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September 2022

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Scarcella Receives Top Honor at Football Writers Association of America Contest

Reading Eagle sportswriter Rich Scarcella has been named the winner of one of the top prizes in the Football Writers Association of America’s 30th Annual Best Writing Contest.

Scarcella received first place in the feature film category for his profile of former Penn State player Adam Taliaferro, who recovered from a spinal cord injury to lead the Nittany Lions on the field for another year. late in their 2001 season opener.

“A moving look from yesterday and today on a success against all odds,” commented the judge.

This is the fifth time he has been recognized in the FWAA competition, but the first time he has won first place.

Scarcella has also been awarded several times in writing competitions organized by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Keystone Media Awards.

He began covering Penn State football for the Reading Eagle in 1989 and is in his 34th season on the beat. His coverage appears in seven other MediaNews Group publications in the Philadelphia area.

The Athletic’s David Ubben placed second in the feature film category and ESPN.com’s David Hale finished third.

CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd took first place in the gaming stories category, ESPN.com’s Dave Wilson for column writing, and Tom Shanahan of TomShanahanReport.com for business.

Founded in 1941, the FWAA is made up of men and women across North America who cover college football.

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California Student Journalism Corps | EdSource

The EdSource California Student Journalism Corps seeks to nurture and support promising journalism students in California while enhancing EdSource’s ability to report in depth on statewide issues impacting colleges and universities, as well as surrounding communities. Our network of student journalists reports on education in California and gains real-world professional experience by contributing to EdSource, which operates the largest newsroom of educational journalists in the state. (See reports provided by our Corps here.)

Corps members develop their skills and prepare for the job market and life after college by working with some of California’s most seasoned educational journalists at EdSource, which has become a model for nonprofit journalism. The California Student Journalism Corps welcomes a new cohort of student journalists at the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters. If you are a student interested in joining the program, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Our thanks to the College Futures Foundation for supporting this initiative.

Meet the Students: Fall 2022


Erik Adams is a fourth-year journalism student at California State University, Los Angeles. He has worked with EdSource’s Student Corps since the spring of 2022 and has contributed to stories with his writing and photography. When he’s not doing journalism, he enjoys making music, exercising, cooking and reading.


Ramon Castanos studied journalism at Fresno State, where he worked for the school newspaper, The Collegian. He is a returning intern at the Student Corps and has contributed stories about cannabis and online teaching. Ramon wants his time with the Corps to help him master his journalistic writing skills.


Randy Flores is a broadcast journalism student at California State University, Northridge. He worked for KCSN, CSUN’s radio station, as an editorial assistant and recently started working for the student newspaper. He joined the Student Corps to shine a light on the experiences of other students and raise awareness of academic issues facing college communities. Randy plans to focus on writing science and technology programs while on campus and eventually wants to break into broadcast news.


Anais Garcia graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in May 2022. She was born in Los Angeles but lived in Jalisco, Mexico until age 19 and moved back to the United States. She is a returning member of the Student Corps and believes that education in California represents the diversity of its people and the opportunities we all have to succeed.


Mary McFadden graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a journalism degree in May 2022. She has a passion for writing stories that she hopes will uplift students, educators, and families. Mary was an editor for the CSUDH’s Daily Bulletin and a freelance journalist for CALO News.


Arabelle Meyer is a third-year journalism major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Originally from San Diego, living in San Luis Obispo and studying journalism made her want to explore the stories of people all over California and beyond. Arabel is passionate about social issues and equal representation in the media, and enjoyed exploring sociology in college and writing about people-focused opportunities.


Abbie Phillips is a sophomore journalism student with a minor in Spanish at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ever since she got into reading and writing, she has been passionate – she couldn’t put Harry Potter down and loved writing short stories and telling her friends and family. Abbie, who writes for her high school magazine, is eager to dive into work on pressing and important topics. She plans to eventually work as an editor, in business management or in law.


Emmely Ramirez is in her fourth year at California State University, Sacramento majoring in Journalism and minoring in English. She wrote for Sac State’s newspaper, The State Hornet, which helped her realize the critical role student journalists play in the running of their schools. Emmely joined Student Corps this fall because of her interest in stories surrounding education and her search for a safe collaborative space to hone her reporting skills.


Titus Wilkinson attends San José State University, majoring in journalism and minoring in communications. He wrote for The Spear, a student-run media organization that focuses on sports. Titus also wrote for his high school yearbook and magazine. He plans to pursue a career in sports journalism, wanting to get into sports broadcasting and commentary.


Amelie Wu attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she pursues a journalism degree and works at the college newspaper, Mustang News, as a data and investigative reporter. When she doesn’t have a deadline, Amelia enjoys baking, playing tennis and catching up on Netflix’s latest conspiracy documentary.

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Timely Books with Hollywood Appeal – The Hollywood Reporter

Each week, The Hollywood Reporter will feature the best new (and newly relevant) books that everyone will be talking about – whether it’s an adaptation-ready tome, a Hollywood-centric new tale, or the source of… a new TV show.

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The course by AM Homes (UTA)

After Barack Obama’s election, a group of wealthy and powerful Republicans come together to devise a plan to halt the country’s progressive momentum. The scenario is fictitious, but the vision of Homes in The course is so cleverly crafted, it feels like you’re peering into a top-secret world.

people person by Candice Carty-Williams (42MP)

This loud romance from the author of 2019’s beloved debut album Queen revolves around a group of half-siblings connected by an absent and highly idiosyncratic father. A spontaneous reunion could be the springboard for a tender and hilarious mini-series.

The survival of the wealthy by Douglas Rushkoff (The Bent Agency)

In The survival of the wealthy, an economist is taken to a remote seaside resort where billionaires seek consultation on the end of the world. But instead of looking for a comrade in arms to save the planet, they seek help in building doomsday bunkers – and it’s all true story.

Montage of happiness by Ling Ma (UTA)

The Breakup The author’s debut collection of short stories is rich with screen potential, like the story of a woman living with her incredibly wealthy husband in one wing of their mansion while her 100 ex-boyfriends live together in another. wing.

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Sweet, sweet, lots of rhythm by Laura Warren

Warrell’s first novel began to attract attention due to its high-profile acquisition: it was the first for newly crowned Pantheon publisher Lisa Lucas (formerly head of the National Book Foundation). Lucas sang his praises this summer in a splashy New York Times Review story about the publishing industry’s push to diversify, describing her first-time reading experience as “sliding into a trance”. But beyond its memorable introduction to the world, the story is a tantalizing exploration of jazz music and the inner lives of women.

Lucia by the sea by Elizabeth Strout

The author has built a beloved world of literary intellectual property, on screen and on stage – she is a Pulitzer Prize winner for Olive Kitteridge, which became an HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand (and Emmy winner), and My name is Lucy Barton was adapted for the West End. Now she returns to the delightfully quirky character (played by Laura Linney on stage) in Lucia by the sea and the place in the middle of the pandemic, in quarantine with her ex-husband William in the small town of Maine. Sure, it’s an emotional throwback to those anxious early days that most of us would rather forget, but this moving novel is worth the cabin fever.

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Spy x Family Creator celebrates a new chapter with a special sketch

Spy x Family has finally released a new chapter of his manga, and the original series creator has shared a special new sketch to help celebrate! With the anime adaptation returning this fall with new episodes after taking the world by storm with its first premiere this spring, all eyes have been on Tatsuya Endo’s original franchise as fans can’t wait to see more. of the Forger family. While the series’ final chapters focus on a different aspect of Loid’s daily life never seen before, the new chapter throws a wrench in things with Yuri Briar’s return to the Forger House.

