Three Stratford School Educators to Present at Caltech Early Childhood STEM Conference

first_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News What does it take to teach children as young as preschool to learn coding? Stratford School educators will discuss these concepts and provide how-to take-aways for educators at the annual Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (ECSTEM) Conference February 3-4 in Pasadena.Stratford educators will present at two sessions during the two-day conference. A presentation entitled “Art, Snack, Nap, then Coding,” will address the school’s balanced approach to teaching coding to preschool and kindergarten age students using play-based, plugged and unplugged activities. Presenters are Stratford School educators Allison Wilson, curriculum and training implementation specialist; and Vidya Janardhanan, computer science teacher. Candice Schreuders, senior director of operations for Stratford School in Southern California will speak on the topic of “Coding Made Simple” where she’ll discuss connecting education standards by teaching pre-coding skills to the school’s youngest learners. Stratford School, based in Saratoga, Calif., with 23 campuses in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County, pioneered an early learning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum, which incorporates visual arts, language, music, and performing arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. Studies show that early learners excel at these skills when provided the opportunity and guidance to learn them. To do that, educators need resources and training to address these needs. In a newly released report called STEM Start Early conducted by The Joan Ganz CooneyCenter, early age STEAM programs work when they engage parents, support teachers, and connect learning. The study recommends transforming early childhood education and reprioritizing research on the subject in order to succeed. Key to success is using insights from communications science to build goodwill and understanding for early STEM learning.The ECSTEM Conference welcomes more than 700 educators from across the United States. It is presented by The Children’s Center at Caltech. Organizers state that meeting the needs of an economically, ethnically, and socially diverse student population – especially for the youngest of learners – is challenging. To prepare today’s children for the challenges of tomorrow, it is increasingly important that they have developmentally appropriate curriculum, inclusive and culturally sensitive approaches in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).About Stratford School: Established in 1999, Stratford School is a leading independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child. Stratford offers an accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth grade with an emphasis in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that incorporates music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills development. Stratford’s goal is to prepare and mentor students for admission to competitive high schools and colleges. All students are provided the necessary tools to excel, and are encouraged to participate actively in leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities. Visit for more information.More information about the ECTEM conference may be found at more information on the Stem Start Early program, go to Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community Newscenter_img Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education Three Stratford School Educators to Present at Caltech Early Childhood STEM Conference Saturday, Feb. 4 Article and Photo courtesy of STRATFORD SCHOOL Published on Friday, February 3, 2017 | 12:23 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Exofficio: An Ode to the Best Pair of Underwear Money Can Buy

