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How Follett pursues interdisciplinary Edtech invest

More than $2 billion in venture capital was invested in educational technology companies last year, and there are a growing number of companies who are specializing in what is now a sector booming.

The most notable investors edtech include associations limited as Capital in learning social impact-based investors as Kapor Capital and philanthropic entities, including the NewSchools Venture Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project. Educational publishers like Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill also regularly direct investments of companies.

The corporations that made investments of venture capital (in all sectors, not only edtech) usually are looking for some combination of strategic and financial returns. So while you are looking for all businesses to invest in the next Lynda.com (which he sold to LinkedIn earlier this month for $1.5 billion after climbing less than $300 million in risk capital), other considerations include how a start-up investment perspective can fit inside the larger company distribution system and approaching the market in general.

While strategic investors understand marketing opportunities and how to leverage new innovations with their channels of sales and existing assets, typically cheap espresso machine are not specialists in formation of private equity deal. The approach of direct investment, for some companies, comes with complications.

“Corporate venture capital is full of short term prospects,” explains Mary Lee Schneider, CEO of Follett Corporation, a software company based in the outskirts of Chicago and almost $2.6 billion publishing education in private hands. “There may be changes in management, the lack of commitments and an attention deficit.”

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Most HS Grads are not interested to become teachers, but here are some reasons why they should be

Educators are currently particularly high demand, but fewer and fewer high school graduates want to become teachers, find a new relationship.

The number and percentage of graduates report that they are interested in pursuing education Majors fell by 7 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2014, according to a report released this week by ACT Inc. The report is based on a survey of 1.85 million 2014 graduates who took the ACT College entrance exam.

The chart below, the report shows this drop in interest.

Disinterest in boys teaching is problematic, the report suggests, given that the number of elementary and secondary schools, teaching positions is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2010 and 2021.

The decline in the number of young people who want to become a teacher is really alarming, President of ACT Jon Erickson said in a press release.Unless something changes quickly, the supply of new teachers may not meet future demand.

ACT examinees who said they were interested in going in education tended to have lower than average test scores. The report recommends improving the benefits of teacher to help attract high-achieving students to the field and has encouraged colleges and universities to suggest higher education-of performing students who have not declared a major.

We have to be worried not only by increasing the total number of students who plan to become teachers but also attract more of the best and brightest students in the field, “Erickson said in the release.

The report does not explore this less graduates interested in pursuing careers in education.

In light of these results to discourage, educators we asked on Twitter why they are happy with their jobs and why they may advise their students to follow their career paths.Here’s some of what we were told:

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Ice cream splendid Jeni remembers all products, for fear of contamination of Listeria

A few days after that Blue Bell dairies has issued a massive recall, another ice cream melts away in the name of Listeria.

Thursday, gorgeous ice cream Jeni announced that voluntarily recall all of its ice cream, frozen yoghurt, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches because of their possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company is not only clear their shelves of inventory, but also by closing the doors to their shops until the new round of tests show that the cakes are really safe for consumers to eat.

In a poll conducted by test of the Nebraska Department of agriculture, a pint of dark chocolate ice cream for sale in Omaha has been found to contain Listera, representative of Jeni Jamie Siskin told The Huffington Post. According to statement by invoking Joseph’s website, the Ohio company recalled all products following the discovery, although no news of illness reported to date.

As previously reported The Huffington Post, Listeria monocytogenes can be particularly dangerous if consumed by young people, the elderly, pregnant or those with weakened immune systems. The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, but healthy people are more likely to exhibit milder symptoms, such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea and diarrhea.

Since Listeria survives well in cool temperatures, cooling does not protect against it in the way that it does with other bacteria and fungi. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the bacteria found in soil and water and can survive for years in a factory of food processing. Can be found on raw meat and vegetables, as well as in processed and cooked foods.

The people of Jeni are encouraging customers who recently bought their products to throw them or return to the store where they were purchased to receive a full refund. Also ask that anyone concerned about contact with Listeria to notify their doctor.

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Team Building activities

Teamwork is an important part of any organization. It leads to greater productivity, more effective communication and a better climate and culture. Many organizations are trying to encourage the formation of teams, and a way that they are doing is through dedicated team building activities.

However, a study recently of Vodafone UK and YouGov found that those employees are tired of this type of exercises. More than half of the people interviewed thought to do more team building activities do not help them work better with co-workers, and many said that it was a waste of time and money.

This does not mean that the team building activities are inherently inefficient. “Many genuine team building activities can be valuable,” said Vodafone UK Director Peter Kelly, “but ultimately to achieve the best teamwork companies need to the basic concepts of agreement first.”

This is the key to the creation of effective teams. is a great way to build confidence, facilitate the conflict and increase communication within your organization, but only when done correctly and when your organization is ready to do so.

How to stop an effective team building activity? Here are five things to consider:

Assess your hardware needs

First, you need to be sure that their teams are ready. It keeps a team activity building won’t help much if there is severe with their organization’s commitment problems, so you should look into issues before putting effort into teamwork.