Chapter 68 of the series hit Shueisha’s Jump+ app in Japan (and Viz Media’s Shonen Jump digital library for fans in North America) and Spy x Family Series creator Tatsuya Endo took to Twitter to help promote the launch of the new chapter. Highlighting both Yuri and Loid to further emphasize that their “rivalry” ignites in the same way as before, the new skit seems quite intense as Yuri is still a long way from accepting Loid as Yor’s husband. You can check out Tatsuya Endo’s latest skit below:

If you wanted to catch up ‘Spy x Family’s manga, you can find the three most recent chapters completely free (and the rest of the series with a paid subscription) on Viz Media’s Shonen Jump site. As for the anime, the series will return with new episodes from October 1 and will stream with Crunchyroll. You can also find the episodes currently available to stream with them, and they tease Spy x Family As such:

“The Twilight Spymaster is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he’s given the ultimate mission – to marry and have a child – he can finally be at the Not one to depend on others, Twilight has her work cut out to provide him with a wife and child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. it’s that the woman he chose is an assassin and the child he adopted is a telepath!”

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How did you like ‘Spy x Family’s manga running lately? Are you excited to catch more episodes of the anime this fall? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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In ‘Blonde’, Arthur Miller is Marilyn Monroe’s Jewish husband, and we all know what that means (right?)

A few months ago, Joyce Carol Oates, as usual, tweeted something disconcerting:

“When I was first married to my (Jewish) husband, two of my Jewish friends pulled me aside and said with wry smiles, ‘Welcome to the club.’ Soon I understood what they meant.

No one was quite sure what Oates meant. Her attempt at clarification (an uncaptioned photo of her late husband on a bridge near a backdrop of snow-capped mountains) did not help. But watching “Blonde,” the restless NC-17 fever dream of Oates’ best-known novel, about Marilyn Monroe (née Norma Jeane Baker), I couldn’t help but think about what she — and filmmaker Andrew Dominik – meant with their portrayal of Arthur Miller.

While Oates’ novel slightly obscures key names with titles like “Ex-Athlete” and “The Playwright”, Dominik’s film – a punishing Hollywood martyr story – is more direct. Although he was never named as such, Bobby Cannavale plays “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio and Adrien Brody is Arthur Miller. Both men serve as polarized totems of Norma Jeane’s love life.

Marilyn (Ana De Armas) divorces DiMaggio, who is possessive and physically abusive. Miller, introduced by knocking over a stack of pages near the Astor Place subway entrance, makes for an all-too-perfect romantic flick.

The brutal, ethnic athlete is replaced by a lanky, bespectacled ethnic writer-type who nostalgically wields a snapshot of an old love. “Magda, Magda,” he repeats. We soon learn that Magda is not just Miller’s “first love,” an immigrant who spoke broken English, but a role in his new play. Imagine Miller’s surprise when he arrives at a reading to see Marilyn Monroe in the role.

“Magda… her?” Miller says, in his familiar “The Boy Grew Up in Brooklyn” accent. But at the end of the play, he is in tears.

After the reading, Miller and Marilyn sit down for coffee and discuss the role. Miller is shocked by her ideas – the connections she makes with Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” He is absolutely upset that she realizes Magda, who is probably illiterate, is pretending to read Isaac’s character’s handwriting. (Through fictional elements, I don’t think this is a real play, although she, like the ex invented and once mentioned by Miller, “Esther”, seems ostensibly Semitic.)

This note is a breakthrough that staggers Miller and, finally, makes Marilyn a vessel for her lost love.

At this point in the film, we’re entering potentially dangerous territory, with an avatar of soft-hearted New York Jewish scholarship (the kind that won’t raise a hand at you), courting the image of peroxidized Goyish beauty. . Monroe’s own conversion to Judaism is duly glossed over. In a montage of their pre-wedding press tour, a reporter asks what kind of wedding they will have. “Very calm I hope,” replies Marilyn.

Life with Miller is quiet, shifting to some kind of perfume business presentation, as she calls out to him, “Dad, I never want to leave.”

Of course, trouble comes to heaven. While Miller is largely carefree, he has a slight Hitchcockian urge to mold an icy blonde to his liking and use it in his art. She is not Magda or Marilyn but Norma at home, and yet, like every man in her life, he betrays her. One day, Marilyn walks up to her home office, lovingly examining pages laid out on a desk, to find lines of dialogue ripped from a discussion they had. The discussion revolves around a promise he made never to write about their relationship. Oops.

It’s a relief that Miller’s behavior doesn’t fall into anything Svengali-esque or predatory. Her offenses are the most venial of all of Norma’s beaus, with their breakup largely framed following a miscarriage. (There’s a scene where the fetus talks to him; out of context, a number of footage here might just play pro-life propaganda.)

In the end, Miller is the partner who understands her best. He alone appreciates his intelligence. He embodies the common stereotypes of a Jewish husband: educated, caring, and a good provider, even if he’s meek and unequipped for crises. He’s the kind of person who won’t step on your toes or take control when you’re clearly spiraling into drug use. Who only seems the least bit concerned when you trash your room. “What can I do to help you, my dear?” he’ll ask, but it won’t really help.

Dominik’s film, in all its confusing shifts between proportions and black-and-white to color, also ends with a final double exposure: the fractured identities of Norma the victim and Marilyn the pin-up. While skipping the steps leading to a crucial transformation, “Blonde” wants to tell us about the roles we play and the constructions in which we fit.

Ultimately, the role that Miller plays, as another surrogate for Norma’s missing father, is fungible. After crashing her car into a tree, Norma staggers into their house and, seeing Miller there, asks “Who are you?” Miller’s face blurs as he says, “Norma, I’m your husband.

Norma is not recording what this means at this time. But the most important point, in all its blatant banality, is that we can never really know a person if we insist on simple classifications like “Jewish husband”, “ex-athlete” or “blonde”. Oates should know that too – she wrote the book on it.

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The Independent wins 14 journalism awards in annual Missouri Press contest • Missouri Independent

The Missouri Independent took home 14 awards on Saturday — including five first prizes — in the annual Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper competition.

The awards were presented at the association’s annual convention in Lake Ozark. The Independent competed in the Dailies Class 2 category.

A months-long, multi-story collaboration between The Independent and The Documenting COVID-19 Project won first place for ‘best COVID-19 coverage’.

For “Best Health Story”, The Independent’s Tessa Weinberg and Documenting COVID-19’s Betsy Ladyzhets won first place for state coverage lackluster response to lethal thrust of delta variant in the summer of 2021.

Deputy Editor Rudi Keller won second place for ‘Best Health Story’ for his reporting on inaccuracies in condition reports on COVID deaths and infections.

Editor-in-chief Jason Hancock won first place for “Best Breaking News” for his report on Gov. Mike Parson’s attempt to prosecute a reporter for exposing a flaw in a state website that put the social security numbers of thousands of public school teachers at risk of exposure.

Keller won first place for “the story of history” with his look at the case of George Deskin in 1913, and how a court ruling that his chewing gum dispenser constituted illegal gambling reflects the arguments surrounding the so-called gray market video game devices proliferating in the state today.

Rebecca Rivas won first place for ‘Best Video’ for her look at the last day of the Good Samaritan Care Clinic in Mountain View, Missouri.

She also won second place for “Multimedia Reporting” for a two-part collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The project, “Why police reform failsfollowed a group of Ferguson activists who decided that the key to transforming public safety is changing who has political power over the police department.

Allison Kite won second place for “Best Rural Life or Farming Coverage” for a series of articles on locals struggle against concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFO. His CAFO feature also received third place for “best story about rural life or farming”.

