News story: Government sets out plans to support underperforming schools

first_imgUnderperforming schools in England are set to receive extra support under Government plans to raise standards in classrooms across the country.Following a pledge by the Secretary of State to simplify the school accountability system, giving teachers freedom to get on with their job without interference, Schools Minister Lord Agnew has today (9 November) set out how the department will support schools that are underperforming and how they will be identified.From today, the following measures will be used to identify schools that need additional support. They include: Today’s announcements follow the Education Secretary’s commitment with teaching unions and Ofsted to strip away unnecessary workload for teachers, and are part of a drive led by the Education Secretary to trust the best school leaders to make decisions in their staff and pupils’ best interest. The changes confirmed today will make the school system easier for school leaders and parents to understand.Schools that meet the criteria for extra support will be able to do so in two ways: Today’s announcement is a welcome clarification of the promises made by the Secretary of State at our annual conference in May this year. It also marks a significant point in the ongoing work between NAHT and the DfE to address some of the big concerns of school leaders. Accountability is obviously a key concern, and today’s announcement clears up some of the confusion regarding the roles of Ofsted and RSCs, as well as providing much needed reassurance that schools seeking to improve will receive support rather than sanction. This is an important step forward, and consistent with the findings of our Improving School Accountability report which was published in September. Regional Schools Commissioners will no longer issue warning notices to schools on educational grounds unless they have been rated inadequate by Ofsted.Today’s changes come ahead of a formal consultation in the New Year looking at whether the floor and coasting standards used to judge school performance should be replaced by a single measure.Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew, said: This programme of support, coordinated by the Teaching Schools Council, will ensure that there is greater collaboration across our regions with the aim of providing bespoke support where needed, ensuring that more children and young people can attend a great school. This will also support the self-improving system which relies on effective leaders working beyond their own schools to make improvements to the wider school landscape. Richard Gill, National Leader of Education and Member of the Teaching Schools Council, said: Standards in our schools have risen, with the proportion of pupils in good or outstanding schools up from 66% in 2010 to 86% in 2018. Today’s changes will simplify the school accountability system so teachers and school leaders know where they stand and simplify a system that we know can be a concern amongst the profession. Where a school is struggling, we will aim to take swift action, providing practical hands on support and, where necessary, more formal steps. The support that we are offering will be focused around delivering support that can be embedded into a school’s teaching programme for the long term. Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: Up to three days’ support from a designated National Leader of Education (NLE) who will work with the senior leadership of the school or trust to identify their specific needs and ways these can be addressed through DfE funded programmes; and For those also judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections, an additional offer of up to £16,000 that can be put towards the costs of implementing the activity agreed between the NLE and school. the floor and coasting standards being used as ways to identify schools that need help, rather than as triggers for intervention ahead of an academy conversion; where a school is struggling it will receive support from a high-performing school leader, as well as access to up to £16,000 for the small number of schools judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections; and the ‘coasting’ measure will no longer be used as the starting point of a formal intervention – this was a key pledge by the Education Secretary during a speech to school leaders earlier this year.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Steve Kimock Debuts New Tune, “Variation”, Off Upcoming KIMOCK Album

