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Book Trust Welcomes Nationally Recognized Literacy Experts to Academic Advisory Board

Nell Duke, Linda Gambrell, and others join Academic Advisory Board

Denver, CO, Mar-21-2017 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — National literacy nonprofit Book Trust announces the establishment of an Academic Advisory Board, formed to ensure that ongoing enhancements and expansion of its national literacy program are informed by the latest research and best practices in literacy education. Members of the Book Trust Advisory Board include several nationally recognized leaders in the field.

“We are honored and delighted to welcome these esteemed literacy experts to our Academic Advisory Board,” said Book Trust CEO Amy Friedman. “Benefitting from the collective experience and wisdom of this panel is going to have an enormously positive effect on our ability to continually refine and improve our program. Our collaboration will ensure that Book Trust is an evidence-based model, designed to produce positive reading outcomes for kids.”

Book Trust Advisory Board members include Nell Duke, Professor in Literacy, Language and Culture and and in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, the University of Michigan, KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Principal Research Scientist, NROC at the University of Chicago, Linda Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University, Ernest Morrell, Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, D. Ray Ruetzel, Dean College of Education, University of Wyoming, and facilitator Darren Cambridge, President of Cambridge Learning Group.

“Collectively, these experts bring innovative and research-based thinking to the core components of the Book Trust program: Choice, Celebration and Consistency,” adds Book Trust Board Chair Ron Lowy. “Our mutual goal is to create engaged independent readers, and this advisory team will bring considerable knowledge to bear on that mission.”

Members of the advisory group will convene twice a year and will also be available informally as needed to make recommendations to the Book Trust team. Each member will serve a one-year, renewable term.

“Book Trust’s program is innovative and robust, and as they continue to expand nationally, folding the latest research into their program strategy will help them continue to deliver impact and value to students. I am pleased to be invited to help in this role,” says Nell Duke, whose work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty.

About Book Trust
Book Trust is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading that leads to cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. Book Trust currently serves 50,000 students in 19 U.S. states. Since 2001, Book Trust has facilitated over 6 million book choices, and placed them in the hands of students in need.

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CONTACT BOOK TRUST:
Amy Friedman, CEO
720.459.6491
afriedman@booktrust.org
www.booktrust.org

Dr. Robi Ludwig Announces the Release of MindPT, a Personal Training Program for the Mind

New York, NY, 2017-Jan-20 — /EPR EDUCATION NEWS/ — Dr. Robi Ludwig, psychotherapist, award winning reporter and author, is pleased to introduce her latest personal development program for the mind. The program, MindPT, is designed to help change the automatic thought habits in a person to help uplift, inspire and motivate an individual for 6 to 8 hours per day.

MindPT is described as, “A mobile, bite-sized personal growth solution that helps you change your automatic thought habits, so that your actions are always aligned with what you want in life.” The three-minute a day micro-practice is designed to be watched anytime, anywhere on your phone or desktop. The objective of the practice is to increase the confidence, self-esteem, and overall happiness of the user. Industry experts have given the program rave reviews and have already started to incorporate MindPT into their client practice and even into their own personal lives.

Margit Cruice, Professional Life Coach and Founder/CEO of The Institute for Conscious Thought, has integrated MindPT into her practice and her clients use it as a way to create more positivity in their lives. “I am thrilled to partner with MindPT to create personalised sessions for my clients. As a Life Coach, I knew immediately that this would create massive benefit for my clients,” Cruice said, “Every single client now uses MindPT as a core part of their work with me and they all report thinking more positively and feeling happier as a result.”

The MindPT program was designed based on the concepts in Ludwig’s latest book  Your Best Age is Now. The book provides guidance to women in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on how to live younger, brighter and more vibrant lives. The book draws on scientific data and Ludwig’s own personal experience as a therapist to prove that middle-age is not the beginning of the end but the beginning of a new and exciting chapter of life.

Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist, award-winning reporter, and author, and she is a relationship contributor for Investigation Discover Network’s Scorned. She is a regular guest on CNN, FOX News, and Headline News, and has appeared on Today, HLN, 20/20, The View, Steve Harvey, The Wendy Williams Show, Entertainment Tonight, World News Tonight, and Nightline, and is on the medical board and a contributor for Bella Magazine. She also writes for The Huffington Post. Dr. Ludwig lives in New York City. To learn more about Dr. Robi Ludwig, visit http://drrobiludwig.com.

Contact-Details: Dr. Robi Ludwig
drrobi@drrobiludwig.com

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Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center Offers New Language Classes Beginning November 4

Winter I term language classes begin November 4 at Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center, with a variety of affordable conversational language classes, online courses, Spanish for healthcare and social services professionals, and a new Special Topic Workshop series for conversational Spanish. Specializing in conversational Spanish and Portuguese, including European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, the Language Learning Center also provides classes in French, Italian, Mandarin, and English for Non-Native Speakers. Classes are primarily for adult learners, but there is also an after-school program for students between ages 7 and 11, with each term lasting for six weekly sessions.

