Ohio Schools Award $4 Million to School Districts for Teacher Training in Mathematics and Science

In June 2006, the Ohio schools awarded more than $4 million in competitive grants to school districts across the state. The grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, and authorized by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The MSP grants, which are funded throughout the 2006-2007 school year, will give 1,800 teachers in high-need schools in Ohio the opportunity to increase their knowledge of mathematics and science. If MSP funding remains at current levels, the schools grants will be renewable through June 2009, ensuring professional development for as many teachers as possible.

The program partners colleges and universities with high-need school districts to provide the needed training. Their faculty members also will work with teachers to study techniques for implementing the recent Mathematics and Science Academic Content Standard within their students’ coursework. Most Ohio teachers were trained and certified to teach curriculum that focused primarily on arithmetic. Today’s student begins learning algebra, geometry, measurement and the basic concepts of data analysis in the very early grades levels.

The need, according to Susan Rave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio, is simple — strong mathematics and science skills are necessary for today’s students to compete effectively in tomorrow’s workforce. Teachers’ own skills and knowledge must be expanded upon in order to provide the students with an effective curriculum in these crucial subjects.

The Ohio schools received 24 proposals for the grants. The ten grants will address either mathematics development, science development, or a combination of both. The grants encompass partnerships between 15 college/universities and more than 100 high-need school districts within the Ohio schools.

Other Mathematics and Science Partnerships within the Ohio schools include The Mathematics Coaches Project, K-3 Mathematics: The Early Foundation, Middle Grade Mathematics: The Critical Bridge, and the Topics Foundational to Calculus.

The Mathematics Coaches Project. In partnership with Ohio University, mathematics faculty members train kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers to become coaches. They then coach other elementary teachers in high-need Ohio campuses, where student mathematics performance is low and the school is at-risk.

K-3 Mathematics: The Early Foundation. This program helps kindergarten through third-grade teachers obtain a deeper understanding of early-grade mathematics skills. Additionally, they are taught to use inquiry and concrete experiences of the children within their teaching.

Middle Grade Mathematics: The Critical Bridge. The Middle Grade Math program prepares Ohio schools fourth through eighth-grade teachers to help their students grasp the increasingly complex principles of mathematics. The program includes expanding the teachers’ knowledge and instructional approach.

Topics Foundational to Calculus. For eighth through twelfth-grade mathematics teachers, this program highlights the essential foundations of algebra, geometry and trigonometry for preparing students for calculus coursework.

Unlike previous statewide teacher development programs, the new Ohio schools initiatives emphasize sustained partnerships at the local level. They increase the training time frame to at least 80 hours in the first year and 40 hours in the second year. Programs now include measurements to determine changes in Ohio schools teachers’ content …

Is the Data Science Industry a Safer Career Option for Youth?

INTRODUCTION

Data analysis plays a vital role in the functioning of a business and its decision making. The demand for individuals possessing the skill of data science analysis is increasing at a good pace. But there is a decided lack of qualified candidates for these jobs, making it a lucrative field right now.

As we know that work in the field of data science covers a wide array of industries, it provides many job opportunities and also a handsome salary for the professionals with knowledge of this field. Possible job titles include Data Analyst, Data Engineer and Data Scientist.

DATA SCIENCE IN THE PRESENT AGE

There are many institutions and organizations which have an aim to provide learning and opportunities for the next generation. They train the youth who opt for a career in the data science field and provide a platform which connects youth with all the necessary resources to get a job in this field. They provide better course structure which helps the students to concentrate on the course and make better use of their time. The aim of these organizations is to bring data analysis knowledge to each and every interested student in the country. Data analysis is a field with broad application and requires a good command of many areas such as programming, mathematical algorithms and statistical knowledge, among others. Basically, if someone wants to pursue a career in data analysis they should have a good command of mathematics and statistics. The business world is making a major investment in order to improve their use of the field of data science, providing all the resources which are important in this field for their professionals. Beginners in this field should start with a certification course which will boost their chances of starting a lucrative, fulfilling career in the business world.

BENEFITS OF OPTING FOR CERTIFICATION COURSES IN DATA

These types of courses play a significant role in shaping newcomers into professionals. These courses teach various techniques and polish their skills. These educational organizations provide highly educated teachers who are at the top of their field to guide students at each and every step. Online certification courses also help the individual in learning to solve real-world problems by having the students undertake and complete data science projects as part of the coursework. They offer an inclusive course structure which is designed around the student in order to let them work smarter and more efficiently.