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Weinberg won second place in ‘Best Government Coverage’ for her series of stories about the state’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Independent also won four honorable mentions: Keller for “best news or reporting series”; Hancock for “better news”; Kite and Weinberg for “best health story”; and “best headline writing”.

In addition to the 14 Missouri Press Association awards, The Independent was also honored on Saturday as “heroes of the sunfor its work covering state government since its launch in October 2020.

This honor was bestowed by the Missouri Sunshine Coalition, a nonprofit volunteer group committed to the free flow of government information.

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Textbook costs: rising across the country

The cost of textbooks has risen dramatically over the past few decades, despite little or no increase in the cost of publishing these books. It is arguably cheaper today to publish a 600-page textbook than it was in the late 1970s. New printing methods (especially digital) have lowered the cost per page than publishers pay for printing, but the price charged to students continues to rise from year to year. There is a difference of about $200 per semester spent by 2-year-olds and 4-year-olds on their textbooks, with 2-year-olds spending that extra $200 per semester. Despite claims made (in 1975) that marginal profits are 15.8% or close for a successful book for the number of copies printed and sold, the same cannot be said today. The cost of printing has fallen almost in parallel with the rise in the cost of textbooks. Why then do we pay between 800 and 1,200% more than our counterparts in the mid to late 1970s? Inflation, books below sales minimums, publisher mergers, the advent of digital books/digital distribution methods, online shopping and sheer greed.

Since our last report in 2016 on the cost of textbooks at North Idaho College, the cost of textbooks has risen sharply, whether new or used.

The total amount spent on textbooks per semester for college students would be between $1,220 (4-year private schools) and $1,420 (2-year schools). While these prices can vary and there are other factors at play here (i.e. 4-year schools tend to cost more in tuition and lab fees than 4-year schools). 2 years), the fact is that it boils down to students paying a lot more now than there used to be fathers and grandfathers, even after adjusting for inflation.

For some context here, a hypothetical textbook that in the 70s would have cost $10 then, whereas now that “same” textbook would cost $56 in 2022, before being marked up by the bookstore. Inflation between these two periods reached around 400%. Now, a real textbook that would have cost a student in the mid to late 70s $10 is now about $80-200 brand new. That’s all the difference.

One explanation for this could very well be the increased cost of printing. Another is the shift from more centralized education to standardized learning methods. Journalist Phillip Whitten, when writing for “The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences” in 1975, stated that fixed and variable costs would lead to a mere 15.8% markup. This is declared to be an acceptable profit amount, since not all books will come close to commanding this profit amount. Whitten follows this up with another example of the same book causing the publisher to lose $126,000 if the book only sold 10,000 copies, instead of 20,000.

Whitten further notes that the publishing space had become increasingly competitive. One can easily say that this is more true today than it was in his day. With the advent of many East Coast publishers buying up smaller publishing houses, we are able to see how competitive practices via fewer options can and do unfold. While Simon and Schuster’s proposed merger with Penguin might not raise an eyebrow among college textbook publishers; if it follows the merger between Penguin and Random House, prices will rise for both fiction and non-fiction, which will potentially increase the price of textbooks.

The advent of digital books (ebooks) can also, to some extent, be blamed for the price increase. However, despite the claims of many proponents of e-books, their price is not necessarily cheaper than printed books. Yes, it costs little or nothing to distribute e-books compared to print books, but their prices are somewhat comparable to print books. Lowrie’s “Histology: An Essential Textbook” is $59.99 list price as an ebook and $69.99 as a print book. Is there really a justification for this? This cost difference is incredibly common, especially for textbooks and non-fiction works. This raises the age-old debate of whether or not we pay for the materials or information they contain.

Online shopping may also be partly responsible for the rising costs. When most of the things that weren’t available where you live suddenly come online, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. This includes finding a better price on something (in this case, textbooks) than you might find locally. This causes price increases among book and mortar stores, even though they want to be competitive, their overhead prevents them from doing so. This makes mom and pop stores more vulnerable to price exclusion from their marketplaces, allowing conglomerates to gobble up their physical sales if they are unable to lower prices. Although these conglomerates are able to maintain lower prices due to their size and buying power, these online prices will generally be cheaper, especially for used books. Selling used books used to be relegated in person, but now anyone can sell a book online. The availability of thousands of different academic and non-academic textbooks on websites like Ebay, Amazon, and AbeBooks (also owned by Amazon) from sellers like ThriftBooks, WorldofBooksUSA, and second.sale for less than $5.00 per book drives up the price of books at brick and mortar stores, as there is less demand for these books purchased in person than on the web.

Greed is perhaps the biggest contributing factor to the cost of books, especially in academic bookstores. When a bookstore buys a book for $10.00 and sells it for $30, it makes sense. This bookstore must cover its overhead costs (base cost, cost of its space, staff, etc.), as well as the need to make a modest profit to stay in business. Yet when they sell that same book for 3 times as much – God forbid 10 times – IT IS pure greed on their part.

Quotes:

Infographic: Textbook costs skyrocket 812% in 35 years (aeseducation.com)

Why poor schools can’t win on standardized tests – The Atlantic

The Rising Cost of College Textbooks – BookScouter Blog

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market (pirg.org)

Affordability of college textbooks: Textbook prices have risen dramatically over the past four years, but some strategies can help control these costs for students

The Rising Cost of Textbooks in the United States – The Cooper Point Journal (bingj.com)

Why are textbooks so expensive? – Voice

The consolidation of publishing houses, past and present

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FlipHTML5 develops fun coloring page builder for e-learning

Convert images to digital color pages

Coloring books can provide hours of entertainment for children while helping them develop needed fine motor skills. Kids are no longer limited to paper coloring books; developments in technology have allowed them to have access to digital coloring books and even individual coloring pages with different themes and designs. Parents can easily create these innovative coloring pages for their kids without spending a fortune on designer coloring books. A user-friendly coloring page maker (https://fliphtml5.com/learning-center/top-8-coloring-book-creators-to-make-your-own-coloring-book-online-free/) like FlipHTML5 and a wild imagination are enough.

According to Anna Lee, designer of FlipHTML5, “Our coloring page creator is designed to provide hours of fun for kids.”

Parents can quickly turn their children’s favorite pictures into interactive coloring pages with no technical skills required. There are many pictures on the Internet in PDF and other formats that are suitable for children to color. Once parents have selected the images they want to use, they can upload them to FlipHTML5. The coloring page maker will automatically convert them into a dynamic flipbook that kids can flip through and color at will. The page-turning effect and sound will give kids the look of a traditional coloring book.

Kids today are fascinated by videos and animation. This coloring page maker allows users to add these and other media like audio, GIFs and popups to their coloring books with the online media editor. There is no need to download the desktop app as it can be done entirely online. Kids will be endlessly engaged and won’t even realize they’re learning while having fun.

Parents and teachers can use the coloring page maker to create fun activities for their young children and host them for free on the FlipHTML5 platform. The coloring pages can be easily shared on children’s devices using the unique URL generated for each flipbook. Or they can be exported to a local computer and stored on USB and CD/DVD for offline use. Teachers can even integrate them into their virtual classrooms, school websites and learning management systems, where they can be used as learning aids.

The coloring page maker optimizes posts to display on screens of different sizes, meaning kids can access them on any device at any time. And there’s no download required – kids just click the link for the coloring pages and start coloring.

Learn more about the coloring page maker at https://fliphtml5.com/.

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Pitt County schools direct money to after-school programs

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) — Many parents know how virtual learning is setting students back across the country. Now Pitt County School Board members are investing money to make up for those losses.

They do this by investing in after-school programs that the area already has. WITN has spoken with district leaders and program organizers to find out where this money will go.

