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International Baccalaureate program will prepare CASHS students for global
CHAMBERSBURG >> Students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School next school year will be able to experience holistic learning and gain perspectives to succeed in global society. About 30 students are expected to enroll in a new program that …
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Literacy effort includes finances
But it will continue offering online and print materials related to financial topics, in addition to providing expert research assistance to patrons. Making such resources available for the community is another example of the library system constantly …
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Lew-Port in holiday mode
The first is "Think Through Math," which is a reinforcement of classroom instruction and is an interactive, online program. Currently, this is … The program is focusing on teaching and learning, and evaluating how teachers assess students and how to …
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Giving the gift of technology

Giving the gift of technology
MOSCOW. The holidays are rolling around, so you have probably started asking your kids what they want for Christmas. Don't be shocked if you get a long list of electronic devices. While you may be a little nervous about gifting these presents, I am …
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Sixth sense: why business is booming for Russia's psychics
The rundown commercial building in southeast Moscow was an odd place to search for a sorceress. Its entranceway daubed in graffiti extolling the virtues of CSKA Moscow FC, there was little indication that I had stepped out of the world of everyday …
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Advanta IRA Launches New Online Self-Directed IRA Portal Advanta360


Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) December 17, 2014

Improving every day, AdvantaIRA Trust is proud to announce the development and launch of Advanta360, our state-of-the-art online self-directed IRA portal. This fully customized system was carefully built as one of the most comprehensive, full-service platforms in the self-directed IRA industry.

AdvantaIRA Trust is a leading self-directed retirement plan administrator that serves clients across the nation. The company is dedicated to customer satisfaction and to making the client experience as simple and efficient as possible. This is why the firm has upgraded their online portal to include more client features than typical self-directed IRA administrators. On December 15, Advanta IRA made Advanta360 live to all of their clients. Youre going to love this new system, says Dave Owens, managing partner of AdvantaIRA Trust, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

Self-directed IRAs allow account owners control over their investment funds and decisions. Advanta360 offers additional controlthe ability to complete many administrative tasks and other functions related to accounts through this online portal.

Key features include the ability to:


View detailed account information
Submit bill pay and IRA distribution requests
View pending transactions, including progress notes
Export transaction history to Excel
View and upload account and transaction documents
View/pay fees and update payment preferences
Update contact information
And much more!

Advanta360 allows for true self-direction giving investors the ability to manage their retirement accounts online. To learn more about the benefits of self-direction or Advanta IRAs online portal, contact 239-333-1032.

About AdvantaIRA Trust

AdvantaIRA Trust is a self-directed IRA administrator that provides tax-deferred and tax-free investment opportunities, superior customer service, and educational tools to assist investors in realizing the maximum benefits possible within IRAs. AdvantaIRA makes it easy to use self-directed retirement plans to invest in assets that the individual investor knows, understands, and can control. To learn more visit www(dot)AdvantaIRA(dot)com.

About Dave Owens

Dave Owens is the managing partner at AdvantaIRA Trust in Fort Myers, Miami, Gainesville, New England, and the Florida Panhandle. Owens opened the AdvantaIRA Trust headquarters in Fort Myers, FL in 2003. His background as a certified public accountant, combined with a long history of personal retirement self-direction, provides his audiences and clients with solid advice and practical solutions to their IRA investment questions. Dave holds a BS in accounting from Purdue University. He also earned the prestigious Certified Exchange Specialist designation through the Federation of Exchange Accommodators.







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York Prep Expands Scholars Program, Celebrates Senior Students


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

York Prep, a co-educational New York City private school in the Upper West Side, is celebrating six seniors who are in the final stretch of completing the rigorous three-year York Prep Scholars Program. The program, which was recently extended to include offerings for students in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades, is highly selective. Only 10 to 15 percent of students invited to join, amounting to fewer than eight students per graduating class who will graduate with honors.

The goal of the Scholars Program is to deepen students understanding of their curriculum while also introducing subjects they may not be exposed to in a traditional classroom setting, such as Renaissance art, microbiology and Mandarin calligraphy. Students meet once a week, in seminars, to discuss these topics and, in their senior year, they complete and present an impressive capstone project on a topic of their choice.

The students in this program put many hours and much attention into their projects, said Paul Sturm, Director of the Scholars Program. They research, develop and craft them into meaningful and impressive presentations. This focused creativity benefits both them and their fellow students. We are very proud of them and know this experience will serve them well when they get to college.