Consider if each Member of the team will want to participate in the activity – should never coerce or force the members of the team to participate because this creates resentment and make them disunited, they will undermine the Teambuilding exercise.

Also, also thinks in the physical or psychological risks involved – if you choose the activity runs the risk of injury, embarrassing or alienating members of his team probably should consider a different one.

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Now love your body 11 options

There is a thought process that some of us have, namely that skinny equals happy. It’s like the saying ‘ better more is not better, it’s better, ‘ skinny does not equal equal to happy, happy happy.

Growing up, always remember fat “feeling.” I was a normal weight, but that is how I felt at the time. Most of my friends were ‘ skinny ‘ me when I was young. What I didn’t realize, though, was that he is ‘ low fat ‘ don’t make me ‘ fat ‘.

I went to my first real ‘ diet ‘ in middle school. Towards the end of high school, my diet and workouts get extreme. I remember friends of voicing concern of mine that I had lost a lot of weight. It wiped out and nobody ever drove. Looking back, my behaviour was very messy, and I had lost a lot of weight. What’s funny (not funny at all) was that I didn’t think I had lost enough weight. I wasn’t happy with my body and I still thought of myself as fat.

When I started College, I was terrified of the ‘ freshman 15 ‘. I do not gain at first, but eventually did and I had a breakdown about it. I was still small, but I distinctly remember when the photo was taken below. I was horrified at how ‘ fat ‘ had gotten.

Things snowballed from there. I was limiting myself for so long, I could do it more. He earned 14 pants sizes rapidly, and there was a lot of binge eating involved. Yo-weight yoed again for another few years until I started listening to my body and learning of science-based health, nutrition and behavior change (instead of continuing to follow the guru and diets).

I hear so many women say they thought to be fat until they looked back at pictures and realized they were not overweight. Many times, wanting to be that size again.

It is so common to equate lean with happy.I wanted to share my story to illustrate that lean does not automatically equal happy. I was very young, and I was not happy with my body. It was never enough. Women tell me all the time that more and more small, didn’t stop negative thoughts about their bodies, will not solve anything. It wasn’t until I made peace with my body and began the process of loving it that I was able to move away from merely, binge, hate, punish the cycle.

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Kansas more schools to close early lack of funds

Six school districts in Kansas closes after budget cuts, signed in March by Republican Governor Sam Brownback earlier this year.

Two school districts, Concordia Unified School District and Twin Valley Unified School District, earlier this month, announced that she would end early in the year, because they lacked the funds to keep the schools open. Confirmed this week, four more districts that she would slash even their calendars to Topeka Capital Journal.

The four newly reported closures in unified school districts, smoky Valley, Harbor, skyline and Shawnee heights are. The capital-Journal reported that most schools in Kansas, the required minimum number of school days be already higher than they can afford, a couple of days to cut without violating state law.

However, the decision for days was cut a painful thing for school districts, starting from an advertisement, the end of March by the Twin Valley School $51 million in the funding of the school for the current year appeared logged in just a few days after Brownback cut an invoice. “Twin Valley Board of education made a difficult decision and has approved a change in the last day of school,”, the Board wrote. “This decision was based on the financial plight of the district. The district has signed unplanned financial cuts into law recently some fiscal reserves to endure the present, middle of the year.”

A statement in the wake of the spending cuts has administrators in the Smoky Valley Unified School District. We’re losing $190,000 in the budget for the current year [and] once again exacerbate the budget, look for internal cuts and offer opportunities to eliminate issues that at least affect student learning, said district.

He does not intend for the shortened school year to permanently, and he noticed that the small number of snow resulted in days last winter that his schools had some leeway when it came to a deadline, said the Superintendent of the Shawnee heights Unified School District, Martin Stessman, the capital-journal. According to minutes of a meeting of the Shawnee Heights School Board early February Brownbacks cost cuts district $190,000 for the year 2014-2015 forces them to freeze, to spend classroom and library, and to shorten the school year by two days.

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The surprising truth about the Senate Committee on health, education, labour and pensions

In the news recently we read about the Committee of the Senate on education No Child Left Behind Act of rewriting. I thought it would be interesting to put real names to the Senate Committee. Here is a list of senators appointed to this Committee, their political advantage classification and their trades before becoming a Senator of the United States:

Republicans by rank
Lamar Alexander (TN) lawyer and creator of a daycare business private
Accountant Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Businessman Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA) businessman
RAND Paul (KY) doctor
Affairs of Susan Collins (me)
Economy of Lisa Murkowski (AK)
History of Mark Kirk (IL)
Tim Scott (SC) Business
Lawyer Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Journalism Pat Roberts (KS)
Dr. Bill Cassidy, MD (LA)

Democrats by rank
Patty Murray (WA) human policy
Barbara has.Worker Social Mikulski (MD)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT) human policy
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) teacher/lawyer
Al Franken (MN) actor/author
Michael F. Bennet (CO) Superintendent of schools/lawyer
Business/Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) lawyer
Tammy Baldwin (WI) Science Policy/Math
Lawyer Christopher S. Murphy (CT)
Professor of law Elizabeth Warren (MA)

Senators chose to call the new Bill, The Every Child achieves Act of 2015. I have always loved the names they use for these acts. They sound so strong and so important. Nobody could ever claim that we would never leave a child or we want all children to achieve. But let’s look closely at the whispered revision of the Bill and who is responsible for these critical changes in American education.

