the adult has been manipulated. It means that the adult has a sophisticated understanding of different types of youth and they choose the correct tools for each type. For more specific techniques to use with troubled youth, consider our "Child's Guide to Surviving in a Troubled Family." Find out more about it via our web site (link below).

         
    Schulich school of business

     

    Schulich is famous for being one of Canada’s top global schools. It has earned a reputation by building a strong program aimed at quality education and offering world-class development to the business industry. It gained its third position for being the best in the field of corporate social responsibility and ranked number six in the world custom executive education programs. The architectural design of the main campus is located in Ontario Canada at the center of the city’s financial district. The school introduces satellites centers not only in America but it also extends its operation in China, India and Korea for which it offers business degrees that leads to innovation at various sectors. The faculty is composed mainly of highly qualified and experienced Canadian professors. A number of teachers also came from countries outside Canada who speaks of different languages, for a total of 30 languages combined. Schulich University has their distinct characteristic that makes it different from any other business school around the world. It introduces different approach in conquering the management world. It focuses mainly on team development rather than individual achievements. The objective is to make highly intellectual individuals to come together and to combine their efforts in order to come up with innovative ideas that an individual may not achieve alone. Such technique is a result of an intensive educational experience for students. The program is structures in such a way that students can achieve knowledge not only through lectures but also from communal learning from the people around them. Adapting a team approach in every research can attain this; as such a research would probably end up with an excellent result. Building a stronger team effort can allow students to be more equipped with skills to face the challenge imposed by other intellectual business students. In order to improve the academic performance, Schulich collaborated with other top business schools around the world to develop on research and to build a more advanced and unique teaching process and techniques. Being one of the top MBA schools all over the world, Schulich University open its door to all aspiring industry movers on both full time and part time programs. The schedule of classes is generally during evenings and during weekends. The hopeful applicants have also the option to manage their time more efficiently by making their own schedule at their convenience. The program depends upon the length of time spent by the student to complete the MBA program. The student who had attained two years full time work experience may reduce their credit hours from 60 to 30. The full time students may opt to have a longer year of studies if they chose to avail the summer off but may also shorten their years in school for 16 months with 4 consecutive terms. The part time students are given flexible schedules starting at nighttime to accommodate profession in the morning and programs to be held during the weekends. The MBA program offers specialization for competent students to enhance their ability and prepare them for a tight competition.

         
    Self hypnosis a how to guide

     

    Self-Hypnosis, why is that? You want to lose your weight, you have used the best weight loss techniques on the internet, and offline without results; you want to have the best diet, how? You want to lose your smoking habit. You want increase your self esteem. You want to tackle your life, your anxieties, and your problems. What is the best solution for all this? I would say, self-hypnosis. How? Read on. A Hypnosis Primer: You have seen people getting hypnotized; you have seen it in Dracula, when Mina Harker was put into trance, when she was starting to acquire the obnoxious count, by the great Professor Van Helsing and gave the directions as to where the count Dracula was heading; you have seen it in real life, as treatment to a million psychological disorders including the dissociative identity, schizophrenia etc; you have seen it as valuable tool to gather evidence in famed criminal cases. It is, in fact, one great invention that mankind holds, with practically far reaching ramifications. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness of the brain, in which the conscious and subconscious regions of the brain are interactive at the same time, keeping the subject in a state of trance, and open to positive suggestions. Positive suggestions in the sense, you could make the subject throw away a harmful habit (s)he has. You can instill good character and mindset to the people; and you can generate affection, hatred or a neutral feeling toward anything. In essence, this versatile psychological tool can work out miracles for you. The requirements and the process: First, you have to have a calm and serene atmosphere, where you are not going to be disturbed for another hour. Now, please also try to have a comfortable position, and away from any kind of movements. Also, it is desirable if there is no noise. Have some background music played (without lyrics, just music). The music has to be very low and serene. And hip hop, rock, and rap are not preferred. It has to be absolutely low, and monotonous. Now, have a point on the ceiling or anywhere you can look without much effort, and stare at the point, fix your eye and make no movement whatsoever. Have nothing come to your mind, and take five to ten deep breaths. Now, optionally you can count on each breath. That would put your brain out of a state of thought. While doing the counting, you have to relax your body, from the head to the toes. Try to feel that your eyelids are drooping and heavy. Once you are fully relaxed, and feeling like floating, you can tell yourself this phrase: “I can become more self-reliant each time I do this process.” Chant this phrase or any other positive phrase. You are giving your brain, suggestions. You can write your own phrases, and ask the Subconscious to do it. You can tell your brain to stop the bad habit you are having, or anything similar. Chant this phrase a few times, and then you can come back to conscious state. Please repeat these steps everyday. At first it would be a tedious process, or it would look like one. But as the time goes by, you will automatically go to the trance easily, and in less time. This is just an introduction to the process of self hypnosis, and you can have a better understanding of the process from the following links, which can give you resources from the internet on this deep subject.