The York Prep mission is heavily rooted in college preparation that plays to individual students strengths. 100 percent of York students go off to college and the majority of students are accepted into their top choice schools.

While these students are exploring their personal interests, they are also learning time management, research and presentation skillsactivities that are so important in college, said Mr. Sturm. This program really speaks to our mission to make sure that every student who graduates from York is equipped with the foundation they need for success.

Student projects from the 2014 graduating class included the Effects of Bottled Water on the Environment and Public Health, Using Photography to Explore Lights Effect on the Psyche and the Distinction between Recreational and Elite Athletes from the Point of View of Sports Psychology. Past scholars have been accepted into some of the nations most distinguished universities including, but certainly not limited to, Harvard, Brown, Stanford and Cornell.

The Scholars Program is one of the many resources available to students at York Prep, which can give students a competitive edge when applying to college, said Jayme Stewart, York Preps Director of College Guidance, and co-founder of the school. We work honestly and openly with students to nurture their strengths and help them identify which schools are the best match for their personalities, academic interests and career aspirations.

York Preps new Junior Scholars is available to students who have exhibited academic excellence in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Course examples for the Junior Scholar program include robotics, exploring crystals, Italian and exploring contemporary and traditional poetry. A new Pre-Scholars program is available for students in the ninth grade as well. The extended program is designed to enrich young students academic experiences and to help them flex their analytical and creative thinking skills in preparation for a successful academic career at York Prep and in college.

Please visit http://www.yorkprep.org for more information about York Prep and its programs. Register to attend an Open House by calling (212) 362-0400 or emailing jcurrent(at)yorkprep(dot)org.

About York Prep

York Prep is a New York City prep school providing middle school and high school students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. The school provides instruction to 250 students, grades 6 through 12. 100 percent of students pursue higher education.







RMS eLearning test a huge success

RMS eLearning test a huge success
According to RMS Principal Rod Coffing, staff members have spent countless hours training on the eLearning program at the middle school, with many encouraged to have such high student participation on the Saturday, December 6, test day.
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Penn-Harris-Madison schools finalizing eLearning snow day plan
About 1,200 parents responded, two-thirds of whom were in favor of using eLearning again, says Dr. Kay Antonelli, assistant superintendent of instruction. This year is different; instead of assigning online work to make up the snow days, this year …
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Faering Capital India Evolving Fund invests in Bangalore-based e-learning
MUMBAI: Faering Capital India Evolving Fund has invested an undisclosed amount in Linkstreet, which provides cloud-based solutions using video for learning and collaboration. The capital will be used to further invest in product and business …
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GlobalHRU Announces Advisory Board


(PRWEB) December 12, 2014

Today GlobalHRU, the holding company behind HR Unconferences and HRTechTank, is proud to announce the first members of its Global Advisory Board. The Board will help GlobalHRU to execute its mission to have HR Unconferences in every major city in the world by 2020 and build the first global communication platform for HR leaders and members of the #HRU community. Additionally, the Board will play a pivotal role in enabling the company to build an HR Tech-focused global go-to-market services provider.

Members of the Advisory board:

Kevin Wheeler,

Entrepreneur, Futurist, Advisor to several recruitment and learning start-up companies, Tech Geek, CEO and founder of Global Learning Resources, Inc., The Future of Talent Institute, and the Australasian Talent Conference. Public speaker, Keynoter at major global events. Lecturer and Teacher on Business Strategy, Human Resources, Talent Development and Acquisition Former corporate executive at several major corporations.

Lance J. Richards,

Lance is a Senior Global HR Executive, author and frequent speaker at HR and Tech conferences globally. He is also a Visiting Professor at Sasin Graduate Business School, in Bangkok, where he teaches MBA coursework in Global Human Capital Management.; Author, Lance brings over 20 years of cross border HR expertise, including living and working in Guangzhou, Singapore and Bangkok. Frequent Speaker. Former Vice President, Office of Innovation Kelly Services. Lance is a sought-after presenter on the global HR speaking circuit. My objectives include developing and evangelizing these initiatives and bringing HR innovation to clientsinnovation needed in an HR 3.0 world.

Rory Jeffcock,

Business Development Director at Futurestep, A Korn/Ferry Company. A consulting professional with 17 years experience specialising in HR services and recruitment outsourcing. Working with HR Director and board level sponsors across EMEA and North America to successfully deliver HR transformation projects in FTSE 100/Fortune 500 organizations. Rory is a strategic thinker who uses product innovation, technology and process efficiencies to deliver solutions to his clients.

