Saturday, December 25, 2010

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A former student was upset because he was concerned about what he was getting for Christmas. He was thinking his parents were upset with him and that Christmas wasn't what it used to be when he believed in Santa. He felt he deserved that same feeling in anticipation of what he would receive for Christmas.

"So what are you doing for Christmas? What do you want? What are you gonna get?"

My answer took him by surprise. 

"First, I am going to church to celebrate Jesus' birth. I know we picked a day to celebrate His birthday and we can celebrate that any time we want but this is the day we chose and that is what I am going to do," I replied.

"I don't understand why a church would have service and take you away from your family on Christmas day!" he said without thinking. "Shouldn't you be with family first and opening your gifts and all?"

"Yes, I should be with my family," I said. "And we should all be in church together to celebrate the greatest gift of all."

Christmas has become so commercial that we must teach our children that it is not about material things they receive but about the Greatest Gift they have been given: The most precious gift of love ever as expressed in John 3:16 as it came into fulfillment on that night over 2,000 years ago. 

My husband refuses to recognize the day as the bible does not say exactly what day Jesus was born. if it had been relevant, the Bible would have mentioned it. He says that we took the day from a pagan celebration and made it Christian. Jesus said to take the Lord's supper to remember His sacrifice but not his birth. I say we can take any day and make it Holy so why not December 25th? So I celebrate!

I do agree with the profane commercialism of the day with the pressure to buy, buy, buy. I refuse to purchase and decorate my home with blow-up, motorcycle-riding Santas, plastic light-up nativity scenes and the like.

Each Christmas, I have vowed to put feet to Jesus' teachings in some specific way. I try to do that all year long in taking the church beyond the four walls of a building by doing what we do in prison ministry and children's ministry. Of course I want my daily walk to reflect this even without being a part of a formal organization.

This year my projects were my less fortunate students and my mentee in the Second Chance Mentoring program. I have a young mentee who has had absolutely nothing: no clothes, no shoes and basically no family. She has Jesus, which she hadn't had in her life and now she can see some light at the end of the tunnel. People whom were thought to have written her off are returning or taking notice. My daughter and I surprised her with a photograph of things that will greet her when she is released from parish prison. We got a suitcase and put some new and used items of clothing in it for her. My daughter found that she likes some of the same books and has prepared a box of books. I have not seen anyone go on about a photo on a sheet of computer paper before, but she was ecstatic over these few things. More so, she has been telling me that what she appreciates most is someone listening to her and caring about her.

After our prayers both separately and together, her dad and brother traveled from out-of-state to pay her a visit. Then another mentor from the past came to visit! Things are looking up in anticipation of her her grandmother has agreed to come and get her from another state and reunite her with her family.

To me, this is what Christmas is all about. My daughter sees the benefits in giving more than Christmas gifts to others. It's about giving of your time and resources all year long to give someone else the resources to help themselves out of the quagmire that lives can become without love.

God's love is not about hate for anyone:
--not gays in the military or wherever they may be
--not for brown people who may be living here illegally
--not for those who worship differently
--not for those who don't drink the tea or depend on "Faux news"
--not for those whose present address is where they have been sentenced as punishment for a crime.
It just is NOT about hate no matter who tries to make it so. It's about seeing Him in the eyes of every pair of eyes that looks back.

I went to Christmas service this morning at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church. This afternoon I will go to my mother's house for lunch and visiting with out-of-town relatives. But this has been a great season to celebrate and see the Holy Spirit in action as we take Christ's walk. For that I am truly grateful. I thank God for the gift of his only Son, teacher, Savior and example. 

It is my prayer that more parents of my students will make Christmas more about what it should be--a day of recollection of how much one can give by His example during the year rather than anticipation of what material things one can receive on the day.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Nigeria Boosts River Blindness Control in Africa

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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AFB Press Newsletter - October 2010

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JVIB Releases Special Issue on Vision and the Brain

The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness has just released a special issue on vision and the brain, a topic that has been rapidly moving to the forefront of medical, educational, and rehabilitation services for children and adults with vision impairment. Edited by Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D. and Amanda Hall Lueck, Ph.D., this special issue strives to offer current and relevant information for readers on this critical topic. The issue includes opening commentaries on terminology, children with cortical visual impairment (CVI), vision rehabilitation services, and vision rehabilitation practitioners; articles on involving the participation and input of parents when working with children with CVI, functional vision assessment, and functional outcomes; and a Roundtable section on the ways personnel preparation programs have changed to include instruction in CVI.

