Steve Sarkisian fired for failing to meet school standards, USC Athletic Director says

Steve Sarkisian fired for failing to meet school standards, USC Athletic Director says

LOS ANGELES — Southern California athletic director Pat Haden says he fired Steve Sarkisian after the football coach failed to meet the school’s standards and expectations.

Haden took responsibility for Sarkisian’s hiring Tuesday, but said a thorough background check before the decision revealed no potential problems with the coach. Sarkisian was fired Monday, five games into his second season.

USC President Max Nikias issued a statement in strong support of Haden, who is under scrutiny for his handling of Sarkisian’s problems and the football team’s struggles under Sarkisian.

Haden and interim coach Clay Helton spoke after the Trojans went back to work in their usual morning practice. They will be at No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday for their annual rivalry game.

Helton says he won’t discuss Sarkisian’s private life or behavior.

Students, teachers hope education will be a high priority for lawmakers next year

Students, teachers hope education will be a high priority for lawmakers next year


ALT LAKE CITY — Less than a half-mile from the state Capitol, Rep. Steve Eliason posed a question to a class of fourth-graders at Washington Elementary School: “Who can tell me what we do in the Legislature?”

An array of guesses rang out as half the class stretched their hands in the air.

“Try to help the government?” one student hypothesized.

“Decide to build roads and get more train tracks?” guessed another.

“Earn a lot of money?” a third student asked.

Once Eliason, R-Sandy, explained the role of the Legislature and his duties as House chairman of the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the discussion turned to weightier matters.

“Me and my friend live in The Road Home,” said one boy. “There’s a lot of people who are homeless in the streets. … I think we should have more shelters.”

Another fourth-grader expressed frustration with what he sees when he’s not in school.

“I live right by The Road Home. There’s been lots of problems, like drug dealers and shootings,” he said. “We need to fix that in our city.”

Those and other concerns came up Monday as several state leaders met with students and teachers to better understand the needs of Utah schools.

How Parents Can Claim DepEd’s K-12 Voucher Program

How Parents Can Claim DepEd’s K-12 Voucher Program

One concern raised on the new education system is that the added two years mean extra expense to parents. Critics of the K-12 programhave little knowledge of the government’s subsidy for the extra two years in basic education.

The “Voucher Program” will help students and parents affected by the recent shift to the new curriculum or students who will continue beyond Grade 10.

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For those studying or sending someone to school under the K-12 program but lack enough funds, you will find the most relevant details on government financial aid.

What is the Voucher Program?

The voucher program is a government subsidy offered to junior high school or JHS completers to allow them to pursue senior high school or SHS (Grades 11 and 12). One voucher is good to cover the costs of one entire school year.

In SHS, students can choose the most relevant track for their career goals or needs and even the school. In fact, students may pursue SHS at any qualified private high school, local or state college or university, private college or university, and technical-vocational school.

The program will begin in school year 2016-2017, when the first batch of students will reach Grade 11.


Professional development a solution to Utah’s teacher burnout problem, educators say

Professional development a solution to Utah’s teacher burnout problem, educators say

SALT LAKE CITY — Five years ago, 2,417 new teachers entered Utah’s classrooms, but by last year, more than 1,000 of them had left the profession.

About 16 percent of new educators — the largest portion of Utah’s five-year teacher attrition rate of 42 percent — left the classroom before their second year of teaching, according to the Utah State Office of Education.

It’s a sobering trend considering Utah’s education system grows by almost 10,000 students every year.

But it’s a trend education leaders and lawmakers are trying to counteract. Friday’s portion of the Utah Education Association’s two-day convention focused on giving hundreds of new teachers the training and encouragement they need to succeed in teaching Utah’s children.

“I think what we’re finding with the lack of resources that we have is that the mentor programs are the first things that go. Professional development goes, and those are all the things that brand new teachers need,” said UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh. “We’re hoping to fill that gap and provide them with an opportunity to connect with another educator that can help them.”

Ashley Nash said the ultimate reason she goes to work each day as a teacher is to see the small daily victories among

American Fork band returns to Idaho competition 6 years after tragic accident

American Fork band returns to Idaho competition 6 years after tragic accident

POCATELLO — The American Fork High School Band has done more than its fair share of traveling for competitions. It has even been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Band director John Miller joins his students on all trips, but traveling into the past isn’t something to which he’s accustomed.

In the parking lot of Holt Arena at Idaho State University on Saturday for the Mountain West Marching Invitational, Miller reflected on the last time he was there.

“It brings back a lot of emotion,” he said. “This is the very spot where we parked last time. When we finished the performance, I gave her a hug.”

Miller is talking about former woodwind instructor Heather Christensen, who was killed in a bus accident on Oct. 10, 2009, while the band was heading back to American Fork from the same competition in Pocatello.