“Joining #HRU’s advisory team allows me to support a community that I am passionate about, one that drives innovation and seeks to work in collaboration to meet the needs of customers and employers. Disruptive thinking should be fun and a learning experience where no ideas are bad ideas and everyone has a voice, this is #HRUs guiding principal”

Geoff Webb,

Geoff Webb has been a member of the Recruitment Community for over 20 years. For the past decade he has focused on Sourcing and Talent Community Management, or the ability to leverage Social Media, Marketing and Networking to drive talented prospects towards the best candidate experience. In his current role as Global Digital Talent Manager at Aon Hewitt he develops sourcing strategies and digital talent strategies for Aons global clients and is responsible for developing and training the sourcing team on innovation. Geoff has been recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Social HR professionals by the Huffington Post and has been quoted in numerous print and online books and articles about Social Recruitment, Sourcing and HR.

Kristian Vanberg,

Co-Founder of HRTechTank. CEO & Founder Spoke Innovation. Helps enterprise software vendors get product and messaging right. Services include R&D, market education and product-market strategy.

Ward Christman,

HR Tech Advisor to Employers & Vendors in ATS, Talent Management, HCM & E-Recruiting Industry Ward Christman has 20+ years of experience in e-recruiting technology and services with special expertise in employee referral (selection of tools and best practices), ATS solutions (system selection and configuration) and job marketing (via job boards and social media). Ward consults with employers shopping for best fit HR Tech and is a strategic advisor to various HR Tech vendors.

There has been a vacuum of venues for strategic HR practitioners wanting to connect with industry thought leaders; thanks to GlobalHRU, that void is finally filled. HR Tech Tank is a sanctuary where industry vendors can connect with industry thought leaders and collaborate with other vendors in an open sharing environment; a much needed complement to other events in the industry.

Paul Daley,

Director at Cielo. Investor, advisor and board member to startups and high growth companies in the HRTech and HCM sector. Paul has over a decade’s experience working with SMEs and global MNCs to design and deliver transformational talent acquisition and talent management solutions. In addition Paul has had extensive knowledge in product development, commercial management, business strategy and corporate development.

“HR tech is a burgeoning sector. Organizations and individuals are waking to the potential on how innovation and technology can be used to optimise their most important asset; talent. #HRU and #HRtechtank provides the essential global platform to bring this wave of opportunity to the main stage, and accelerate what is predicted to be one of the most important sectors in the coming decade.”

Anton Derlyatka,

Angel investor, venture capitalist and talent/recruitment industry expert, Anton is a founder and Managing Partner of Talent Equity Ventures, a seed fund investing in innovative HR and Education technologies/solutions in the US and around the world. He is also a co-founder of TalentTechLabs, a NYC-based HR Tech incubator and a senior partner at Ward Howell, a leading Human Capital consulting firm. He sits on the Global Board of Association of Executive Search Consultants. Antons personal interests include sports/fitness tech, sports management, wearables and quantified self.

Michael Beygelman,

Michael is the CEO of Joberate and former RPO President of Pontoon Solutions. He is often described as an individual who is passionate about people, culture, technology and innovation. Prior to joining Joberate, Michael built Adecco Group’s RPO business into a global recruitment powerhouse that was involved in one new-hire nearly every seven minutes, touching nearly 60,000 new-hires annually. He was named to the 2013 Staffing 100, which is a list of the 100 most influential people in the recruitment industry as nominated by companies, advisors, and industry analysts.

GlobalHRU is a platform for progressive HR leaders around the world to meet, talk and connect with like- minded professionals. The format is designed for individual interaction and high level of engagement, so the number of attendees is limited to 120, and tracks are more like lively discussions rather than keynote talks people hear in other industry events. GlobalHRU is followed by 50,000 people globally and runs more than 60 events every year attended by 6000 people.

GlobalHRU operates two event formats: #HRU an event for HR practitioners and recruiters to share practical cases, discuss tools that they are using and trends they observe in the industry. The other format is HRTechTank, an event primarily for HR Technology startups and investors. The purpose of HRTechTank is to connect, educate and promote innovations in the HCM & recruitment software space. HRTechTank brings together HR thought leaders, early adopters and investors together to discover what is happening in the HR Tech space and to share their expertise with the most promising HR Tech companies.