“It’s a priority to help with the learning loss we’ve seen since 2020,” said outreach and public relations director Beth Ulffers.

The students, although back at their desks, try to make up for lost time. Teachers often have a responsibility to help them catch up, but they don’t have to do it alone.

Schools in Pitt County are trying to help by bolstering two after-school programs that already exist: the Bethel Youth Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain.

“Both programs have strong models. They focus on reading, writing, math. They have STEM activities. They have arts enrichment activities and they also have a physical education component,” Ulffers explained.

Kimberly Reaves is the CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. In Pitt County alone, they work with about a thousand students and they expect to grow.

“We served about 300 more people in our organization on the first day of school this year than we did on the first day of school last year,” Reaves said.

She said the impact of online learning is not just academic.

“We see a change in behavior, we see a change in mentality. And I’m sure the school system can also attest to having additional difficulty dealing with behavioral issues, not just academic issues,” Reaves said.

This year, PCS will donate $85,000 to the Bethel Youth Center, which serves 64 students. The school district will also provide $500,000 to the county’s five Boys and Girls Club locations over a two-year period, giving $250,000 each year. They hope that with each investment, making up for lost time becomes more and more possible.

“We are extremely excited to learn of the new funding that will be provided to us to support learning beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Garrie W. Moore, CEO of Bethel Youth Activity Center. “We are a STEM center focused on student success.”

Moore said the new funding will be used to expand and improve programming, expand its literacy program to include more technology, acquire equipment to support activities outside the classroom, expand recreational programs and bring additional students to the center.

“It gives hope, opportunity and exposure to those who might not normally get it,” Reaves said.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Plain serves a total of 7 counties. This money will only go to their five Pitt County locations.

The funding came to the school district of Esser funds., which are in the CARES Act. The law aims to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools across the country.

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Cyber ​​writer Envelop launches Capital Markets unit headed by David Ross

Envelop Risk, a cyber underwriting firm with a data-driven approach, has announced the launch of a capital markets unit, as it seeks to partner with insurance-linked securities funds (ILS ) alongside its own reinsurance vehicle.

Envelop Capital Markets is based in Bermuda and will be led by reinsurance and ILS specialist David Ross, who is Envelop’s Executive Vice President for ILS & Capital.

Ross had been a specialist reinsurance and retrocession underwriter at Bernina Re, backed by Credit Suisse ILS, before working at Nephila Capital, manager of ILS.

Envelop Risk wants to develop its capacity to support the expansion of the cyber insurance and risk transfer market and sees access to capital markets via investors and ILS funds as a key element.

The new Envelop Capital Markets unit will work to develop a market for tail risk protection, retrocession and cyberreinsurance, using both parametric or index compensation and trigger structures.

Envelop Capital Markets will both underwrite the cyber risk transactions of its own Class 3A reinsurer, Augmented Re, and will also structure and underwrite transactions on behalf of ILS funds, the firm explained.

There is a need for effective cyber reinsurance and retrocession and some ILS funds are interested in providing capital to the cyber risk space, but may be more inclined to do so by partnering with a specialist underwriting firm whose sole purpose is cyber risks.

Commenting on the new launch, Ross commented, “Envelop Risk has developed market-leading capability in cyber-reinsurance underwriting, backed by best-in-class analytics. At Envelop Capital Markets, we associate cyber risk with capital and expect ILS investors to represent a growing share of this capital base. I look forward to establishing Envelop Capital Markets as the world’s leading risk transfer center for cyber risk.

Ross will work alongside Envelop Risk CUO Ari Chatterjee in Bermuda, as well as the company’s cyber risk and portfolio analytics teams in the UK.

Jonathan Spry, Co-Founder and CEO of Envelop, said, “We all know capacity is everything throughout the value chain; we seek to unlock growth by aligning capital deployment needs with investment opportunities that expand the businesses of our insurance and MGA clients.

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Even DC Knows Its Justice Society Team Deserves Better

Warning: contains spoilers for Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4!Even DC Comics knows the Justice Society Of America, first superhero team in comics, deserves better. The venerable team has been sidelined by more than one of the publisher’s line-wide reboots, including the New 52and it gets a sly scream in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4. The Justice Society recently made a comeback to the DC Universe over the past year infinite border event, and the editor hinted at more to come. The issue is on sale now.

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The impact of the Justice Society first appeared in the 1940s All-Star Comics #3 cannot be underestimated; it was the first time a comic book publisher had combined its biggest guns into one team. As the Golden Age began to draw to a close, the various members of the Justice Society fell into limbo for the first time; they would return during the Silver Age, where the Society was revealed to live on Earth-2. The Society had annual teams with their Earth-1 counterparts in the Justice League. When the multiverse collapsed during Crisis on Infinite Earths, many of the Society found a place on New Earth, but soon fell back into Limbo – this time literally. The Society would return a few years later and remained a staple of the DC Universe until Breaking point and the New 52 era, which erased the Society from existence – and they remained so until infinite border. Now, with the Great Darkness besieging the Omniverse, the Society is back – but not before they call out how they were dealt with.

Related: Even The Justice League Knows A Team Will Always Be Better

In the aftermath of the Great Darkness attack, the surviving heroes seek knowledge about their adversary. Nightwing, Wonder Girl, Jon Kent, and Green Lantern Alan Scott descend into the basement of the Hall of Justice, the headquarters of Justice League Dark. As they descend the steps, Green Lantern tells his young teammates about the Society’s history with the supernatural, mentioning his friends the Spectre, Johnny Thunder, and Hawkman. He goes on to say, “We were forced into limbo a few times by a maniac. It will probably happen again. The issue is written by Joshua Williamson, illustrated by Daniel Sampere, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Green Lantern’s commentary not only acknowledges the Society’s previous stays in Limbo, but also admits that they might end up there. The origins of the Justice Society are rooted in the Great Depression and World War II; as these events began to recede into history, it became increasingly difficult to justify the Society’s continued existence. DC’s first attempt to fix this, shortly after Crisis on Infinite Earths, sent the Justice Society into literal limbo. The team was too good to stay away for too long, and upon its announced return, became a mainstay, even rivaling the Justice League in popularity. However, it became apparent that the same issues that plagued the Society after the Crisis remained, and it was decided to wipe out the team all together. DC has now realized that was a mistake and has restored the team to their full glory, just in time to help Earth’s surviving heroes defeat the Great Darkness.

The Society is the first superhero team in history, and as such, it deserves a place in the DC Universe. Yet, due to various issues, the publisher struggled with these characters, choosing to send them to Limbo instead. Still, with the team set to make waves in the next black adam movie, it seems the justice society maybe come back to the fore once again.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 is available now from DC Comics.

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Fairy Tail Creator Reveals New Look At Gray And Juvia’s Child With Special Art

Fairy tale’s The series creator has revealed a new look at Gray and Juvia’s potential child with special new art highlighting the special new face for the couple’s big day! The official sequel to the series, Fairy Tail: 100 Years of Quest, took the story way beyond where the original series ended as Natsu and key members of the Fairy Tail Guild now take on the titular S-level quest in order to finally accomplish the impossible. . But one of the best reasons to follow the sequel was to see even more fan-favorite fighters in action after the original series ended.