         
    Send them to military school

     

    While many parents dread the thought, a military school may just be the right solution for your child. Many children who attend these types of schools find themselves in better places after they have completed. And, while you may be thinking that the environment is much too harsh for your child, you should be considering the opportunities that are available to them for attending such a school in the first place. There are normally two types of parents who are looking into using a military school. The first one is the one that has had military schools used throughout their family’s history. Or, perhaps these are individuals who find the environment to be the perfect location to develop their children in. The other type of parent considering a military school is the one that is having difficulty with their defiant child. In this case, while the military school environment may be helpful, it needs to be presented in the right manner first. It is an honor and a privilege for a child to be allowed to attend one of these schools. The structured environment teaches discipline, core human values, as well as dedication, perseverance, and honor. When children attend a school such as these, they are able to find their true self and they can then set forth to do just about anything that they have wanted to do in their lives. Military school is, then, an opportunity for you to provide your child with the very best in education in both schoolwork and lifework. Parents considering a military school should note that there are some excellent opportunities out there for them. You will find a wide range of options and you will likely be able to choose the one that best fits your child’s needs and your goals. This environment is a positive, structured and private one in which children are able to excel.

         
    Seven easy steps for parents or teachers to help teach children ages three to six

     

    : My name is Scott Waring and I am an American teacher in Taiwan with a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Counseling Education. I have learned a lot about teaching, but it wasn't until I met my Taiwanese wife at Idaho State University and we moved to Taiwan where we opened a school, that I learned teaching to children from three to six was not just possible, but beyond anything I ever expected. I have also published two novels for kids, "George's Pond" and "West's Time Machine" being sold at all on-line stores. My wife and I currently own a school that has 150 students, fifty of which are ages 3-6 years' old. Psychology and Education magazines often site that in every person's life, there is a time when the brain is more susceptible to learning, making learning easier and faster. The time that they are speaking of is between ages three and six years of age. A human will never learn as easily or as fast ever again past that age. This applies for everyone, and although I have not benefited from such early education myself, in six more months my son will, when he starts in our three year old class that teaches four solid hours of teaching a day, five days a week. In our school we have a motto; "Work Now, Play Later." But really they play in-between the classes. In this way we teach the students so much by age seven that when they start Elementary school, they find that everything is easy, while other students who have never benefited from learning before elementary, end up struggling along through the class, working much harder and not getting as far as the students that benefited from early learning. Now let me show you some easy steps that we use in our classes when they are age three to six. 1. Don't listen to other adults when they say students can only learn for ten to fifteen minutes! That's wrong in so many ways, and yet right in one way. You should teach them a full 45-60 minutes without stop, but every 15 minutes you should change the style of your teaching and change what words, math games, or items that you want you child to learn. For example: 15 min teaching English Vocabulary, 15 minutes teaching numbers, 15 minutes teaching letters, 15 minutes teaching writing letters (harder and takes patience at age 3).             2. Be creative in your teaching! This means if you are teaching at home, then sit next to the toy box and begin teaching the child the name of each toy, but remember to repeat it, so that the child hears you say it two times. This is especially good at teaching words like (Bulldozer, Ambulance, Police car, fire engine, race car, motorcycle, animals, Colors (very fun), and much more. There is a world of learning within the toy box and those are things the child sees everyday and relates to a lot, so those words you teach will be very useful and constantly used. Keep this repetition up everyday until the child knows it in a few weeks, then move on to something more challenging, but don't forget to review a little everyday of the old lessons!

                  3. Teach With Enthusiasm. Start with using your voice and then work up to cute mannerisms (acting). If you sound excited about teaching it, then the child will be excited to learn. The child is the reflection of the teacher, they reflect back what they see before them, so be cautious of what you say, you could be teaching things that you never intended or wanted too. It was Dr. Norman Peale that said "Enthusiasm sharpens a students mind and improves their problem solving abilities."           4. Make Sure The Child Follows Along: Teaching reading without teaching sounding words out is possible and I've been teaching that way to students for over ten years. Age three to four will have to start leaning words written on flash cards, hand made is fine.

    Find an easy story book you like and take 50-100 words starting out. You don't need a picture on the back, it wastes your time and doesn't make them learn faster, but like earlier you have to hold the card up and repeat the word two times, but will all you repetition, the child must always repeat two times (you say "Them", student says "Them". You say "Them" again, students says "Them" again.). Use this repetition for all teaching starting out for first year or more. New words you may teach might be (this, that, those, to, a, an, apple, banana, run, Jack, Jane, grass, house, tree, kite, toys and so on). When teaching vocabulary, find a good picture dictionary for small kids, use it and use the repetition while you teach it, also have the child follow with one finger on the picture at all times.

    Don't teach phonics for the first 6-12 months, this way they feel less scared of it and it comes much easier.    5. Make Sure They Speak: If you are teaching vocabulary words on cards, then hold one up (the word "Flowers") and ask, "Okay, what color are the flowers?" or "Where are the flowers?" and see where the child goes with it, it reinforces the memory of the word flowers in their thoughts, but keep them focused on the task at hand, no wandering.

    6. Teach numbers, addition, and subtraction: This is the easiest thing of all to teach. Go to the crayon box and take it to use in this lesson. Sit down on the floor; (all my students learn best there) face the student and take ten crayons out of any color. Then hold them in your hand, placing three on the floor. Say, "Let's count them!

    Ready? One...Two...Three!" sound excited and do it slowly!

    Then see if the student wants to try, if not, you do a different number. Keep doing math this way using crayons, toys, balls, candy (yum-yum) or other items, until it's too easy and they want more. You can teach them up to 100, really it's true! But only if you believe in them as a teacher and believe in yourself. Move off to putting five crayons down and counting them, then take two away and count them again.