“It was a horrible night,” Miller said.

Students who were on the bus said they saw Christensen, 33, reach for the steering wheel after the bus driver blacked out. The bus veered off I-15 about 50 miles north of the Idaho-Utah border, near McCammon, Idaho, and tipped over. Several students and the bus driver suffered minor injuries; Christensen was the

Different Ways to Sequence Your Presentation for Improved Results

Different Ways to Sequence Your Presentation for Improved Results

There is a plethora of ways to organize your presentation and the one you select seriously impacts the success of your presentation. If in case you order your material in an intuitive manner, than the audience can easily understand and are more likely to be persuaded. However, if the order material is presented in an awkward manner, the audience will certainly struggle to understand, and they will resist being persuaded. This makes it very important to well understand how to choose the right one for your topic and your audience?

Chronological Sequence

In a chronological sequence, things are requested by date or time they happened. Numerous investigative presentations take after a free sequential succession to recap the events embraced in a test:

  • Background
  • Hypothesis
  • Experimental methods
  • Data
  • Analysis and discussion
  • Conclusions

A chronological sequence is very easy to apply. Since most stories take after this example, it is a natural example for gatherings of people, and is subsequently very simple to take after.

Step-by-step Sequence

In a step-by-step sequence, things are composed by request inside of a procedure. This grouping is easy to apply, and simple to take after and is especially powerful for a “how to” presentation. Some easy examples where this method may be applied include:

  • How to upgrade financial

Heads calling 999 over mental health

Heads calling 999 over mental health

Schools are having to make 999 calls to get treatment for pupils suffering from mental health problems because of service shortages, head teachers say.

They are having to call ambulances or the police to get pupils to A&E for the help they need, they say.

Some schools are being asked to pay for services for troubled pupils that should be provided by the NHS or social services, says the ASCL heads’ union .

The government said it had ring-fenced £1.4bn for children’s mental health.

‘Gap in provision’

But in evidence to the Education Select Committee, teachers, heads and bodies representing counsellors and therapists, complained of “significant problems” securing support for pupils’ mental health problems and special educational needs.

Local mental health services are no longer able to offer early support, and it was very difficult to get hold of the right professional to deal with a child’s special educational need, they said.

The committee, looking at the wellbeing and mental health of children in care, were told: “It often takes a considerable amount of time to arrange meetings and access support, and in some instances, it may be difficult to secure support.”

The delays were affecting all children and young people, not just children in care who tended

A Gift Idea for Kindergarten Graduates

A Gift Idea for Kindergarten Graduates

Kindergarten graduates deserve a meaningful and special gift. Gifts are among few things that will remain in their hearts throughout their adulthood. It is generally a reflection of their personality because mostly, people give the graduates what they need, what matches their personality, and what they lack

It is very important for them to get the right gift they want to be able to complete their happiness on this special day. Graduation is one of the most special days in a person’s life, it is one of the most meaningful days because they are through with hardships and they have achieved what they ought to get. The first thing to determine the gift that you will give to them is to know their likes. Well, kids of this age are fond of animals. They would love to be in a zoo or animal museum in the first place. You can buy ants for sale.

There is a shop that offers eight varieties of ant farm styles to choose from. You can even get live ants straight from the farm. When you buy ants for sale you can help the kids to learn more about the ants through observation of the farm. They

BHIS Noida, A Center For Play & Nursery, High & Sr. Secondary And Special Needs Children

BHIS Noida, A Center For Play & Nursery, High & Sr. Secondary And Special Needs Children

Billabong High International School, Noida is a CBSE affiliated school spread on a seven-acre campus in Sector 34, Noida, India. Founded by the G D Education Society, School is separated into three main divisions and separated into two buildings. The first division is Kindergarten called Kangaroo Kids Noida, Second is Billabong High and third one is Sanchetna, Center for students with special needs.

Kindergarten called Kangaroo Kids Noida, which used a large range of commercially produced resources and manipulative equipment. At Kangaroo Kids Noida the teacher/student ratios are at 1:8 for children between the ages of 2 and 3, and 1:12 for children between the ages 3 and 5.

Billabong High is for students ranging from grade I to XII. Billabong High was created as a journey with an aim to fire the imagination of children. The ultimate goal is to create fun and reward learning experiences that will last for the rest of their lives. The main basis of Billabong High International School philosophy is the unique LRQ model that covers learner centric approach, research based curriculum and superior quality standards.

Sanchetna, is a school for special need children who struggle in traditional academic settings. Understanding the child’s sensitivity with special learning



The idea of of writing this musing is to present a case to state that the word ‘bully’ is not a relevant one to describe a child in an ECE environment.