OVERVIEW

With the advancement of digital technology, there is a huge demand for data professionals. Youth should take the necessary steps to obtain certification in the field of data in order to improve their employment prospects and secure a good-paying job in an exciting field. This is the perfect time to enroll in a course on data science as companies are realizing the advantages of using data science in their businesses and demand for these professionals will only increase.…

Destruction Of the Rain Forest – Not All Acai Products Are Equal

The Amazon encompasses 1.2 billion acres on the South American continent’s north side of which the part is in Brazil and covers almost one half of that extensive country. Tha matter of fact is, the Amazon and its fertile ground for various plants and animals that thrive in its exotic climate, that the products from the Amazon are better than what we call organic – they are wild. Things that grow in the wild are strong in their own defense mechanisms to fight against insects and all manners of combatants, as a result. Amazon products such as the Brazil nut, guarana, and the Acai berry being recognised for their complex make up and concentrated nutritional values.

Destruction of rain forest!

Deforestation of the Amazon rain forest reached its highest in the years of 2004 and 2005. Satellite photos show loggers burned and cut down a near record over 10.000 square miles of rain forest in 2004 alone.

One of the main reasons is the world demand for heart-of-palm which is a Salad Garnish. It was known, poachers were illegally chopping down 5,000 to 10,000 palm trees a week. This was just to get the 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 inch) section found near the crown of a 20 meter (65 foot) palm tree.

Just for this delicacy one poacher would have chopped down an average of 50 trees a day only to earn roughly $1 for every tree from which the heart-of-palm was removed. Once the heart is removed, the tree dies and rots.

The harvest of a palm tree that has grown for over 100 years has just enough of this delicacy to fill two 14-oz cans of heart-of-palm. This would retail in a supermarket for less than $5.00 per can. To feed salad bars and salad connoisseurs world-wide, is this worth such destruction of the palm and the rain forest? It is particularly a waste because the heart-of-palm has no particular nutritional value beyond its fiber.

This is not the case with the Acai berry which has significant nutritional density and the harvesting of it is a complete different approach.

Harvesting the Acai this way may safe the jungle!

Because of the huge interest and demand of the Acai berry, this has started to help the locals to realize that cutting down these precious palm trees just for a few inches of the top core of the tree was no longer a solution, and found that there are better options available. Every palm tree produces an abundant crop of Acai fruit twice a year. Within a few years, the value of the palm fruit itself exceeded by far the value of removing the top core of the palm just for the use as a salad garnish.

Therefore, a legitimate reason was found not to cut down those trees by harvesting the Acai berry another way.

Laborers now climb high into the 90-foot palm to collect what is known as the Black Pearl of the Amazon.

As …

Future Trends for Education in America

Some of the futurists are predicting that our youth will be unprepared in science and math to compete successfully in the global economy by 2010 without we make some drastic changes to education now.

This is just one of the reasons why today's schools are implementing instructional coaches in the classroom, one of the fastest growing trends in education. The reason is because schools are faced with greater accountability than ever before and many school districts are seeking new methods of supporting professional development among teachers to strengthen teaching practice and improve student learning.

Districts are using coaches to help implement reform and focusing on particular critical areas such as math, science and reading. These new methods are intended to support broad implementation of best practices in classrooms.

Other trends in education have started at the grass roots level in places like Sunset Park, New York. In that community alone, more than 15,000 kids drop out of school every year.

Joyce Mattera is the founder of one charity organization called Children of the City which she started in 1981 to reach out to help kids. Volunteers and began visiting children weekly to assess their needs and invite them to various community programs, helping them through academic support, life skills training and family counseling. Board members have helped the organization raise funds for this last year's Christmas gifts for more than 800 children.

Create Success is one program being used at Children of the City that is constantly being evaluated for needs and even better success. It is fast becoming a model bought after by other agencies.

High priority is placed on student's academic success with intinction tutoring and daily personal homework help. They also provide students with counseling, and advocacy within the social systems such as courts, plus age-appropriate group and individual mentoring.

Trends will shape the future of educators and students globally. The future of America's education system, for example, according to futurist James Canton, is that "the quality of public education, in crisis today, will either propel or crash the future aspirations of the American work." It is also predicted that education is failing to prepare high-tech workers.

There is also a rise in the Hispanic population in this country. Many of the kids in Brooklyn, New York, for instance, come from Hispanic families who can not afford help when their kids are not doing well at school.

