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Hear perspectives on today's educational assessments. Why is there a great raucous about the tests. Why are over 34,000 NY children opting out of them or rather refusing them? What is the PPRA and why is it important. Find out
This week we have with us Gretchen Merriman. She is the Director of Operations at Smithers Quality Assessments, a Certification Body with headquarters in Akron, Ohio. Gretchen received her Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science degree from Youngstown State University and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Drawing on over 20 years experience in Quality Systems and Operations she provides interpretation of the requirements of standards, explanation of how the changes to standards affect organizations and auditing services to clients across multiple industries.
Of course she has been very busy working closely with ASCA to help educate the industry about ISO SN-9001.
Commercial real estate assessments are issued annually in Washington DC by the Office of Tax and Revenue. This year owners have been shocked when opening the mail and seeing increases of 25% or more. These assessment increases have significant ramifications for property owners and tenants alike if not handled quickly. I am joined by Jeremy Chitlik, a senior manager with SC&H. Jeremy spent 6 years at the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR). His final 2 years he was the Supervisor of Major Commercial Properties, overseeing all large commercial assessments in DC.
Joining us on this week's episode of ZorCast is Karen Powell, CEO & Founder of Decor & You, Inc. Karen is a passionate businesswoman, and member of the International Franchise Association's Women's Franchise Committee, the Entrepreneurial Women's Network, the National Association of Women Business Owners and many more professional associations that center around women, franchising, and decor. Karen uses the proven Kolbe assessment program to identify the way that people take action, so that she can use the results to create rite-fit teams inside her organization. Karen will discuss this method and how she uses it to ensure that each member of her team is working to their capacity, and leaves work each day feeling energized and excited, not drained and disheartened.
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Few understand the significance of the phrase “If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t get done!” better than Karen Powell, CEO of the national interior decorating franchise, Decor&You. Karen is part of a team of women who launched the business from the ground up in 1998. Karen views Decor&You as the ideal opportunity for businesspeople with extraordinary spirit who want to be their own boss and can find the courage to be master of their own success. Today, Decor&You is composed of 98 percent women franchisees who work hard to balance their time among the demands of career, family, health and hobbies. She cautions that it’s not easy to run your own business profitably, particularly a home-based business, while balancing competing interests. Yet she and many of the 30 franchisees who make up Decor&You will attest that when it’s done right, it’s profoundly rewarding.
Within the next year we will be entering classrooms that are unparalleled in their diversity. This is a great gift as we will meet children that will open our eyes to a greater worldview, but it also presents challenges in forming our practice to help our heterogeneous classrooms succeed. How do we assess our ELL students effectively? Join Laura, Dana, and Jami along with an experienced bilingual educator who has taught around the world for an informative and interesting take on ELL assessments.
Risk assessments have grown in popularity as a way to determine the risk and treatment needs of youth. These assessments when properly performed can promote youth potential and increase public safety by helping craft holistic and individual responses for kids that are involved in juvenile court. This episode of Spotlight on Youth focuses on research-based risk assessments and a new publication on that subject, Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation.Guests will highlight the Guide's development and contents and discuss considerations when selecting assessment tools, protocols around their use, and tips and lessons learned for juvenile justice stakeholders, including attorneys, judges and probation officers.
Elizabeth A. Fritz, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Lehigh County, PA Mary Ann Scali, Deputy Director, National Juvenile Defender Center Gina M. Vincent, PhD, Co-Director, National Youth Screening and Assessment Project
COMMON CORE:TEACHING WRITING TO NEW STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENTS
Scott Miller, Contributing author to Zaner-Bloser's Strategies for Writers is our guest. The shows we do with Zaner Bloser always have great listenership and this one should be no exception. Writing is a hot topic for those teaching the changing standards.
Hear perspectives on the Common Core Standards and its assessments. What is involvedd in the assessments and why is it so important. What will opting out/refusing the test mean. Why are teachers not allowed to see them--why the secrecy. Hear more about these untested, invalid standards and who stands to gain. One thing for sure--parents that are asleep on the issue will stand to lose more than they ever dreamed. Get informed and protect your own. Hear about the Bill Gates-Obama plan for your children's future.
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Leveraging the Computer Lab to Prepare Students for Online Assessments. How important is this these days??? Zion IL, Elementary District 6 Director of Instructional Technology, Tony DeMonte. Thank you Learning.Com for finding Tony for me.
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