first_imgSteve Kimock is a renowned guitarist, gaining widespread recognition over the past four decades for his transcendent improvisation on electric, acoustic, lap, and pedal steel guitars. In addition to an enviable list of collaborations spanning from Bernie Worrell to Bonnie Raitt to the members of Phish to Taj Mahal, he’s become a beloved figure in the Grateful Dead sphere. Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Kimock has performed with Bob Weir‘s Kingfish and RatDog in addition to post-Grateful Dead ensembles like The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.Bob Weir Leads Kimock, Burbridge, Mendelson, Bluhm, And More During Backyard Benefit Concert [Video]More recently, Kimock has been touring with his latest collaboration KIMOCK, also featuring his old friend Bobby Vega on bass, his son John Morgan Kimock on drums, and Leslie Mendelson on vocals and various instruments. The project came together two years ago to present music off Steve Kimock’s last studio release, his 2016 solo album Last Danger of Frost, in a live setting. After coming together, the members of the quartet became quickly inspired to write new music as a group—the fruits of this labor is a nine-track album dubbed Satellite City, which was recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios and produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.Watch Bob Weir And Eric Krasno Join Steve Kimock & Friends In CaliforniaSatellite City is scheduled for release later this month on October 27th ahead of the start of the band’s November tour. Today, fans can get a taste of what to expect from KIMOCK’s upcoming release with the Live For Live Music premiere of the track “Variation”.Steve Kimock shared his thoughts on “Variation” with Live For Live Music, noting, “No other tune on the record evolved as far from its origins as this one for me. The musical seed was an acoustic resonator guitar sound I used on Last Danger of Frost. Just a little cascading melody, harmonics, sounded like spilled water. I played it for Johnny and Leslie, who responded as if I’d yelled ‘mush’ at two sled dogs, and I’ve been ass-over-teakettle trying to keep up ever since. Strong band, heavy lifting all around—check Bobby Vega on the outro. The longest song and longest journey by a song on the record.”You can listen to the premiere of “Variation” off KIMOCK’s Satellite City below ahead of its official release on October 27th.Those left wanting to hear more can pre-order Satellite City digitally on iTunes or Amazon and receive the first song off the album instantly. However, the guitarist’s official store will also be selling limited-edition autographed vinyl and CD editions of the new release, with anyone who preorders here automatically registered for the chance to meet the band for an hour during their upcoming tour (tour dates below), plus two VIP tickets and ultimate bundle.KIMOCK Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates11/1 Weds. Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY11/2 Thur. Highline Ballroom, NYC11/3 Fri. Swyer Theater at The Egg, Albany11/4 Sat. Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH11/5 Sun. Met Café, Providence, RI11/6 & 7 Off11/8 Weds. World Café, Philadelphia, PA11/9 Thurs. Kent Stage, Kent, OHlast_img read more

Balanced Memory is Best: 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors for PowerEdge Servers

first_imgNear Balanced ConfigurationPopulate four or more DIMMs per CPUPopulate an even number of DIMMs per CPUPopulate DIMMs in sequential order CPU and DIMM parts must be identicalEach CPU must be identically configured with memoryMemory Channel PopulationTo achieve a balanced configuration, populate either eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPU. This allows the data traveling across memory modules to move most efficiently; utilizing the internal architecture of the AMD Rome CPU. Following this guideline will yield the highest memory bandwidth and the lowest memory latency.If a balanced configuration of sixteen or eight DIMMs per CPU cannot be implemented, then the next best option is a near balanced configuration. Three guidelines must be satisfied to create a near balanced configuration.The first guideline is to populate a minimum of four DIMMS per CPU to ensure enough memory bandwidth exists for all Rome processor types.The second guideline is to never populate an odd number of DIMMs.The last guideline is that DIMMs must be populated in the intended order so that memory performance will be optimized across all the AMD CPU models.The figure below illustrates the assembly order in which individual DIMMs should be populated, starting with A1 and ending with A16:Identical CPU and DIMM PartsIdentical memory modules must be used across all slots (i.e. same Dell part number). Dell EMC does not support memory mixing in Rome systems; only one memory model should exist within a CPU. This principle applies to the processors as well; multi-CPU Rome systems shall be populated with identical CPU models.Identical Memory Configurations for Each CPUEvery CPU within a server must have identical memory configurations. When only one unique memory configuration exists across every CPU within a server, memory performance is further optimized.Configuring for Maximum PerformanceBalancing memory with 2nd Generation EPYCTM (Rome) server processors optimizes memory performance. When memory modules are configured in a balanced configuration, requested data traveling from the CPU to memory modules can perform most efficiently on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.For a more in depth explanation of why balanced memory performs best, as well as for illustrations of every possible balanced, near balanced, and unbalanced memory configuration, please view the full Balanced Memory Whitepaper now. Understanding the relationship between a server processor (CPU) and its memory subsystem is critical when optimizing overall server performance. Every CPU generation has unique memory population guidelines that must be satisfied to attain the best memory performance.2nd Generation AMD EPYCTM server processors can support up to sixteen memory modules across eight channels with two memory slots. This presents numerous possible ways of configuring the memory subsystem, yet there are only a couple of configurations that will achieve the peak memory performance for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Memory that has been incorrectly populated is referred to as an unbalanced configuration. From a functionality standpoint, an unbalanced configuration will operate adequately but will slow down memory data transfer speeds. Similarly, a near balanced configuration is also suboptimal. However, memory that has been correctly populated is referred to as a balanced configuration and will produce the best performance.By following the guidelines below, customers can yield the highest memory performance of their memory modules:Memory Channel PopulationBalanced ConfigurationMemory slots must be fully populated with one or two DIMMs for best performance; a total of eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPUlast_img read more

