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It’s Unclearly Defined, but Telecommuting Is Fast on the Rise

It’s Unclearly Defined, but Telecommuting Is Fast on the Rise | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
Aided by technology, telecommuting is becoming more common, and while it has its challenges, studies show that it tends to create happier, better workers.

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As a telecommuter myself, I love my set-up. I've always gone into the office at least once a month minimally to make sure I've had some face time with my bosses (I have two) and be available to those who are in my home office. The commute to the office is about 50 miles away, which in NJ rush hour time is about 1.5 hours of driving on average, so I don't miss commuting in that respect. Nowadays, my commute is done once a week on average, which is still not too bad. I will agree with this article in that I think I get a lot more done and am more productive working from home. I don't think everyone is cut out for telecommuting, but for me, it works.

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Anti-homework movement is growing

Anti-homework movement is growing | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it

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Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein | New York Daily News

Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein | New York Daily News | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son would probably never know how to tie his shoes.But experts say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Einstein’s and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. He’s given TedX talks and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics.The key, according to mom Kristine Barnett, was letting Jacob be himself — by helping him study the world with wide-eyed wonder instead of focusing on a list of things he couldn’t do.Diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at the age of 2, Jacob spent years in the clutches of a special education system that didn’t understand what he needed. His teachers at school would try to dissuade Kristine from hoping to teach Jacob any more than the most basic skills.
Jacob was struggling with that sort of instruction — withdrawing deeper into himself and refusing to speak with anyone.But Kristine noticed that when he was not in therapy, Jacob was doing “spectacular things” on his own.
Click headline to read more and watch TEDxTeen video--

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STAR test dumped: Brown ignores federal threats, signs bill allowing new exams

STAR test dumped: Brown ignores federal threats, signs bill allowing new exams | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
Ignoring a threat from the U.S. Department of Education to withhold federal funds from schools, Gov.
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VATICAN CITY: Pope warns church must stop obsessing on gays, abortion, contraception | World | ADN.com

VATICAN CITY: Pope warns church must stop obsessing on gays, abortion, contraception | World | ADN.com | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more...
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As Catholics rethink views on gays, so do their schools - Pioneer Press

As Catholics rethink views on gays, so do their schools - Pioneer Press | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
As Catholics rethink views on gays, so do their schools
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Since taking over University of St. Thomas this summer, President Julie Sullivan has heard from gay faculty and students that they feel a need to "hide" on campus.
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Kansas school stewardship model encourages vocations

Kansas school stewardship model encourages vocations | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
The stewardship model which funds Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wichita has blessed the local Church with numerous priestly and religious vocations, the diocesan superintendent of schools said.
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13-Year-Old Discovers a Way to Combat Hunger in America

13-Year-Old Discovers a Way to Combat Hunger in America | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
McKenna Greenleaf Faulk leapt over her school district’s red tape to get food to the people who needed it the most.

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Students rally to support gay teacher fired from Catholic school - Los Angeles Times

Students rally to support gay teacher fired from Catholic school - Los Angeles Times | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Times Students rally to support gay teacher fired from Catholic school Los Angeles Times Ken Bencomo, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga, was fired from his teaching position at the Catholic girls school after photos of his wedding to partner...
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Is This Land Made For You And Me?

"Lyrics to 'This Land Is Your Land' from WoodyGuthrie.org. And if you can't watch the video for some reason, here's a transcript."


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This video that I originally found on Upworthy shows that even classic songs of Americana that might seem jingoistic may have had a subversive beginning.  I never knew there was a final verse to this Great Depression era song that references iconic cultural landscapes; know that I've heard it I see why it isn't taught to school kids, but I wish it was.   


In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Tags:  poverty, place, USA, landscape, culture, music.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching: Digital Natives: Ten Years After

“ The Journal of Online Learning and Teaching” Prensky's piece and where we are now.
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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it

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The 200 best special education apps - Learn Egg

The 200 best special education apps - Learn Egg | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
“Education technology is in most classrooms. Here are a couple hundred ways to use it to help special education teachers and students.”
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Ireland

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As far back as 500 AD, Ireland, and its monks and monasteries, were at the centre of learning in Europe, earning the title ‘Land of Saints and Scholars ’. Today, Irish educational attainment...
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Promoting the culture of volunteering to our YOUTH

Promoting the culture of volunteering to our YOUTH | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
We need to invest in young people and give them opportunities to experience life in areas that are unfamiliar to them (RT @zenrainman: Excellent article by V.K.Madhavan on the young and volunteering http://t.co/obo6GW0C)...

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SMS- a place where we stirve to provide opportunities for our youth to expand their vision.

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Social Justice Begins in Kindergarten | The Heart and Art of ...

Social Justice Begins in Kindergarten | The Heart and Art of ... | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
I am using the literature-based resource kit, Social Justice Begins with Me (ETFO), to introduce various themes to my Kindergarten students regarding social justice. In the first lesson lesson we used the book, The Colors of Us ...

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My climb out of poverty wouldn’t be possible today

My climb out of poverty wouldn’t be possible today | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
My concern now is for the young mothers who are struggling like I did. I watch them carrying their babies on their hips and think of my younger self.

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Ask yourself....How am I helping others today?

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REVIEW: Crusaders urge churches to seek social justice - Christian Chronicle

REVIEW: Crusaders urge churches to seek social justice - Christian Chronicle | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
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REVIEW: Crusaders urge churches to seek social justice
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“Justice” is a trigger word in many church contexts.
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What can I do today to help make my world more just?

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Catholic school plans $9.5 million expansion - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Catholic school plans $9.5 million expansion - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | St. Mary's School Kodiak Alaska | Scoop.it
Catholic school plans $9.5 million expansion
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Officials at St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School are ready to part ways as they plan a $9.5 million expansion. The project will involve adding 37,000 square feet at the St.
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Nice to see some of our schools moving forward!

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