Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Learn more about applying: Assistive Technology Financing Loan Program.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The Anacostia is thought of as a Washington DC river, but five-sixths of its watershed is actually in Maryland pic.twitter.com/Hm4oKoT5ju— Anacostia Trust (@AnacostiaWater) September 22, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
- A Strong Economy for All
- A World Class Education System
- A Healthy Community
- A Safer, Stronger DC
- Sustainable Neighborhoods
Agencies are being required to develop their FY 2017 performance plans now. Which makes complete sense. Agencies are also required to develop work plans. Work plans will be reviewed by the Office of the City Administrator, mayor's budget team, and deputy mayors before being finalized.
Key dates for FY 2017 budget development:
- September 30: Draft agency performance plans due to Office of the City Administrator (OCA)
- Mid-October: Agencies discuss their capital budget needs with Capital Budget Team
- Early November: FY 2017 targets given to agencies
- Mid-December: FY 2017 agency budget submissions due to OCA
- Mid-December: Agencies meet with Capital Budget Team to discuss FY 2017 capital budget enhancements
Later this year, the council will vote on the budget sked, including what information they want to see in the budget along with the date by which Mayor Bowser must present her proposed budget.
Two of the questions to be discussed are:
- Should DC expand the ways by which students can earn credits toward a high-school diploma?
If you pass the GED (General Education Development) exam, should you receive a high-school diploma?
Questions? Contact Cathy Reilly, via email, email@example.com or by phone, (202) 722-4462.
Features of this new program are on-demand videos, quizzes, and worksheets. Course topics are:
- Introduction to Social Media Marketing
- Optimizing Your Social Media Profiles
- Social Media Strategy - from A to Z
- Growing Your Online Community
- Content Marketing Fundamentals
- Social Advertising Fundamentals
The certification exam costs $199.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The recently published study "The Words Children Hear: Picture Books and the Statistics for Language Learning" investigated how picture books with words added to the number and diversity of words children learn early in life. (More in the abstract; article behind pay wall.)
Naturally, science books for kids are identified in the segment. Recommendations include You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim (2012); I, Leonardo by Ralph Steadman (1983); and Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (2011). Have suggestions? Leave them in a comment on the Science Friday segment page.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
DC government reps will be Kristy Greenwalt, Director of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness; and folks from DOES and DHS. Panelists will talk:
- How programs will change in Fiscal Year 2016 to meet the goals identified in Homeward DC
- Updates on housing interventions such as Targeted Affordable Housing and Rapid Rehousing more effective and reports on any improvements
- Improvements to connect residents to housing, services and jobs
The new feature was announced September 22; see Stay in control with Block and Unsubscribe. The feature is easy to use. On your computer, go to Settings, then to Filters and Blocklist. Blocking is the second option on the page as you can see from the screen shot to the right.
Gmail will be rolling out the new feature to use on handhelds over the next week.
Addition, 8:13 pm: You will see in the image that the way to block senders is to block them from inside the conversation. Open the email and on the upper right side of the message (where the reply arrow is), click the More down arrow and the Block function is there.
This is a terrific resource for training/educating staff and community members interested in learning advocacy, how government works, or the history of the District.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
According to the invitation,
Investigative reporter Patrick Madden and Government Affairs Lobbyist Craig Holman, Ph.D. will join us for a conversation about the Pay-to-Play culture in the District of Columbia. Madden will talk about his research following the money, linking campaign contributions in DC Council elections to government contracts. He and Holman will discuss the situation in DC today, how other cities are handling this issue, and the possibilities for reform. They will answer the questions:
Does campaign cash have undue influence over how District of Columbia lawmakers approve contracts?
Does the appearance that the government can be bought harm the integrity of the D.C. Government?
The conversation will be followed with questions and answers for our speakers from the audience.
