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AFSA Education Foundation Announces New Learning Activities Resource

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive collection of digital financial education resources and activities titled, MoneySKILL® Learning Activities Per Module. This resource is designed to supplement the delivery of the foundation’s online personal finance course, MoneySKILL, with a variety of vetted, high-quality, digital personal finance content and activities. MoneySKILL® Learning Activities Per Module contains nearly 400 digital financial education activities, games, calculators, case studies, articles, and more from respected organizations in the financial education arena. The MoneySKILL course and all the activities selected in this resource are available online and are well-suited to virtual, in-person, and homeschool classes for students in middle school, high school, and college.

MoneySKILL® Learning Activities Per Module was curated by Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFP®, AFC®. O’Neill is the owner/CEO of Money Talk: Financial Planning Seminars and Publications and serves as one of the

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Time for an objective look at School Resource Officers | Letters to the Editor

School Resource Officer programs have gained in popularity over the past 40 years, with their origin traced as far back as the 1950s and ’60s. I first wrote about and advocated for an SRO program in Frederick County schools in the early ’80s. While with the sheriff’s office in the early ’90s, I made an unsuccessful attempt to secure funding for an SRO program, and later, I was with the Department of Justice COPS Office where we funded SRO positions and provided training to SROs and school administrators nationwide.

I have been a proponent of and written in support of SROs for over four decades now, but realize it is time to take an objective look at these programs to see if they are actually accomplishing what we want. Particularly during the evolution of the community policing philosophy, the role of the SRO was to build relationships with students, teachers,

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Free digital resource in US history builds civil discourse skills

Whatever a school’s learning environment is here at the start of the new school year, curriculum that is expensive, inflexible, or hard to navigate won’t get used. Just ask a teacher about how they use their instructional tools. You’ll learn a lot about entrepreneurship.

Teachers’ entrepreneurial ways long precede the coronavirus. As Newsela reported in October 2019, administrators in social studies said that teachers used their prescribed textbook half the time. In that same national survey, however, teachers revealed that they use the assigned textbook only one-fifth of the time.

The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) supports secondary school teachers of civics and history with free, online resources and professional development learning opportunities. As a leading national provider of free educational materials for classroom instruction, BRI has partnered with OpenStax, at Rice University, to launch Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A History of the American Experiment.

As the

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Arlington’s school resource officer program could see changes

School districts across the region have had similar conversations following the death of George Floyd this spring.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington Public Schools is considering whether to reexamine its relationship with the Arlington County Police Department and how it runs the district’s school resource officer program.

The Arlington Public School Board discussed the matter Thursday night at a work session for district leaders. School board members said the matter has been under discussion since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in late-May 2020.

The school board currently plans to put together a work group to figure out whether ti should keep things as they are, remove their school resource officers [SROs], or implement some other type of change.

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The school board expects the work group to be put into place by December and

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development launches the Vermont Community Leadership Network and Community Resource Guide

Press Release
August 27, 2020
Contact: Jon Copans, Vermont Council on Rural Development
Phone: (802) 272-0162
E-mail: [email protected]

Hundreds of Vermonters joined Senator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Council on Rural Development for an online celebration of local leadership where VCRD announced the launch of the Vermont Community Leadership Network and the publication of the new Community Leadership Guide.

“Strong, capable, and well-supported local leaders are a critical component of Vermont’s future success,” noted VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. “Both the Network and the Leadership Guide are targeted directly to those Vermonters trying to get big things done in their communities. Our mission is to give them some of the key tools to unleash their success, and to build a network to facilitate their collaboration and mutual support. At a time like this, as Vermont faces very serious challenges, local leadership is more important than ever.”

Building on over

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