SMC begins club for food allergies

first_imgSaint Mary’s freshman Megan Steron is one of two million people in the United States living with celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Her intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley, makes eating on a college campus a challenge. “About two weeks into school, I was sitting in the dining hall by myself, trying to eat a measly salad since there was nothing else agreeable for me to eat that day,” Steron said. “After about five minutes, I knew I had to do something about it, not just for myself, but for all the girls at Saint Mary’s that want and need more options for their food sensitivities.” Steron decided to establish Dining Hall Divas, a club for Saint Mary’s students suffering from celiac disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and food allergies. “This club is for those who share common [lists] of food that they can and cannot eat,” she said. Steron and the Divas will be working closely with the dining hall staff to ensure the needs of students with special dietary requirements are met consistently. They will also be communicating with the College’s food providers to ensure ingredient information is accurate and clear. Steron said she hopes to program tutorials for the dining hall staff focusing on basic food safety, covering topics such as changing gloves after working with allergy-triggering foods. In the long term, she hopes to also expand options available to those with restricted diets. “I really wanted to start this club up because I’m one of those girls who has a hard time finding something substantial enough to eat in the dining hall without having a bad reaction to it,” Steron said. The club has established a website to keep students informed on the group’s work and the progress of dietary accommodations at the College. “We have a website for the Dining Hall Divas, which is linked to the Saint Mary’s page, where any student, prospective or current, can see the strides we are making for a more gluten-free environment here,” she said. Steron said the club has met with dining hall staff three times and has already drawn out some possible improvements. Interested students can contact Steron at [email protected]last_img read more

ACE founder to step down from role to become director emeritus

first_imgIn a press release Friday, the University announced Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) founder Fr. Timothy Scully will step down from his role as director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and transition to become director emeritus of the institute starting in January.Scully founded ACE in 1993 and was the chair of its advisory board until 2013. In 1997, he became the director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, which deals with more than two dozen initiatives focusing on the quality of faith-based schools, the release said.According to the release, ACE has been a major voice for American Catholic schools since its founding, training thousands of teachers and school leaders serving across the country and the world.“During the more than 25 wonderful years leading the Alliance for Catholic Education and 22 years of serving the institute, I have been extraordinarily blessed to contribute to building a mission in service to children in under-resourced Catholic schools with the most talented, faith-filled and committed team of educational scholars and professional practitioners imaginable,” Scully said in the release. “I can think of no more fulfilling expression of my vocation as a Holy Cross priest. I look forward to continuing to support the mission of ACE and the institute in any way I can as director emeritus as I continue teaching and research in my home department of political science.”On campus, Scully has been a political science professor and a faculty fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, the release said.Scully is also an author, and has written six books and a number of scholarly articles. Most recently, the release said, he wrote “Democratic Governance in Latin America.” Additionally, Scully has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the University.Scully was ordained in 1981. He taught internationally at Saint George’s College in Santiago, Chile, the release said, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, after graduating summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1976 and receiving his master of divinity degree from the University in 1979.Besides teaching at the University, Scully spent his 30 years on campus as a University trustee and fellow, executive vice president and vice president and senior associate provost, the release said.“As a highly regarded scholar, challenging and popular teacher and creator of the Alliance for Catholic Education, and through his many administrative roles, Father Scully has devoted his life to Notre Dame, its students and its mission,” University Provost Thomas Burish said in the release. “In doing so, he has improved the lives of countless students and families. We are grateful for his many contributions.”Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Father Scullylast_img read more