#HRUs vision is to be the biggest HR and recruitment community in the world. #HRU aims to organize an event in every 500,000+ habitant city in the world by 2020.

More information:

Taras Polischuk

taras(at)globalhru(dot)com

GlobalHRU – HR Unconferences & HRTechTank



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Student Activists File Suit Urging Harvard To Divest

Student Activists File Suit Urging Harvard To Divest
A group of seven Harvard student activists filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that the University is violating its original charter through continued investment in fossil fuels and asked a court to force Harvard to “immediately withdraw” its …
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What a housekeeper at Harvard's hotel tells us about inequality
Life is also a little easier for employees even within the entity that owns the building where Lemus works — Harvard University, which bought the DoubleTree in 2005 and now uses it to host conferences and give alumni discounts. People who work in food …
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Report Reveals Blended Learning Trends for U.S. Independent Schools


Charleston, SC (PRWEB) December 09, 2014

Blackbaud, Inc., a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, and OESIS Group, a professional development and research organization for independent schools, have released a new report on blended learning in more than 450 U.S. independent schools.

The report reveals that independent schools are following an approach that amplifies existing strengths such as close instruction through the Flipped Classroom model, and caters to higher order college prep learning goals of creativity and critical thinking through pathways, such as project-based learning.

The data revealed in this report illustrates a movement that reflects the need for our ability to provide a whole school connected experience for students, parents and educators, said Travis Warren, founder of WhippleHill, and Vice President and General Manager of Blackbauds K-12 Private Schools Group. Blended learning is one of the key drivers in independent schools moving forward, and we are dedicated to providing solutions that help facilitate this model.

The survey reveals 70 percent of students are positive or very positive about blended learning and 65 percent of independent schools are looking to use it to personalize instruction. In addition, 41 percent of the 461 independent schools surveyed are now implementing some form of blended learning with another 51 percent exploring it.

Blended Learning requires schools to have more tightly integrated learning environments that are at the same time flexible and open to many learning and teaching opportunities, said Sanje Ratnavale, President of the OESIS Group. With significant demands on faculty, the survey also found that one of the most significant barriers to adoption was teachers having insufficient time to transform courses. The right technology environments and professional development resources will be key drivers in the course of adoption.

Download the free report at http://www.oesisgroup.com. For more information about Blackbaud, please visit http://www.blackbaud.com/k-12/.

About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payment and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $ 100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com.

About OESIS

OESIS Group is a professional development and research organization for independent schools. OESIS creates 21st century opportunities for independent school growth by maximizing collaboration among key stakeholders through innovative conversations and powerful connections. It offers the only online and blended education symposia focused on independent schools. The symposia are about more than just technology. Each session explores how schools can embrace the opportunities for changing learning models and keeping up with the rapid pace of change in content, communications and pedagogy. Schools send educators, senior administrators, faculty and technology leaders to learn about new trends that they can take back and implement in the classroom. Learn more at http://www.oesisgroup.com/.







US Federal Contractor Registration: Otto Environmental (Greenfield, WI) Wins $46,266 in Government Contracts Thanks to the Simplified Acquisition Program and Peter Lanore


Washington D.C. (PRWEB) December 08, 2014

Otto Environmental has been a Verified Vendor with US Federal Contractor Registration since June 2013. Otto Environmental started working with Acquisition Specialist Peter Lanore to find a federal brand awareness campaign that would best fit their business model. Shortly after conducting a Federal Marketplace Evaluation, it was decided that enrolling into the Simplified Acquisition Program would be the best marketing decision for Otto Environmental. The Simplified Acquisition Program provides a business with a government registration, federal small business database profiles, lists of government buyers and prime vendors, a government-formatted website and a customized government business plan.

Otto Environmental has currently won a total 6 government contracts for a total of $ 46,266 thanks to the Simplified Acquisition Program and the guidance of Peter Lanore. Some of the agencies that have awarded them government contracts include: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, and National Institutes of Health.

Below is a contract awarded to Otto Environmental by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, as posted to the Federal Procurement Data Base (FPDS):

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TechVOX, Inc Introduces Business Management Software


Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

There are plenty of scheduling software options available for businesses, as well collaborative and sharing apps that offer inbound and outbound communication. While these business solutions have their benefits, shopVOX steps up the game by offering true workflow management, resource management and time management along with comprehensive production management in one easy-to-use complete business management tool.