“Our classes feature small groups of ten or fewer students so that there is more time for individual attention which, of course, leads to faster learning,” explains Maria Oliveira, director of Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center, located in Pinole, California. “We work closely with our students to guide them towards becoming bilingual, whether it is through a conversational language class, online options, or even our language classes for healthcare and social services professionals.”

New Conversational Spanish – Special Topic Workshops

New this term are special topic workshops for individuals who wish to focus on or review specific grammatical structures in the Spanish language to perfect overall communication skills. Through this workshop series, students can choose special topics like, Direct and Indirect Pronouns, Por and Para, English Accent Reduction, Reflexive Verbs and Pronouns and more. These 2 hour special topic workshops provide students with the essential tools to expand comprehension and proper usage of the Spanish language.

The popular conversational Spanish class for healthcare and social service professionals will be offered this term, which also provides the opportunity to earn continuing education units or CEU’s. The Healthcare Professionals class is a specialized and intensive course designed to enhance effective communication between patients and healthcare providers. For social services professionals and employees who interact with Spanish-speaking clients, the Spanish for Social Services Professionals class can improve communication with Spanish-speaking clients in screenings and interviews.

The Language Learning Center also offers online courses, workbooks, and CDs for students. These materials can supplement their classroom learning through study aids such as practice lessons, self-tests with interactive exercises, quizzes, and audio clips to review correct pronunciations.

Recognizing that individuals learn languages differently, there are a variety of other programs offered to meet students’ needs, such as one-on-one instruction; learning groups that meet weekly; and free social hours for students to practice their language skills with teachers, fellow students, and bilingual guests. Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center also has specialized English classes for non-native speakers, plus special classes on specific topics, such as classes on Spanish reflexive verbs and pronouns, for those students who need a review.

Register for Winter I Classes Now!

Students can register online, by phone, in person at our offices, or by mail. For more information, visit marialanguages.com

Maria Oliveira’s goal is to guide students towards becoming bilingual by teaching basic phrases and sentences that become usable in a very short period of time. This quick success builds confidence, which in turn makes the learning process enjoyable, productive and effective. Her special combinations of affordability, convenience, and an encouraging environment makes Maria Oliveira’s classes and programs the top choice for effective language learning.

Contact:
Maria Oliveira
Maria Oliveira Language Learning Center
510-223-3320
http://www.marialanguages.com

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The Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference Call for Papers Now Open

The Center for Scholastic Inquiry is pleased to announce its academic research conference on April 10-11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. The conference highlights academic research in education, business and behavioral sciences to support superior, break through scholarship and establish a platform to recognize and celebrate luminaries, pioneers and practitioners in the professions of education, business and behavioral sciences.

The conference, which is being held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, will be preceded by a conference-eve reception followed by two days of education, business and behavioral sciences track breakout sessions, a morning keynote address, and networking gatherings. This inquiry-focused conference, centered on leading edge academic research, is a stimulating and dynamic event aimed at identifying and advancing best practice and promising innovative methods.

The conference call for papers is now open and will close March 14, 2014. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on landmark scientific findings, promotion of best practice, advancement of evidence-based practice, ground-breaking research, revolutionary theory or innovative technique in the fields of education, business or behavioral sciences. Guidelines for submissions are available for review.
Early registration for conference attendance is currently open. Standard registration for conference attendance begins October 31, 2013. Individuals are welcome to review registration details or take advantage of early registration rates.

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Comedy As A Catalyst For Science Education

The Emmy Award Winning Team at Page Turner Adventures is moving full STEAM ahead with a three-part project (videos, live shows, and web portal) that uses comedy to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Founded by Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey, Page Turner Adventures has always used the double whammy of comedy and story to educate and entertain. Their videos, live touring shows, and workshops have been inspiring kids across the country for over a decade. Now they’re turning their attention to STEAM with a Transmedia Storytelling project called THE STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS. It’s the story of a mysterious circus performer who incorporates the work of Edison, Einstein, Curie, and Picasso, into his act.

A project that combines juggling, unicycling, and comedy with science is sure to be fun. But to ensure that the program is also effective, the team enlisted the help of Georgette Yakman, founding researcher for STEAM and 2009 NCTC STEM Educator of the Year.

The STEAM Trunk Circus will be told through short videos that schools can also air on their morning announcements, a live multi-media touring show, and an interactive web portal with games, experiments, crafts, and activities. Each piece of the puzzle unlocks a different element of the story world. “Comedy and transmedia storytelling are great ways to interest kids in STEAM,” says Mikey. “This project is also about encouraging creativity, thinking,” agrees Roam, “using humor plus transmedia seemed like the perfect fit.”