first_imgPrepare yourself for an unsolicited update on the status of my underwear. This could get emotional.Let’s start at the beginning. The year was 2005 and I had just moved to Jackson, Wyoming, thus accelerating my quasi-active lifestyle into the stratosphere of bro-ed out, uber-sweaty, always crushing, never bonking, super lifestyle like you read about. I was stepping my game up, and to be honest, the underwear fleet I had brought along for the ride was not cutting the mustard. Cotton kills as they say, and I was dead on arrival with my drawer of Hanes ribbed cotton boxer briefs.[Sidebar: If we want to go back to the very beginning, boxer briefs entered my life in high school and I have never looked back. They are not for everyone for sure, but by God they are for me. And I would never hate on Hanes. They make a great product that served me well for many, many years. But times, and men, change and at this point in my life, they were a changin’ fast.]Back to the middle of the beginning. I’m trying to dominate the mountains, and my underwear is holding me back. This is one of those things you don’t know you don’t know. Kind of like “you don’t miss it until it’s gone,” except the opposite. Now, there are some people who can power through these types of, admittedly, first world, vanity-influenced problems and continue along with their daily lives without a care in the world for their underperforming undergarments; I am not one of those people.So there I was, soggy, bunched, and unsatisfied in Wyoming. I was desperate for a solution, but didn’t know where to turn. The usual places I bought clothes – Belk at the mall, Marshalls, Goodwill – came up empty in the performance underwear category. Patagonia had some silky boxer thingies, but I was far too deep into the boxer brief movement to go back now, no matter how nice Capaline 1 feels against my…thighs. I heard rumors that Under Armor was getting into the game, but they were smalltime back then. Then something happened that changed my life forever. I happened upon Exofficio and their brand new Give-N-Go line. This was back when they only had two colors, black and white – the white was a mistake and they don’t make those anymore for obvious reasons – and they didn’t have any logos stitched into the waistband. Made from lightweight wicking material of the finest quality, they fit like a glove and stood up to every challenge – lunges, light jogs, dancing to Shout, the works. This was the answer to all my prayers!Or was it? They cost $25 a pop.So I devised a plan – more of a scheme. I bit the bullet and bought a couple of pairs to mix in with my regular rotation, saving them for the biggest output days. I then proceeded to weird out my friends and family – mostly family – by requesting boutique underwear as gifts for Christmas and my birthday. This wasn’t a casual “I’ll make a list and this underwear will be on it,” type of deal: the underwear was the list. Like some crazed Beanie Baby collecting lunatic, I steadily amassed enough pairs of these wonder briefs that I was able to toss all my cotton and go exclusively Exofficio. I was high and dry and free to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I was living the dream.Until yesterday.Yesterday, I pulled one of the first pairs from my first round of my purchases out of the top drawer, and something felt different. True, this particular pair had been on a steady decline for some time, but had always come through when I needed them. But yesterday, they looked defeated, like they just couldn’t do it, couldn’t handle the day-to-day grind anymore. The elastic got that bacon-y look, the color had faded like the skin of your grandparents. Needless to say, I took them for one last spin but it was obvious that their best days were behind them. They were done.Like any trusty piece of gear, this moment brought a flood of memories shared. That backpacking trip to Costa Rica when I only took those first two pairs (they say you can do this an the ads and they are right, I proved it against my wife’s wishes). That first day on the mountain wearing them under my long johns and feeling like Superman. All the support over all the years. I started to blame myself. The elastic just couldn’t hold up to the extra pounds, and the extra washes. Maybe if I had sun dried more, or used organic detergent, this wouldn’t have happened. Maybe if I had gone back to cotton during the shoulder season, this pair would still be with us… er… me.When you own something for so long, and is so close to you, it can be hard to let go. Nothing lasts forever, not even the best, most well made, possibly most expensive, pair of performance underwear you can buy, and I know this. It’s also not like I’ll never see them again: they are stuffed in the back of the drawer, ready to come out of retirement for spot duty when I let the laundry go a little too long. Sure, I’ve got fresh pairs in green and grey and blue now, but those will also be relegated to the bottom of the pile eventually.This was the first pair of what would become many, The Original. They are the beginning of the thread that ties my life together, from being a ski bum in Wyoming to trying to make it work in Colorado to getting married and being a father in Virginia. They were there for all of it, for all the good times and the bad. Nostalgia is a funny thing that can originate from surprising sources. My life has come a long way from when I bought that first pair of Exofficio boxer briefs, but is no less exciting or adventurous as my 8-month-old can probably attest. The memories of that time may fade, but they will always be there in the back of the drawer to come out for spot duty when things get a little too serious, a little too heavy.Such is life; such is an underwear drawer.last_img read more