One of the greatest moments of Fairy Tail: 100 Years of Quest thus far had seen Natsu and the others return to Edolas since leaving the free wizarding world in the original series of the show, and upon their return find some pretty big developments. One of them revealed that the Edolas versions of Gray and Juvia got married and had a child named Griege, and now Mashima has brought this newbie back to the fold for a special new art celebrating the holiday of “Gruvia” fans. for fan favorite Gray and Pairing Juvia! Check it out below from the official Mashima Twitter account:

Fairy Tail: 100 Years of Quest went on to many more adventures after these big reveals in the months that followed, but luckily there will be an even better way to experience the series as an official anime adaptation has been announced. A potential release date, production staff or studio has yet to be announced for the Fairy Tail: 100 Years of Quest anime at the time of this writing, but very few updates have been given for the series. If you wanted to jump into the sequel before the anime debuted, Fairy Tail: 100 Years of Quest has been officially licensed by Kodansha Comics. They describe the sequel series as such:

“Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Erza and the entire Fairy Tail Guild are back in action! And they’ve decided to tackle the ‘100 Year Quest’ – a job no one has dared to undertake since the founding of the guild more than a century old. A mysterious city, a bewildering spirit, a horrifying new enemy…and a whole new continent to explore. When you’re with true friends, the adventures never end!”

What do you think of this look at Gray and Juvia’s child? Would you like this to happen in the main Fairy Tail universe? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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What are auditory processing problems and how are they treated?

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Last week, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for one of the nation’s most watched US Senate races, said his stroke nearly four months ago left him caused speech and communication problems.

Communication problems are common among stroke survivors, experts say. Here is an introduction to what patients may experience:

What language problems can a person have after a stroke?

Communication can be affected when the stroke has affected the left hemisphere of the brain, which handles most language functions, said Sarah Lantz, a speech pathologist at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Jefferson Health in Philadelphia.

Patients may have problems with oral communication or language processing through hearing, reading, or writing.

“Sometimes [a stroke] can affect all four [language functions]”speaking, reading, writing and understanding,” she said.

She said the potential constellation of symptoms can include difficulty retrieving words. For example, individuals may find themselves pausing to remember the correct phrase to express their thoughts. Others may struggle to keep up with the conversation.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes that auditory processing problems are not limited to stroke patients. They can also occur as a result of other neurological damage, prenatal or neonatal problems such as premature birth or because of genetic predispositions.

Does an auditory processing problem affect hearing or cognition?

Although the term auditory is associated with hearing, problems with auditory processing are related to how the brain interprets language.

“[Language is] really just a sequence of sounds, and it’s our brain’s job to process that sequence of sounds in a way that we understand them,” Lantz said.

It’s not a cognitive problem either: “It’s a language disorder, not the intellect,” she said.

How quickly can a patient recover from these communication problems?

Typically, patients make their greatest progress in recovery during the first six months to a year after stroke, but some patients continue to recover over the past three years, Lantz said. The months following a stroke are the best time to receive intense speech therapy for a communication problem, she said.

What treatments are available for stroke-related language problems?

Lantz says speech pathologists will work to address the “specific deficient area.” This may involve working on specific exercises to help patients find the word they would like to say. The goal is to help patients create new pathways in the brain.

Speech-language pathologists also work to help patients compensate, for example by developing strategies to circumvent the damage caused by stroke, whether that means improving their attention or changing the environment around them to facilitate the language processing.

Because communication issues can be so varied, she says, each speech therapy class is unique to the person it’s designed for.

The severity of these problems can vary, which also affects the therapy process. Lantz said a patient with a severe impairment might need to work on processing single words, while someone with mild issues might work through conversational “sharp jabs.”

What can you do if your loved one has a communication problem after a stroke?

The American Stroke Association responded to a request for information from The Inquirer about auditory processing problems by sharing its information on the common effects of a stroke. This includes a list of recommendations to help a loved one cope with aphasia, a common communication disorder that can occur after a stroke.

The association said it does not comment on specific cases, such as Fetterman’s health issues. His campaign did not use the term aphasia. On the contrary, he said that Fetterman had problems with auditory processing.

For patients with aphasia, the association suggests that friends and relatives can help by asking yes/no questions to make sure they understand a conversation. It can also be helpful to establish a daily routine for practicing language therapy and resting.

Other tips include speaking in shorter sentences and in a place where the person with aphasia can see you.

The association has more resources for stroke survivors at stroke.org or 1-888-4-STROKE.


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Profit from ESG? Turkish company shows how it’s done

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last November, Prince Charles announced the creation of a new green award – the Terra Carta Seal – and presented it to 45 companies that had demonstrated their commitment to create sustainable markets. Many honored companies were already known: HSBC Holdings Plc, Banco Santander SA, Amazon.com Inc., Unilever Plc, International Business Machines Corp., Ericsson, Bank of America Corp., Inditex SA and Salesforce Inc.

But one of them stood out not only for the distinctiveness of its name but also for its dual origin. Arcelik was the only company in the appliance sector and one of the few in the emerging world.

This dual provenance is extremely important as emerging markets and home appliances must be at the heart of the green agenda for it to succeed. Thanks to the combination of rapid economic growth (particularly in Asia) and rapid population growth (particularly in sub-Saharan Africa), the emerging world is destined to be both the first generator and the first victim of global warming. climatic. The problem is already serious. The air in cities like Beijing and New Delhi is often dangerous. Half of Pakistan is currently under water. Several Arab countries like Qatar are intolerably hot for much of the year. All of this will get worse as economic growth pours pollution into the atmosphere and turns millions into refugees.

The appliance industry does not attract as much attention as the automotive industry. But it is one of the main causes of pollution. Around 40% of the world’s electricity consumption can be attributed to appliances, lighting and industrial motors in homes and businesses: every time you turn on your dishwasher or turn on your washing machine , you create a demand for electricity which, in the emerging world, will often be supplied by coal-fired power plants. Air conditioners will play a particularly important role in driving demand for electricity through a combination of rising wealth and rising temperatures: the industry predicts that the current 3.6 billion air conditioners will grow to 14 billion by 2050.

Arcelik is the Turkish leader in home appliances with a workforce of 45,000 people and 12 household brands, including Grundig and Beko, under its umbrella. It is also a proud green champion that has been the No. 1 appliance company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three consecutive years (2019-2021). The company is reorganizing its factories to be carbon neutral. It has built two giant recycling plants in Turkey for electrical equipment which have so far processed more than 1.6 million devices and is also making all of its packaging recyclable, replacing polystyrene foam with recycled paper.

Now it is focusing on something more difficult: making its products environmentally neutral throughout their life cycle (80% of emissions come from products after they leave the factory). The company recently invented a filter to capture microfibers that come loose during the washing process. At this year’s giant home appliance show in Berlin this month, Arcelik presented several innovative new products: a combination washing machine and dryer that stores water from the dryer and uses it for the cycle next wash; a dishwasher that uses clean water left over from one wash cycle for the next; and a biodegradable refrigerator designed to disappear when buried in the garden. Arcelik’s goal is to reduce its total carbon footprint by 50% by the end of the decade.

Why does Arcelik put so much emphasis on the environment? It is widely accepted that the environment is a luxury of the rich world and that businesses in the emerging world can thrive better by focusing on price and ignoring the environment, just as businesses in the rich world did in the 19th century when they filled the skies over Manchester and Pittsburgh. with smoke. And yet here we have a Turkish company in a very price-competitive industry that is choosing a different path. Arcelik’s green shift has in no way harmed its investors’ returns or its growth prospects. The company’s share price has more than doubled in the past year, despite an inflation rate in Turkey that recently hit 80%. It continues to add new businesses to its portfolio: after buying Defy in South Africa in 2011 and Dawlance in Pakistan in 2016, it more recently bought Singer in Bangladesh and 60% of Hitachi’s appliance business outside from Japan.

