Secretary DeVos Announces Approval of Connecticut and Louisiana's ESSA Plans

Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of Connecticut and Louisiana’s respective consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

10+ Badass Women Who Changed The World We Live In Today

March 8 is International Women’s Day (US has its equivalent on the 26th of August) which celebrates the struggle for women’s rights. Throughout history, many strong women had to rise against the odds and fight for their dreams and passions, equality and solidarity among men. Their bravery contributed to shaping today’s world, and has to be remembered.

Bored Panda has made a list of badass women who did their part to make the world a better place. Scroll down to vote for your favorite heroes, and upload new ones if we missed them!

#96 Mother Teresa

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Secretaries DeVos and Shulkin Statement on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017

Washington — Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin released the following statement after President Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 into law.

Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to take math’s highest award, dies at 40

(CNN)Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who became the only woman to receive the highest honor in mathematics, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the school said.

She was 40.
The Iran native thrived in study of curved surfaces such as doughnut shapes and amoebas — to a degree that other bright minds in the field dared not explore, her colleagues have said.
    In 2014, she became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics and equivalent in reputation to a Nobel Prize.
    The International Mathematical Union established the award in 1936 and has presented it to at least two people every four years since 1950. All 52 recipients before Mirazkhani were men.
    “Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science,” Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said.

    Like finding a way out of a jungle

    When she won in 2014, the IMU called Mirzakhani’s accomplishments in complex geometric forms such as Riemann surfaces and moduli spaces “stunning.”
    “Because of its complexities and inhomogeneity, moduli space has often seemed impossible to work on directly,” the IMU said. “But not to Mirzakhani.”
    She was happy to take it on.
    “It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out,” she said once.
    Her work could help advance understanding in physics, quantum mechanics and areas outside math, Stanford said in an online news article about her death.
    She said the 2014 award was a great honor.
    “I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said at the time.

    From Iran to California

    Mirzakhani was drawn to mathematics while in high school in Iran’s capital, Tehran, where she grew up.
    As a teenager, she gained international attention when she won gold medals in two International Mathematical Olympiads, achieving a perfect score in one.
    Mirzakhani got her undergraduate degree at Sharif University of Technology, then moved to the United States, where she went to work on her doctorate at Harvard University.
    She was an assistant professor at Princeton University before moving to Stanford.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saluted Mirzakhani in a message in Farsi, posted to Twitter.
    “Maryam Mirzakhani was a creative scientist and a gracious human being who lifted Iran’s name in the global scientific community,” Rouhani’s account reads. “May she Rest In Peace.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/us/mirzakhani-obituary-first-woman-win-math-prize/index.html

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    Betsy DeVos Picked As President-Elect Donald Trump’s Education Secretary

    After a few weeks of speculation, it looks like President-electTrump has finally picked the education secretary for his incoming administration: Betsy DeVos.

    Two weeks ago, bets were on Dr Ben Carsonto be picked, a highly qualified neurosurgeon who simultaneously believedthe Earth was no older than 10,000 years old. He also once said the Biblical figure Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids to store grain.As you can imagine, the scientific community was pretty stressed about the idea of this guy setting education policy.

    However, it looks like he’s been trumped. This week its been officially announced the lesser-known figure of Betsy DeVoshas taken the post.

    Whoever is in the hot seat for the Education Secretary plays a very important role for scientific education and science as a whole, as they have a strong say in what schools receive funding and which subjects receive attention. This can also have a subtle effect of setting the climate where science can either thrive or shrink away.

    For a bit of background, DeVos is a billionaire philanthropist, known to be a generous donor to the Republican Party. She has served onnumerous education philanthropy boards, although she has never professionally worked in the public education system.

    She grew up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and was educated at Calvin College, the educational institution of the same church.

    This is a protestant denomination that believes that all scientific theories be subject to Scripture and the confessions. It also claims that humanity is created in the image of God; all theorizing that minimizes this fact and all theories of evolution that deny the creative activity of God are rejected.

    Most commentators say she is not expected to apply hardline religious beliefs to the curriculum, according to Washington Post.

    It would be a mistake to put her in the Religious Right camp. Thats not who she is, Doug Koopman, a political scientist at Calvin College, told Washington Post.

    Nevertheless, she is well known for her philanthropic efforts in Christian causes. Along with her hardenedbelief in the free-market, this has led people to believe she will favor privately owned and religious schools over public schools.

    The US National Education Association released a statement in response to the appointment, saying:

    Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers which take away funding and local control from our public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.”

    Much of Trumps stance on education during his campaign was rallying to abolish the Common Core, the educational guidelines of mathematics and reading adopted by most states. DeVos previously riled conservatives because of her ties to groups that supported these guidelines, although she has since claimed she is not a supporter of Common Core.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/betsy-devos-picked-as-presidentelect-donald-trumps-education-secretary/

    Universal child care and its possibilities in Canada

    Preschool, child care, day care, early childhood education – whatever you prefer to call it – is a sector that is getting a lot of attention at the provincial and federal levels here in Canada. Learn more about Canada’s vision for universal child care.

    Can You Solve This Math Problem That Went Viral In Japan?

    If mathematics isnt your strong suit, this equation that went viral in Japan may just trip you up. According to the YouTube channel MindYourDecisions, a study found that only 60 percent of individuals in their 20s could get the right answer. This is significantly lower than the 90 percent success rate in the 1980s.

    To learn which common mistake people are making, check out the video below.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/can-you-solve-math-problem-went-viral-japan

    Early Childhood Employee Engagement Survey Results (Part 1)

    Employee engagement is key to retaining talent and improving team culture as well as program quality at your center. Check out the results from our employee engagement survey for some insight into how teachers are feeling in their roles.