A Changing Environment and its Security Implications for Latin America

first_imgBy U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (ret.) Oliver Barrett/Diálogo October 01, 2019 Militaries across the Americas must boost preparedness for the risks and consequences of natural disasters, experts in climate change and its security implications say. While armed forces of the region increasingly participate in combined training and exercises based on natural disaster scenarios — such as the annual U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) led exercise FAHUM, which brings together hundreds of service members of the region to face natural disaster simulations — recent climate trends suggest that more needs to be done to prepare for changes in the natural environment and how these might disrupt military capabilities and facilities.Drought and flooding due to sea level rise, experts say, are examples of slow-moving trends that military organizations generally don’t consider security related, and therefore don’t work on mitigating the risks. These non-traditional risks not only threaten peace and stability in the region, but also significantly affect the facilities where armed forces plan, train, and launch operations.“In Latin America and the Caribbean, climate change involves significant risks that affect specific areas in different ways. From the melting glaciers of the Andes to the floods in the Amazon basin, from intensifying droughts in the Brazilian cerrado (tropical savannah) to growing food insecurity in Central America, from extreme weather events in the Caribbean to shifting rain patterns in Patagonia, the entire region faces a series of emerging challenges,” the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think tank that focuses on emerging security and development issues, indicates on its website.According to a January 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), 53 out of 79 mission critical U.S. military bases are vulnerable to recurrent flooding, due to storm surges and sea level changes, and 60 of those installations will face that threat in the next 20 years.In its 2017 report, Climate Change and the Armed Forces, Spain’s Center for National Defense Studies, a main teaching institution for the Spanish Armed Forces, said that sea level rises have already started to affect facilities worldwide where militaries train and operate.“Rising sea levels present a formidable risk for near-shore military installations, some of them quite threatened, especially when combined with extreme weather phenomena such as intense hurricanes,” the report indicated.Risks due to the environment-security link fall into two broad categories. The first are elevated risks to military installations. In addition to flooding, the DoD report addresses desertification, thawing permafrost, and wildfires. For example, in August 2018, a wildfire broke out — the second in a month — at the Colombian Military Forces’ Tolemaida base, in Cundinamarca department, burning more than 340 acres and impacting infrastructure and training.The second risk is related to food and water insecurities due to climate change, such as drought. For example, in its 2019 report, Central America: Climate, Drought, Migration, and the Border, Washington-based Center for Climate and Security cites the El Niño driven drought of 2016-2018 as a catalyst for emigration from Central America due to its effect on regional economic and security conditions.SOUTHCOM’s Environmental Security office has led efforts to sensitize regional militaries to these environmental security risks and the DoD report cites the SOUTHCOM-funded National Preparedness Baseline Assessments that include a gap analysis and a five-year plan to build capabilities and capacities within the countries of the region.“The armed forces, particularly the navy, should carry out studies of their barracks and infrastructures, since coastal military installations at sea level are likely to be victims of the rise of the ocean. As such, military commanders should set up equipment that can study-long term naval infrastructure plans, such as fuel bases, power plants or marine shipyards,” said Commander (ret.) Patrick Paterson, professor of Security Studies at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Studies, in his 2017 report Global Warming and Climate Change in South America.Mitigating sea level rise, experts agree, should be among the most urgent actions.. Allocating research and planning resources to better understand the environment-security links will help militaries stay ahead and be proactive in their role as national security guardians.last_img read more

Shifting from financial institution to financial health provider, in a crisis and beyond