The first reason for Arcelik’s green pivot is industrial evolution. Although companies in emerging markets begin by competing on price, they soon learn that they must offer more to retain customers. There is always someone out there who will pay lower wages and save more money. And they are starting to think of ways to build customer loyalty by producing more attractive or innovative products. Arcelik, for example, employs 2,200 researchers in 28 R&D centers. And they’re starting to question the idea that there’s a simple trade-off between price and the environment: making things more energy-efficient can often make them cheaper and more robust, especially in countries like the United States. South Africa and Pakistan which have very unstable energy supplies. electricity.

The second reason is that consumers in emerging markets have become increasingly sensitive to environmental degradation, not only because emerging markets produce a large middle class whose members can afford the luxuries, but also because that this degradation becomes more costly for everyone. Turkey, like Greece and Italy, has experienced a succession of forest fires in recent years that have forced tourist resorts to close. Istanbul’s population has swelled from 3 million 40 years ago to 15.5 million today, with the influx of refugees from war-torn Syria foreshadowing a tidal wave of climate change refugees to the ‘coming. A 2017 scientific paper claims that Istanbul’s average annual temperature increased by 0.94 degrees Celsius (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1912 and 2016.

The third reason for the change is the company’s powerful CEO, Hakan Bulgurlu. Bulgurlu is far more cosmopolitan than most previous generations of Turkish CEOs: he spent the first five years of his life in Norway, where his parents were earning their doctorates, earned his BA and MBA in the United States, and lived in Hong Kong for 13 years. But he is more than a Western CEO with a Turkish passport. Arcelik has gone global with the emerging world in mind: the company sells its products in 150 countries and has sales and marketing offices in 40, but all of its production, with 30 factories in nine countries, takes place in the emerging world, in especially in the former Silk Road countries.

Bulgurlu says the most interesting thing that has happened in emerging markets in recent years is that CEOs have lost their automatic deference to Western role models. They no longer believe that Westerners are the only ones who can solve global problems, largely because they have done so much to solve their own problems. He is dismissive of the European economy and the American political system, although he acknowledges American genius for innovation. He does not complain about the factories his company owns in Russia and China.

Bulgurlu is vocal about its commitment to the environment. He talks about his moment of conversion six years ago when he visited the beach in Thailand where Leonardo DiCaprio’s film ‘The Beach’ was filmed and found himself standing in a pile of plastics and other trash, teeming insects and maggots. He prides himself on making his company’s filtering technology “open source” and available to competitors. In 2019, he climbed Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting Himalayan sea ice.

It’s easy to smell vanity in all this. Bulgurlu seems to enjoy blowing his own trumpet. He wrote a book about his Everest experience, ‘A Mountain to Climb’, and gave a speech on climate change at the Berlin Expo with a picture of him dating Prince Charles, and well others during his trip to Everest. He seems determined to become the emerging markets equivalent of a new Western phenomenon exemplified by Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever, or Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of salesforce.com: a famous activist CEO also famous for good causes that it champions the products it makes.

But self-advertising can be a good thing if it’s tied to real results for a good cause. Far from joining every woke crusade, Bulgurlu is laser-focused on the very real problem of global warming. And far from committing to an empty virtue signal, it invests heavily in innovation of the kind that cuts costs while improving results. The Everest conqueror says the most important thing he can do in his career is change public perception of what is possible in the emerging world: demonstrate that companies like his can thrive on the scene world while adopting the highest environmental standards. . Perhaps the biggest environmental revolution in recent years has been to demonstrate that businesses in general can be the source of solutions to the climate problem rather than just a source of emissions. By mastering the art of green innovation while delivering decent results to its shareholders, the Turkish washing machine and dishwasher giant is extending this revolution to the emerging world.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• DeSantis attack on ESG repudiates his superior returns: Matthew Winkler

• On climate change, Republicans need a crash course in capitalism: Michael Bloomberg

• The Iron Curtain Falls on Energy: Liam Denning

(Corrects percentage of post-production shows in sixth paragraph and Dawlance acquisition date in seventh paragraph.)

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Adrian Wooldridge is a global economics columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. A former writer at The Economist, he is the author, most recently, of “The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World”.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

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The Bookseller – Rights – HarperCollins learns about Shetty’s latest work on building and deepening relationships

HarperCollins has picked up Jay Shetty’s latest work on building and deepening relationships.

Oliver Malcolm, executive publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for 8 rules of love from Anna Carmichael to Abner Stein on behalf of Jim Levine to Levine Greenberg Rostan. It will be released on January 31, 2023.

Shetty’s beginnings Think like a monk (Thorsons) was a New York Times and Sunday time number one bestseller and translated into 47 languages. It also won Audiobook of the Year at the 2020 British Book Awards.

His new book, 8 rules of love, is described as “an intentional and focused guide to developing and deepening your relationships.” The editor said: “Sharing ideas on how to win or lose together, how to define love and why you don’t break up a breakup, Jay Shetty shows readers that they can love themselves better, love their partner and the world than they ever thought possible.

A sin Think like a monkShetty draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition, as well as his specific coaching practice and modern social sciences, to provide deep insight into the universal condition of loving and being loved in eight steps simple.

The book is all about taking your preferences and hopes into account, so you don’t waste time with people who aren’t right for you. Shetty presents specific, actionable steps to help readers develop the skills to practice and nurture love. It tackles the entire relationship cycle, from first dates to moving in, marriage, children, breaking up and starting over. And it shows how to avoid falling in love with false promises and unsatisfying partners, helping readers recognize when it’s time to let go of love.

Shetty said: “This book is not about finding the perfect person or relationship and leaving the rest to chance. I want to help you intentionally build love instead of wishing, wanting and waiting for it to arrive fully formed.

“Nobody sits us down and teaches us how to love, so we’re often thrown into relationships with nothing but romance movies and pop culture to help us through. I want to help you deal with the challenges and imperfections we encounter on the path of love. I want you to create a love that grows every day, expanding and evolving rather than realized and complete. We cannot know where and when we will find the love, but we can prepare for it and put into practice what we have learned when we find it. Love is learning to love yourself in order to love others. I hope this book will help you to do just that.

Malcolm added: “Jay Shetty’s first book Think like a monk was not just a commercial phenomenon, but an incredibly important crutch for so many readers around the world during the pandemic. As we slowly return to normal life, Jay’s new book 8 rules of love addresses the critical challenge of finding, maintaining and optimizing our relationships, and reminds us all that true personal fulfillment comes not from the frequency of contact, but from the depth of feeling.

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Hunter x Hunter Creator completes work on new manga volume

Hunter x Hunter has been back in the spotlight lately, and we have its beloved creator to thank. After all, Yoshihiro Togashi took the anime fandom by surprise when they launched their own Twitter months ago, and they’ve had followers just about every day. Togashi has carefully updated fans on how Hunter x Hunter is doing behind the scenes with their return. And now it looks like most of his work is done on the new volume!

The word comes from Togashi himself as you can see below. The artist recently tweeted about the next volume of his manga, and they said everything was done with the release except for a double page spread.

Of course, fans are thrilled to hear the big news, and it shows how dedicated Togashi has been to this comeback. Hunter x Hunter has been on hiatus for over three years, but the creator has always hoped for a return. Despite a slew of health issues, Togashi found a way to get back to work on his original idea, and the Hunter x Hunter staff recently expanded to accommodate the creator’s needs. Now Togashi just needs to ink a double page spread, then he can take another deserved rest and let Shueisha take over from there.

READ MORE: Hunter x Hunter: Killua Voice Actor Addresses Series Return | Hunter x Hunter Creator explains how work takes a toll on their health

Want to know more about Hunter x Hunter? You can read more about the hit series below through its official synopsis:

“Gon may be a country boy, but he has big aspirations. Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary hunter. The hunter’s hopes begin their journey by a storm-tossed ship, where Gon meets Leorio and Kurapika, the only other contestants who aren’t devastated by bouts of seasickness. value in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive exam hall. And once they get there, will they ever leave alive…?”

