Education Ministry’s Numeracy Strategy Ready for Schools

first_img By Aldeen Campbell, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Schools across the island will shortly receive copies of the Education Ministry’s National Numeracy Strategy. The Policy provides clear guidelines concerning the expectations for mathematics education, outlining the principles which must underpin the teaching and learning of mathematics at early childhood, primary and secondary levels. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean told Journalists on Wednesday, February 29, that the Policy is ready and is in the process of being printed so that copies can be distributed to the various schools across the island. “Our numeracy specialists will be working through the quality education circles to ensure that all our teachers are properly, effectively and sufficiently trained to use this strategy,” Mrs. McLean said, following a tour of the Balaclava High School in St. Elizabeth. Additionally, she said the Ministry has disaggregated the statistics from the last numeracy results and will be focusing on specific areas in which students seemed to have the most challenges. “We are not only stopping there but we are looking at other issues which are affecting our students; the social issues, high absenteeism, challenges related to nutrition and other social issues that seem to be affecting them,” she said, noting that the Ministry is working with the parents and other stakeholders to see how best those students could be assisted. She further stated that the Ministry was also carrying out a review on the assessment to ensure that it remained reliable and valid. “We are confident with all the strategies that we are putting in place now that we are definitely going to be seeing an improvement in the area of numeracy,” she said. Shifting the focus to the upcoming Grade Six Achievement Tests (GSAT), Mrs. McLean said that she was pleased with the progress in terms of the Ministry’s preparation. “It is customary for the Minister to have a press conference to officially announce our readiness for G-SAT and this will be done within another week or so but I would want to say that we are pleased with the progress and we are looking forward to an excellent year based on the preparations that we have made so far,” Mrs. McLean said. RelatedEducation Ministry’s Numeracy Strategy Ready for Schools Advertisements Education Ministry’s Numeracy Strategy Ready for Schools EducationMarch 2, 2012 RelatedEducation Ministry’s Numeracy Strategy Ready for Schools RelatedEducation Ministry’s Numeracy Strategy Ready for Schoolslast_img read more

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Mentoring benefits the mentors and the mentees

