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Ruth Cuadra

Los Angeles Times receives $1-million grant from Ford Foundation - - 0 views

    Non-profit invests in journalism... A Ford Foundation spokesman said that, as media organizations face challenges funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism."
Ruth Cuadra

BBC Four's Slow TV experiment | The Slow Journalism Magazine - 1 views

    Shareable infographic from a recent issue of Delayed Gratification
Karen Wade

Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong - WSJ - 1 views

    Some important points in this Wall Street Journal article about the advantages of aging. It looks like the Boomer generation will continue to positively impact society for many years to come! How can museums take better advantage of this generation as more and more Boomers retire?
Carol Tang

Critical thinking not used | Museums Association - 3 views

    Looks like an Onion headline?! ;-(
Ileana Maestas

Alternative to Traditional School Funding - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week - 0 views

  • Budget shortfalls are forcing states to come up with novel solutions for the wide disparities between poor and affluent school districts. The latest reminder was a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in May that ordered the Legislature to increase spending for only the 31 poorest urban districts ("Court Orders New Jersey to Increase Aid to Schools," The New York Times, May 24). Not surprisingly, the decision did not please the other districts in the state. In light of the problem in New Jersey and in other states as well, perhaps it's time to consider what is known as weighted student funding. The Summer 2011 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management contains a study by Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske titled "Weighted Student Funding in the Netherlands: A Model for the U.S.?" For the past quarter of a century, the Netherlands has been using a version of WSF for all its elementary schools serving children from ages 4 to 12.
    Alternative funding for traditional schools
Ruth Cuadra

Opening Up a 'Third Space" To Innovate Curricula-Journal of Social Sciences - Science P... - 1 views

    South African educators have to construct the next practice in learning and teaching by integrating local and global knowledge in a unique space (what Bhabha refers to as a ‘third’ space).
Ileana Maestas

Grace Hudson Museum supporters swarm council workshop - Ukiah Daily Journal - 0 views

    More and more museums are loosing what little govt funding they have. Losing funding affects professional museum staff most of all.
Elizabeth Merritt

What the research says about 4-day school weeks - MindShift - 0 views

  • (City students were excluded from the analysis because no city schools had adopted four-day weeks. Only rural, small town and suburban students were included.)
  • The switch seemed to hurt reading achievement more than math achievement.
  • Rural schools accounted for seven out of 10 schools on the four-day schedule in this study.
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  • Rural four-day students generally learned as much as rural five-day day students. Statistically, both groups’ test scores rose by about the same amount every year.
  • small town and suburban students who switched to four-day weeks were far worse off than other students in the state
  • One possible explanation, Morton says, is sports. Many rural athletes and young student fans leave school early on Fridays or skip school altogether because of the great distances to travel to away games. In effect, many five-day students are only getting four-days of instruction in rural America.
  • The four-day work week is an attractive work perk in rural America that may lure better teachers.
  • By this theory, four-day schools may make it easier to hire better teachers, who could accomplish in four days what a less skilled teacher accomplishes in five days.
  • five-day weeks have their own drawbacks in rural America: hidden absences, skipped lessons and lower quality teachers.
  • Hispanic students, who accounted for one out of every six rural students in this study, suffered much more from four-day weeks than white students did. (Native American students, who made up one of every 10 rural students, did relatively better with the four-day week.)
  • biggest surprise to me in this review of the research is how tiny the cost savings are: 1 to 2 percent.  It does save some money not to run the heat or buses one day a week, but the largest expenses, teacher salaries, stay the same.
Elizabeth Merritt

Mastodon Isn't Just A Replacement For Twitter - 1 views

  • We need to learn how to become more like engaged democratic citizens in the life of our networks.
  • he challenge and the opportunity of spaces like the fediverse is that it is up to us which rules we want to follow and how we make rules for ourselves.
  • We believe that it is time to embrace the old idea of subsidiarity, which dates back to early Calvinist theology and Catholic social teaching. The European Union’s founding documents use the term, too. It means that in a large and interconnected system, people in a local community should have the power to address their own problems. Some decisions are made at higher levels, but only when necessary. Subsidiarity is about achieving the right balance between local units and the larger systems.
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  • On, we don’t just post and comment about what’s on our minds; we also decide on our moderation practices and enact them through committees. The Community Working Group handles conflict resolution through accountability processes. Its members are paid with funds from our sliding-scale member dues. The Tech Working Group maintains our servers, while the Finance Working Group keeps an eye on our budget. Any member can propose new activities and policies, and we can all vote on them according to the bylaws. We adjust Mastodon’s moderation settings as we see fit.
  • a number of servers organized to collectively ban those that harbored white supremacists, like Gab, from the rest of the fediverse — even if it remained active on the network, most people using Mastodon would never see Gab users’ posts.
Elizabeth Merritt

People With Dementia Can Work on Farms in Holland - 0 views

  • Paula and most of her fellow farm workers have dementia. Boerderij Op Aarde is one of hundreds of Dutch “care farms” operated by people facing an array of illnesses or challenges, either physical or mental. They provide meaningful work in agricultural settings with a simple philosophy: rather than design care around what people are no longer able to do, design it to leverage and emphasize what they can accomplish.
  • For people with dementia, who are often less physically active and more isolated, farm settings promote movement and social interaction. And care farms can have emotional benefits, too, giving participants a sense of purpose and of making a meaningful contribution.
  • Studies in Norway and the Netherlands found that people with dementia at care farms tended to move more and participate in higher-intensity activities than those in traditional care, which can help with mobility in daily life and have a positive impact on cognition. Dementia is often linked to social isolation, and care farms were found to boost social involvement, especially among those who wouldn’t opt for traditional assistance options. Spending time outdoors in nature, often part of a day on a care farm, can also improve well-being among people with dementia. Farms are not only good for individuals. Their families also benefit: studies find caregivers experience less guilt when their loved ones are supported by services they consider to be nurturing and fulfilling.
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  • The workers get to choose which duties they’ll take on — that’s important, Monteny says, because people with dementia don’t have many opportunities to make decisions in their lives.
  • he continues to live independently in her own house, which Oranje believes is possible because her work at the farm keeps her active.
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