“We also knew we had to figure out a creative way to fund it,” adds Mikey. “We’re doing an Indiegogo campaign, so people can help us develop the project as we go. In exchange, they can get all different kinds of perks including videos, tickets, shows for their school, even a starring role in the video series!”

For more information about The STEAM Trunk Circus, go to http://bit.ly/15fsn3n.

For more info about Page Turner Adventures, please visit www.PageTurnerAdventures.com.

Contact Riley Roam at PTAdventures@msn.com or 561-352-0418.

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ASPIRA of PA Hosts Summer of Innovation Camp

ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania (ASPIRA of PA) was selected by Immaculata University to host a week-long Summer of Innovation (SOI) camp, from July 22nd – 26th. The camp is part of NASA’s nation-wide campaign aimed at engaging middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique, NASA-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) opportunities. The SOI program seeks to leverage the expertise and reach of NASA’s 10 field centers, national academic and industry partners and smaller, non-traditional collaborators to keep students engaged in STEM activities during the summer school break.

The camp took place at Pantoja Charter (a K-8 bilingual charter school managed by ASPIRA of PA), and in addition to providing facility space, ASPIRA of PA also provided teachers and staff to help facilitate the camp. The teachers participating at the camp are also part of a development program hosted by NASA to improve Science/STEM instruction. Over 80, 4 th – 9 th grade students attended the camp, with 80% of students coming from schools managed by ASPIRA of PA. Throughout the camp, students learned about robotics, computer programming, aeronautics, and in a culminating event on the last day, they launched rockets that they built earlier in the week. Students and parents alike praised the camp, with the only complaint being that they wished it was longer. ASPIRA of PA is already beginning to make plans for next year’s SOI camp, with hopes of extending the length of the camp and offering it to more students.

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eMaint Hires New eLearning Manager, Taking ‘eMaint University’ Online Learning Portal to the Next Level

eMaint Enterprises’ segment-leading online learning portal, “eMaint University”, is about to become more interactive with the addition of Tim Wilson as Senior Manager of eLearning. eMaint University is the online learning platform for X3, eMaint’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Wilson will leverage his more than 13 years of experience in eLearning and professional development to further drive the enhancement of eMaint University, which will allow eMaint to maintain their position as a leader in providing online learning to their X3 user base.

“Research demonstrates that learning accelerates when users interact with content,” says Jon Hollander, Executive Vice President of Operations for eMaint, adding that interactive content also enables better measurement by supervisors of participants’ progress. “Tim’s skillset and extensive experience will allow us to extend those benefits to our customers — not only when they first implement X3, but also as an ongoing resource for improvement.”

Wilson comes to eMaint from ARAMARK, a global provider of food service, facilities management and professional apparel. As a Learning Services Program Manager for ARAMARK’s food safety and production division, Wilson assisted both domestic and international units, consulting with executives at all levels — including business unit presidents, human resource directors and line managers. Prior to ARAMARK, Wilson managed learning and development for a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, where he helped drive a “digital transformation.”

In his new capacity, Wilson will manage eMaint University, which offers subscription-based training programs and best practice tutorials, both live instructor-led web-based training as well as self-paced courses. Provided as a subscription service to users since 2007, eMaint University boasts a retention rate of over 90 percent. Although many software companies offer training at the time of software implementation, eMaint recognizes the need for an ongoing resource that assists customers in getting the most out of their CMMS and supporting their ongoing continuous improvement efforts.

“eMaint University is designed to provide clients with highly flexible, on-demand learning opportunities,” says Brian Samelson, eMaint founder and CEO. “Our goal is to help companies be successful and use their training budget more effectively for all maintenance and operations personnel – from line staff working different shifts to those in management and leadership roles. We offer training not only on our software but also on industry best practices. When we say ‘Your Mission is Our Success,’ we mean it.”

About eMaint Enterprises LLC: eMaint, the leader in on-demand CMMS solutions, has been providing maintenance management software solutions since 1986 and was one of the first CMMS providers to develop a completely web-based “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model for more rapid implementation at a lower total cost of ownership. eMaint’s client base consists of over 16,000 users worldwide across 1000 sites ranging from small & medium sized organizations to Fortune 500 corporations including manufacturers, service providers, fleet operators, energy and utility companies, health care facilities, universities, municipalities, and facility and property managers. For more information on eMaint products and services, please visit the eMaint English site athttp://www.emaint.com/, the Spanish site at http://www.emaint.com/index-esp.php, the UK site at http://www.emaint.co.uk/ or the Brazil site at http://br.emaint.com/

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20 cm Long Worm In The Human Eye, First Ever Recorded On Video

Can you believe that a 20 cm worm can house itself in the human eye? But one has to believe one’s eyes.