Tony Winner Patina Miller Reflects on Her Glorious Year in Pippin

first_img How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Leaving is always bittersweet. I am so proud of what we’ve done in bringing this classic back in such an inventive way. These people have become my family and I’ve enjoyed every single moment on and offstage with them. I will miss them and cherish every moment we’ve had. It definitely feels strange, I won’t lie!!!! LOL. What will you miss most about the job? I will miss the work! I will miss Fosse—I loved getting the opportunity to dance in a show, especially Fosse. I’m completely in love with my cast and crew at the Music Box and I will miss all of our silliness before the top of the show and just the fellowship of the company. Awww man, it’s going to be a sad week! Whew! Thank you, Broadway.com, for being so amazing and supportive to me during what will go down as one of the best times of my life! Also, I will miss those wonderful fans that have been supporting us since we started. We wouldn’t be here without them! Job You’re Leaving: Leading Player in Pippin What was the highlight of your time at this job? Hearing the nightly gasps when the curtain dropped to reveal the cast during “Magic To Do!” Also, I mean, I keep mentioning my cast but they were a huge highlight for me during this time. I so enjoyed doing this show nightly with them. What I love is how connected and invested each and every one was and have been each night for over a year! Everyone works so hard and it’s nice to be in a company with people who work just as hard as you do. Star Files What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Fulfilling, strenuous, happy! Related Shows Pippin View Comments What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Hmmm… Fast learner, someone who isn’t afraid to do anything, someone who’s bendy and has a good set of hips, and most importantly someone who gives it everything they got!! How did you feel when you first got the job? It felt amazing! Having just left Sister Act, I didn’t know what I would be doing next and I was trying to adjust to life without eight shows a week. Finding out that I had gotten this role shortly after was so exciting, and I just remember being so giddy and pumped to get started.center_img How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? I’ve grown so much, oh my god! The beauty with this piece is that I get to try again each night. I’ve just been tapping into my character’s essence, who she really is, ya know? What makes her so passionate and so committed to getting Pippin to take the journey. I’ve been layering on from the beginning and I’ve grown as a performer and as a person. I will miss Daniella Jamille so, so very much! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 What was the hardest thing? The hardest part for me in the beginning was figuring out how this world operated and what we were trying to say with this piece. And, obviously, learning how we all vibed onstage—how the Fosse and circus worked together. In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Patina Miller will say goodbye to the Pippin circus on March 30, when she completes her Tony-winning run as the Leading Player. As she leaves the big top for The Hunger Games, Miller looks back on her “fulfilling, strenuous and happy” year in the circus-inspired musical extravaganza. Name: Patina Miller Patina Miller Why are you leaving? I’m leaving because I’ve had the most amazing year and a half! This show has opened up a lot of doors for me and I’m really excited to explore the next phase of my career. I’m filming The Hunger Games up until my wedding and I am in the midst of filming a pilot as well. A lot of dreams are coming true! What was the easiest thing about the job? Falling in love with my character and my fellow actors! It really is a special group, I can’t really explain it, but we gelled in the first few moments of working together. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Make sure they find time to rest (something I haven’t been able to do for a year…LOL…but I think it’s important). The job ain’t easy, but that’s what makes this part so exciting, because you constantly get to work every night on making it better and better. My last piece of advice is that they allow themselves to really go on a journey and not be afraid to connect with those beautiful audiences we have each night!last_img read more

Vermont Law School to release 10th Environmental Watch List Monday

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School will release its second annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List at 9 am on Monday, December 12, 2011, to spotlight the nation’s most critical environmental law and policy issues of 2011 and how they may play out in 2012.The report, which is produced by the top-ranked U.S. environmental law school, will be available at http://watchlist.vermontlaw.edu/(link is external)The Watch List is written by VLS’s Environmental Law Center faculty and Vermont Journal of Environmental Law students, who provide common-sense insight into current and upcoming judicial, regulatory, legislative and other issues. The report’s goal is promote public understanding of environmental issues that affect our everyday lives and the natural world.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).last_img read more