    Let the student try. Also, if your child likes drawing, instead of items, use paper and draw the number 4, then make four circles (or apples and so on). Do this for all numbers and let the child use a finger to point at them one by one as the student counts them. Great for teaching addition and subtraction.  7. Make Teaching A Routine: Kids fall into a routine much easier than adults and so you need to use the same time every day to teach them. Here is our class schedule for teaching three to six year olds.

    9-10:00 AM: English speaking 10-10:30: Break and play 10:30-11:30: Math 11:30-12:30: Lunch and play 2:00-3:00: Writing/letters for 3 year olds, words for 4, but one page diaries for 6 year olds.

    3:30-4:30: Reading/Vocabulary

    Making a routine is detrimental to learning! Without this key element, you will not succeed in teaching the student for long. If at home, you must discipline yourself to teaching at certain hour everyday. This allows you and your child to fall into a comfortable routine, without chaos. What have my students learned you ask? Well by the time they reach the age of 6-7 years old, they have been taking classes in my school for about 3 years. That means they have gained a vocabulary of over 3000+ English words (Remember they are Taiwanese so they start with not knowing any English at all), using a 1000 word picture dictionary series. Also they can add and subtract without using their fingers, but instead look at the board and answer quickly. They also start at six years old at learning writing and vocabulary in Chinese. By six, the students must write a one page diary everyday, with beautiful writing (about 50-70 words). Also they are capable of reading at a second graders level and use phonics to sound out words that they don't know. By taking the time to teach you child early on, it will create a positive study habit for the student and make future learning easier by already having experienced learning in a structured environment. We teach and we learn along the way, both student and teacher. It's a wonderful process of personal growth for all involved!

         
    Seven things you should do to help you prepare for exams

     

