Legislature codifies ‘Transition to Kindergarten’

About a decade ago, Promise Kindergarten launched with a 10-week program for pre-kindergarten students at Bellingham Public Schools.

Washington’s first iteration of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) was intended to offer a jumpstart to kindergarten for children in families who otherwise could not access early childhood education, said Ferndale Superintendent Kristi Dominguez, who was one of the Bellingham teachers to launch the program.

Since then, the program has expanded, in some cases to full-year, all-day classes, and to more than 100 districts across the state. This year, the Legislature codified it into law as Transition to Kindergarten (TTK) with the passage of House Bill 1550.

These programs, half early learning and half kindergarten, are aimed at providing education to families who do not qualify for the federal Head Start program or the Washington Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), but who also cannot afford to pay for private children care.

The program allows students to learn how to be in a classroom and enables them more time to work on goals set in traditional kindergarten.

photo Teacher Jordan Fearer, center, makes the sounds of letters and encourages students to grab the matching letter. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)

“It gives students a really

IIT Madras begins application for ‘Stockholm Junior Water Prize’ | Education News

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) today launched the inaugural India edition of the ‘Stockholm Junior Water Prize’, a Global Water Challenge for school students in Classes 9 to 12.

It is being organized to recognize and celebrate the innovative efforts of young minds in addressing critical water-related challenges. The champion team will represent India at the esteemed Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden, which will be held from August 25 to 29, 2024 as a part of World Water Week.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition is being hosted by the Sustainability Venture Studio at the School of Sustainability, IIT Madras, in partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and sponsored by Aquamap – Center for Water Management and Policy, IIT Madras.

Participants can fill out the application form and submit comprehensive project documentation by the deadline of 30th April 2024. The top 25 teams will be selected through a rigorous process by subject matter experts. School Students in Classes 9 to 12 and above 15 years of age can apply for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize via the following link – sjwpindia.in

— Ten outstanding teams from the top 25 will be honored with the

High school students are unequipped to spot ‘fake news’

Despite mounting attention to the threat of “fake news” on the internet and nationwide efforts to improve digital media literacy, high school students still have difficulty discerning facts from fiction online, according to new research from scholars at Stanford Graduate School of Education.

New research shows that despite efforts to improve digital literacy, prospective young voters still have difficulty telling facts from fiction online. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The report, released today by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), provides sobering evidence that prospective young voters lack the skills to judge the reliability of information online, the researchers said.

More than 96 percent of high school students surveyed failed to consider that ties to the fossil fuel industry might affect the credibility of a website about climate change, while more than half believed a grainy video on Facebook that claimed to show ballot stuffing (which was actually shot in Russia) constituted “strong evidence” of voter fraud in the United States.

“If the results could be summarized in a single word, I would say they’re troubling,” said Professor Sam Wineburg, founder of SHEG, who co-authored the report with SHEG director Joel Breakstone, PhD ’13, and director of assessment Mark Smith, PhD

SSC GD Result 2024 Live Updates: Constable exam result awaited on ssc.gov.in

SSC GD Result 2024 live updates: Constable exam results will be out on the commission's new website (ssc.gov.in, screenshot)

SSC GD Result 2024 live updates: Constable exam results will be out on the commission’s new website (ssc.gov.in, screenshot)

SSC GD Result 2024 Live Updates: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will declare the SSC GD result 2024 on its official website, ssc.gov.in. The computer-based test (CBT) for Constable (GD) in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), SSF, and Rifleman (GD) in the Assam Rifles Examination 2024 was conducted from February 20 to March 7, and a re-examination for candidates who faced technical issues was held on March 30. The provisional answer keys and candidates’ responses to the SSC GD CBT exam were displayed on ssc.gov.in earlier this month. The next step for the commission is to announce SSC GD result 2024 for the computer-based examination. …Read More

In the result notification, the candidates will find the link to view roll numbers of the selected candidates, cut-off marks and other relevant information. Scores will be revealed only after the entire recruitment process is completed.

SSC GD 2024 is being held for 26,146 vacancies, of which 6,174 are for the BSF, 11,025 are for the CISF, 3,337 are for the CRPF, 635 are for SSB, 3,189 are for ITBP, 1,490 are for AR,

Lawrence County Superintendent Robbie Fletcher new Kentucky education commissioner | News

FRANKFORT – (TNS) Lawrence County Superintendent Robbie Fletcher has been selected as the next Kentucky education commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education officials said Thursday.

“We sought a leader who embodies the qualities of an ambassador and statesperson, an expert instructional leader, a strong organizational leader and a visionary innovator. We are confident that Dr. Fletcher met these requirements and is excited about the future of education in the Commonwealth under his leadership,” said Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Sharon Porter Robinson.