The issue also features opportunities for certificants of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) to earn approved continuing education units (CEUs) by reading JVIB articles. This month's CEU opportunities include a personnel preparation article on neurological vision rehabilitation and how to conduct a functional vision assessment with children who have CVI.

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New Editions of Foundations of Low Vision, Foundations of Orientation and Mobility, Now Available Through International Distributors

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The CareerConnect® Collection includes five books that describe exciting career possibilities for people who are blind or visually impaired. They include Jobs to Be Proud Of: Profiles of Workers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; Career Perspectives: Interviews with Blind and Visually Impaired Professionals; Health Care Professionals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired; Business Owners Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Teachers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. These books are designed to inspire young people by expanding their knowledge of available career choices and profiling successful workers.

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Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is being celebrated in October. It is an international initiative to promote art by and for people with vision loss and other disabilities, and to encourage multimodal approaches to education and creativity. Organized by Art Education for the Blind (AEB) and its more than 200 partners around the world, it recognizes that exposure to the arts and cultural institutions is crucial for the advancement of many key issues in the education and rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

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Posted: 07 Nov 2010 04:39 PM PST
While Arizona did not observe the Sunday end of Daylight Saving Time, some iPhones in the state configured with default settings did, falling back an hour along with those in the Pacific time zone.
April, an AT&T customer service representative, reported that the issue involves the configuration of time zone support in the iPhone's Mail, Contacts and Calendars settings. By default, time zone support is on and set to Cupertino.
April provided the following instructions for disabling time zone support, so that this information can be obtained from AT&T's network:
These steps will work for sighted users who are not running the VoiceOver screen reader for the blind. Instructions for blind users follow.
  1. Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap Time Zone Support.
  4. Tap the button to turn Time Zone Support off.
If you are a blind iPhone user who relies on Apple's built-in VoiceOver screen reader, follow these steps to turn off time zone support:
  1. Press the Home button to move to the Home screen.
  2. Flick left or right to locate the Settings icon. This will be found on the first page of most iPhones.
  3. Double tap Settings.
  4. Flick right several times to locate Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  5. Double tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  6. Flick right until you locate "Time Zone Support, On."
  7. Double tap "Time Zone Support, On." You are now in the time zone support window.
  8. Flick to the right a couple of times to find a button labeled "Time Zone Support, On."
  9. Double tap the button to turn this feature off. The iPhone will now pull all its time zone information from the cellular network.
Once the time zone support setting has been deactivated, close the settings screen by pressing the Home button and test the time change by following these steps:
  1. Press and hold down the Sleep button on the top of the iPhone for two seconds.
  2. Double tap the Power Off button. Single tap the button if you are not using VoiceOver. The iPhone will announce it is shutting down.
  3. Wait 5 or 10 seconds.
  4. Hold down the Sleep button for two or three seconds to start the iPhone.
  5. Allow 10 to 15 seconds for the iPhone to fully power up. If you use VoiceOver, its active status will be announced.
  6. The iPhone starts in a locked state, with the current time shown. Flick to the left a couple of times to hear it announced. Flick to the right twice and double tap to unlock the iPhone and go on your merry way.
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[Nick's Walk] Still Human! Devotional for Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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. . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

Kairos #50 just finished at Angola and by all accounts it was wonderful, a true hilltop experience. I did not take part but I know what the participants are going through this week.

In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.

We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience. It's one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us. If we are not looking for halos, we at least want something that will make people say, "What a wonderful man of prayer he is!" or, "What a great woman of devotion she is!" If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time.

The true test of a saint's life is not successfulness but faithfulness on the human level of life. We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life "hidden with Christ in God" in our everyday human conditions (Colossians 3:3). Our human relationships are the very conditions in which the ideal life of God should be exhibited.

To all my brothers and sisters, moving down from the hilltop, I pray for you now as I did during the weekend.