    : Okay, would everyone who likes Exams please put your hands up? That’s right; just raise them up nice and high. No, No, no one. Not one person. If you are a sane person, like me, you will hate exams. They are stressful, a lot of work and all in all a fact of life. That is right, a fact of life. When people leave school after 12, 13 years of school, they are often led into a false sense of security that their lives will be free from study and exams for ever. WRONG!!! Look, the bottom line is that no matter what you do, in this day and age you are always going to be in a situation where you will have to do some sort of exam, whether it is to get your license to drive a car, to get a promotion at work or to get a University degree, we are always going to be faced with having to do some sort of exam. Even at my computer training centre, when you come to learn how to use Microsoft Office you have the opportunity to gain a certificate from Microsoft in using Microsoft Office, but to get it, you still have to do an exam. However there are certain things you can do that can help you prepare for you exams and give you a better chance of passing. 1. Ensure You Read All the Material Provided After Lectures The number one mistake people make when they come and do any training, including computer training is that do not re-read and go through all the material they covered during the lectures within seven days of doing the actual lecture. So for example, if you do a one day computer training course, you need to go back through all the material within seven days. Why? Well there is lots of scientific research that has been undertaken that shows, if you do not reinforce the material you have learned within seven days of first hearing it, that you will 50% of that knowledge within the next seven days. If you do not review the material within 21 days you will loose 50% of the 50% left, which now means you will only remember 25% of the material covered. Some of the research I have read shows that for every 7 days you leave reviewing the material you keep loosing 50% of the remaining knowledge which means in about 6 to 10 weeks after the course you knowledge on the subject. If the material has not been review, the retained knowledge will be virtually none, which means you may as well not wasted you time in attending the course in the first place. Have you ever been to one of those tax seminars or financial planning seminars? Have you noticed that they only give you enough information to remember the good things, they do not give you a training pack to remind you of the potential flaws of their services, that is because they use the same issues outlined earlier in which as time goes on, you will only remember the things you have reinforced. 2. Make Sure You Redo All The Practical Exercises With many courses that you study for there will be practical exercises included. For example when you are doing our computer training courses, you will do a little bit of theory and then a practical exercise. It is extremely important that when you leave your training that you go back through those practical exercises as they will help reinforce the theory you have learnt. Let say for example, you were studying bookkeeping. One of the things you are taught in bookkeeping is how to create a manual set of books such as the Journals, Ledgers and Trial Balance. During your course you would be given practical exercises to create your own Journals etc and it is extremely important that you redo those exercises in your own time to reinforce the elements you have learnt and the process as well. Yet another example for university student, if you were studying say biology or chemistry, one of the requirements you have is to do certain experiments in a lab. It is absolutely essential that you practice those exercises as they will help reinforce the theory you have learned. In the case of University studies, most faculties will allow you to book lab time to practice your exercises outside the normal lecture time. 3. Do A Minimum of 4 Hours Study Per Week Per Subject People often say to me how much study we should be doing each week. Well, in reality, it really does depend on the course you are doing. For example if you are studying medicine or law, you will find that you will need almost the same amount of time to study as you attend lectures, so you are looking at 40 hours of study time per week. However, for computer training courses or IT courses where you are studying for Certifications you will find that if you allocate 4 hours per week per subject, that it will be sufficient to study the material and to become proficient at it. Make note though that the study period does not include doing your practical exercises, the study period is in addition. 4. When Studying Have Light Music On As I write this I can hear all the parents in the world cringing and crying out saying, NO! Well in fact, if you listen to the right music, music can in fact increase your ability to retain the material you are studying. Briefly, research shows that baroque music at 60 beats per minute causes your brain to produce more alpha [calmness] waves. This happens on both left and right sides of your brain. This simply means that you calm down and relax, in a way similar to when you whistle a happy tune, or when you daydream. This "alpha" state of mind is ideal for learning, creativity, or just relaxing. Baroque Music also makes the perfect background music for all training from pre-school to government "think tanks." It is used in schools all over Australia. A quote from the teacher of a remedial class here in Australia: "It seems to slow them down so they can think." Corporate trainers can improve the effectiveness of training sessions dramatically by playing Baroque Music during a session.. A colleague uses the music as background for his memory training seminars and swears by it because recall and creativity are improved. I also recommend listening to Baroque Music before you actually attend your exam as this will help you to improve you calmness and focus before undertaking the exam and as you have used this music during your study program, it will help prompt the material to come to the forefront of you mind. 5. Review Previous Exams This is one of the most important things every person must do prior to sitting an exam and that is to review as many previous exams as you can. In most University courses, you will find that each year the lecturer will in fact lodge the previous year's exams in the Library for use by the students. My recommendation has always been to go and photocopy the exam if possible and then study the exam as much as possible. Some universities and colleges allow you to do this others do not. There are a few key reasons for doing this. The previous exams will give you an insight into the way the lecturers structure the exam questions and they also give you a very good indication of the sorts of questions that lecturers are likely to put on the exams, especially if you have three or four years worth of past exam papers. I had one lecturer at the college I was studying at, that every year he would go through this one question on the board prior to exam as part of their pre-exam build up and then put that exact question into the exam papers. You would be amazed the number of people who did not take notice during the pre-exam briefings and consequently would get that exam question wrong. By the way, I was one of those people who got it wrong. So, it is definitely worth taking note. If you are studying Microsoft Certifications or IT Certifications my strong recommendation is that you access pre-assessment material from companies like Self-Test Software or Transcender as they are a really good representation of the sorts of questions you will face in the actual exams. One thing to note though, do not rely just on the questions in those pre-assessment exams as if you do, you will not pass the exam. The pre-assessment exams are simply indicators of the material you need to know and whether you have a good understanding of the material. They definitely do not guarantee a pass. I have seen too many students over the years rely on these types of material only, to find they fail, because the exams have changed or have new areas not originally covered. Always make sure you check out the curriculum for the exam and that you know all the areas the curriculum specifies. Never assume that certain things will be in the exams as you most certainly will be wrong. 6. Have a Colleague Write Practice Exams and Questions for You If you are doing long term study at a college or University it is always worthwhile to try to form a study group. Even if you are working in a corporate environment and working in a team that is doing study try to form a study group to help you with studies. The reason I recommend this, is so that you can all work together and right a series of practice exams and questions for each other to try to answer. See, the key with passing any exam is practice. The more practice you have and exposure to the various ways questions could be possibly structured the more likely you will pass the exam. Getting each person in you study group to write practice exams and questions also helps them, as they need to know the correct answer and how to structure the correct answer, which helps reinforce the material for them. If you are studying in a corporate environment and you have people who have done the exams in the past, get them to write a set of practice exams. It would be even better if you could get three or four colleagues to actually write some practice exams for you as they will give you such a variation that you will be able to identify areas you may not have covered sufficiently. I have used this technique a lot in my own business and in other jobs I have held. I was working for a government agency many years ago and had to pass was used to be called in Australia an Austel exam. This required a technician to pass two exams. What we did in our division was to get our foreman and leading hand who had already completed the exams to actually write a series of practice questions so that we could become proficient with the sort of answers we would be faced with. The outcome was that I scored 100% on one exam and 96% on the second exam, so it certainly paid off for me. 7. Take Time to Meditate Okay, I can hear it now, "Oh Yeah Hippy, Want Us to Meditate do ya." Absolutely! Look whilst meditation has certainly been a thing of fringe groups in western society or associated with more eastern religions many researchers are now coming to the distinct conclusion that meditation can make a huge difference to our day-to-day lives. The core advantage meditation will play in your studies is to help you to relax. The more relaxed you are the more creative and the easier it will be to learn the material for the exam. I certainly recommend that when you are meditating, that you use baroque music with your meditation as it will help increase the alpha waves which will help lead you to a calm feeling. The bottom line is this, there is no shortcut to conquering exams but they do not have to be a life and death struggle if you put the work in. Whilst there is no fool proof way to pass exam, putting the work in will certainly mean you should see much better exam results and hopefully the outcomes you are looking for. To finish off my article I want to highlight once again the seven things you should do to help you prepare you for your upcoming exams. 1. Ensure You Read All The Materials After Lectures 2. Make sure you redo all practical exercises 3. Do A Minimum of 4 hour Study Per Week Per Subject 4. When Studying Have Light Music On 5. Review Previous Exams 6. Have a Colleague Write Practice Exams and Questions for You 7. Take Time To Meditate

         
    Shakira la diva latina

     