Here is the video clip of a 20 cm long worm being removed from a human eye through surgical procedure. It is the first time ever that such a long worm growing in the eye has been recorded. The video has evoked great interest among medical students as well as the general public.

http://www.indiavideo.org/health/loa-loa-worm-removing-surgery-8857.php 

Dr. Ashley Thomas Mulamoottil, the doctor who recorded this unique surgery says that this is the seventh worm that he has removed in the last one decade and it is also the longest.

The worm Loa Loa was originally found in Africa and has now reached Asia. The mangrove fly or deer fly is believed to be the carrier of this worm. The eggs of the worm enter the human body through small wounds inflicted by the fly. The death of the worm inside the body could be fatal as it could contaminate the blood. The disease is known as microfilariasis or Loa Loa infestation (Loiasis).

The video portal www.indiavideo.org and the Indian language portal www.oneindia.in are taking the video to the world. According to Mr. M.R. Hari, Executive Editor of India Video, the process recorded by Dr. Ashley fetched 2 million views on Facebook in three days and this persuaded them to make a short movie with supporting information to make it useful. Loa Loa disease could be a major health problem in future and hence an awareness campaign is the need of the hour. ‘We take up that mission now’ says

Mr. Sriram Hebbar, CEO of One India.

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GK First Aid Training Offers First aid Courses for People With Diabetes

While diabetes for the majority of diabetics is generally well managed through diet, medication and/or insulin injections, emergencies can occur for a number of reasons. It is vital that work colleagues, teachers and caregivers have the first aid skills to cope with an extreme situation such as a diabetic coma or insulin shock. Ideally, every workplace and childcare or educational institution should have a number of personnel with specialised first-aid training for these kinds of emergencies.

Insulin shock occurs when the body has too little sugar (hypoglycemia), generally due to too much insulin being taken, a diabetic misses meals or possibly after exercise if the blood sugar level is not monitored closely. A diabetic coma, on the other hand, results from too much sugar (hyperglycemia); victims may be confused or completely lose consciousness. A diabetic coma can occur when blood-sugar levels are extremely high, this condition in diabestes is generally most common in diabetics who are not even aware that they have the disease. High blood sugar is often accompanied by frequent urination, which – in turn – can also cause dehydration, leading to confusion, allied with persistent low energy levels. GK First Aid Training will prepare participants to deal with any of these emergency medical situations.

GK First Aid Training delivers first aid training courses throughout the UK. Courses cover a wide range of issues from first aid to health and safety and can be tailored to each client’s requirements.The main aim of first aid training is to ensure the quality of the course, but you will also find the pricing is also competitive . Affordable open courses are offered on a regular basis in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Dates for these courses can be found on the company’s website. Additionally, the company offers in-house training for schools, colleges and businesses. One of the advantages of on site training is that you as the client, can select the date that any training course is delivered. This allows several employees to receive training at the same time – up to 12 can be accommodated. These courses can be one or three days in length, depending on an organisation’s needs. GK First Aid Training’s courses are Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and comply with the syllabus for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

As a footnote the number of diabetics in the United Kingdom (UK) diagnosed with the condition has just gone through the 3 million mark for the first time.

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Train Aid Set To Launch Paediatric First Aid Courses In North London

Train Aid Ltd is set to launch its popular range of paediatric first aid courses in a new Location within London. The new open course will be held in Highgate (North London) and will run alongside the ever popular Selhurst (South London) course. The first instalment of the new training course will start on Saturday March 2nd and finish on Saturday March 9th 2013. The training follows government guidelines and covers child workers to administer first aid treatment. This latest edition from Train Aid should enable more candidates to access affordable training. Currently many child workers living in North London have been cut off by long journey times and the associated costs.

The move has been partly initiated because of the overwhelming response of its South London equivalent. The training appears to be pitched at an affordable price that many nannies, nursery workers and carers feel they can afford. The course appears to sell out each week, and has received good reviews. The only negative is that some candidates have complained about having to make long journeys South of the River.

This latest open course could well enable more candidates to access Train Aid’s portfolio of paediatric first aid courses. Those who live in North London may now feel more suited to the training, and this could extend as far out as the Northern Home Counties. The knock on effect could be lower journey times, reduced costs and more free time for the thousands of childcare workers who live north of the river. The venue is accessible from any part of London, and even connects to London Bridge, which is a major transport hub for the capital.