As a teacher, I have always thought it inappropriate to label children in this age group with a negative connotation. This has long term effects on a child as he could very easily grow out of a particular behaviour with guidance at this stage of development. These are the years for children to develop their social skills, and comprehend the foundation for socially acceptable behaviour. I feel that the word ‘bully’ has a very negative connotation for any young child before they even comprehend the concept. Let me reason why I believe ‘bullies’ do not exist in early childhood settings and why we should not label them so. Behaviour management is an important area for us as teachers to keep reflecting on. We need to keep working on strategies depending on the type of behaviour of the individual child that we are addressing. I consider the development of social skills for children as the key factor for teachers to address and promote in the environment.

Farrell (1999) states that, “A range



A student spends most of her productive waking hours in school. Thus, teachers play a pivotal role in her life. It is very important for a teacher to assess the needs of her students. A comfortable and congenial environment is very important for effective teaching and learning.

Students will feel motivated to learn only if they understand the significance of what they are learning. A teacher knows that all the knowledge imparted in school, according to the prescribed syllabus, may not directly fulfill the needs of each of her students. However, through her teaching, she can create the need, the urge to learn by connecting the theoretical with the practical i.e. interlinking the knowledge that she wants to impart with the day-to-day relevance of such knowledge.

It is very important for a teacher to plan her lessons in advance. However, sticking to the plan to the core is not advisable. There should be enough scope in her lesson plan to incorporate changes that make teaching and learning more effective. A teacher, who is prepared, is confident. She comes across as someone who is sure of what she is doing and this creates a degree of trust between the students and the teacher.




There are three different types of learners – visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Visual learners have a photographic memory. They create a mental picture of everything they learn. Auditory learners are active listeners.  They learn best by listening and can memorize and recall things easily. Kinesthetic learners learn by doing. They want to be active all the time.

My experience of assessing the different types of learners in my classroom has indeed been an interesting one. I feel that it is very easy to classify some learners whereas it is extremely difficult to classify the others. The visual learners stare at me all the time while I am teaching. They draw flowcharts and maps in their notebooks. They enjoy watching PowerPoint presentations and short videos.

The auditory learners listen to me very carefully. They are disturbed by sounds in the corridor, the playground etc. They enjoy participating in group discussions. They could memorize things very easily.

The kinesthetic learners are hyper active. They don’t like sitting at one place for more than five minutes. Unless they are allowed to express themselves in some way in the class, they become very restless. Some of them even start day dreaming. They like learning through games and



All children are engrossed in exploration and play in order to comprehend and make sense of the world around them. To analyse the importance of play during the early years I offer a brief summary in this reflection of mine.

Before the development of oral language children are engrossed in sensory and physical exploration as a natural process to understand their immediate environment. There are a number of definitions to define play and one cannot deny the significance in the learning that takes place through play. Theorists like Piaget and Vygotsky considered play to be an important part of childhood as a path to the learning process.

Learning through play for Piaget was defined as a movement through practice play, imaginative play, and continuing on to play with a set of rules. On the other hand, Vygotsky thought that children could be assisted in moving from their level of performance to a level of what they could have a potential of doing. Vygotsky believed the zone of proximal development was created through play which was when children could, “operate at their highest possible cognitive level” (Smidt, 2006, p. 46). As children make sense of the world around them Vygotsky thought that those



There is no school without a proper network of education and administration. Schools and colleges need to understand the importance of it in order to survive in the education industry. Proper planning is required if an admin wants his/her academic institute to flourish in the market, therefore, a well-designed work plan need to be made available for the entire teaching staff so that no one has to depend on each other.

Before taking any major decisions, all a school needs to do is automate its paperwork and provide the academic institute with a well-organized administration system. After that, the admin needs to shove off all the extra working hands since most of them won’t be needed after cloud-based technology has entered the system. After the initial changes have been made, the admin needs to make sure all departments are digitized.  

Any person with basic knowledge of computers can be able to run the educational management software therefore; the admin needs to assign just one or two workers to handle the cloud-based administration system. As far as the education department is concerned, teachers don’t have to be over burdened with extra work such as counting piles or manually calculating exams. Digital school administration process is



Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) believed that there are three stages of development from infancy to adulthood.

The first stage is up to seven years of age when the child is sensitive to the surrounding environment and responds through the ‘will’. This implies that learning takes place through doing, which is from movement and activity. The child is driven by what he is exposed to in the environment, as well as through the imitation and example of others around him. The second stage from seven to fourteen years is when children live in the emotional realm and develop an understanding of the feelings for life. The third stage from fourteen to twenty one years is when the individual is in the realm of ideas. These three stages constitute an education where the will (doing), the heart (feeling), and the head (thinking) are at the forefront during the developmental stages to adulthood (Bruce, 2011).