first_img An important thing for law students and young lawyers seeking mentors to know: It is an advisory relationship, not a job opportunity.Board of Governors member Jay Kim offered that advice at the Leaders Helping Leaders: Boosting the Confidence and Success of Young Lawyers in the COVID Era and Beyond, an online CLE held November 16 and sponsored by the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee and the Young Lawyers Division.The event featured a review of Bar resources to help lawyers with their personal and professional challenges, heightened by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as participants offering their tips and observations.Such as Kim’s.“A problem that many of the mentors have is that the mentees invariably use the opportunity to seek jobs,” he said. “I think it’s a very, very shortsighted strategy because you’re driving a wedge between you and your mentor by even visiting that subject….“Now you’re on the defensive. What do you do with that? Now it’s gone from a mentee-mentor relationship to a potential employer dealing with an interview situation. It kind of ruins that relationship. We should have a cultural shift in not even talking about that.”Board of Governors member Scott Westheimer said lawyers seeking advice should know they can have several mentors — and mentors can also advise more than one mentee.“I’ve had mentors for my practice area, I’ve had mentors to help out with what I’m doing with The Florida Bar,” he said. “You may not find one lawyer who’s going to cover everything for the young lawyers out there, but having multiple mentors is just as good. You get different aspects and I think having multiple mentors as you work your way through your career is very helpful.”The Town Hall style event, moderated by Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee Chair Vivian Cortes Hodz, featured presentations of resources available at the Bar interspersed with discussions on helping young lawyers get established in challenging times.Westheimer, who along with Hodz and YLD President Adam White were presenters at the CLE, said Bar President Dori Foster-Morales’ recent circuit Town Hall meetings showed 74% of the participants had higher stress because of the pandemic. They cited factors such as home life/work balance problems, practice stability, isolation, and technology issues.That, he said, shows the need for mentoring and other efforts to reach lawyers.Westheimer, White, and Hodz went over programs the Bar offers to help, including some perhaps not considered as traditional mentoring:• Lawyers Advising Lawyers allows lawyers with a specific problem, Westheimer said, to submit it online and a lawyer in that practice or legal area will answer it. There are 780 active lawyer advisors in the program, covering 107 law and practice areas including professionalism and ethics, he said, and since June 2019 640 attorneys have had 2,523 queries answered. Lawyers who go online and pose a question are automatically linked to an attorney in that subject area. “It’s a really good one-issue mentoring program,” Westheimer said.• Legal Accelerator, like Lawyers Advising Lawyers, is operated by the Young Lawyers Division and collects information in one place needed by new lawyers. It also features more than 1,000 videos from lawyers and judges addressing specific substantive legal questions, ethics and professionalism matters, professional development, and health and wellness. “You can go on the website and search on the search bar for the specific topic you’re looking for,” White said, adding that’s an important service when lawyers working at home can’t walk into another office to get advice. Access for Bar members is by logging on to the Bar’s website and then on the left are YLD-related links, including for the Legal Accelerator.• The Affiliate Outreach Conference is a long-time YLD program that will be virtual this year on February 5-6. It brings affiliate members together to share ideas and mentor each other, White said, and share initiatives for which the YLD awards grant funding. This year’s virtual event will include specific talks on dealing with pandemic issues as well as recurring issues seen in the yearly affiliate conferences, White said.• The Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, unable to have its annual in-person conference this year, has set up a coaching/mentorship program aimed at helping leadership in local bars. “The concept is we will be having our voluntary bar committee members…be a coach to provide support and mentoring,” Hodz said. “We will be hosting events and coaching throughout the entire year.” Subjects covered include budgeting, staffing, community outreach, having networking events, pro bono programs, governance issues, and anything else addressed by local bars.• The Supervised Practice Program, run by the YLD, helps this year’s law school graduates who were twice delayed in taking the Florida bar exam by allowing them to practice under the supervision of a Bar member.• The YLD’s Find an Affiliate program helps young and new lawyers find a local bar young lawyers program near them.• The new Florida Lawyers Helpline [833-FL1-WELL] is a 24/7 free and confidential phone line that connects Bar members with counselors. Bar members also can get up to three free sessions with a mental-health counselor. “This is a free and confidential way for people to talk about their problems, especially when we see what the Town Halls showed with health and wellness and quality of life right now with the stress that’s brought on by the pandemic,” Westheimer said.• The Bar’s Ethics Hotline [800-235-8619]. While not traditionally thought of as a mentoring resource, Westheimer said it’s a confidential tool that helps new and experienced lawyers when they have ethical questions. “This is a great asset that The Florida Bar has,” he said.Hodz reflected that while the CLE program was focused on mentoring, it was perhaps more accurate to say it was looking to help lawyers in their various needs, including on ethical and health and wellness matters.She said the liaison committee has a Facebook page for local bars to post pictures and information about their activitiesAttendees talked about how they are working to attract members during the pandemic, including online social events, door prizes, special outreach programs, and more.Several also said law students, new lawyers, and experienced lawyers have been more willing to participate on both roles for mentoring programs.Braulio Rosa, executive director of the Broward County Bar Association, said it’s important to set expectations for those programs, especially for the mentees. He first raised the issue addressed by Kim about mentees seeing the program as a job search, to their ultimate detriment.“What they don’t understand is the loss, the big loss. You’ve got these top lawyers who want to mentor you and if you just hang in there and build a relationship with them, they’re going to be so invaluable over time,” he said. “The trick is how to set expectations for these people, and explain to them about the long game. And it’s all about the long game.”The webinar will soon be posted on part of the committee’s Bar webpage. Mentoring benefits the mentors and the mentees Nov 19, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor News in Photoslast_img read more