This latest edition to the line-up will run over two consecutive weekends, starting on the first Saturday in March. Courses like these suit childcare workers who are busy at work during the week, and only get free time at the weekends. Weekday courses potentially restrict these workers, and can cause them to lose valuable holiday time. Train Aid’s Ellie Hayward was available to give her own thoughts on the matter:

“This latest move makes sense as I myself know that many people were travelling long distances to our courses. It seemed a bit unnecessary as the company also has a presence in North London. I am glad there is now a course running monthly in North London and expect it to prove as popular as the others”.

Overall this latest training edition should add competition to the marketplace, which should help consumers and lower their costs.

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CSI Reduces Registration Rate for 2013 Academic Research Conference

On April 17-19, 2013,The Center for Scholastic Inquiry will host an international academic research conference in Scottsdale, Arizona — an event to inspire, encourage, and unite thought leaders and new thinkers in the fields of education, business and behavioral sciences. For a limited time, CSI has reduced the standard registration rate by 50%. According to Dr. Tanya Yerigan, CEO, “The Center for Scholastic Inquiry wants as many attendees as possible to take advantage of this unique opportunity that fuses pure research with powerful professional development. People who register during the 50% off promotion will also be offered a 50% discount on an advance manuscript review in the event that they would like to publish their research in one of CSI’s academic journals.”

The academic research conference is a forum to connect, educate, and motivate attendees towards discovery and evidence-based professional practice. Hosted and sponsored by CSI, the research and professional development event will bring together diverse and promising perspectives on best practice while providing a platform for emerging scholars, practitioners, and professors in the fields of business, behavioral sciences and education to come together and take action. Yerigan said, “Our goal at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry is to elevate professionalism and evidence-based practice by fostering academic research, stimulating scholarship and endorsing thought leadership.”

The conference presenters include professors, private sector practitioners, doctoral-level learners, and higher education administrators who will be sharing insights into contemporary research, practical implementation strategies, operationalization of findings, and new trends in education, business and behavioral sciences.

The keynote address for the conference will be given by Dr. Bruce Locklear, a preeminent authority on a broad range of issues including leadership, evidence-based practice, technology initiatives and change agency. Dr. Locklear is a nationally recognized, award-winning leader whose expertise is evident in his willingness to champion innovation and ability to inspire organization-wide change.

The conference will be host to over 100 presenters from more than 50 institutions. An example of some of the diverse research topics being presented during the three days of breakout sessions include media choices and teaching experience in online courses, after-school tutorial programs for urban students, an examination of the turtle trading system, using applied research to develop innovative undergraduate curriculum, understanding of corrective feedback on speech production in English, strategies to improve math achievement of academically deficient students in an urban school, the impact of cyber learning technologies and curriculum, instructional impact on achievement of economically and learning disadvantaged students, and China’s gradualism approach to systemic transformation.

The conference will also include a variety of networking and training events, allowing attendees to boost collegiality, connectedness and professional development. There is a conference-eve reception on Tuesday, April 16, a campfire evening event on Wednesday, April 17, a members-only supper event on Thursday, April 18, and an afternoon awards ceremony for Best Presentations and Best Papers on Friday, April 19. There is also a coaching clinic lunch session on Thursday and a round-table intensive lunch event on Friday. Attendees will be able to sign-up at the conference to participate in these special sessions offered to enhance their skills regarding navigating the academic research publication process and exploring the ramifications of effective leadership skills.

Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference Details:

April 17-19, 2013
The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale, Arizona
7:30 am – 4:30 pm, daily

To take advantage of the 50% reduction rate for standard registration, please visit the registration page. Full conference information is available by visiting the conference webpage. The conference Call for Papers is available by viewing the Call for Papers. Full details about the promotional pricing is available by viewing the Promotion Details.

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Center for Scholastic Inquiry Offers Cost-Free Research Publication to Conference Presenters

The Center for Scholastic Inquiry announced promotional pricing for its upcoming international academic research conference and peer-reviewed academic journals. Professionals and practitioners in the fields of education, business and behavioral sciences who present their academic or action research at CSI’s Scottsdale conference are able to publish the research in one of the company’s refereed journals at no cost.

When behavioral science, education and business practitioners and professionals register to attend and present their research at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry’s InternationalAcademic Research Conference, CSI will waive all submission review and preprocess fees for their corresponding paper to be published. This is a $475.00 savings for those who take advantage of the offer.

“This offer makes presenting and publishing academic and action research achievable and very cost effective,” said Dr. Tanya Yerigan, CEO of the Center for Scholastic Inquiry, “By packaging our conference and publication offering together, we make meaningful professional development manageable for our attendees,”

The academic research conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 17, 18 and 19. Attendees can join the conference eve reception, attend the two-day keynote address, and present and hear contemporary research of interest to them during multi-format breakout sessions in four tracks: multidisciplinary, education, behavioral sciences and business. The keynote topic is leadership and will provide action principles and strategies applicable in any education, business or behavioral science field. Read more about full conference details.