Delhi budget likely on Feb 15; health, education to get more funds | Delhi News

This year, health, education and roads are expected to get a major boost in the Delhi Budget. Usually held in mid-March, it is likely to be presented between February 15 and 20 this time, keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.

Other key sectors in focus are expected to be water and the environment, with an emphasis on reducing water pollution and increasing water capacity.

Preparations for the budget meeting have already begun and all departments have been asked to submit status reports of the big projects announced last year, along with new proposals, schemes and works for 2024-25.

“Road projects that could not have started last year will be allocated funds in the new budget, which will help start work this year. “Some hospitals lack equipment, including beds and testing machines such as MRI, X-Ray, CT scan… So, funds will also be allocated for purchasing equipment in hospitals to provide timely treatment to patients,” said an official.

The Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Atishi and the total outcome for this year is expected to be more than last year’s budget of Rs 80,000 crore.

Advancing healthcare education and clinical practice with extended reality (XR) | Imperial News

Woman being trained on VR headset




In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, technology plays an indispensable role in shaping the future of medical education and clinical practice.

Among the cutting-edge innovations, Extended Reality (XR) has emerged as a powerful tool with the potential to revolutionize the healthcare sector.

XR, or mixed reality, is a way of describing all technologies that bring the digital world and the real world together. These include augmented reality (AR), where you can overlay digital information onto the real world, and virtual reality (VR), where you are completely immersed in a digital space and don’t see the real world.

In response to the growing demand for specialized knowledge in this area, Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine is launching a new and exciting MOOC entitled “Extended Reality in Healthcare Education and Clinical Practice” this Autumn. Developed by the Department of Surgery and Cancer’s James Kinross and Jason Lawson, Sajan Patel from Imperial’s School of Medicine, and in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary EdTech Lab and Digital Media Lab, this MOOC will allow learners to embrace XR as a transformative force in the healthcare landscape.

XR expertise

The genesis of this groundbreaking MOOC arose from the realization that harnessing Extended Reality in healthcare requires more than

College-going gap between Black and white Americans is getting worse

From the time Patrick Ben III decided he would go to college, there seemed to be an obstacle at every turn.

The high school he attended on Chicago’s South Side offered few of the advantages wealthier kids got. There were no Advanced Placement courses, and little help was available with college and financial aid applications.

“I understood that a lot of the things I did to prepare for college I would have to do myself,” said Ben, who is Black.

When he finally made it to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the shortcomings of his high school were laid bare. Other students from more affluent places “were sitting there in class talking about how they’ve already done this stuff, where I’m thinking, all of this is new to me.”

Affirmative action:Supreme Court signals skepticism of race-conscious college admissions

These things “just reminded me of what I already knew about the politics of education and the lack of resources in low-income communities when it comes to schools,” said Ben, now 22 and about to graduate and go back to Chicago to teach while pursuing a master’s degree.

“I can’t be mad that the opportunities are different,” he said, “because

Kent State University: Committed champions of public health education and research

At Kent State University, faculty members leading the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are more than just educators. They are seasoned practitioners and ambassadors dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders in the science and art of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. In Northeast Ohio, a region with nationally renowned amenities plus an affordable cost of living, these faculty members are engaged in research that is as innovative as they are community-based and relevant.

Together with their public health ambassadors, these high achievers exemplify the best of what colleges have to offer — as recognized by several organizations and publications.

Accreditation and Recognition

In 2015, Kent State’s College of Public Health received its initial accreditation from the Board of Councilors of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In 2021, the CEPH Board of Councilors accredited the college until 2028. In 2022, the university received the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

The accreditations and awards confirm what many international students already know: that their university excels in integrating international education throughout all facets of the university and its campuses. “The Senator Paul Simon

How can universities support students’ mental health?

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As higher education comes with hope of new beginnings, it also has its fair share of challenges. It is time that universities support student’s mental health

Moving away from home and discovering a new place can feel somewhat isolating at first, and coupled with the intensity of university studies, many students may find themselves feeling low.

Therefore, it is crucial that public sector institutions, such as universities take action to protect students’ mental health.

The onus is on educational institutions to step up to the mark in order to promote safe and effective learning, which is what students come to expect.

In this article, we take a look at some of the ways in which universities can support students’ mental health in education and outside of it.

Spread awareness for student’s mental health

The first barrier to mental health support often results from a fear of judgment, particularly in universities where students may be separated from their usual support networks.

There should be no shame in seeking help, but unfortunately, although society has come a long way, there’s still a stigma surrounding mental health.

To tackle this issue, it’s important to promote awareness and encourage