Thank you, Carol. I want to emphasize issues facing people with disabilities who use transit. It is under reported. https://t.co/jxQcVqG0SL— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) September 21, 2015
- Keynote: Dr. Susan Polan, Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association
- Medicaid 101: Stephanie Hafiz and Darla Bishop, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia
- Minors' Rights: Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Monday, September 21, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
- First District Station (101 M St SW)
- First District Sub Station (500 E St SE)
- Second District Station (3320 Idaho Ave NW)
- Third District Station (1620 V St NW)
- Fourth District Station (6001 Georgia Ave NW)
- Fourth District Sub Station (750 Park Rd NW)
- Fifth District Station (1805 Bladensburg Rd NE)
- Sixth District Station (100 42nd St NE)
- Seventh District Station (2455 Alabama Ave SE)
Saturday, September 19, 2015
...John-Paul Hayworth is the new ED at the DC State Board of Education. Hayworth joined the board in July. According to the release,
Mr. Hayworth served most recently as Manager of Federal Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of the Mayor where he was an advocate on behalf of the education agencies under the jurisdiction of the mayor, including the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education.
You can contact Hayworth by phone, (202) 741-0888, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
... Charles L. Thomas, Esq. has moved from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Thomas is now Special Counsel in the Office of Special Counsel. You can reach him by phone, (202) 299-3278, or by email, email@example.com. (Note: Thomas' email changed with the move.)
...Anthea Seymour is the new DHS Economic Security Administration (ESA) Administrator. Prior to DHS, Seymour was Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer at St. Elizabeths Hospital and before that, worked at CFSA. Her email is Anthea.Seymour2@dc.gov.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Have a question for Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson? Ask now and tune in Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 pm to see your question answered and learn what others are thinking about and what Robinson has to say about those subjects.
Doug Siglin, Executive Director of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, is cautiously optimistic that the National Park Service's plans to close the the Buzzard Point Marina may actually turn out to be a good thing. Why? Because if (yes, a big if) NPS is telling the truth, they will take action on the results of their promised study of "other recreational opportunities on the Anacostia River."
Siglin's op-ed about the marina closure decision is below and printed as submitted.
The National Park Service announced last week that it plans to close the Buzzard Point Marina, on the Anacostia River near its confluence with the Potomac. The 58 people who have docked their boats at the marina’s slips, some for many years, are understandably dismayed.
What I found most interesting was the National Park Service's comment, according to the Washington Post story, that it "will study other recreational opportunities on the Anacostia River." I am cautiously optimistic that this is true, and that because of it, the closing of the marina ultimately might turn out to be a good thing.
In an era of shrinking appropriations from Congress, the National Park Service needs to conserve scarce funds and, the sad truth is, the Buzzard Point Marina is a casualty of these constraints. Fortunately, there is strong demand coming from the community for a new vision for the Anacostia Waterfront and broad support for improving access from the numerous organizations responsible for its administration.
As a person who has spent much of the last 20 years working in and around the Anacostia, I have experienced firsthand the need for kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing and other water-based recreation on the river. While the loss of the Buzzard Point Marina may reduce these opportunities a little, it could also allow the National Park Service to redirect resources toward expanding water-based recreation upstream as part of the Anacostia Park experience.
I implore the National Park Service to use this opportunity to invest in the future of “upstream” communities near the Anacostia in Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8 by providing not only additional water recreation, but additional park-based recreation as well. Anacostia and Kenilworth Parks are huge, and not nearly as well programmed as they should be. Such a pledge could also spur action by others to finally address the lingering environmental problems preventing DC residents from swimming, fishing, boating, and playing in their own public backyard.
Legacy toxins from past industrial use, some carcinogenic, hide untreated in the riverbed, and each fresh rain washes tons of chemicals from roads, parking lots, and other hardscapes into the Anacostia. Unless these sources of pollution are finally addressed, and it will require the efforts of more than the National Park Service, then expanding recreation access will only go so far.
Now that we know Buzzard Point Marina will close in December, all of us who are committed to the future of the Anacostia Waterfront must redouble our efforts to create new ways for the community to engage with the river and complete the important environmental work that remains.
Siglin is not the only one concerned about the Anacostia and its surroundings. Dennis Chestnut and Brenda Richardson, two long-time DC residents and environmental activists, expressed their concerns about the river and the challenges facing it and the communities which live on the eastern border in Fixing the District — a plan for east of the river in November 2014. Here's what they had to say, in part:
Every four years, issues affecting the 150,000 residents on our side of the Anacostia get attention, and posters and T-shirts proclaim that we are all that year’s variation of "One City." But when the votes have been counted and the excitement dies down, our neighborhoods' disconnection with the rest of the District remains.
Here is a simple but profound truth: We in Wards 7 and 8 are separated from the far larger and richer part of the District by a polluted river and 1,000 acres of securely fenced-off (or seriously neglected) federal land. So here's a suggestion for Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D): Act aggressively to make the river and the acres around it a place that really unites our city, instead of one that holds us apart.
