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

Seales looking forward to learning from Veterans

first_imgCMC – WEST Indies emerging player Jayden Seales is looking forward to learning from cricket veterans and fellow Trinidadians in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), once the COVID-19 pandemic does not prevent his debut in the franchise tournament.Seales was Tuesday named by Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) as one of 10 Caribbean players selected for the 2020 season. He was the only new regional signee but another emerging player, Amir Jangoo who joined the squad last year, was among the nine retained.Back in March, the budding star made the list of West Indies Emerging Players drafted into this year’s CPL which is scheduled to take place August 19 – September 26 unless the global pandemic forces a postponement or cancellation.Like other regional cricketers, Seales is currently off the field and staying safe at home here, following established protocols in the fight against COVID-19.“I wasn’t expecting a CPL selection this early, but I am very pleased. I’m currently training at home; doing as much fitness and strength work as I can. I am looking forward to the CPL, to get back to proper training and playing, with the main aim being to break into the Trinidad [and Tobago] senior team in the near future,” he said in a recent interview on Windies Cricket Instagram Live.A stellar performance at the Under-19 World Cup held in South Africa earlier this year earned Seales the ICC’s nod for Team of the Tournament, although the West Indies squad missed out on the chance to compete in the World Cup final.The 18-year-old thrilled fans around the world as he attained speeds of over 90 mph on numerous occasions throughout the competition. He went on to amass a total of 10 wickets at an average of 18.3 in the six matches West Indies played.He has joined Jangoo, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Tion Webster and Akeal Hosein in the TKR squad.Wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin has not been retained.TKR said in its statement Tuesday that international retentions and signings will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

MTA ideas may ad up

first_img“At some point you have to ask what kind of message you are putting on the bus,” said John Fasana, an MTA board member, who in 2000 backed the agency’s ban on advertising in subway stations. Critics also say that if the MTA is trying to lure motorists out of their cars, it needs to make the ride a pleasant one. “Personally, I find it offensive when public agencies will take your fare money and treat you with no respect by overexposing you with an environment that is bombarded by ads,” said Tom Radulovich, a board member of Bay Area Rapid Transit, which runs the subway system in Northern California. Last year, BART began “wrapping” its subway cars with advertisements and also opened advertising spots along walls and floors of subway stations. Despite the increased advertising opportunities, officials say, revenue has actually fallen because a downturn in the market forced BART to reduce rates. But with the Los Angeles MTA scrounging to find ways to boost revenue, officials will be forced to consider what was once thought off-limits. Current MTA policy bans advertising for tobacco, alcohol or political campaigns or candidates – potentially lucrative sources of revenue. The wrapping of subway cars in advertisements is also forbidden – as it is in New York where officials say it poses a safety hazard. And the MTA allows no more than 200 of its 2,668 buses to be covered – or wrapped – in advertisements. But that wrapping is considered one of the most lucrative forms of advertisements, bringing in nearly 20 percent of the $17 million generated each year. On average, an MTA bus running during rush hours earns about $7,755, although officials said they could not provide a breakdown of how much each ad costs advertisers. Officials with CBS Outdoor, which handles the MTA’s advertising contract, did not return phone calls. “The trade-off is you don’t want mobile billboards running around everywhere but in reality it’s an easy way to generate revenue,” said Matt Raymond, an MTA spokesman. Since last year, the agency has installed miniature television screens on 1,700 buses, where riders watch commercials interspersed with news, weather and puzzles. Since being introduced last year, the program has generated about $100,000. But transit officials and marketing experts say opening up high-profile areas like subway stations could attract top-dollar advertisers. Diane Badame, associate professor of marketing at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, said ads on buses and subways would attract companies trying to reach a younger audience that relies more heavily on word-of-mouth and the Internet in making its buying decisions. “For Generation X and Generation Y, nontraditional forms of advertisements are the best way to go,” Badame said. “They don’t want to have ads in their face. They want to learn in different ways about products. They would rather interact with ads.” Kiosks at subway stations, clever ads along buses and other transit-oriented spaces allow for that interaction. Yet adding more ad space may not equal the windfall officials hope for. The MTA contracts its advertising with New York-based CBS Outdoor and for the past five years, the contract is based on a flat rate, so even if ads skyrocketed the MTA wouldn’t gain any money. Though the contract comes up for renewal this year, officials say that pursuing an ad-based contract could ultimately backfire. “(Now), we are protected from the ups and downs in the advertising industry, changes in the economy,” said Warren Morse, MTA marketing director. “The downside of the flat rates is we don’t get additional benefit of a strong ad market.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In New York, which has tripled ad revenues over the last decade – passengers boarding an airport shuttle are surrounded by murals depicting scenes from Italy or the Netherlands – travel ads paid for by airlines. On the BART system in San Francisco, passengers will soon be seeing ads on the back of their rail tickets and are being offered credit cards with transit rewards for spending. But while ads touting everything from iPods to attorneys can rake in millions of dollars, it’s only a small fraction of what the MTA and most other agencies need to fill funding gaps. MTA officials estimate they could boost the $17 million in ad revenue they now bring in by anywhere from $1 million to $10 million. And while that sounds like a lot, it’s hardly enough to sustain an agency that last month had to raid its reserve fund to cover a $110 million deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Some argue that the MTA and other agencies shouldn’t be subjecting their passengers – who are, in effect, captive audiences – to commercial messages. And others argue the money generated isn’t worth the visual pollution. Hoping to replicate the success of transit agencies nationwide, the financially strapped MTA is looking for innovative ways to sell space on its buses, trains and stations to bring in more advertising revenue. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, desperate to avert a fare hike, has directed its staff to report back later this month with ways to increase advertising, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa telling fellow board members it’s time to “think outside the box.” Other agencies around the country already have been doing that. The Chicago Transit Authority, for instance, sells ad space in its subway tunnels, which look like silent commercials to passengers on the speeding trains. last_img read more