National Health Education Week (10/16/2023-10/20/2023) – District Health Department 10

National Health Education Week

Key Facts

According to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE):

  • Health education improves the health status of individuals, communities, states, and the nation.
  • Health education enhances the quality of life for all people.
  • Health education reduces costly premature deaths and disability.
  • Health education focuses on prevention reducing the financial and human costs spent on medical treatment.

Join District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in celebrating National Health Education Week – October 16-20, 2023! The focus of this celebration is on increasing national awareness on major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education. The theme for this year is Advancing Health, Equity, & Civil Rights.

Health Education Specialists are assets to their communities as they offer knowledge, skills, and training, as well as spend countless hours educating the public on health issues to promote overall health and wellbeing (eg diabetes prevention, tobacco cessation, policies and systems that prevent disease , etc). The health education team at DHD#10 provides direct programming for substance use prevention, chronic disease prevention, and behavioral health as well as support for community coalitions and communication health needs assessment

Who is Utah’s new higher education commissioner? – Deseret News

Geoffrey Landward has been appointed Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.

The Utah Board of Higher Education voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Landward to the position. The appointment requires confirmation by the Utah Senate.

Landward has served as interim commissioner since September 2023, when Commissioner Dave Woolstenhulme suddenly stepped down to pursue other professional opportunities.

Landward previously served as deputy commissioner and secretary to the higher education board. A graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, Landward has twenty decades of legal expertise in administrative law, education law and employment law.

Amanda Covington, chairwoman of the Utah Board of Higher Education, said in a statement that Landward’s “exceptional work, especially during the 2024 legislative session, along with his statewide relationships, makes him the right leader for this role. Our decision to appoint Commissioner Landward underscores our confidence in his ability to lead the system with vision, collaboration and effectiveness into the future.”

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Landward had demonstrated an ability to navigate the complexities of higher education in Utah the last several months as interim, and was well positioned to assume the role as commissioner.”

Following his appointment, Landward thanked the board for its confidence in him.


Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Cellphones in Schools

Typically, the discussion around cellphones in school — whether they are learning tools or distractions — has revolved around their impact on measures of academic success like test scores or grades. But in his research, Ed School alum Dylan Lukes looks at other outcomes policymakers should consider.

“I’m hoping to move beyond thinking about test scores and consider the potential importance of other outcomes like discipline and school culture which may factor into student wellbeing,” says Lukes, Ph.D.’22.

As schools are gearing up for the fall, with some considering new and amended policies on the use of cellphones in the classroom, Luke gets into his findings — including how the New York City Department of Education’s (NYCDOE) recently reversed cellphone ban impacted student suspensions and school culture — and gives his thoughts on what schools and districts should be considering when creating policies around technology moving forward.

Why are cellphones in schools such a contested topic among educators, parents, and students?
The motivation for many of these policies comes from a desire to limit distractions. If you think about it, from a school’s perspective, if a cellphone ban can improve student learning, that’s a great low-cost intervention with a favorable

How ZIP codes determine the quality of a child’s education

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Students at Allentown’s Harrison-Morton Middle School look forward to hearing the squeaky wheels of the technology cart approaching their classroom, though the iPads they hold may not be the latest models and time with them is limited.

A luxury in Allentown schools, such technology has become a necessity for many suburban students — something they’re accustomed to tapping at-will and often.

Technology is one of the many things that separate students in Pennsylvania’s school districts, where wealth equates to quality.

Food is another. That’s why the staff at Donegan Elementary School on Bethlehem’s South Side sends students home with a bag of healthy snacks on weekends.

Because clothing also can divide students who have from those who have not, the Bethlehem Area School District installed a washer and dryer at Donegan, ensuring children have access to clean clothes.

Language sets students or schools apart, too. And so do ZIP codes, education reformers say, effectively segregating students by income and race.

The problem

Where you live determines what type of education you receive in the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

Where the tax base is high, the educational offerings tend to be many. Where it is

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Changes to Indiana antisemitism bill drain support from many in Hoosier Jewish community • Indiana Capital Chronicle

A major change to a bill that would define and ban antisemitism at Indiana’s public education institutions led to a reversal of support and opposition among those who testified on the proposal at the Statehouse Wednesday.

In contention is the removal of a definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which was included in the original version of House Bill 1002.

The IHRA’s “working definition” includes contemporary examples of antisemitism, such as “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” and “holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of the State of Israel.”

Rep. Chris Jeter, R-Fishers (Photo courtesy of Indiana House Republicans)

Lawmakers in the Senate education committee amended the legislation on Wednesday to remove mention of IHRA and its examples of antisemitism, however. The newest draft of the bill instead defines antisemitism as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.”

The measure was unanimously approved by the committee and now heads to the Senate floor.

“We’ve made some changes to try to ensure that we’re not referring to outside entities, but that we’re

Six education stories from Chicago that define 2023

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This year brought big shifts for education in Chicago and Illinois. As schools continued to return to normal and recover from the COVID pandemic’s impact on learning, the city elected a new mayor who appointed a new school board.

Schools grappled with a wave of migrants, who partly helped stave off continued enrollment declines, and the district entered a third straight year of transportation problems.

As we approach the end of 2023 and look ahead to 2024, here are six of the biggest education stories we covered this past year:

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New leadership to shape a new era

If the 2023 education beat had a theme, it might be leadership transitions. The state of Illinois got a new superintendent in Tony Sanders and Chicago got a new mayor and a new school board.

When Brandon Johnson, a former public school teacher, union organizer, and public school parent, made it into the runoff in February, he unexpectedly dashed incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hopes for a second term. He would face Paul Vallas, a former CPS CEO who made a career as an