Education, behavioral science and business professionals who register for the conference by October 3, 2012, will be eligible for this promotional offer. In addition to cost-free publishing, attendees will promote scholarly research, advance best practice and elevate their professional authority and expertise. Promotion details are available.

Professionals and practitioners interested in attending or presenting can learn more about the conference by visiting CSI’s website (www.csiresearch.com) or contacting the company.

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The Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Academic Research Conference Call for Papers Now Open

The Center for Scholastic Inquiry is pleased to announce its inaugural academic research conference on April 17-19, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference highlights academic research in education, business and behavioral sciences to support superior, break through scholarship and establish a platform to recognize and celebrate luminaries, pioneers and practitioners in the professions of education, business and behavioral sciences.

The conference, which is being held at a luxury desert resort, will be preceded by a conference-eve reception followed by three days of education, business and behavioral sciences track breakout sessions, morning keynote addresses, and networking gatherings. This inquiry-focused conference, centered on leading edge academic research, is a stimulating and dynamic event aimed at identifying and advancing best practice and promising innovative methods.

The conference call for papers is now open and will close March 15, 2013. Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that focus on landmark scientific findings, promotion of best practice, advancement of evidence-based practice, ground-breaking research, revolutionary theory or innovative technique in the fields of education, business or behavioral sciences. Guidelines for submissions are available for review.
Early registration for conference attendance is currently open.  Standard registration for conference attendance begins November 1, 2012.  Individuals are welcome to review conference details or take advantage of early registration rates.

About the Center for Scholastic Inquiry
The Center for Scholastic Inquiry was established to provide education, business and behavioral science professionals with a scholarly forum for exploring and sharing the latest academic research in their respective fields.

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British Lagging Behind Europe’s Multilingual Labour Force

Language school UIC Languages is calling for a nationwide effort to get British workers speaking a second language. The push comes after figures reveal that almost a million UK businesses are losing out lost to European competitors because they can’t find enough good quality graduates who speak European languages.

‘Where do you imagine it’s likely the recruitment will be for graduate jobs – a German or French or Italian who speaks English fluently as well as their own language or an English graduate who doesn’t speak anything except English?’ asked a spokesperson for UIC Languages.

Since languages were made non-statutory by the last government in 2004, the number of students taking language GCSEs has been steadily declining – falling from 61 per cent in 2005 to 44 per cent in 2010.

The result, according to the UIC spokesperson, is that: ‘British graduates don’t see the need to bother’ – a fatal mistake in the current economic climate. As well as multilingualism being an aid to business communication and an indicator of a person’s internationalist outlook, ’employers see the ability to learn a second language as good in itself.’

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Learning English This Summer At SGI Couldn’t Be More Exciting

With thousands of tourists descending on the English capital this summer, many international students are choosing to come to London to learn English while enjoying the best of British culture. By enrolling on a language course at St George International, students can spend time after classes enjoying major events such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

While the school has a strong focus on learning and improving English language skills, it also firmly believes that it is important for students to relax and enjoy themselves as well. London offers much in the way of entertainment, and the school’s social organisers help students make the most of their stay in the exciting city. With lots going on in 2012, this summer is a great time to visit the UK capital.

In June people all across the UK will join in a huge celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. UK citizens will get an extra two days holiday on 4 and 5 June to give them a chance to enjoy street parties and other events marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Elizabeth II has ruled England and the British Isles as well as being head of the Commonwealth since 1952 and remains a much-loved figure in British culture today.

The Jubilee offers students the perfect chance to get out on to the streets of London and practise their language skills with the locals. SGI’s social programme is designed to help students have a memorable time in London, make new friends and improve their skills in English.

SGI General Standard English Courses (including Advanced English Courses) can help students communicate more effectively in English by improving grammatical knowledge, language skills and confidence. All of St George International’s courses are accredited by the British Council.

General English courses are designed for students who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English while experiencing the sights and sounds of London. Prospective students can choose morning classes or ones that run all day. There is also a course combining a morning group class with afternoon one-to-one tuition.

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Bristol Language Centre

The Bristol Language Centre is a modern, innovative and dynamic learning hub. A new graffiti wall, unveiled as part of a series of renovations to the building, was created by local urban artists to depict some of the famous locales of Bristol. Seonaid Birkett, the school’s director, commented that the mural highlighted the school’s innovation while reflecting the urban art scene synonymous with Bristol.

The mural was created by artists Tom Deams and Kelp, who used the branding colours of the Bristol Language Centre as their tonal palette and the city of Bristol as their inspiration. Bristol is a beautiful port city with a fascinating history and a lively cultural, arts and music scene. Many English language students choose to come to Bristol as a new and interesting alternative location to study in the UK.

