Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schools

first_img April 06, 2017 Education,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Education (PDE) has released a new resource to help Pennsylvania schools prevent and respond to racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.“To perform their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Wolf said. “A healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel.”The newly-released Equity and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several schools after November’s election. When those incidents occurred, the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and intolerance, and released a 60-second PSA to share a message of diversity and inclusion.“The toolkit released today will advance existing efforts at the state and local levels to create and maintain supportive settings that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others,” Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said. “This resource was developed in collaboration with other state agencies, organizations, and partners, and focuses on strategies and actions that schools can take to address bias and discrimination in a proactive and effective manner.”PDE’s Office of Safe Schools has partnered with agencies like the Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Center for Schools and Communities, intermediate units, and others to bolster efforts to ensure schools have resources to foster a positive culture and climate, and to respond to incidents of hate.Safe Schools established a hotline for districts to report bias-related incidents to streamline the collection of information about an incident and connect a district with services and supports more quickly.  PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.Safe Schools also provides resources on issues from combating dating violence to preventing suicide, and in 2016 introduced a toll-free bullying prevention consultation line (1-866-716-0424), which is available to students, parents/guardians, and educators.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schoolscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NBA wrap: Lakers fall to Hawks; Celtics take down 76ers

first_imgMeanwhile, the Celtics still have the 76ers’ number.Philadelphia lost to Boston 112-109. The Celtics didn’t have star point guard Kyrie Irving, so Al Horford took over the scoring load with 23 points. Gordon Hayward also chipped in 26 points off the bench.Joel Embiid recorded 23 points and 14 rebounds in the loss while Jimmy Butler added 22 points and nine rebounds.Studs of the NightNikola Vucevic recorded 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Magic’s dominant 118-88 win over the Pelicans.Avery Bradley scored a career-high 33 points as the Grizzlies lost to the Spurs 108-107.Kevin Durant totaled 28 points and seven assists in the Warriors’ 115-108 victory over Utah.Dud of the NightMarcus Smart scored eight points on 3-of-14 shooting for the Celtics.HighlightsJayson Tatum split the defense with a spin move and capped it off by punching home a dunk.JAYSON. TATUM. ANSWERS.📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/R8e15hk0qb— NBA (@NBA) February 13, 2019Young dished out assists left and right in the Hawks’ win over the Lakers. LeBron James exploded for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists in the loss. He tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles in NBA history, but Atlanta’s young talent proved to be too much.LeBron James has tied Wilt Chamberlain for fifth most triple-doubles (78) in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/bjnpgIaA9Y— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 13, 2019Rookie guard Trae Young and second-year forward John Collins tallied 22 points apiece. Young also posted 14 assists on the night. Related News TRAE in transition!#LakeShow 69#TrueToAtlanta 65He’s up to 12 PTS, 5 REB & 8 AST at the half on NBALP. pic.twitter.com/JLAorHa1Zm— NBA (@NBA) February 13, 2019What’s Next?Kings (30-26) at Nuggets (38-18) 9 p.m. ET — Sacramento is trying to stay afloat in the Western Conference while Denver is toward the top of the standings. Both teams feature promising, athletic players that run the floor nonstop. This matchup should be an entertaining one as the All-Star break approaches. NBA trade rumors: Celtics F Jayson Tatum ‘wouldn’t mind’ being sent to Pelicans in Anthony Davis dealcenter_img Hawks fans chant ‘Kobe’s better’ at Lakers star LeBron James There was plenty of exciting basketball to go around Tuesday.The Lakers are trying to work their way into a playoff spot, but fell short to the lowly Hawks 117-113.last_img read more

Elton John To Deliver Landmark Lecture On HIV In Remembrance Of Princess

first_imgThe Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London.The lecture was launched by United Kingdom’s National AIDS Trust (NAT) in 1999 as a living tribute to Princess Diana (who was a patron of NAT until her tragic death in 1997). This lecture is being delivered in partnership with Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and is supported by Gucci. Sir Elton follows in the footsteps of Kofi Annan and Bill Clinton who delivered previous NAT lectures in Diana’s memory in 1999 and 2001, respectively.During the lecture, Elton will set out a vision for an AIDS free future. He will call on governments and the private sector to show leadership and accountability in order to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS by 2030. He will also reflect on his close friendship with Princess Diana and their shared commitment to ending HIV.Elton said, “I am delighted to be able to deliver this lecture and to remember the enormous contribution Diana, Princess of Wales made to this cause. In the quarter century since the Elton John AIDS Foundation was established, the global AIDS fight has changed beyond recognition. Yet tolerance and courage has never been more important in the fight to create an AIDS-free generation and make the world a more accepting place for those living with HIV.”Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT said, “It’s an honor to have Sir Elton John deliver our Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV. In our 30th year, it is particularly timely to focus on the challenges ahead in the fight against HIV, as well as paying tribute to the lasting impact of Princess Diana’s work.“2018 is a critical time in the global HIV epidemic. We have all the tools we need to beat HIV, yet we lack the level of investment or political priority necessary to use them fully. We are delighted that Sir Elton John, who has enormous credibility in this battle, will be speaking on this subject.”Anne Aslett, Executive Director of EJAF UK said, “The Elton John AIDS Foundation has been a supporter of the National AIDS Trust from its inception. We share a commitment to ending AIDS in the UK and around the world. Today, we are at a critical inflection point where we can commit to consigning this disease to history, or we will blight another generation with death and loss.”last_img read more