Metro Detroit author starts homeschool program focused on character education, social skills

DETROIT – A Metro Detroit author started a home school when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first hit, but the focus is not on math or English.

The focus is on social skills that many parents are worried about with their children still being at home. The program has continued into the fall.

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“I loved that communication before and after class, where they could ask questions, and it’s super interactive as well,” Maria Dismondy said.

Imagine a virtual classroom where students are getting lessons in how to work out sibling rivalry and that has a focus on rivalry and focus on diversity and mental health.

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Dismondy is teaching social skills in a virtual classroom. Sunnyside Homeschool focuses on positivity and mental wellness.

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New funding explores the social, cultural and economic impact of COVID-19

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Seven University of Ottawa professors are among recipients of millions in funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) aimed at improving the response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SSHR’s Partnership Grants provide support for partnered research activities that inform decision-making in the public, private or not-for-profit sector across Canada, with 139 projects earmarked for $3 million in investment.

The following uOttawa professors and their projects were selected for funding:


  • Angel Foster, a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is leading a mixed-method study into the novel coronavirus’ impact on abortion provision. She is exploring women’s experiences seeking and obtaining abortion care and identifying how to improve abortion
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EVERFI Reveals $100 Million Commitment For Addressing Systemic Social Injustice With Free Digital Education For K-12 Schools

  • EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country

EVERFI, a leading social impact education innovator, announced a $100 million three-year commitment to build new and expand current courses that address topic areas that lead to systemic social injustice and economic disparities across the country. The three-year initiative — which bolsters the company’s founding mission to close education gaps that lead to long-term inequalities — is going to focus on reaching students in the most at-risk high-poverty areas of the U.S. And EVERFI will offer courses in topic areas that address 12 of the most important critical life skills in an effort to create an ecosystem of change. The company’s large catalog of digital learning content on critical life skills is and will

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Georgia State, Georgia Tech Join Technology and Social Science Researchers to Address Injustices – Georgia State University News

ATLANTA—Twenty Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology faculty and graduate students, recently named Public Interest Technology – University Network (PIT-UN) Fellows, are now collaborating on interdisciplinary research projects designed to address historic social and racial inequality in the Southeast.

This PIT-UN program pairs faculty from commuting and the social sciences together to advance justice and improve public well-being via technology. The projects will address problems or challenges related to public health, criminal justice, housing displacement or disinvestment, and nonprofit organizations.

Susan M. Snyder and Scott Jacques, both of Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, co-lead the fellowship program with Ellen Zegura of Georgia Tech, which administers the PIT-UN “Network Challenge” grant that funds it. The grant is the first of its kind awarded by PIT-UN, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, New America and the Hewlett Foundation.

“We are grateful to New America and the

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Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said.

There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school.

“Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”

According to research by Albert Mehrabian, a psychology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, 7% of a

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Professor honored for work introducing gender and feminist theory into social science studies

Sharon Traweek, associate professor of gender studies and history in the UCLA College, has received the Bernal prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science. The prize was awarded in recognition of Traweek’s internationally recognized work and in particular her pioneering methods helped to introduce ethnography, cultural analysis, gender and feminist theory into social science studies, all while providing exceptional mentorship to younger scholars in the field.

Traweek teaches and conducts research on 20th and 21st century “technosciences,” attending to their embodied gendered performance of subject formation of expertise, knowledge crafting, migration and narrative practices, including their strategic engagements with the global political economies in which they are embedded.

Her ethnographic, archival and theoretical work is informed by feminist epistemology and science studies, plus debates about affect, governmentality, intersectionality, performance and practice. Traweek is now engaged in or advising research collaborations based in Denmark, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom

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HLM’s Sheffield social science hub to be knocked down and restarted

The practice’s £65 million Faculty of Social Science building for the University of Sheffield will be knocked down and restarted after its foundations were found to be inadequate.

Construction started on the 17,000m2 scheme – which HLM said would ‘enhance the faculty’s reputation’ – in the summer of 2019.

But, with the steel and concrete frame complete, main contractor BAM Construction recorded worrying levels of subsidence.

Initially the firm planned to rebuild half the frame to solve the problem but it has now conceded that it will need to knock down the whole structure and restart on new foundations.

Demolition work will last throughout September and October, with completion of the building pushed back 18 months to December 2022.

It is being constructed on a former reservoir at the junction of Northumberland Road and Whitham Road in the South Yorkshire city. It is understood that a complex piling arrangement

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