As well as the completion of the BLC graffiti wall, the Bristol urban arts scene is set to receive two further boosts from artists of the city. Bristol-based graffiti artist Banksy will be publishing a new retrospective this month, and the city is also preparing itself to host the Upfest urban art celebration over the Jubilee weekend at the start of June.

You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat is the title of the new publication by Banksy set to hit bookshops later this month. Banksy was born in Bristol and his work is very much the product of the dynamic underground arts and music scene boasted by the city.

A big part of this underground scene is the urban arts celebration that is Upfest. Starting on the 2 June, the city will see two miles of its streets taken over by international artists, who will be painting live to create the equivalent of 20,000 square feet of artwork.

The graffiti wall at BLC is also part of a larger project. The English language centre has recently been refurbished in a way that owes more to recent technology than street art. International students studying at BLC now have access to the latest interactive learning aids that are installed in modern, bright classrooms. Electronic whiteboards, screens and projectors are complemented by a new cafeteria, two modern multimedia centres offering unlimited free internet access and several break-out areas with refreshment facilities where students can relax and chat to friends.

For a vocational or an academic English course Bristol, with its modern cultural scene and fascinating history, has a lot to offer. BLC, with its new facilities and excellent teaching, can help you to succeed.

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Making Education History: Beyond the Status Quo

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC — With more than 2 million K–12 students in the U.S. currently being educated at home, the popularity of homeschooling continues to rise. Since 1999, the number of homeschooled students has increased by a staggering 75%, mostly in response to increasing dissatisfaction and frustration with the public school system.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Education recently documented less than a 1% increase in enrollment of K–12 public school students nationwide, but the homeschool population increased by a whopping 7%. Almost 4% (and growing) of our nation’s school-age children are being educated at home.

Research has proven that parents are more than capable of successfully educating their children at home. Surveys of homeschoolers’ academic successes consistently reveal that they score, on average, at the 65th to 89th percentile on standardized academic achievement tests, compared to a national school average at the 50th percentile. Interestingly, according to a recent, nationwide survey of homeschoolers commissioned by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), achievement gaps that are “well-documented in public school between boys and girls, parents with lower incomes, and parents with lower levels of education are not found among homeschoolers.”

Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.

More than ever, homeschool grads are scoring points with college recruiters. Compared to the overall population of college students, homeschool grads achieve a higher retention rate and a higher graduation rate as they pursue education beyond the training provided by their parents. Dori Staehle, in her February 2012 article, notes that schools such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Duke are actively recruiting homeschoolers—and offering them scholarships. She cites the characteristics of homeschoolers who have gotten their attention: “These students tend to be exceptionally bright, motivated, and mature. Far from being sheltered and shy (the typical stereotypes), homeschoolers’ applications reflect students who have traveled, taken risks, and studied some pretty intense topics.”

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) survey results confirm that homeschoolers are “engaged, at least as much as are others, in activities that predict leadership in adulthood” and are “satisfied that they were home educated.” Homeschool graduates are more civically engaged than the general public and demonstrate “healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.” Apparently homeschoolers are getting excellent grades on their report cards—both academically and socially!

Based on recent data, researchers such as Dr. Brian Ray (NHERI.org) “expect to observe a notable surge in the number of children being homeschooled in the next 5 to 10 years. The rise would be in terms of both absolute numbers and percentage of the K to 12 student population. This increase would be in part because . . . [1] a large number of those individuals who were being home educated in the 1990s may begin to homeschool their own school-age children and [2] the continued successes of home-educated students.”

Dr. Gary Knowles, a professor at the University of Michigan, conducted a survey of homeschool grads who are now successful adults. He found that “an amazing 96% said if they could do it all over again they would want to be homeschooled. Not a single one was unemployed or on welfare. That is pretty impressive.”

Homeschooling parents have chosen to educate their own kids at home for a myriad of reasons, and many say they are in it for the long haul. It’s a matter of conviction and dedication. And, judging from the current state of the public school system, the answer for thousands of parents in this country is clear and simple: homeschool them.

Are homeschoolers “making education history”? For sure. As did the homeschooling parents of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth, equipped with parental insight and motivation to see their children succeed academically and socially, today’s homeschooling parents are making education history.

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Language School Encourages Art Appreciation

As part of UIC Languages’ wider commitment to providing students with a cultural education alongside academic studies, staff at the award-winning school have been encouraging students to develop a taste for the fine arts.

The school’s website describes the range of ‘excellent exhibitions’ which have opened in the city during the spring term and encourages their London-based students to ‘take a break from studying English this weekend and enjoy some famous artists’ shows’.