ShopVOX was designed with manufacturing and production industries in mind by the creators of signVOX. SignVOX is enabling sign shop owners all of the world to save time, money and energy. Rao Meka, CEO of TechVOX proudly states, We have over 1,000 sign companies who are happy users of signVOX.

TechVOX’s experience with signVOX allowed them to create the breakthrough business management tool, shopVOX Express. shopVOX Express is much more than simple to do lists, workflow management, and a scheduling system. Those who currently use those basic software solutions now have a new and improved way to collaborate while enhancing their management systems and production processes. Business owners, managers and employees will fall in love with this product., says Mr Meka. Here are some reasons why:

1. shopVOX integrates with QBDesktop/QBOnline/Xero and with other web2print systems, as well as integrates with online shopping carts to bring in orders into shopVOX Express from POS systems.

2. Easily create jobs and assign workflow templates with human and machine resources assigned for each step of the workflow.

3. Have a visual view of all the job boards in different views like card, list, calendar, and workflow views.

4. Ability to group steps into stages like pre-production, production, post-production or pre-press/press/post-press and any other number of configurable stages.

5. Tracks time from how long a job was idle and how long it took from start to finish.

6. Ability to have pre-defined checklists of things to do at every step.

7. Ability to upload assets (files from local machine, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.)

8. Ability to add notes.

9. Ability to add tasks (both assigned and non-assigned to a person and with or without due dates.)

10. Visual resource scheduling of human resources and machine resources.

11. Ability to define as many “machines and machine types” and define their capacity and their availability.

12. Comes with a companion app for shop floor staff to scan a QR code and to process jobs by clicking “Start/Stop/Complete”, as well as to record time and materials used for job costing.

13. Comes with online proofing to collaborate more efficiently with customers.

14. Allows external collaborators to be added on a per job basis.

ShopVOX Express is a business management software that will transform the way manufacturing and production shops are ran. To learn more about shopVOX Express, visit our website http://www.shopvox.com.







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Importance of Education in Pakistan

In this rapidly advancing era, the importance of education cannot be denied. It is crucial for progress and prosperity of any nation. With literacy rate as low as 51.6 percent, (63.7 for males and 39.2 percent for females), 53 million of world’s illiterates are found in Pakistan. Islamabad ranks second with the highest number of out-of-school children.

Economic Growth

It has been proved by development experts that basic education is essential for financial and societal progress. Every year of school increases individual’s wages by 10 per cent globally. As many as 164 multinational companies working in Pakistan with an investment of 55.779 billion rupees are dependent on qualified people. Local industries also require educated people to proceed. A skilled and educated person has an immense potential to work efficiently.

Discipline

Needless to say that educated societies are disciplined and there is less violation of rules and regulations. People work in harmony with one another. Authorities are respected and people tend to fulfill their responsibilities.

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Anti-Evolution Curriculum Debate Lives On

Despite the Supreme Court ruling banning creationism and intelligent design in science classrooms, evolution is still on trial in Texas and Louisiana. I feel like it’s the Scopes monkey trial all over again. [Or at least the fictional account I read in Inherit the Wind.]

Both Texas and Louisiana are voting on changing the curriculum to allow for “weaknesses” in the theory of evolution to be introduced to students. Many science teachers see this as a backdoor approach to integrating creationism or intelligent design (basically creationism 2.0) into science curriculum and potentially, science text books.

Since Texas makes up such a large percentage of the textbook market, publishers will likely tailor their national materials to suit their needs. “These weaknesses that they bring forward are decades old, and they have been refuted many, many times over,” Kevin Fisher, a past president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, said after testifying. “It’s an attempt to bring false weaknesses into the classroom in an attempt to get students to reject evolution.” NYT article

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Premier Internet Marketing Education – 10 Tips on How to Find the Best Internet Education

Where do you go to get the internet marketing education that will truly make the difference? The difference in your understanding, or (if you’re building a business) the difference in how you approach the marketing of your business, or perhaps your job (if you’re responsible for directing the marketing tactics for a brand)?

I personally spent 12 months clicking around on the internet in search of that right company that provides the education and the tools to become a Master Internet Marketer. And, also provides the environment where you learn to start implementing, and start taking action on what you are learning. And, as a result, start making the difference and start achieving your goals.

And, why did I do this (click around for 12 months, that is)? Because, I believe in affiliating with the-best-of-the-best and it does take time to find just the right source that will work for your needs.

SO – Let me help you save all that time and share with you the steps, the thought processes, on how to find that right internet educational resource that will work for your online needs and goals.

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