School Meals Programs Struggle to Feed Our Children

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Teachers and education administrators sounded the alarms. The spouses and partners of 18 state governors issued pleas. Leadership on both sides of the political aisle brought pressure, some of it decidedly unsubtle. In the end, they combined to strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into extending programs that help get food to the children of poor families in the midst of a pandemic.

What now? Well, sure: another dogfight to try to keep those programs going for the duration of the school year.

For months, the Centers for Disease Control has seen its credibility compromised and eroded by repeated political interference. Now the USDA is in the middle of a bizarre struggle in which nutrition plans for hungry kids – plans largely devoid of controversy – are repeatedly threatened with shuttering.

The programs aren’t perfect, but in places like Las Angeles the effect is still staggering. As of

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What Are The Important Elements Of Leadership Development Programs?

FREMONT, CA: Every leader has common leadership challenges, but each leadership level has challenges unique to them. From a follower to leading others and further leading leaders requires enhanced skills and capabilities. Thus, leadership development programs are paramount for organizations. To enhance the talent of the employees, organizations need two things. First, a general development program applicable to all. Second, a tailored and targeted leadership program designed for the participant’s next place and role. Leadership programs must be devised with respect to the current skill and the desired capabilities to the employee to ensure all-round development.

The first step to develop emerging leaders is to identify them and increase their self-awareness, build relational skills with them, and focus on evidence-based leadership skills and develop their skills, which can help them manage others in the future. In an emerging leadership development program, an organization must include aspects such as self-assessment to

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World Bank Injects $104 Million to Strengthen Skills Development Programs in Mozambique

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2020 — The World Bank approved today a $104 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) in support of skills development programs for Mozambican youth. The project will invest in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education (HE) subsystems to improve access and quality of educational curriculums and skills development training in response to the country’s priorities and economic sectors.  

“Empowering its youth by developing higher level skills through quality post-secondary education, while working on policies to incentivize the creation of jobs linked to modern productive systems, are among the most important challenges facing the country if it’s to reap the benefits of its demographic dividend,” noted Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, Madagascar, Comores, Mauritius, and Seychelles. “Better educated youths will contribute to reduce income inequality, facilitate social mobility and help jump-start the much needed fertility transition.” 

The project

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ExxonMobil, National Math and Science Initiative Expand Education Programs to Permian-Area Schools

  • Programs to increase college readiness and advance math and science skills
  • Independent school districts in Midland and Ector County in Texas and Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico to implement classroom-based and virtual programs
  • Programs shown to improve Advanced Placement® exam performance

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) are bringing college readiness and foundational education programs to students in Permian-area schools in Midland Independent School District and Ector County Independent School District in Texas and the Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico.

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Education is the fundamental building block of individual opportunity and economic growth, and STEM skills, in particular, are critical. (Photo: Business Wire)

Two core programs will come to the Permian region, including the College Readiness Program — a comprehensive, three-year program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced

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Strategic Education, Inc. and Noodle Partners Unite to Provide Employers with Access to a Variety of Education and Upskilling Programs from the Nation’s Leading Universities

HERNDON, Va. & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strategic Education, Inc. (Strategic Education) (NASDAQ: STRA), the parent company of Strayer and Capella Universities, and Noodle Partners, which helps a growing network of colleges and universities use technology and shared services to lower costs while raising capacity and faculty-to-student engagement, announced today that they will join forces to provide employers with a seamless approach to administering tuition assistance benefits. The partnership is designed to ensure the effectiveness of such benefits and to give covered employees access to affordable, relevant education options from top public and private schools.

Using WorkforceEdge, a complete employee education management platform, employees can connect to a wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate programs in Noodle’s network of top public and private universities, and the affordable programs within Strategic Education’s portfolio, including Strayer University and Capella University. WorkforceEdge also serves as the portal for employers to administer and

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Post from Community: MATC hosts Sept. 16 registration event for GED, HSED, Basic Skills and English as a Second Language Programs at Walker’s Square

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To help connect students with adult basic skills, GED, HSED and English as a Second Language courses, Milwaukee Area Technical College is hosting another in-person registration event at the college’s Education Center at Walker’s Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Students can register for English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Skills (math and writing courses), GED (General Education Development) or HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) programs.

The Education Center at Walker’s Square is located at 816 W. National Ave., Milwaukee.

English-language classes are available at all campuses; Spanish-language opportunities are available at Walker’s Square.

Strong health and safety protocols are in place. Temperatures will be taken at the door. A mask that

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Fried Wants ‘CARES Act’ Money For School Lunch Programs

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants the state to be more open about how it plans to spend federal stimulus money received because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, Fried requested a full accounting of federal “CARES Act” money the state has received so it can be discussed at a scheduled Sept. 22 Cabinet meeting.

“With an extraordinarily deep and broad economic crisis in our state, it is critical that Floridians are apprised of the ways in which this taxpayer funding is being expended,” Fried wrote to DeSantis. “You recently noted that ‘those CARES Act dollars are obligated already,’ yet there has been no public accounting of the ways in which this funding has been obligated or expended.”

Fried, the only Democrat on the state Cabinet, estimated the state government has received $4.58 billion from the federal government. She noted that several states

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Thousands of Oregon families choose new online programs for their child’s public education

As a school year unlike any other unfolds this fall, most Oregon students have no choice but to start the year online.

But thousands of families are deciding to stay online for the whole school year, even if it’s safe to return to school in-person again. It’s one sign that online education programs launched during the pandemic could last after it’s over, providing more flexibility and options for students to learn.

Some districts are starting programs from scratch. Others expanded existing ones. Either way, from Baker City to Hillsboro, educators say they’re bowled over at how many students and parents are hungry for that option this year.

Leading the way is the second-largest school district in Oregon, Salem-Keizer, which has created an online program called Edge, which stands for Enhanced Digital and Guided Education.

When the enrollment window for the new option closed in late August, co-principals Christine Bowlby and

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Skills training means access to tech careers. Amid COVID-19, how are workforce dev programs adapting?

When he was 8 years old, Myles Young enjoyed taking apart his mother’s computer. Over time he’s continued to experiment and learn more about what makes them work.

When applying to join the next cohort of IT training nonprofit Tech Impact, “I told the interviewers that I wanted to be with likeminded individuals to get different ideas,” he said. “It’s always been me trying to figure out what I wanted. I want to poke other people’s minds that have the same interest as me and get what their experience is like.”

While he’s work with tech professionally before, Young hopes to receive more hands-on training at Tech Impact relative to working with computer hardware, as well as building new relationships with his peers.

Of course, he’ll also be navigating that training — and then hopefully applying that training to a career — virtually.

As we continue to navigate this

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