Thanks to the Internet there is hope for the future of our education system. By the year 2040 the Internet should be available to people of all nations. By then futurists like Canton predict immediate, portable, transferable, in-demand knowledge sources on a scale equivalent to the Library of Congress. It's eighth among the top ten trends of the new innovation economy. …

Importance of STEM Education in the United States

Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is already essential for the modern citizen. In the future, it will likely be even more important. However, the US is not doing as well as it could be in providing a STEM education to its teenage students. A 2009 report from Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) ranked US 15-year-olds as 18th and 13th in mathematics and sciences, respectively. This news is especially somber because only 34 nations were assessed by PISA, and many of them are far less wealthy than the US

The problem was not long before the 2009 PISA assessment, however. Concerns in the early part of the century directed in the 2006 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative. This initiative aims to provide better training for teachers and more access to high-quality STEM education for students. The focus of the initiative is on applied STEM topics, the very skills that will be required to train the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians of the future.

Even before the STEM Initiative, many schools had made their own efforts to improve education in these areas. However, the initiative made it possible for both new and existing schools to obtain funding for STEM education. Help from business and government funding enabled many schools to provide a greater focus on STEM topics and ensure that their graduates were conversant in these essential fields.

Because the focus on STEM education was new, schools also pioneered new and innovative methods of teaching to see what effect they had on student success. Smaller classrooms of no more than 10-12 students and a computer for each were debuted. The use of Skype, video conferencing and electronic textbooks brought technology into the curriculum at many high schools.

Support for those who had the ability but not the financial means to continue a STEM-related education was also created. A Washington state program that provided scholarships to students who scored highly on the STEM sections of state or college entrance tests is one such offering. In return for the scholarship funding, the students had to agree to pursue a STEM major in college and work for a Washington-based company within the field for a given period after graduation.

Innovation was only part of the push for better STEM education, though. Solid improvement in the fields required several basic elements, such as well-trained teachers, appropriate curriculum, and meaningfulful assessments. Improving the number of specially trained teachers, student access to integrated-technology classrooms, and encouraging interactive, inquiry-based learning were all important parts of the STEM Initiative.

Schools can and have become STEM-designated institutions by meeting certain educational requirements. This design can bring access to significant funding from government and business sources. What constitutes a STEM-designed school depends on the state, however. Federal regulations issued the basic idea, but each state made its own rules regarding what exactly was required.

The design was based on a number of factors, but considered weight was placed on teaching methodology and curriculum. Some STEM-designated schools came …

Lose Fat And Build Muscle At The Same Time – How To Get Buff And Ripped

Is it really possible to lose fat and build muscle at the same time? I wanted to pack on some rock solid muscle but I didn’t want to start getting fat at the same time. I mean really, a lot of us skinny guys might hate being skinny. We hate being called anything that even implies that we’re thin. We hate being the smallest guy in our group of friends and we hate wearing those baggy clothes that hide our bones. But we don’t want to get fat with a pot belly either, do we?

I know all this because I was a skinny guy not too long ago, and in the process of putting on muscle I didn’t want to end up getting fat. Fortunately, I found the right way to lose fat and build muscle at the same time. well maybe not at the SAME time. AND I had chubby friends who wanted to slim down to a muscular physique and they too can relate to this article.

Now here’s simple science for you. If you gain muscle your bodies basal metabolism goes up. If your metabolism increases you burn more fat. So essentially by the simple act of gaining muscle, you can burn fat.

However, the problem lies in the diet. You see to burn fat your diet needs to have a shortage of calories, while to gain muscle you need a surplus. This is the simplest factor involved and the only one I’m going to mention right now. That and the fact that there isn’t a “lose fat and build muscle at the same time” meal plan.

So when you’re on a hard-core muscle-building routine, you will be consuming so many calories that your body will put on fat. And sometimes it puts on fat faster than your muscle burns it. So while you’re gaining muscle, you are also gaining a little bit of fat.

To lose fat and build muscle at the same time, you will have to cycle between periods of caloric surplus and caloric deficit. The problem here is that while you’re able to lose fat and build muscle at the same time you are slowing each individual process down.

Here’s the conundrum simplified.

– On the one hand, to lose fat and build muscle at the same time, you have to cycle between caloric surplus and deficit and so it will take a longer time for you to reach your goals of getting a buff, ripped body.

– On the other hand, while gaining muscle at full speed, your caloric intake also results in you gaining a certain amount of fat.

These are 2 undeniable truths. So here’s where you have to choose. You can either decide to reach your goals slower and take the lose fat and build muscle at the same time path. OR you can go crazy building muscle first, and then change your diet so you lose the fat you’ve gained after you reach your muscle gain goals.…

Easy Kids Science Fair Project Idea and Demonstration

In this science project you will learn how to create a thermometer to measure heat.