Continue to be blessed and to bless.


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I took this picture of one of the cards a child made for Angola Kairos #50. We always need stuff like this for the ministry. It can be mailed to POB 74514 Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4514

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Anti-VEGF Inhibitors Appear Safe for Treating Infants With Retinopathy of Prematurity: Presented at AAO

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Blind Woman Says Guide Dog Not Allowed in Dunkin Donuts

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Possible Cure for ARMD Blindness

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You've Got Braille!

On Arthur's (PBS Kid's) web site one of the characters learns about braille from one of her friends who uses it. On this page is a translator box and a letter key. This is a fun place to share with children!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Performers from the Sghree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind in India

Burton MP goes blind for a day to raise awareness

Camera Chip Provides Sight in Retinitis Pigmentosa, Research Says

Study Claims Vitamin A Pill Could Stop Blindness in Old Age

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Retinopathy of prematurity is a leading cause of preventable blindnessAll babies weighing less than 2 kg at birth will be screened for ROP

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PREVENTIVE STEPS:Narayana Nethralaya will train ophthalmologists and technicians to screen rural children and transfer the images to the hospital.

Bangalore: Did you know that most premature babies are at the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of preventable infant blindness?
Come January, premature babies born in the backward districts of north and central Karnataka will be screened for ROP soon after their birth and treated. This will be possible through a public-private-partnership between the Union Health Ministry and the Narayana Nethralaya under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
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With childhood wellness, including right to sight, being one of the major components of NRHM, this partnership will be a boon to children in rural areas. &#8220;The plan is to screen all premature babies born in rural areas and ensure that their defective vision is treated at the right time,&#8221; S. Selva Kumar, State NRHM Mission Director told The Hindu on the eve of World Sight Day.
With the theme for this year's World Sight Day (October 14) being &#8220;Countdown to 2020: The Right to Sight,&#8221; the Government is keen on expanding the project to other districts. The focus will be on tackling preventable blindness,&#8221; he said.
Although ROP can be prevented if diagnosed and treated early, there is a severe paucity of ROP-trained ophthalmologists in the country. Under the partnership, experts from Narayana Nethralaya will train ophthalmologists and technicians to screen rural children and transfer the images to the hospital.
The defect will be diagnosed and if required the children will be brought to Bangalore for further treatment, said K. Bhujang Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Nethralaya.
The hospital has already conducted a pilot project titled Karnataka State Internet Assisted Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (KIDROP) in the surrounding districts of Bangalore and Mysore.
Nearly 4,500 babies have been screened and 400 of them have been treated. The hospital has collaborated with i2i TeleSolutions to develop the telemedicine software.
&#8220;All babies whose birth weight is less than 2,000 grams (2 kg) will be screened. While the Government will provide staff, vehicles and equipment, we will provide the logistics. There has been some delay in the procurement of equipment. But the project will start in January in the backward districts of northern and central Karnataka,&#8221; Dr. Shetty said.
With the main causes of chronic blindness being glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, the State-run Minto Ophthalmic Institute has started a comprehensive programme to screen, detect and treat these two eye diseases among the rural masses. If detected early, these diseases can be managed thereby protecting the infant's vision.
Hospital Medical Superintendent K.S. Sriprakash told The Hindu that this was in tune with the theme for this year's World Sight Day.
&#8220;Although we have been conducting eye camps across the State to detect cataract and perform surgeries, we have recently started organising camps for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Nearly 10,000 have been screened so far and 600 are getting further treatment,&#8221; he said.
That apart, the hospital is also regularly conducting school screening programmes to detect vision defects in children.

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Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $1 Million Grant to Begin Clinical Trials on Eye Reservoir for Cancer Drug Delivery

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct a clinical trial on a ne drug delivery system to treat young children diagnosed with retinoblastoma. The device is designed to deliver chemotherapy through a tiny silicone cup sealed to the outer surface (sclera) of the eye, which can more directly target cancer cells and greatly reduce the side effects caused by current chemotherapy treatments.