Recommended exhibitions include that of Yayoi Kusama at The Tate Modern. Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist described by the Tate Modern show’s curator, Frances Morris, as ‘one of the most interesting, arresting and intriguing artists alive today’.

An exhibition of Lucien Freud’s paintings at the National Portrait Gallery is also highly recommended. Freud, who died last year, was one of the most influential and important artists of his generation. The exhibition features 130 works from private collections and museums throughout the world.

For something a little more abstract, Tate Britain’s major new exhibition, Picasso and Modern British Art, will not fail to disappoint. Students can enjoy more than 60 of Picasso’s spectacular artworks, including sublime works such as The Three Dancers and Weeping Woman.

For language students who live outside of London, UIC Languages is still able to provide programmes of teaching. The school’s dedicated network of teachers means that for those hoping to find French courses Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow are all possible places in which to study.

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CompTIA Testing Centers Moving Exclusively to Pearson VUE Testing Centers

Get Certified 4 Less, a provider of IT certification vouchers for students, IT professionals, and corporations alike, is announcing to its customers an upcoming change that will affect the testing exam center options for all CompTIA exams beginning July 9 th , 2012. Starting July 9, 2012, CompTIA exams will be held only with Pearson VUE and their worldwide network of over 5,000 testing centers. At that time CompTIA certification exams will no longer be held at Prometric testing centers.

Pearson VUE has been delivering the CompTIA exam since 2003 along with the Prometric Testing Centers. In order to simplify the overall testing experience, Pearson VUE will now be the exclusive deliver of CompTIA exams. This will provide all test takers with one point of contact for all of their CompTIA certifications.

“May 4 th will be the last day that customers will be able to buy CompTIA vouchers from Prometric, and July 8 th will be the last day to register or test for CompTIA certification at a Prometric Center,” said Danielle Spradlin, Marketing Director at Get Certified 4 Less. She continued, “Starting on July 9 th , all unused vouchers from Prometric that have not expired will have to be scheduled and used through Pearson VUE centers. As of today, customers can already purchase CompTIA exam vouchers for use at Pearson VUE exam centers.”

There are currently over 5,000 Pearson VUE exam centers in more than 165 countries. Several hundred of these testing centers are professionally run, full time centers that have the capacity to distribute hundreds of exams securely.

“All the details of the exam will stay the same,” said Danielle Spradlin. “The exams, the fees, and requirements will all be the same, so upcoming test takers need not worry about making any other last minute adjustments.”

About Get Certified 4 Less: GetCertified4Less was established in 1994 and has since over 50,000 customers save money on their IT certifications. Whether it is a Microsoft certificationCisco certification, or a CompTIA certification, GetCertified4Less helps you reach your goal for the lowest price possible.

About CompTIA: The CompTIA or Computer Technology Industry Association is a non-profit trade association for the computer industry. By taking this IT certification exam you become a member of the CompTIA and are associated with its other member group.

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Complete University Guide 2013 ranks Lancaster University ninth in the UK

The Complete University Guide for 2013 has finished its research into the best universities in the UK and on 24th April 2012 released the new University League Table, in which Lancaster University ranks in ninth place.

By coming in ninth position Lancaster University is now grouped with the top universities in the UK alongside many prestigious higher education institutions. This leading group has Cambridge University in first place, with the rest of the top 10 including, in order of rank, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the Imperial College of London, Durham University, the University of St Andrews, the University of Warwick, University College London, Lancaster University and the University of Bath.

A total of nine attributes were used to measure the University League Table’s rankings, including student satisfaction, research funding, entry standards, the ratio of students to staff, academic services spending, overall quality of student facilities, degree results, graduate prospects, and levels of degree completion.

Apart from gaining high scores overall, Lancaster University also achieved exceptional results for its individual dress subjects. Social work came in first place, art and design in second, linguistics in third, drama, dance and cinema in fifth, biological science, geography and environmental science all ranked eighth, and accounting and finance, business studies, general engineering and social policy placed ninth.

All universities were judged on four attributes for degree subjects, which were – student satisfaction, research (including doctoral and postgraduate research), entry standards and graduate prospects.

Lancaster University has recently ranked highly in a number of publications. For instance, the university was ranked ninth in The Times Good University Guide 2012 and seventh out of 120 UK universities in The Guardian’s University Guide 2012. Also, the UK Government’s latest Assessment of Research in 2008 revealed that more than 90 per cent of Lancaster University’s research work can be classed as world leading and that the University has some of the best research subjects in the UK.

Of the University’s latest achievement in the University League Table Professor Mark E. Smith, the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, said: “Lancaster University is consistently highly ranked in the UK league tables and is established as a world player in research and teaching, which is reflected in our rising global league table position.

“Students who come to Lancaster can be confident of receiving a first class education at an internationally diverse campus.”

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