    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll naciу en 1977 en Colombia y desde los aсos 1990 en Latinoamйrica, y desde los 2000 en los Estados Unidos se ha convertido en una gran figura de la mъsica latina con estilo oriental que la destaca entre los demбs artistas. Ella es una exitosa cantante, escritora, instrumentalista, productora de discos y bailarina la cual ha logrado atraer los oнdos y corazones de la millones de jуvenes y no tan jуvenes que disfrutan de su mъsica original, creativa y rebelde. Sus lнricos son originales ya que escribe poesнas inusuales en las cuales incluye frases como:"Tu mordiste la manzana y renunciaste al paraнso, y condenaste a una serpiente, siendo tu el que asн lo quiso." Logra producir rimas de una forma ъnica que solo ella conoce y a su vez en sus versiones en ingles que comenzу en el 2001, logro adaptar su propio estilo sin problema de idioma. Su primer disco en ingles se llama "Laundry Service" (Servicio de Lavanderia) convirtiйndose en un hit impresionante con el cual gano la mayorнa de sus 10 Grammys ganados hasta ahora. Las canciones mas conocidas de aquel disco don "Underneath Your Clothes" (debajo de tu ropa) y "Whenever, Wherever" (Suerte) fueron los mas populares. Su mъsica incluye tiene un estilo de Pop con Oriental, Tango, Latino y otros nuevos ritmos originales. Fijaciуn Oral Vol 1 and 2, fue su siguiente бlbum que saco con Alejandro Sanz la canciуn "Tortura", con Wyclef Jean "Hips don't Lie" y luego con Vellones "Beautiful Lie" otro gran йxito. Shakira tiene un origen descendiente catalбn-Italiano mezclado con catуlico Libanйs, la cual la caracteriza por tener un estilo oriental, latino que ha logrado obtener a lo largo de su popularidad que la diferencia de cualquier otro artista. Shakira escribiу su primer poema llamado "La Rosa de Cristal" a los cuatro aсos y siguiу escribiendo poemas que luego se convirtieron en canciones. A la edad de 8 cuando su hermano fue matado en un accidente de motocicleta Shakira escribiу su primera canciуn llamada "Tus Gafas Oscuras". Su personalidad por su puesto es expresada en sus lнricos y poemas, asн es como tambiйn polнticamente mantiene opiniones bastante polйmicas como comentarios "anti-israelнes" salidos en alguna entrevista en la radio resaltando su origen libanйs frente al conflicto en medio oriente. Tu actual novio, futuro marido es Antonio de La Rua, hijo del previo Presidente de la Republica Argentina, quien no es exactamente querido por la poblaciуn Argentina. A pesar de sus decisiones personales, su йxito como cantante y bailarina sigue siendo un hit y aplaudido por Sudamйrica, Estados Unidos, Espaсa y demбs paнses. Su estilo puede ser comparado al de Alanis Morisette, pero con una sensualidad y habilidad de bailar Belly Dance, que la destaca de las demбs cantantes. Lo que la ha ayudado a despegar en el mundo Internacional fue cuando saco su disco MTV Unplugged, "Donde Estбn los Ladrones" en 1999 el cual llego a las casas de millones de jуvenes en Estados Unidos e Europa.

         
    Silk history and facts

     

    Silk may be just another fabric to most of us. But the truth is, silk is a very unique fabric that has many activists up in arms. We're going to take a look at a brief history and some facts about silk in order to give you a little education on the subject. The actual discovery of silk, from the silkworm species Bombyx mori happened around 2700 BC. Yes, silk has been around a long time. According to Chinese tradition, and you have to take this with a grain of salt, it was a 14 year old girl by the name of Hsi Ling Shi who discovered the invention of the first silk reel. Silk became a very valuable commodity and was sought after by many other countries. But it wasn't until 139 BC that the world's longest trade route was opened from China to The Mediterranean Sea. This route was named the Silk Road for obvious reasons. By 300 AD the production of silk had also reached India and Japan. The manufacture of silk gradually made its way to Europe and America. During the 18th and 19th centuries, around the time of the Industrial Revolution, Europeans had made some great advances in the production of silk. In the 18th century, England became the leading manufacturer of silk because of the advancements in technology the country was responsible for. Some of the inventions were improved silk-weaving looms, power looms and roller printing. In 1870, however, there was a major setback in silk production. There was an epidemic called Pebrine disease, which was caused by a small parasite. This epidemic spread like wildfire through the industry, almost completely wiping out silk production. However, it is because of this epidemic that much research was done on the silkworm that ultimately led to more advances and more modern techniques. Today's silk production is actually a combination of old and new techniques. The silkworm itself is actually a common name for the silk producing larvae of many different types of moths. The larvae is not actually a worm. It is technically a caterpillar. There are many species of silkworm that are used in silk production but the most common of these is Bombyx mori. This silkworm is native to China and was brought to Europe and Western Asia around 600 AD. It wasn't until the 18th century that it was brought to America. The silk industry is the main industry in Thailand, Japan and China. Most of the silk products you'll find in stores, especially in the United States, most likely come from one of these three countries. There are basically two methods of producing the silk. One is by hand reeling, which is mostly done in Thailand, and machine reeling, which is done in Japan and China. The cost of silk products from these countries is very high because of the technology involved, the difficulty of producing silk products due to dealing with living creatures and the import taxes invoked on these items. That is one of the reasons why silk is such a valued commodity, especially in the United States. In the next instalment in this series on silk we'll pick up with a more detailed look at silk production in the three main silk producing countries.