This is an instrument used in various applications to measure temperature. Doctors use them to check our body heat and we use a gauge outside to see how cold or warm the weather is. In the United States we general use Fahrenheit to measure the temperature but you can also use Celsius. With Fahrenheit 32 degrees is freezing and 0 degrees is freezing with Celsius measurements.

Here is what you will need to get:

  • Water
  • Alcohol (rubbing alcohol – DO NOT DRINK)
  • Clear plastic bottle. Use a common water bottle which is empty
  • Food color
  • Straw
  • Play dough

Instructions to make this equipment:

  1. Mix equal parts of the water and alcohol together to make about c cup. This means you will need 1/8 cup of water and 1/8 cup of alcohol. Do not make more than this amount.
  2. Pour the liquid into the plastic bottle.
  3. Put a few drops of food coloring into the bottle. This will be your measure for the thermometer so make it interesting. A normal gauge uses red as its color because it stands out so if you want it to look traditional use a red food color.
  4. Mix the color with the liquid until blended.
  5. Insert the straw through the opening but do not let it touch the bottom of the bottle. The bottom of the straw should sit in the liquid but not touch the bottom.
  6. Use the play dough or clay and put it around the mouth of the bottle securing the straw in place. You can actually wrap the dough around the lip a little to make sure it seals the bottle and holds the straw where it should be.
  7. DO NOT DRINK THIS!

Now warm your hands up by rubbing them together quickly and then place them around the bottle. Hold them on the bottle and watch the straw in your thermometer rise.

Congratulations! You just made a thermometer and it is showing the heat created by holding your hands on the bottle.With a thermometer when the solution inside gets warm it expands and pushes the mixture up the opening because it no longer fits in the bottom of your plastic container . If your mixture would get very hot the alcohol would end up spilling out the stop of the straw.

Leave your thermometer on a counter and watch it through the day and over a week time period to graph how it changes. Does it go up if the bottle is placed in the sun? What happens when it is shaded? Now this will not show the exact temperature outside but it does show change in warmth and coolness by the expansion of the mixture.

When finished with your product. Make sure to have your parents dispose of the material in a proper place and you will have to throw away the bottle. It can not be used for anything else. Enjoy this science …

Things You Should Know About a Nursing Career

Nurses are in the business of saving lives. Although they do not perform surgery, they work hand in hand with doctors and other experts so that the patient may recover. Sadly, there is a shortage of such professionals in the industry. If you do not know yet what you want to do with your life, maybe the information provided here will make you considering nursing as a possible career choice.

Anyone who wants to start a career in nursing must at least be a high school graduate with good academic standings. He or she must also have a sufficient score in the SAT and the nursing entrance exam.

There are over 1,500 nursing programs currently available and there are three types that will enable the student to start their nursing career. There is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing that is a 4 year course, the Associate Degree in Nursing and the Hospital Diploma both of which are 2 year courses.

Aside from working in the hospital, you will have the opportunity to find work in other places such as schools, correctional facilities, research labs, private companies, health care centers and private homes.

A full time employed resident nurse makes about $ 46,800 annually while staff nurses make about $ 42,100. This is not that bad when you are working in an entry level position. If you decide to pursue advanced studies later on like a masters or a doctor degree, you can expect to earn around $ 61,000 to $ 63,550.

There are approximately 2.7 million licensed registered nurses in the US and majority of them are women. Men only represent 5.4% of the total population but in the US military, 33% of them are men.

The environment where nurses work is usually well lighted and clean. Most of your time will be spending bending, stretching, standing and walking. You will work not only on the dayshift but also on a nightshift including weekends and holidays. You may be on call on short notice if there is a need for additional manpower to help out in the hospital.

You have the option to work as a full time or part time nurse. In 2006, 21% of registered nurses worked part time as some held another job.

Despite the clean environment, sometimes nurseries are preceded to hazards. These include coming into contact with patients that are afflicted with infectious diseases and need harmful, hazardous or toxic medication in order to recover. This can be preceded of course by wearing the proper gear and equipment.

Accidents also happen at the workplace such as accidental needle sticks, chemical spills that are used to sterilize equipment and radiation. But nurses are very vulnerable to back injuries, gases and shocks from electrical equipment.

Since nurses are only human, they may also suffer from emotional strain from caring for patients that are suffering from unrelieved intense pain, personal contact with the patient's family, the need to make critical decisions as well as ethical dilemmas.