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29 year-old man injured in punishment style shooting in Derry

first_imgNews 29 year-old man injured in punishment style shooting in Derry Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 20th NovemberNext articleMark Wright, Caroline Flack and Alison Hammond join Strictly Come Dancing live tour News Highland Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems A man has been injured in a punishment style attack in Derry.The 29 year-old was shot four times in his right leg in the St Cecilia’s Walk area of Blighs Lane at 6pm Thursday evening.He was rushed to hospital with non life threatening injuries.The incident has been widely condemned.Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue said “Tonight’s shooting at St Cecilia’s Walk has to be condemned. There can be absolutely no justification for this type of action. This must have been a very frightening experience for everyone caught up in this, especially as its reported that  a number of young children were in the vicinity at the time of the shooting.”SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said: “This is an horrific incident for which there can be no excuse. It is completely unacceptable and will be condemned by the whole community.“As our city prepares for Christmas with what should be such a happy event in our Guildhall where thousands are gathered to welcome Santa and cheer the Mayor as she turns on the lights, it is terrible that the focus will also be on such human rights abusers in Creggan. Is this really the message we want to send out about our city?” Twitter Google+ Twitter Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project By News Highland – November 20, 2014 Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored WhatsApplast_img read more

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Rio declares “state of calamity” over floundering finances on eve of Olympics

first_img Share 43 Views   no discussions MoneyNewsRegionalSports Rio declares “state of calamity” over floundering finances on eve of Olympics by: Caribbean 360 – June 20, 2016 Share Tweetcenter_img The decree authorizes the state to adopt all necessary emergency measures to ration essential public services in order for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games to take place.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Monday June 20, 2016 (Caribbean 360)– Rio state authorities have declared “a state of public calamity,” warning that extreme economic measures would need to be implemented to successfully host the Olympic Games due to begin in August.The decree authorizes the state to “adopt all necessary emergency measures to ration essential public services in order for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to take place.”The statement, published late Friday on the state government’s web site, said that emergency actions are necessary to avoid a “total collapse in public safety, health, education, transport and environmental management.”“Any institutional instability would hurt the country’s image,” said the decree, signed by acting governor Francisco Dornelles.Rio de Janeiro state is in financial difficulties due to the fall in global oil prices, while Brazil overall is floundering through a deep recession.Civil servants in Rio state have suffered pay cheque delays because of the cash crunch, while retirees are grappling with the hardships posed by unpaid pensions.Brazil has been mired in recession for the past two years, making it hard to fund the estimated US$10 billion the country is spending on Olympic venues and infrastructure projects to support the Games.Those costs have contributed to widespread protests throughout Brazil, as citizens complain that the money should be spent on hospitals, schools and emergency services instead.While Friday’s statement did not specify what emergency actions were necessary, it made it clear that without them the event would be jeopardized.According to the statement: “It is for the competent authorities to adopt exceptional necessary measures to rationalize all public services, with the aim of realizing the Games.”Brazil has suffered economic and political chaos, not to mention the ravages of the Zika virus, leading up to the Games, which were awarded to Rio when the country was enjoying boom times.As a leading world supplier of natural resources, Brazil has been severely impacted by the global economic slowdown, which has seen commodity prices plummet.Adding to the economic woes is leadership upheaval. President Dilma Rousseff was suspended last month by the Brazilian Senate, which will hold an impeachment trial on charges that she violated spending accounting rules.In the meantime, many of the country’s top politicians have been ensnared in a bribery corruption scandal involving the state-run oil company Petrobras.Corruption charges also have swirled around interim President Michel Temer, who had been vice president prior to Rousseff’s suspension, and there has been a steady shuffling of top government officials.The economic and political problems have sparked mass protests by supporters and opponents of Rousseff, and there is concern that new demonstrations could cause disruption for visitors attending the games.The August 5-21 Olympics and September 7-18 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are the first to be held in South America. Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Blockbuster at the Cattery

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT ELLINBANK AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW – ROUND 16   THE WARRAGUL INDUSTRIALS will head to the Cattery…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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