During the stage of the ‘will’, Steiner kindergartens foster a child’s imagination and sense of wonder. This is done through story telling, pentatonic songs, imaginative play, everyday home activities, and nature play. Physical and social skills are developed in an environment where children are not cognitively challenged. The emphasis for developing



My wife died when my daughter was just four. She took it very hard and became a very quiet and sullen child. Her teachers advised me to take her for counseling but even that didn’t seem to help. After three years, I moved to Bangalore to be closer to family. Even being closer to family didn’t help her come out of the shell she seemed to have gone into. After visiting many schools, I decided to enroll her in Candor International School.  Though the school was very big almost 20 acres the school was new and just had 200 students. So I thought the small number of students would make her feel less intimidated.

At first there wasn’t much difference. She was still quiet but slowly I found her starting to talk more, draw, paint and make and play with friends in the new apartment complex. I was extremely curious and wanted to know what had changed. So one weekend I went across to meet her class teacher. Her teacher had also noticed the difference and said that my daughter had befriended another student who also experienced a loss of a parent recently. Both the girls bonded immediately. That student somehow

Back to School Physicals What to Expect

Back to School Physicals What to Expect

Physical exams will vary from age to age and from doctor to doctor (and sometimes with variance from your health insurance plan) but the basics of a back-to-school physical start with the routine exam based on guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Physicians take this opportunity to do a comprehensive check of your child’s body. This usually includes recording height and weight, taking blood pressure and pulse readings, and checking heart and lungs, abdomen, as well as skin, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth and throat.

The doctor will also screen for scoliosis, hernia and overall level of physical maturity. Reflexes, fine-motor development (such as tying shoes) and gross-motor development (such as jumping) is usually on the docket as well.

Reviewing your child’s and your family’s medical history with your pediatrician during a back-to-school physical is important for detecting patterns of disease and chronic illness that run in your family. Often there is paperwork for you to fill out before the appointment, so it’s better to come prepared.

During this part of the visit doctor and patient (and parents, too, depending on your child’s age) will talk about current medical conditions such as allergies (bee stings to food allergies) and illnesses (such



Online learning is an exceptional experience for candidates who wish to maintain balance between studies and work. Flexible learning environment is provided here. The learning pattern is innovative and encouraging. Discussion is a required part of E education because it helps to get a good grade. Every discussion takes place on a particular topic. It is online discussion that connects you with your e-learning classmates. One topic and several points of views in form of answers seem thought provoking. Candidates are required to give an answer showing their understanding and critical thinking.

Here are some important tips to make your discussion posting worthy of an A+.

Identify the Purpose of Discussion

The virtual classroom discussion is far different than the regular classroom discussion. Here you use keyword to share your thought instead of your voice. Each discussion has a purpose which is important to understand. So, read the discussion posting carefully or more than twice to provide an accurate answer.

Read the Direction of Discussion Posting Carefully

Whether you a seasoned e-learner or a new candidate, it is must for you to know the direction of posting. Sometimes, it is required to give personal response and sometimes a formal response with full of ideas is



We tend to think of creativity as an intriguing personality trait, but one that is only useful in practice to the artist or the aimless dreamer. But what if I told you that creativity, not in spite of the due emphasis on the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), is an increasingly essential skill to our children’s success, both in school and on the job?


Frankly, a non-creative person is an unadaptable person. Moreover, a person who cannot adapt cannot survive the turbulence of our ever-changing world. So why do we continue to push models of education that limit creativity in favor of rote memorization?


Of course, the transfer of traditional knowledge and information is needed for students to grow. However, that information would be little more than arbitrary if not for the creative ingenuity that transforms it into something meaningful in our minds. At a certain point, intellectual growth and evolution, skills like real-time problem solving, and the very seeds of entrepreneurial thought cannot take place without this ingenuity, so the fact that our educational system is based largely on spreading and storing data while neglecting creativity warrants concern.


In the following, we will examine our country’s current educational system and determine



In his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner claims that all human beings do not have a single intelligence but actually possess a set of multiple autonomous intelligences. How does this relate to the young child, and how can we as early childhood teachers use the MI theory to assess children?

Gardner (2011) has defined intelligence as, “the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings – a definition that says nothing about either the sources of these abilities or the proper means of ‘testing’ them” (p.xxviii). He proposes three different uses of the term intelligence. It is a property that all people have, it is used in different ways, and is applied to carry out tasks to achieve a goal. “These intelligences (or competencies) relate to a person’s unique aptitude, set of capabilities and ways they might prefer to demonstrate intellectual abilities” (

Howard Gardner has challenged the assumption that intelligence is a single entity that can be measured purely through IQ testing. He also questioned Piaget’s work on cognitive development and gives evidence to suggest that, “a child may be at very different stages for example, in