“It also offers the promise of inexpensive treatment for thousands of children in developing countries who now die of this childhood eye cancer, because their families cannot afford traditional chemotherapy”

The grant, given to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, is part of an RC3 ARRA grant of $2.7 million awarded to 3T Ophthalmics, Inc. by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Phase I clinical trial will start enrolling patients in July 2011 under the direction of A. Linn Murphree, MD, director of the Retinoblastoma Program in The Vision Center. Dr. Murphree is also professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and attending physician at both the Doheny Eye Institute and the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC.

The new delivery system, called the episcleral drug reservoir or eye port, is a small silicone cup about 8mm to 10mm in size and can hold the chemotherapy for slow sustained drug delivery to the eye. The eye port isolates the medication targeted to the eye from being absorbed into the blood stream. This new delivery system is a simple way to deliver medications to the interior of the eye over weeks to months.

Currently eye doctors use drops, injections around the eye and even injections directly into the eye to place medications where they are most needed. All of these methods, however, deliver the drug for only a few hours. Several other “slow delivery” systems are being tested but they all require major eye surgery and the risks of complications are high.

The eye port, in contrast, is firmly attached to the outside of the eye under the thin, filmy conjunctiva, or covering of the eyeball. The eye port slowly releases the drug to pass through the wall of the eye, where it reaches the retina and vitreous. The device is so small the patient should feel little or no discomfort, and it does not hinder normal vision.

“The new device could fundamentally change the delivery of medications to the eye for diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, endophthalmitis, retinopathy of prematurity and retinoblastoma. Children receiving chemotherapy could potentially return home wearing the device and avoid most of the complications of standard chemotherapy,” says Dr. Murphree.

The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will partner with three other U.S. retinoblastoma centers to conduct the clinical trials; The Retinoblastoma Center of Houston (a joint program of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center/University of Texas and Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine); Memphis’ St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; and Philadelphia’s Scheie Eye Institute.

"While we are beginning this protocol with the eye, this type of device could potentially be implanted on a variety of internal organs and could fundamentally change the way we treat many types of cancer,” said Dr. Murphree.

“Currently, when we use I.V. chemotherapy to treat retinoblastoma in young children, we give high doses to ensure the medicine gets into the eye. Most of it, however, affects other parts of the body, causing nausea, a reduction in white cell count and depression of the immune system. With the eye port, we will be giving much less chemotherapy, but far more will reach the cancer cells,” said Dr. Murphree. “It also offers the promise of inexpensive treatment for thousands of children in developing countries who now die of this childhood eye cancer, because their families cannot afford traditional chemotherapy,” he added.

The three-year grant will enroll 36 patients in the Phase I (Year I) trial and an additional 24 patients in Phase II. Only patients with unilateral advanced intraocular retinoblastoma that have received no previous treatment will be eligible for clinical trial enrollment.

About Childrens Hospital Los Angeles: Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast – ranked for two consecutive years in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and named to the magazine’s “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals. The Saban Research Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 100 investigators at work on 186 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. The Saban Research Institute is ranked eighth in National Institutes of Health funding among children’s hospitals in the United States. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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There's a Cure for retinopathy in Premature Babies (Times of India)

PUNE: Ismail Memon, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is like any other child his age, except that he cannot see clearly beyond five ft.

"We know our child does not have good vision, but what he sees now is much better than no vision at all," said his rickshaw driver father Shakil Memon.

Ismail's is a case of retinopathy of prematurity (RoP), a disease peculiar to preterm and low birth-weight babies. It is a disease of the blood vessels of the retina (inside layer of the eye). In babies who are born premature, the retinal vessels are yet to grow. In some babies, if the vessels grow abnormally, they can bleed inside the eye leading to permanent irreversible blindness.

"Ismail was born three months premature. We diagnosed him with RoP and the surgery was performed immediately. He now has an ambulatory vision (3 to 4 ft visibility) in the left eye. The right eye could not be saved," said Saleel Gadkari, a retina surgeon, who operated upon Ismail at the H V Desai eye hospital in Mohammedwadi six months ago.

RoP needs to be taken seriously in India because premature babies are surviving and blindness among them is common. "If such babies are diagnosed early, laser surgery can help restore much of their vision. Detection is a hurdle as resources and exposure are limited. As a result, surgery is the only option, which may not help after a point," said Gadkari.