LG&E, KU propose green tariff for corporate market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daily Energy Insider:Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) said recently that they will propose a Green Tariff to promote renewable energy growth and economic development in a rate review filing on Sept. 28.LG&E and KU currently have solar offerings for commercial and industrial customers, a subscription-based community solar program called Solar Share and a Green Energy program that allows the utilities to purchase regional renewable energy credits on a customer’s behalf.The tariff, the utilities said, would combine the business solar options and Green Energy program into one tariff and add a third option for purchasing renewable power.“Green tariffs are used to attract new businesses and jobs,” Paul W. Thompson, chairman, CEO and president of LG&E and KU, said. “Companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon Web Services, Walmart and Target are all examples of companies that have taken advantage of green tariffs. We are fortunate in Kentucky to have some of the lowest energy rates in the country, but we still need more options and a Green Tariff to attract companies interested in a greener environment.”The utilities also plan to request enhancements to Solar Share, including the ability to transfer ownership of their shares. Currently, LG&E and KU own and operate Kentucky’s largest universal solar array, producing 10 megawatts of solar-generated energy at E.W. Brown.According to a statement from PPL Corp., the parent company of LG&E and KU, in order to continue investments in safe and reliable services for customers, LG&E will request a cost-based rate increase of 14 cents per day for residential electric customers and 16 cents per day for its residential natural gas customers. KU will request an increase of 32 cents per day for its residential customers. When new rates go into effect, all benefits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be reflected in the companies’ base rates, rather than as a line item on customer bills.More: Kentucky utilities to propose Green Energy tariff to drive renewable energy growth LG&E, KU propose green tariff for corporate marketlast_img read more

The December Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgQUICK HITSJuggling marathoner • Wife-carrying competition • Bald eagle rescued in West Virginia • Cowboy stops bike thiefFLASHPOINTDo hunters and anglers’ permits also give them more influence in management decisions? Should hikers, bikers, and other user groups pay to play?THE DIRTThe Hiking Viking completes a winter A.T. thru-hike. THE GOODSSnowshoe terrain park manager Phillip Yates picks his favorite gear for winter adventure.TRAIL MIX10 best albums of 2016 from artists with Southern roots.WINTER BUCKET LISTThe outdoors in winter offers clearer skies, better views, and quieter trails. We’ve sourced 38 of the best winter adventures across nine different states to keep your outdoor mojo intact till spring.ON THIN ICEHang on to your ice picks and dig in with your crampons as we follow intrepid ice climbers up frozen waterfalls and melting ice floes.OUTDOOR D-BAGSIn the outdoors, as in life, you will encounter personalities that repel you and rub you the wrong way. It’s time to meet the worst people in the outdoor world.PAUL’S BOOTSPaul Evans died before he could fulfill his dream of thru-hiking the A.T. So friends—and strangers—decided to carry his boots along the entire trail in his memory.LOOKING BACK ON LOOKING GLASSPioneering climbers celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent of The Nose.EAGLE EYES Don’t miss the last few weeks of this year’s hawk migration season.SNOWBOUNDIt’s time to hit the slopes. Opening days are upon us at regional resorts, so wax your skis and get ready for some downhill thrills. BRO’s annual Snowbound winter guide has key beta on Southern slopes, as well as plenty of advice on where to stay, eat, drink, and play on your upcoming winter trips.last_img read more

The best and worst states to make a living in 2015

first_imgby: Kathryn DillFor states looking to land on the positive end of this annual ranking, the lessons are simple: Offer healthy wages, manageable taxes, a low cost of living, and safe working environments. No extra points will be awarded for scenic beauty.“The big picture is good–the job market is getting better these days, we’ve even seen wage growth start to tick up. But it kind of breaks down a little when you start to look state by state,” said Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst for MoneyRates.com and author of the study.“We tend to talk about the U.S. economy and the job market as if they’re all one thing, but it’s too big for that. There are sharp differences from one state to another.”To determine the best and worst states to make a living this year, personal finance site MoneyRates.com considered average wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment rate, and incidents of workplace safety incidents (including illness, injuries, and deaths) for each state. The study drew on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), and D.C. think tank the Tax Foundation. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more