Are you excited for Hunter x Hunter to return? What do you want to see in the next manga volume? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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As Oregon students return to school, extent of pandemic learning loss remains unclear

Over the past year, Haley Floyd has realized that her third-grade daughter still struggles to read sight words like “friends” that a teacher expected her to master in first grade.

As his daughter enters fourth grade in the David Douglas School District this week, Floyd worries about being late, in part due to COVID-19 disruptions. Floyd is working and couldn’t oversee home learning as much as she would have liked. His daughter attended a virtual school while in kindergarten, where she had to wear a mask, and Floyd worries it will be difficult for teachers to watch his daughter’s lips and correct her reading form .

She is not alone in her worries. Portland-area educators, parents and students have all expressed concern that high school freshmen are not on track academically after so much pandemic-related disruption in their education. Multiple national data sets show that school closures and the shift to distance learning have caused students yawning setbacks in reading and math, though in Oregon the magnitude of that backlog learning is not yet clear.

Floyd dipped into her savings this summer to pay for a $65-an-hour reading tutor once a week, but she couldn’t afford the twice-a-week sessions recommended by the tutor. Her daughter dreads one-hour lessons, fearing she will have to read all the time.

“If she doesn’t understand things now that she’s supposed to understand, when she takes it to the next level, she’ll be late and she’ll never understand it,” Floyd said. “I don’t want her to continue to struggle.”

Most Portland-area students return to class Tuesday and Wednesday, joining others across Oregon and in Portland public schools who are already in school. Schools are providing near-normal learning conditions after more than two years impacted by COVID-19 disruptions, including online learning, masking and extended quarantines.

But students and teachers will always be faced with the need for a huge academic catch-up. New sheet music from National Assessment of Academic Progress, also called the Nation’s Report Card, shows that reading scores for 9-year-olds saw the biggest drop in 30 years during the pandemic, and math scores fell for the first time. Whereas national studies suggest that student learning rebounded in the 2021-22 school year, it did not accelerate enough to bring the typical student back to pre-pandemic standards.

The Oregon Department of Education is expected to release the Spring 2022 test results later this month, marking the first comprehensive examination of Oregon students’ reading, writing and math skills since 2019.

These results will provide a long-awaited indication of the extent of the pandemic disruptions that have set back students across the state and the extent to which students have recovered after classrooms reopened for in-person learning the last year. They are also expected to reveal how closely the effects of Oregon’s disrupted school years are tied to the national model, which found learning for Black, Latino and Indigenous students was significantly more impaired. than that of their white and Asian classmates.

ANTICIPATE DECLINE

Beaverton and Hillsboro school district officials say they expect soon-to-be-released test results will show a decline in student performance from pre-pandemic levels.

Hillsboro students began last school year with an “academic readiness gap” that was wider for some students than others, Deputy Superintendent Audrea Neville said in an email. Students learning English as a second language, students with disabilities, students of color and low-income students have been particularly affected, she said. The district has tried to help these students recover through small group work, remedial classes and after-school programs. District data suggests these students have made progress, Hillsboro spokeswoman Beth Graser said, but the district could not immediately provide numbers to illustrate the extent of student learning loss. faced when they started school in 2021 or the ground they had made up for in the spring of 2022.

Neville said it was difficult to predict where students would start the 2022-23 school year. COVID-19 has caused continued disruptions over the past year, she said, including staff shortages, absences and other obstacles. Relaxed COVID-19 quarantine rules in schools and higher COVID immunity rates this year mean it won’t be as much of an issue.

“We hope that with a more stable year, we can focus less on overcoming learning loss and more on growing all students,” she wrote.

Beaverton students also started last year with a wider range of academic needs than usual, said Ken Struckmeier, executive administrator of colleges for the district. Students appeared to be growing in their “academic habits and stamina” during the 2021-22 year, Struckmeier said.

Beaverton has used an extensive summer school schedule to help meet the academic needs of many students. Enrollment in summer programs more than tripled from 2020 to 2022, Struckmeier said. This summer, Beaverton enrolled 6,500 students in summer school, or about 17% of its 39,000 students.

NPOs SEE THE FIGHT

Reading Results, a Portland-based nonprofit, works with low-income students who are behind in reading but not so far behind that they get extra services at school. Executive director Jennifer Samuels said program staff noticed last year that first-year students started 2021-22 late compared to their counterparts in previous years, but many of them had quickly caught up. Those students would have been kindergartners during remote learning, Samuels said, and they didn’t have access to the myriad of supports they might have had in a school setting.

Students in grades two through four also started a little further behind the curve, she said. They seemed to be making similar progress to years past, but slower progress than first-graders.

“I expect we will continue to work with students who are feeling the ramifications of the pandemic” this fall, Samuels said. “Students are going to be affected again.”

Sarah Dougherty, manager of the nonprofit Elevate Oregon youth mentorship program, said 2021-22 has been one of the toughest school years she’s ever had.

The non-profit organization mentors approximately 200 vulnerable students, primarily in the Parkrose School District. Dougherty expected students to return to school in 2021 excited to learn in person, but that was not the case.

“It just wasn’t the energy,” Dougherty said. “It was hard to get the kids to care about their grades and even show up.”

Students struggled to adjust to the school structure after being given the freedom to work from home, she said. Teachers sometimes rushed to information that students did not understand in their efforts to make up for lost time. And she’s seen young people struggle with more mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, than in the past.

Over the year, Elevate students seemed to regain some of the work habits and motivation they struggled with at the start of 2021, Dougherty said. She is optimistic that the students will leave better this fall.

“I anticipate the kids will be in better headspace,” Dougherty said. “Being able to have activities again, sports games, dances and group gatherings, I think is the most important thing that will help the children to be more motivated to come back.”

The Portland-based test and research team, the NWEA, has been tracking results during the pandemic by monitoring assessments made by millions of students across the country. The researchers found that students have lost ground in math and reading during the pandemic and that low-income youth and historically marginalized students have been most affected. The group did not release data specific to Oregon.

Data from 2021-22 painted a slightly more optimistic picture, but highlighted an “urgent sustained need” to respond to the pandemic, the researchers wrote in a report published in July.

Students made progress in reading and math at a similar rate this school year as before the pandemic, and sometimes faster, the researchers found. Younger students bounced back faster than older students, and progress in math outpaced gains in reading, improvements the researchers called “encouraging” because younger students and math performance were particularly affected.

“Truly achieving a recovery requires above-average growth – and for some students, that growth will need to be well above average,” the report says. “Otherwise, growing inequalities in education will be the lasting legacy of this pandemic.”

Lilly May, left, Phia Ruiz and Isa Wilde sit in a park across from Portland Public Schools Cleveland High last week. Students remember hearing in 2021-22 that their classes were lagging behind the typical progress of their peers. “I don’t mind being behind when everyone else is behind,” Ruiz said. “As if you weren’t to blame.”

“YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME”

Mac McKechnie, Lilly May, Phia Ruiz and Isa Wilde sat in the shade at Powell Park last Wednesday, decompressing from their first day of classes at Cleveland High.

They said the first day of school felt normal compared to past years. They could see people’s faces and it already seemed easier to make friends.

On the first day, none of the teenagers were particularly worried about being late for school. They remember it being a constant refrain over the past year. The teachers told them that their progress was slower than in previous classes. Wilde said his English teacher would stop teaching assigned books before students had finished them, in a rush to move on to the next one.