         
    Silk silk production

     

    If you're wondering where most of your silk comes from and the specialties of these countries, we're going to go inside the silk industry itself in Thailand, Japan, and China to see just what it is that they're making and how. Silk production in Thailand is very specialized. The Thai silk moth is most suited to tropical conditions. This moth is what is called polyvoltine, meaning it can produce at least ten batches of eggs each year. They hand reel the silk from the Thai moth from green cocoons. These cocoons still contain the live pupae. The pupae from these cocoons are not killed before being reeled because that would make reeling very difficult. What they do is they place the green cocoons in hot, almost boiling water. This process loosens the end of the thread. They only have about 10 days to finish this process before the moths come out and ruins the cocoon. Many times, the workers run out of time. This limits the scale of the industry and partially explains why silk is so expensive. The most experience workers usually only produce about 300 kg per day. Silk production in China and Japan is a little different. The moth that is mostly used in these countries is monovoltine or bivoltine. These moths produce one or sometimes two batches of eggs each year. These are then put into a suspended environment so that they can induce hatching at a more convenient time. These cocoons are very large so they are better suited for machine reeling. They produce a filament that is usually between one and two kilometers long. The adult moths that are normally used for production are too fat to fly. The moths that can fly don't produce enough silk to be worth cultivating. The larvae farmed by the silk makers of China and Japan, unlike the ones in Thailand that are very sturdy, are very fragile and need great care. They are selectively bred and their purpose is strictly to get maximum output with a minimum amount of work. In Thailand they get about 26 kg of raw silk per hectare. The production in Korea is about 80 kg per hectare and in China it is 125 kg per hectare. In 1995 a major silk producing factory was set up in Hanzhou, China. This factory has the capacity to make over one million silk blouses every year. Yes, silk production in these countries is big business and makes up a large part of their economy. While silk production in these countries may be big business, there are those who, because of the nature of the industry, would just as soon see it die a quick death. The reason is simple. In the making of these silk products, living creatures die. While this isn't anything new (just take a look at the fur coat industry) the activists against this industry are probably one of the most vocal, staging rallies and marching in protests. So far, however, their efforts have not even slowed down one of the largest industries in that part of the world. But the fight continues.

         
    Small school big advantage for teens

     

    In the typical classroom, the teacher lectures, the student takes notes, then the student's grade is based on test scores-or test scores and a few papers. Students who are taught this way do not necessarily become enthusiastic or well-rounded learners. At a small, college-prep school in New Hampshire, teaching and learning are very different from the age-old model. At White Mountain School, a boarding and day school near Littleton, New Hampshire, the mantra is "Small school. Big outdoors." However, it might well be "Small school. Big ideas." Founded in 1886, the school uses the outdoors to supplement regular classroom work, with the goal of helping students to "experience something greater than themselves." Its philosophy is simple: Teach more than facts, grade more than knowledge. Although students receive letter grades, they are expected to develop as a "complete learner" and graded in six areas called "Learning Outcomes." The six Learning Outcomes are: • Knowledge-"Content" mastery is important; it is simply not treated as the proverbial "end all to beat all." Students learn to acquire and integrate information. • Critical Thinking-Nearly all classes are discussion-based, where students are challenged to use a variety of complex reasoning strategies. • Self-Direction-The self-directed learner is the student who pushes personal limits, sets clear goals and manages his/her own progress towards those goals. • Communications-Students learn to organize and express ideas clearly and to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, using a variety of media. • Information Processing-Students learn to differentiate and assess the validity of information sources (the Internet is not always the definitive answer teens think it to be!); then they learn to interpret and analyze the information effectively. • Collaboration-Students learn to monitor and regulate their behavior in a task-oriented group environment. "Our approach offers opportunities for students to succeed in six different performance areas and to have their successes reflected in their grades. This builds learning and self-confidence," says Alan Popp, Head of School.

         
    Small ways we can make a difference

     

    We don’t often think about the powerful effect our words and actions can have on others, but every now and then, the universe decides to show us. This week, I had a profound experience at my local supermarket. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, and the store was crowded. So much so that I almost didn’t go in when I saw the parking lot full of cars. I was tempted to leave and resume my normal weekday shopping schedule the following week, but since I really needed groceries and was already there, I figured I might as well get it over with. As I made my way through the crowded aisles, I passed a man who looked familiar. I paused, pretending to read the label on a can of cat food as I observed him with occasional sideways glances. He seemed to hold a place of importance in my memory, though I couldn’t quite grasp when or where. After several minutes, I caught a remembered whiff of chalk dust and a nostalgic echo of his voice booming out across a quiet classroom, and it all came flooding back to me. He was Mr. Blaise, my high school Creative Writing teacher! Happiness flooded my heart, and I timidly approached him and introduced myself as one of his former students. He seemed genuinely glad to see me, but his features transformed into an expression of surprised pleasure as I thanked him for the profound impact he’d had on my life. Back in 1985, I was a shy, insecure girl of sixteen when I entered Mr. Blaise’s classroom. Being a writer was my biggest dream, but I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. I had shown some of my writing to family members, but it took weeks of agony and anxiety to share my work with Mr. Blaise. I had nightmares that he would laugh at me and tell me to "get a real job." Of course, he did no such thing. He encouraged me, shared helpful pointers about how I could improve my writing, and then shocked me by telling me that I had the talent to create a successful career as a writer, if that’s what I wanted to do. I’m sure he had no idea how powerful his words were to me at the time. He was just doing what a good teacher does; providing knowledge and guidance to a young, impressionable mind. However, his attention and encouragement meant the world to me. He was one of the first people who ever took my writing seriously, rather than making cutesy comments and treating it like a hobby I’d soon grow out of. He was the first person who gave me hope that my dream was possible. Because of him, I began to believe in myself, for the first time ever. When I related all of this to him in the supermarket, I could tell he was overcome with surprise. He obviously had no idea how important his words were to me, and that his encouragement would spur me on to follow my dream, and actually be successful with the creation of it. After we parted in the supermarket, I marveled at the way the universe had orchestrated this little meeting between Mr. Blaise and I, and I pondered the reasons for it. I believe there are very few accidents in this world, and more often there are reasons behind seeming "coincidences." Perhaps Mr. Blaise was feeling burned out on teaching after more than 30 years in the same role, and my words will inspire him to continue on with renewed passion. Perhaps he was struggling with the educational bureaucracy and feeling restricted in his ability to reach his students. Or maybe I simply added a little boost to his mood so he could enjoy a happy Saturday afternoon with his family. I’ll probably never know for sure. This experience opened my eyes to the powerful ways we can serve as angels for each other. Maybe you have someone like Mr. Blaise in your own life, someone who encouraged you, strengthened your belief in yourself, and helped you to become who you are today. If you can’t reach them to thank them personally, the second-best way to honor them is to do the same thing for others. Whether your craft is writing, singing, teaching, or working as a dishwasher, you have the ability to reach out and make a difference in the lives of the people you encounter daily. It might be nothing more than a few kind words uttered when someone is at their lowest, or helping to build up the confidence of a shy child. Though it seems like a small effort on your part, it might mean the world to the person receiving your attention and encouragement. My greatest advice to you is: don’t hold back. When you feel moved to share with someone, do it. When you appreciate what someone has done for you, tell them. You just never know what can happen, the people you can touch, the lives you can change. And don’t be surprised if, someday, someone approaches you and says, "Thank you."