Want to get involved cleaning up the Anacostia River, making a difference east of the river? Contact Siglin by phone, (202) 223-4560, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org or Chestnut, Executive Director of Groundwork Anacostia River DC, by phone, (202) 650-5651, or email, email@example.com.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Aja is an award-winning community organizer previously based in our Legal Clinic. She will be leading a team of community organizers and client leaders at Bread for the City and beyond, as we work to staunch the bleed of affordable housing, and ensure that all DC residents can afford to live and work in the city they call home. In coalition with cross-sector partners, other tenant organizers and others, Aja’s charge is to work toward building the power needed to create the political will to preserve and create 22,000 units of affordable housing.
Contact Taylor email, ATaylor@BreadfortheCity.org.
Alternative questions are:
- What was the funniest thing that happened today?
- Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
In response, readers contributed a number of questions, including:
- Who do you want to get to know better? Why?
- 3How would you compare your teachers to the Hogwarts professors? Are there any Dumbledores? [Yes, Harry Potter is still a thing for my kids; YMMV.]
- What do you wish you had said, or hadn’t said, in any of your classes?
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Learn more about the history of this early form of public transit in the September 11 edition of Metro Connection on WAMU or hear DeFerrari in person at an upcoming book talk:
- Saturday, September 26, 1:00 pm, Georgetown Neighborhood Library Peabody Room (3rd floor)
- Tuesday, October 6, 6:30 pm, Busboys and Poets Brookland (in partnership with Politics & Prose)
- Sunday, October 11, 5:00 pm, Upshur Street Books
- Saturday, October 17, Noon, National Capital Trolley Museum
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
According to the official hearing notice (PDF),
To date, 110 homicides have been committed this year in the District, representing a 41 percent increase over last year. "These homicides and other violent crimes have devastated families and communities across the city," said McDuffie. "The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the steps that the city is taking to prevent and respond to violent crime, to address the underlying causes, and to prioritize community responses to what we must view as a public health crisis." Councilmember McDuffie has been discussing holistic strategies to combat crime in the District with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, representatives from federal partners, residents, and national and local organizations. As a result of those discussions and additional research and outreach by his office, McDuffie will be introducing a legislative package in September to offer community- and evidence-based solutions to violent crime.
If you are testifying at the hearing and are still working on your testimony, you might want to take a look at information, research, and plans. Some may be a bit dated but they are still valid.
- Preparing for east of the river youth crime meeting Apr. 24 contains research for organizations, particularly BIDs, wanting to play a role in crime reduction
- What is summer without the youth curfew discussion?
- Task force addressing juvenile crime in DC, on GGW, lists the proposals by task force convened by then-CM Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
- Youth Violence Myths and Realities
- Chavous Plan for Saving Our Youth
- Value of Positive Youth Development is a framework for developing youth programming and interventions
- Final Odmcyfe Youth Development Strategy 3 15 05 Final represents the work of the Williams admin and nonprofits to appropriately address youth crime, disconnection and violence
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom reports the 10 most frequently challenged or banned books in 2014 included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. And Books Challenged or Banned in 2014-2015, by Robert P. Doyle lists
books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2014 and 2015 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2014 to March 2015 and in American Libraries Direct (AL Direct), by Robert P. Doyle.
You can take a stand for intellectual freedom in DC in several ways. DC Public Library Foundation and several restaurants are ready for the week and will be celebrating DC Public Library September 25 at UNCENSORED: Opening Night a fundraiser to support library programs like the District of Change lecture series and the Our City Festival as well as the work of local artists and DC's arts and culture scene. Zaytinya, Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Mockingbird Hill have created banned-book themed cocktails and will be serving them in advance of the event.
- Zaytinya will be serving The Odyssey―inspired by Homer’s tale, this beverage features Metaxa, Mastiha, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur.
- Jack Rose Dining Saloon will serve A Bedtime Story―based on The Perks of Being A Wallflower, this cocktail combines Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Kombucha Green Tea Infused Dolin Blanc, Amontillado Sherry, Leopold's Fernet and Orange Bitters.
- Mockingbird Hill will be mixing "First Aid For Street Fighters"―riffing off of Steal This Book, Compass Box Great King St Glasgow Blend is combined with Tio Pepe Fino en Rama, Lemon Juice and Orgeat.
