Saturday, March 28, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Is your organization offering a camp for young people (to age 24) this summer? Add the basics to this Summer Camp 2015 Google doc. I'll share the information with parents and other caregivers so they can make plans for the children in their lives.
You will notice DPR is not in this file. I will be adding a link.
- PTAs. Like the author, I often wonder about the inequities created by active/inactive PTAs. It's not only about money, it's about oversight and accountability related to the school and it's leadership and parent/caregiver connectedness to the classroom. Media reports about inequities abound; see How Budget Cuts and PTA Fundraising Undermined Equity in San Francisco Public Schools, PTA fundraising data shows massive gap between haves and have-nots, and As parents raise cash, schools confront big gap. What fewer people pay attention to are the reasons why parents may not be engaged in their children's school: inflexibility at work, disabilities, transportation, dislike or fear of schools and teachers... the list goes on. (See Improving Parent Involvement Programs and Practice: A Qualitative Study of Parent Perceptions (PDF))
- Elite status. In response to "we often heard the refrain of 'Our school is more difficult to get into than _______________,' where the blank was filled in with the name of the Ivy League school du jour," I say read Two important discussions on college and listen to Frank Bruni on the Diane Rehm Show.
- School data. Simply, more data should be readily available.
- Arrogance. "It was dispiriting to hear one charter administrator speak with some level of hubris as if her school answered to no one, least of all the parents of the children in her school." Oh, hell no.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A live community forum that will explore the enduring challenges of preserving affordable housing, economic development, public safety and the Mayor’s vision for the year ahead in a rapidly changing city.
No bones about it. Plain is better! pic.twitter.com/2E0i5avMU8— Cntr 4 PlainLanguage (@plain_language) March 12, 2015
Why does this matter? Because as technology drives us to take notes on tablets or phones, we may be losing much of the value of taking notes. Here's the abstract:
Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is increasingly common. Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students’ capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. In three studies, we found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. We show that whereas taking more notes can be beneficial, laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
If your organization does events, this article will surely be important to you: 16 Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event. Listed ideas include using Facebook ads, creating a highlight real from past events, including testimonials in promotional materials, use one hashtag across all platforms, and "share pictures of speakers with quote overlays."
The questions in this round, from newest to oldest:
- What is your position on term limits for DC Member of the Council?
- Do you support the proposals of Council Member Grosso for automatic run-off voting, open primaries and campaign finance reform, or some variations on those? Related, would you support a run-off election if no candidate for the Ward 4 Member of the Council's seat receives a majority of the vote?
- Do you support requiring vaccine immunization shot, as DC does now? (Do you support exemptions for "personal beliefs" or the ability of parents to delay when their children get shots to lengthen immunization schedules?)
- What was your position on Walmart coming into DC? Did you want the Walmart jobs, related economic development (such as mixed income housing in nearby areas) and groceries in "food deserts" (areas with little or no grocery store), or do you want to hold out for jobs or companies that meet certain standards before you allow them into DC?
- Registered Independents in the District of Columbia are disenfranchised, as they are not legally able to vote in DC primaries. What will you do to ensure all registered voters in the District are able to vote in primary elections?
(UPDATE 3/25, 9:20a: Fixed the graphic)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Check out the free tool from Adobe: Color CC. Type in the RGB or HEX color you are starting with and the tool provides four additional colors. Users choose from one of the following color schemes: analogous, triad, complementary, monochromatic, compound, and shades. Or, customize a scheme.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Both the P&P event and the Book TV discussion are chock-full of examples about how public shaming has created social and economic change. One example is the Sea World stock debacle of 2014. According to CNN's SeaWorld stock gets soaked, plunges 33%,
SeaWorld has come under fire after the airing of "Blackfish" last year, a CNN documentary that exposed the alleged dangers of keeping orca whales in captivity. The film has led to proposed legislation in California, home of SeaWord's San Diego park, to ban the holding of so-called "killer whales" in captivity.
In its earnings release Wednesday, SeaWorld acknowledged that attendance in San Diego was hurt by recent media attention around the legislation. It was the first time the company actually admitted attendance problems because of animal activism, said Barton Crockett, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, in a research note following SeaWorld's earnings.
Both videos are mandatory watching for advocates and activists no matter the issue they work on. And naturally, the book is a must-read. Why? According to Jacquet, "while protests and consumer boycotts are valuable tactics in changing the behavior of governments and corporations, public shaming can be even more effective." (Book TV segment). Further,
while guilt holds individuals to personal standards, it proves impotent in the face of corrupt corporate policies. In recent years, we have been asked to assuage our guilt about these problems as consumers, by buying organic foods or fair trade products, for example. Yet, unless nearly everyone participates, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is microscopic. (synopsis)
Buy the book at P&P.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
will announce a multi-year effort to strengthen the District's early childhood education programs. The neighborhood-based program is designed to ensure more children and families benefit from early, continuous and comprehensive child development and family support services.
The press conference takes place at UPO at Frederick Douglass (3240 Stanton Rd SE).
Because this is my blog, I'm sharing this from the Glee finale. With a huge s/o to Jeff Coudriet with whom I laughed and cried and shared snarky comments on social media while watching Glee. Here's to an end to an era and friends here and now and in the great beyond.