Sight Savers International, a UK-based NGO donated a Rs 70 lakh machine (RETCAM) to the Desai hospital to detect RoP. "This machine has helped detect at least 48 cases, mostly in rural Maharashtra. Of these, 40 were in the early stage and were cured with laser technique. The rest were operated upon."

Leaving infants untreated would mean a huge loss to society, said Gadkari. "The operation at our hospital costs about Rs 13,000. In private hospitals, it may go up to Rs 1 lakh. We have operated upon eight infants in a year as against the target of one set by the NGO," said Sucheta Kulkarni, deputy director and chief retina consultant at H V Desai eye hospital. It will also conduct a study on the benefits of the treatment in the last three years.

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Supporters Fight for Sight This October

It's Eye Health Month and advocates are out in full force with a variety of education and fundraising campaigns to ensure individuals of all ages around the world have access to proper care and are making use of it.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Salif Keita Brings 'La Difference' to Dar Es Salaam


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Job title: Holidays Co-ordinator
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Could you run a holiday programme for deafblind people and manage a complex project with paid and voluntary staff?

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New discovery to help ease the impact of glaucoma - News1130

New discovery to help ease the impact of glaucoma - News1130

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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I'm continually horrified by what can happen to those living with albinism in parts of Africa.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Attorney general: Teachers must report communications

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--- On Thu, 9/30/10, Louisiana Federation of Teachers <> wrote:

From: Louisiana Federation of Teachers <>
Subject: Attorney general: Teachers must report communications
To: mrs
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 5:35 PM

Teachers must report electronic communications with students outside of school

Teachers who work with their students in activities that are not connected to the school, such as church youth groups, must follow rules set up to prohibit inappropriate contacts with the children, according to an attorney general's opinion.

The opinion, based on Act 214 of the 2009 legislative session, says that teachers who have e-mail communications with students outside of the official school system must report those communications to the school.

The law restricting ways that teachers can communicate was passed in response to concerns that some teachers were sending inappropriate e-mails to their students.

The bill, authored by Rep. Frank Hoffmann of West Monroe, was intended to protect teachers and students by making sure that e-mails could only be sent to students through approved school district channels.

The question arose about teachers who are facilitators for church youth groups, and who send e-mails or text messages to the children who are members of those groups.

The attorney general's opinion is clear. If the members of the youth groups are also students at the teacher's school, the teacher must report any electronic communications with the student to the school.

The opinion is on the attorney general's Web site at this link.

A wrong turn down the road to merit pay

Now that the U.S. Department of Education has announced that eight Louisiana school districts will split $36.5 million to experiment with merit pay for teachers, does that mean it's already too late to talk about whether or not merit pay really makes a difference in the classroom?

Hopefully, not. Because the data, while not yet conclusive, tends to show that there is little if any connection between performance-based pay and student achievement.

As Sarah Sparks writes here, the Department of Education is spending money before there is evidence that it is well spent. Says Sparks, "More than ever, the department needs a large, rigorous, comprehensive evaluation to dig into the details of whether and how performance-pay programs work."

Within a week of the Department's announcement of the grants, she notes, two different studies in Chicago and Nashville "have found few benefits for student achievement in merit-pay programs."

Despite a lack of evidence that these incentives accomplish their goal, the U.S. Department, as well as state and local education agencies around the country, are bound and determined to ram them down the throats of classroom teachers.


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Help the NSU Demons win the Hawaii Five-O band contest!

Which college band performs the best rendition of the Hawaii Five-O theme? If the answer is Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, the school will win $25,000 and have a video of the band performing the piece on the CBS network this fall.

All that NSU has to do to win is get more votes than the other 17 colleges in the competition. That's where you come in.

Click on this link, and vote for the Spirit of Northwestern band. You're allowed to vote once each day until the CBS Hawaii Five-O Marching Band Mania competition is settled on October 4. Go Demons!

Let's Get This Straight

My job is to help teachers teach blind kids the same thing they teach their sighted kids. I bring in and do the special "stuff" for their vision and inform them of the accommodations they need to make. Some people don't get it. They don't want to get it. I'm your back up and not your enemy! If you see it as more work, then it leads me to think you really haven't been working up to par in the first place.

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