Other Banned Book Week events are UNCENSORED: Information Antics, an exploration about the ways information is used and abused. It features the work of DC-based artists. Guess the Banned Book, an event for children, takes place September 27 at Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library. Uncensored: A Conversation with Banned Authors takes place September 29. Authors Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig will talk about censorship and intellectual freedom. Learn more about these events and find others on the DC Public Library calendar of events.
Monday, September 14, 2015
2015's Best and Worst States to Have a Baby considers costs in three areas: budget, health care, and baby-friendly environment. Measures in the categories include Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges, Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges, Average Annual Infant-Care Costs, and Average Annual Wage of Pediatricians (budget); Infant Death Rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, and Number of Midwives & Obstetrician-Gynecologists per 100,000 Residents (health care); and Air Pollution, Number of Superfund Sites per 100,000 Residents, and Number of Child Care Centers per 100,000 Residents (baby-friendly environment).
DC fared poorly in the budget ranking (49) and the health care ranking (41) budget excelled in baby-friendliness (3). The District took first place in the metric "Number of Midwives & Obstetrician-Gynecologists per 100,000 Residents."
In the "Ask the Experts" section, experts offer advice for new parents, those thinking about being parents, and policy makers. This is a huge benefit to electeds and appointeds who want to know what the problem is and have a solution or two handed to them.
The announcement reports that the current data sets will be available during the transition north.
Read the Albert announcement release.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The expert speakers will share their recommendations for effectively addressing the public policy challenges associated with implementing integrated care and addressing child-trauma in non-traditional settings.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The blog post author writes, "Bullet points make information more difficult to remember, especially when the bullet point lists are accompanied with auditory information." And continues,
Dr. Atherton explains that when you accompany a lecture with bullet point slides, your audience will switch between reading and listening. This type of task switching is cognitively exhausting.
(Watch Atherton explain in Learning Technologies 2011 - Dr Chris Atherton - From cognitive psychology to learning design.)
Ethos3's concrete example of transforming a common slide into ones from which audiences will actually learn is easy to understand and quite helpful.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
- September 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE)
- September 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Capitol View Library (5001 Central Ave SE)
- October 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Lamont Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE)
- October 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Shaw Library (1630 7th St NW)
The Weird History of the Pledge of Allegiancetakes readers through the history (1892 - 1954, updates to present) of America's Pledge of Allegiance.
I've never given the pledge much thought beyond the superficial. It's an interesting and quick read. And instructive.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The event features a reception, the discussion, student performances, and interactive displays featuring innovative programs at DCPS.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP on the DCPS website. Childcare will be provided. Free parking is available at Friendship Public Charter School – Armstrong Campus; the parking lot is accessible off of P St.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The festival features:
- Workshops for parents to support your child's early learning
- Fun activities, crafts and games for children
- Free children's books
- Door prizes including $200 gift baskets and other giveaways
Lunch will be provided (while supplies last).
Learn more online (dclibrary.org/starfestival) or by calling (202) 727-0321.
- Cmdr. Daniel Hickson has been reassigned to the Academy from Youth and Family Services Division.
- Cmdr. Jacob Kishter moves from 3D to Youth and Family Services Division. Kishter replaces Hickson.
- Vendette Parker has been promoted to commander and takes over 7D.
All changes are effective immediately.
Monday, September 7, 2015
More information about the program and the sign-up are on the AARP Tax Aide web page.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Those without a seat can receive a free one at the event presuming the child is present so the proper size is given. Supplies are limited.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Attendees will learn about the state of trees in DC, which DC government agencies are responsible for maintaining trees, and more.
Learn more and register for the free event.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We're launching an online forum to help inform our strategic planning process. Log in to join the conversation! http://t.co/xO9bLbWTyV— Meyer Foundation (@MeyerFoundation) September 2, 2015
The Meyer Foundation's community forum has two parts. The first is now, between September 2 and 7. The second is September 8 - 16.
During the first part, the foundation is interested in hearing general reactions to a presentation on their website (follow the link above and sign in with Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn). Foundation leader Nicky Goren has posted several questions to get the discussion started. The second part will consider ways to refine the long-term goals discussed in the foundation's plan.
Have questions about the forum? Email Maegan Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
If you are interested, participate in the five-minute, confidential survey.