This …

Early Childhood Education – Importance and Learning

As parents you might have many questions like What does early childhood education means? and Why our children need to learn “early” to assist them be more flourishing in school and life?

According to Dr James Heckman a Nobel prize winner in Economics,Expert in Economics of human development “Early education is the foundation of the later learning process.Early Learning creates more learning.”

If you plant the seed in the soil and water the seedling what you get is a tree with a firm base which can sustain.  Human potential also need to be developed and nourished during the early stages.If you want to build a better future for your child then you must develop the skills that they need to sustain the future.

It has been said that “The way a twig is bent early, a tree is inclined. Early Investment in a child’s future pays ten times more in the later part of life.

Invest Develop Sustain = Grow

Invest: Investing not only mean investing money in a early childhood program but also the  time and energy to bond with your baby while doing a early childhood education program.

Develop: Encourage your child love them give them support,comfort to develop,identify,nourish and unlock the skills that they have at the early age.

My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.”Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” —Pablo Picasso quotes (Spanish Artist and Painter. 1881-1973)

Let them become what they want to be rather than what you want them to become.

Sustain: Continuous growth is seen in the way you make your child sustain in providing an environment or conditions to learn new things.

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”—Albert Einstein quotes (German born American Physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel-prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)

Your need to start as early as you can because they are the foundations to the learning.The immediate learning center of a child is his/her home,research proves that babies can learn while in womb. The first and the best teacher is the parent especially the mother.The importance of early childhood education cannot be undermined; the formative years, 0-5 in children are the most significant years in child-development and for babies the bonding before birth or fetal education is meant to provide excellent results in the later stage of child development.So this defines the combination of fetal education and infant education with a brain based learning constitutes the early childhood education.

Many people in diverging fields think that the earlier we bring in our youngest children to reading, math and science, the more adequate their brains will be to captivate more advanced concepts and some think that it is a burden for the child of young age. But, the fact is that there is an aspect of early learning that is often …

History of Strength and Conditioning Science

Early records of strength training date back to 3600 BC when Chinese emperors made their subjects exercise daily (Webster 1976). During the Chou Dynasty subjects were required to pass weight- lifting tests before entering the military. There is a large amount of evidence that indicates weight training was part of life in ancient Greece and India. In fact, the Greeks built numerous sculptures of people lifting stone weights.

Numerous systems of training have been proposed over the years. The accumulation of experience and different philosophies has led us to the current training methods utilized today. Keep in mind; many permissions have varied greatly from the original purpose of strength and conditioning. Hard work and dedication formed the foundation of earlier training methods. Today the opposite has occurred in numerous settings as easy work and quick fixes form the foundation of most people's regimens.

During the 16th century in Europe books on weight training began to surface. Sir Thomas Elyot's book on the topic was published in England in 1531. Joachim Camerius, a lecturer at Leipzig University, wrote several books in 1544 recommending that weight training should be a key activity offered in the model school. John Paugh published a book in 1728 titled A Physiological, Theoretical and Practical Treatise on the Utility of Muscular Exercise for Restoring the Power to the limbs, which pointed out the benefits offered by weight training for rehab purposes. In the 1860's, Archibald Maclaren, devised the first formal system of physical training with dumbbells and barbells for the British Army.

The showmen and strongman entertainers of the 19th Century heavily contributed to methods used today in the fitness and sports conditioning industry. From extensive research iron game historian David Webster credits Italian circus and fairground performer, Felice Napoli as the one who popularized strongman performances on an international scale. Disciples of Napoli include Professor Attila (Louis Durlacher) and Eugen Sandow (Frederick Muller). Attila became well known and he attracted some of the world's most well known physical culturists and many rulers of Europe. His list of students including King George of Greece, King Edward of England, Crown Prince Frederick who became King Haakon of Norway, the six children of King Christian of Denmark, the Queen Mother Alexandra of England, Princess Dagmar (Empress of Russia and mother of Tsar Nicholas), and the Duchess of Cumberland.

At the time training the wealthy was a much respected occupation. We have what we call personal trainers today. The current protocols used by the major of today's trainers are a far cry from the original teachings and benefits provided by trainers. The fame and notoriety of trainers of those days was a result of the public displays of extraordinary physical feats. These events were often attended by royalty and were highly acclaimed for their promotion of physical well-being.

Eugen Sandow, born in Koningsberg in East Russia in 1867, was enrolled for his teachings by presidents and rulers from around the world. Nine kings and queens and many princes of Europe, …