“Last year we were all behind schedule because things were so weird,” Ruiz said. Ruiz isn’t sure if they’ve caught up on their academic backlog, but they feel better prepared than last fall.

“I don’t mind being behind when everyone else is behind,” Ruiz said. “As if you weren’t to blame.”

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Sami Edge covers higher education for The Oregonian. You can reach her at [email protected] or (503) 260-3430.

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An interview with BlackBerry Threat Research & Intelligence Pros

September 1 is International Women in Cyberspace Day – a global movement dedicated to the advancement and retention of women in the cybersecurity industry. To mark the occasion this year, the BlackBerry Blog caught up with two accomplished professionals from our Research and Threat Intelligence team: Lysa Myers, Senior Threat Researcher, and Natasha Rohner, Senior Threat Research Editor. Read on to learn more about their cyber journey and the insights they gained along the way.

Q: What can you tell us about your background in cybersecurity?

Lysa Myers: My journey into security was not exactly conventional. I had always pictured myself with plant-focused work – one particular taxonomy class was an “Aha!” moment for me, understanding family relationships between individual plant species. One summer I took a job as an office assistant at a security company, which had unexpected downtime, so I volunteered in the virus research group.

Lysa Myers

Having a lot of customer service experience in my previous career as a florist, I was well suited to help triage incoming malware samples. As I learned more about malware research, this taxonomy experience proved useful – being able to spot important similarities and differences between individual variants helped me add the detection of malware families.

Natasha Rohner: I also had what you might call a non-traditional journey into cybersecurity. After graduating from film school, my first job was as a writer-for-hire for gaming giant Games Workshop, which had just launched a film-based fiction publishing arm. They had acquired the rights to film franchises such as Blade, Final Destination and the Freddie Krueger movies, which they paid me (much to my delight, as a huge sci-fi fan) to turn into novels. .

Natasha Rohner

I’ve always been very interested in technology, so after that contract ended, I decided to get a “real” job and applied for a position at Cylance, a California-based cybersecurity startup. I was lucky because the person who hired me was a big movie buff. He gave me the chance to prove that my fiction writing skills could be useful to the company and hired me as the editor of the company blog.

Q: What does International Women in Cyberspace Day mean to you? Why is this day important?

Lysa Myers: To be honest, I didn’t know about this party until recently! Sometimes I forget that the security industry is so much bigger than when I started almost 25 years ago – when you could comfortably accommodate all the women in the industry in one boardroom. Now, we number in the thousands (or tens or hundreds of thousands? Honestly, I don’t know!). The industry has really exploded, and women are a big part of how career paths have become far more diverse than just the stereotypical hacker in a hoodie.

Natasha Rohner: It goes without saying that we need more women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – men are currently three times more numerous than women in cyber, according to a recent study by (ISC) ² – but I would say that First, we need more (and better) media portrayals of successful women in STEM professions.

Wherever you look in the world, the foundation of our culture is based on stories – from the first stories told around campfires about “that crazy guy who survived the woolly mammoth attack”, to the madness Million dollar Marvel Multiverse you’ll see on the big screen. For example, I’m a big fan of Big Bang Theory because the show portrays women who are as successful (if not more!) than men working in science and technology. I am fully convinced that women will eventually catch up with men, both in the way we are portrayed on television and in society – even if men will continue to criticize the way we drive the Mars Rover.

Q: Do you have any “Aha!” moments of work in the cyber?

Lysa Myers: One of the biggest “Aha!” moments in my career was when I started giving presentations at conferences. At first I thought I had very little interest in telling the wider community because there were already so many researchers who seemed to know absolutely everything.

But it turns out having such a strange background gave me a unique voice that helped me reach a different audience than researchers typically reach. One of the dumbest and most rewarding moments of my career was being asked to speak at a conference on data privacy for lawyers, to talk about how securing data compares with what I learned about effective farm animal fencing. (Who doesn’t like looking at pictures of cute animals while learning useful information!)

Natasha Rohner: I read somewhere that to master any skill – from fiddling to learning to code like Bill Gates – you first have to train for 10,000 hours. This became very clear to me during my first week at Cylance, when I had to look up virtually every other word in the research papers I had been hired to edit. After a year, I was looking for maybe one word per article, and after seven years in the business, I found myself screaming at TV when a character in leather gloves produces a laptop, presses three buttons and “Instantly hacks the mainframe” (What?!).

Q: Can you give any advice to women who want to break into the cyber industry?

Lysa Myers: My biggest advice for women looking to get into security is to look beyond technical skills. While these hard skills are certainly important, they can be used in different ways, in different career paths. Sometimes having a diverse background can be what really sets you apart. For example, if you have a legal background, this could be very helpful in helping people understand new security and privacy legislation. If you have a background in writing or art, this can be very helpful in communicating difficult concepts to financial stakeholders or customers.

Natasha Rohner: Don’t give up on a career in cybersecurity just because you may not have the qualifications listed in the job posting. Apply anyway – you never know where your particular skills and abilities might fit

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Lysa Myers: As you might have guessed, I didn’t give up my biology-nerdery when I joined the security industry. My wife and I operate a small hobby farm with a few sheep, goats and chickens, as well as two turtles, an iguana and three cats. My husband ran a mobile zoo with the reptiles, which is why they are in our menagerie (now enjoying a peaceful retirement). We use wool from sheep and eggs from chickens around the house. Which leaves the goats – they work with the sheep on brush control in our yard, but they are also part of a mini petting zoo on demand. They have been included in so many local and international news articles that they are sometimes recognized as celebrities!

Lysa Myers with her goat Nibbles as a baby.

(Editor: We heard you’re a published author and Comic-Con presenter?)

Natasha Rohner: I don’t tell anyone that I’m an author, or people make me read their unpublished scripts. I’ve always been a prolific writer, and in my six years working for Games Workshop I’ve published eight full-length novels internationally: five movie-related books for partner media companies such as New Line Cinema and Rebellion Publishing, an original trilogy of novels set in an alternate Los Angeles overrun by werewolves called Dante’s Girl, plus some short horror stories.

I was also once on a panel at Comic-Con with Max Brooks, who wrote the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Zombie Survival Guide (and son of Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft). I’m pretty sure they booked me in by mistake, but we had fun changing our business cards in the signature line to see if anyone noticed. And guess what? Nobody did. That’s why this world needs more proofreaders.

Natasha Rohner, Max Brooks

Statistics on women in cybersecurity

In today’s environment, cyberattacks against governments, organizations and individuals are growing in scope and sophistication at lightning speed. Even though the cybersecurity industry is considered one of the fastest growing in the world, the ability of organizations to attract and retain top cybersecurity talent has never been more challenging. The Great Resignation and related economic trends from the start of 2021 have seen many cybersecurity employees voluntarily leave their jobs, and it continues to plague businesses with many positions remaining vacant.

According to a June 2022 analysis, women make up approximately 24% of the cybersecurity workforce. Men still outnumber women and wage disparities persist. However, progress continues to be made. Women in industry benefit from higher levels of education and are increasingly gaining access to positions of responsibility. An ISC ² Cybersecurity Workforce Study finds higher percentages of female cybersecurity professionals compared to males in positions such as chief technology officer (7% female vs. 2% male), vice president of IT (9% vs. 5%), CIO (18% vs. 14%) and C-level/executive (28% vs. 19%).

There is still work to be done, but the results indicate that women are forging successful paths to management and better positions in the cybersecurity industry.

And to echo the supportive words of our threat research and intelligence professionals, it’s wise to avoid limiting beliefs because the unique skills one brings to the table are valuable. Keep up the good work!

Peggy Kelly

About Peggy Kelly

Peggy Kelly is the blog editor at BlackBerry.


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