The Senate Health, education, labor and Pensions Committee is the current group, making these life altering changes for the children of America. There are 22 of them to be precise. Now, we can assume that if you are revamping of an education bill you would certainly like educators to make decisions. After all, we all assume that after 4 to about 12 years of study in the field of education, depending on its level, these teachers would have a sound knowledge on what is best for our children. These scholars would make decisions based on all these years of study.

Holocaust education for a new generation discover new articles

Holocaust day, observed last week, included many commemorations and programs who have honored the survivors, most of which are now in the 1980s and 1990s.

Teachers across the country and around the world are at the heart of searching in a significant way to teach this complex history and keep alive the memory of those who have lost their lives and inspiring stories of those who survived.

Here are links to two articles I wrote this light shed on these educators, which draw on the resources of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; Facing history and ourselves. the Memorial of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Museum; and the new Museum of Polin, the history of Polish Jews [see blog Huffington Post earlier]

The first was published on JTA.org.

It describes a partnership between the USC Shoah Foundation and discovery education, which has 25 educators from around the world to Poland for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27.

A webcast produced during the trip, “Auschwitz: The latest is this virtual Experience,” will be available to teachers and students from 9-12 May 13 by the Foundation and discovery education. Educators can learn more and register on the website of the network of educators discovered.

A teacher who has been selected in the USC Shoah Foundation essay contest to get to Poland is Keith Stringfellow, a Professor of history at the Islamic Academy of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Firstly, Stringfellow fascinated by military history of the second world war, the stories of hearing of an uncle who helped liberate the concentration camp in Dachua, Germany.

The 43 years old Stringfellow, who has a master’s degree in military history, is most concerned to transmit to his students the conditions that allowed the Holocaust to happen.

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PhD student UW-Madison illustrates his thesis with a comic

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – late last spring, a PhD student has worked until late at night. As she doodled his chemistry thesis took on life of its own, or how to turn a comic strip.

Veronica Berns, 28, was working on his Ph.d. in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Berns said that it has long had trouble explaining his work to her parents and friends. The self-described comic fan said that she began writing her thesis on quasicrystals – a subset of crystals that deviate from the usual structural features of crystals. Berns quickly concluded that it would be better able to describe the eccentric compounds with illustrations.

“They are not very well polished illustrations.” It is deliberately”, said the Berns. “I wanted it to be as I explain on the back of an envelope.”

And many times, it was on the back of an envelope or on a towel that she doodled sketch of the chemical bonds to better show his parents that she was working on in the lab. Jody Berns, mother of Veronica, said their family has a history of doodling and shared the years comics.

Berns has surprised his family with his cartoon “Atomic Size Matters” to graduating last year. The book depicts the cartoons of Berns dressed in various costumes and uses humor, but also comparisons simple to describe the chemistry complex.

“We are really proud that she can take something so complex and put it into a fun visual explanation that everyone can enjoy,” said Jody Berns.

Veronica Professor Berns Danny Fredrickson said that Berns is the first of his students to build his thesis in an artistic way. He said often that it is difficult for scientists explain what they are doing with the proper context.

“If it is worthwhile, we should be able to explain it,” said Fredrickson.

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7 changes of life that could help your finances

At first, Brian Carter’s move in South Carolina seemed to be an extreme measure to take to fix its finances.

After all, on the surface, had a great life. He lived in sunny San Diego, married her true love and had a flexible work schedule as a freelance digital marketing.

The catch, however, was that his income fluctuated-a lot.

In 2007 hit a dry period was not to generate revenue constant. His wife, Lynda, had 50-60 hours a week as an acupuncturist just to cover daily invoices.–and with the weight of household expenses on the shoulders, she was starting to feel the strain.

“He got a point where she had to confront me and say, ‘ you must do something.–This is too much work for me! ‘ “Carter, 41, remembers.

While the hunt for work, he discovered a promising concert as Director of search and social marketing at an advertising agency.Paid in the low six figures, and professional opportunities were right up his alley. The snag? It was at Myrtle Beach, SC

The decision was tough, but Carter and his wife finally chose to make the transition to lower their cost of living and ease their financial effort.

“It was hard to put everything in trucks and cars,” he says. “But it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

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Not to live great.–and not to make ends meet
When you hear stories of friends or relatives who have had to downsize their homes, take a second job or move cross country skiing because of the money, the assumption is that an acute case of “live big” is the problem.

But it is not always the case.Even if you think you’ve done everything right, sometimes juggling bills, live within your means and have enough to put towards future financial goals can feel like an impossible dream.

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