         
    So if retention is so harmful what should we do teach

     

    Heading Toward a Long-term, Systemic Solution A Boston Globe editorial stated that for "40 years, study after study on grade retention has reached the same conclusion: Failing a student, particularly in the critical ninth grade year, is the single largest predictor of whether he or she drops out" (Edley, 2002). The editorial goes on to state that "widespread retention further exacerbates the achievement gap: In Massachusetts, for example, across all grades, African-American and Hispanics are retained at over three times the rate of whites" (Edley, 2002). According to research (Anderson, Jimerson and Whipple, 2002; NASP, 2003; Jimerson, Anderson and Whipple, 2002; Stenovich, 1994), some of the devastating effects of retention are: - Most children do not "catch up" when held back. - Although some retained students do better at first, these children often fall behind again in later grades. - Retention is one of the most powerful predictors of high school dropout; holding a child back twice makes dropping out of school 90% certain. - In 2001, 6th grade students ranked grade retention as the most stressful life event, followed by losing a parent and going blind. - Students who are held back tend to get into trouble, dislike school, and feel badly about themselves more often than children who go on to the next grade. - The weakened self-esteem that usually accompanies retention plays a role in how well the child may cope in the future. Far too many students simply give up on school, largely because they feel that their schools have already given up on them. Even our special education services are failure-based. "The current system uses an antiquated model that waits for a child to fail, instead of a model based on prevention and intervention " (U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2002). IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. So What Can We Do? Many advocate for early identification of student needs in order to apply appropriate instructional strategies (Anderson, Whipple and Jimerson, 2002; U. S. Department of Education, 2002; Lyon and Fletcher, 2001; Lyon, 2002). That is clearly a step in the right direction. But not all teachers are effective at identifying student needs and applying instructional strategies that are the most appropriate for student needs. A study conducted by Sanders and Rivers (1996) examined the cumulative and residual effects of teachers on student achievement and found a wide chasm between the impact on student achievement by effective teachers and ineffective teachers. Equally performing second graders were separated by as many as 50 percentile points on standardized tests by the time they reached fifth grade solely as a result of being taught by teachers whose effectiveness varied greatly. The study was based on Tennessee's "value-added" testing system that maintained year-to-year test records on every student in the public school system and matched students to their teachers. Teachers were divided into three groups – low, average, and high – based on their students' performance. The results showed the dramatic effect of good teaching on student achievement in two urban districts. There was a sharp difference in performance between students who had three teachers rated "low" and three teachers who were rated "high" during a three-year period. Although students in one of the urban systems performed at a higher level than the other, the pattern of "teacher-added value" was evident in both systems. The study also found that African American students were about twice as likely to be assigned ineffective teachers. What We Now Know What action can we take to ensure that all teachers are functioning at a level that optimizes the highest levels of student learning? Scientific research from multiple fields is allowing us to understand how learning takes place, what it looks like when it isn't, and which interventions or instructional strategies will result in the greatest impact on student learning. Evidence-based research, for example, has found new ways to help young children become proficient readers. Over the last ten years, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has conducted extensive scientific reading research studies. To date, 42,062 children have been included in these studies at 44 sites across the United States. The reading research sites are classrooms in public schools, including inner city, high poverty, high-risk schools. In even the most difficult inner city, high-risk schools in cities such as Washington D. C., Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle, at the end of five years of intensive teacher training on how to deliver scientific evidence-based reading instruction, 94 to 96% of all third graders were reading on grade level. Prior to this intervention, approximately 70% of the third graders the Washington D. C. schools were reading below grade level. The research studies include a strong emphasis on teacher coursework, observation, consultation, and collaboration. (Thomas, 2002) Yet this new knowledge is not being utilized by every district, every school, and every teacher in every classroom. Thus, it is critical to promote these new methods throughout the education system. Transferring and translating the knowledge gained in studies into scientifically based classroom practices is a complex undertaking. Effective teaching that leaves no child behind requires teachers to have a skill set that is tremendously intricate, sophisticated and based upon converging scientific evidence. Highly effective teachers continually monitor pupil progress and then design (and re-design) lessons that meet the specific, individualized needs of each student (Lyon and Thomas, 2003; Bennett and Rolheiser, 2001). Teachers, therefore, must be provided with state-of-the-art ongoing, continuous professional development delivered by experts. Teacher learning at the school level must be carefully supported by a consistent and systematic flow of correct information and instruction from experts, especially in low performing schools, in order to prevent the dissemination of misinformation in these groups. If we know that teacher quality makes a decided difference in the quality of student learning, it seems both logical and ethical to focus investments in improving teacher quality across the board. State-, district - and school-wide