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brenton Peck Brenton Peck is a Director on the program team at the Financial Health Network, where he helps organizations structure and execute projects that improve the financial health of their business … Web: Details Like many of us under “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders, my professional and personal life now relies on Zoom. Clients and colleagues have quickly defaulted to video conferencing, virtual playdates have become a thing, and trying to read my friends’ bluff attempts on-screen while playing poker is the new normal.In fact, I look forward to these bi-weekly poker nights with a rotating group of friends including a lawyer, failed bond trader, and former CFO. They all have stable jobs (at least for now) and enough pocket change for poker night. While we play, the conversation consistently turns to the current events and the markets – and the group often discusses the adage “buy on the way down”. It’s worthwhile advice if you’re fortunate enough to be in a position to act, but the stark reality is that most people in America are not.The Vast Majority are Struggling The COVID-19 crisis exacerbated the financial health needs of the majority. Before the pandemic, during a booming economic period, our organization found that only 29% of the U.S. population was financially healthy. While the data shows that income is correlated to overall financial health, nearly 50% of those making more than $100,000 per year were already struggling. With so many people trying to get by, how are individuals and families going to spend, save, borrow, and plan in ways that improve their chances of long-term financial success in the current environment?Financial Health Providers Credit unions have often found themselves at the forefront of financial health, but credit unions are now uniquely positioned to become more than a financial institution to their members. This includes being reactive to members’ needs today by waiving fees and being flexible. Some actions are being taken to help support credit unions and members during this time. The NCUA posted a helpful guide for supporting members during this crisis, and QCash Financial is offering a COVID-relief program for credit unions seeking a short-term credit option for members. However, with more than 25 million people in the U.S. filing for benefits since the pandemic started to batter the economy, the communities which credit unions serve need more.Credit unions are poised to uniquely address the holistic needs of the community, both during this crisis and beyond. In order to do so, credit unions should consider partnering with high- quality fintechs in order to offer services that better serve customers where they need assistance today. Fintechs can offer customized expertise and tools, such as:SpringFour directs members to best-in-class local government and nonprofit resources.Steady helps members increase their income by providing tailored job opportunities.SaverLife gamifies the savings experience so members can weather financial shocks.Leading the Charge: People Need our Help Credit unions like BCU, Coastal, IH Mississippi Valley, and ESL acted quickly to provide COVID-19 resources and relief to help members manage through this crisis. Additionally, they are actively measuring financial health so they meet members and employees where they are, and the Foundation continues to be a centralized hub for resources and thought leadership. The mantra of ‘people helping people’ shines bright.But beyond addressing the pains already felt through the pandemic, these leading institutions are showing us what is possible and giving us a glimpse into the future of the financial health movement.Especially in a crisis, credit unions can be more than financial institutions. They can be financial health providers.last_img read more

Retail and leisure Sizing up the competition

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Breaking the ice

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Area Baseball Regional Scores

first_imgArea Baseball Regional Scores.Saturday  (6-2)1A @ Morristown.Rising Sun  7     White River Valley  2Indy Lutheran  10     Edinburgh  1Championship.Indy Lutheran  6     Rising Sun  13A @ North Harrison.Lawrenceburg  7     Boonville  5Jasper  13     Silver Creek  3Championship.Jasper  4     Lawrenceburg  2last_img

JCHS volleyball team member tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN — Jennings County High School (JCHS) informed parents, students, and the public late Friday that a student at the school had tested positive for coronavirus. A member of the volleyball team has contracted COVID-19 and the squad began a 14-day quarantine period on September 9.Additional close contacts have been identified and are being notified according to the school notice on social media. All close contacts will be able to return to school on September 24. Other family members of the close contacts are not required to quarantine unless the close contact develops symptoms.last_img read more

Sumner County Farm Bureau to hold legislative coffee on Saturday at 10 a.m.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Sumner County Farm Bureau Association will be sponsoring a legislative coffee.  It will be held on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the Wellington Daylight Donut Shop.  Sen. Steve Abrams, Rep. Kyle Hoffman, and Rep. Kasha Kelley are planning on attending.  Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.  Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Derochie sinks Leafs with late game heroics

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the third straight game the Beaver Valley Nitehawks used a late goal to steal victory from the jaws of defeat against the Nelson Leafs.Chris Derochie scored his third of the game with just over a minute remaining in the game to lift the Hawks past Nelson 6-5 in Fruitvale. In the past week Beaver Valley, with seven wins in eight games played between the two teams this season, has defeated the Leafs 2-1 in overtime, 3-2 and now 6-5.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro, and Derochie, each finished the game with four points.The Leafs rallied for two goals in a span of 27 seconds to tie the game at 5-5 late in the frame.Brantley Schapansky, Tyler Collins and Arie Postmus also scored for Beaver Valley. Raymond Reimer, Joel Stewart, finishing the game with four points, Adam Wheeldon, Cody Abbey with a pair, and Patrick Martens replied for Nelson.The game was tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes and 3-3 following two periods. Nelson out shot the Hawks 32-30.Nelson is back in action when the clubs hosts Castlegar Rebels in the first of a home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more