intense professional development for current teachers and ongoing comprehensive redesign of university teacher preparation for aspiring teachers should become our strategic priorities. The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) has developed and revised a set of standards for staff development that is directly linked to increased student achievement (NSDC, 2001). The standards provide a framework for ensuring that staff development is responsive to the needs of educators and their students. NSDC groups the standards around context, process and content. The NSDC standards move away from workshop "sit and get" staff development models and into serious learning. The reason is straightforward: workshops by themselves do not get the results we desire (Joyce and Showers, 2002). To reach maximum effectiveness, a staff development model must include both presentation and follow-up support in order to ensure improvement. Follow-up must be planned and adequately funded. According to NSDC, some experts believe that 50% of the resources set aside for staff development initiatives should be directed to follow-up. Options for follow-up support include coaching, modeling and demonstration lessons, peer visits, collegial support groups, mentoring study groups, and audio taping or video taping learners. Follow up strategies enable teachers to focus on the new skills and their impact on students, and move from skill attainment on an imitative or re-synthesizing level to extendible, manipulable, and innovative levels that allow them to problem-solve real time, real world, unpredictable problems that occur in classrooms filled with diverse learners (Joyce and Showers, 2002.) The differences in the three levels of impact in the chart below, as they apply to a training model, are thus: Level I - Understanding Concepts; Level II - Skill Attainment (can follow a recipe); and Level III – Application of Innovative Problem Solving (able to change the recipe like a master chef to fit the needs of diverse students). Paul Pastorek, former president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, sums it up: "Research says the most important link to student success is having highly knowledgeable and skilled teachers in the classroom. We have not provided our teachers with enough information on how children learn and what it takes to learn to read. Equipping teachers with that new knowledge will allow them to reap the rewards they want for the children they teach." (Thomas, 2002). Dennis Sparks, NSDC's executive director, issued a challenge in 2002: Within five years, all teachers will have access to high quality professional development. If it is to be met, the challenge will require active commitment and support from educators, policy makers, parents, and community members alike. But we cannot stop there. In order to be successful, and in order to sustain and institutionalize our efforts, leadership that understands and provides the context and infrastructure necessary for teacher and student success must be developed at the university, district, school and classroom levels. If leaders are to cultivate a deep understanding of the complex conditions that must be in place to develop such a model, they must also be involved in learning the complexities of what teachers must master. Michael Fullan argues that this will require that school principals reach beyond instructional leadership. "Some school districts have embraced the development and support of the school principal as instructional leader (Fink & Resnick, 2001), but despite these good beginnings, the principal as instructional leader is too narrow a concept to carry the weight of the reforms that we need for the future. We need, instead, leaders who can create a fundamental transformation in the learning cultures of schools and the teaching profession itself" (Fullan, 2002a). Fullan (2002b) also cautions that school leadership must become change leaders, and clarifies that being a change leader is very different from being a content expert: "There is a difference between being an expert in the content of an innovation vs. being an expert in the change process. In other words, it is possible to be a leading expert in literacy for example, while being a disaster as a change agent in getting it implemented. In our training we teach people about the process of change – how to understand and work with 'the implementation dip', the importance of developing relationships with others not so committed to the idea, how not to get frustrated by overload and the pace of change, etc. Understanding the vicissitudes of the change process is a key to working on large scale change." It seems, then, that in order to dramatically reduce grade retention, remedial services, referrals to special education and school dropout rates, we must build the both the teacher and leadership capacity that is necessary for widespread implementation of scientific, research-based instruction that we know works in the classroom. Thus, the objectives: - Identify and put into place all critical contextual conditions necessary to implement research-based instruction that we know works in the classroom. - Develop, implement, test and refine models that will guide both preservice education and training for teachers as well as continuing education for teachers currently serving students in the classroom. - Develop, implement, test and refine models for building educational leaders at the university/college level, the district level, the school level and the classroom level. Time is ticking. With children's lives at stake, and especially our most vulnerable children, we cannot afford to keep doing business as usual. We know too much to leave even one child behind. Teachers and school leaders need, want and deserve to have the support and tools they need to produce optimum success in their classrooms. With serious focus and resolve, we must pick up the gauntlet and accept Dennis Sparks' challenge to ensure that all educators in all schools will experience high quality professional development by 2007. Highly effective, highly equipped teachers in every classroom can fundamentally wipe away the need for even a discussion on grade retention and special education services based on failure. References are available at cdl. org/resource-library/articles/retention_solution. php? type=subject&id=17.

         
     
         
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