IEI partners for new writing program

first_imgThe Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at Notre Dame partnered with the Notre Dame Writing Center and local schools to create the Power of Writing Project (POW), a program aimed at improving the writing skills of students grades five through eight. Joyce Johnstone, director of program development at IEI, said below-average writing scores on state performance tests highlighted the need for intervention in local schools. “Unfortunately a number of the South Bend schools haven’t made Annual Yearly Progress, AYP scores,” Johnstone said. “A lot of schools just struggle with this. It isn’t that they’re bad, it’s just one of the things they’ve been working on, and sometimes they need external help.” To enable the POW Project to provide that help, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded nearly $200,000 in funding. “After hearing what was going on with the schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation, we had the opportunity to bring this Power of Writing idea to the South Bend schools, and we submitted it to the commission to be funded,” she said. Power of Writing will provide training for local teachers and send Writing Center tutors into the community. “We’re doing the training in two different time frames, the first of which we just had, training for professional development called the ‘Simple Six,’” she said. “The second will be the extended summer writing curriculum workshop.” While several local Catholic schools will have teachers undergoing the training, only public schools receive Writing Center tutors. “The initial work was targeted with the public schools, but because we do have the space we wanted to make sure they [Catholic schools] could have the opportunity to participate,” she said. “The Catholic schools will not have the tutoring, we couldn’t afford it.” Johnstone said each aspect of the program will require funding, and compensating teachers for the summer work will consume the majority of the award. “The bulk of the funds are going toward teacher stipends for the summer, that’s a big hunk of it,” she said. “The other parts will go to paying for tutoring time and scoring writing prompts.” The writing prompts administered to students will be one of the primary ways Power of Writing’s effectiveness will be measured. “We will have students do writing prompts based on the state guideline prompts and they will be scored by the Writing Center tutors, so the teachers will be able to gauge the effectiveness of it,” she said. “Next Summer they’ll have five different writing samples from each student as authentic examples of the effectiveness.” Johnstone said IEI hopes an increase in AYS scores coupled with a shift in teacher attitudes will also testify to the POW Project’s success. “We have been assessing teacher attitudes toward writing. Our hypothesis is teacher attitudes will change for the positive once they’ve had the training and seen the improvements,” Johnstone said. Johnstone said she sees POW as an expansion of the efforts already taken by local schools and hopes that the additional resources will make the difference. “They [local schools] know they have a lot of work to do. They’ve been doing some activities at the school level, so this just pushes it forward in a more comprehensive way, so there’s more structure,” she said. “With funding and expertise, we are expanding those opportunities.”last_img read more

MLB Trade Rumours: Rangers chase Ozuna, Braves contemplate Donaldson reunion

first_img FOLLOW US Sreehari Menon MLB trade rumours: White Sox to land Puig?The White Sox are looking to add another right-handed outfielder to their mix despite trading in Nomar Mazara and reportedly agreeing terms with Edwin Encarnación and are looking at Puig as their primary target. Puig could supposedly platoon with the left-handed-hitting Mazara in the right, adding to an outfield that already consists of Mazara, Adam Engel in the centre and Eloy Jiménez in left. It’s been a busy offseason for the White Sox having added left-handers Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal to their roster, in addition to the Mazara and Encarnación acquisitions all on free-agent deals.Also Read:MLB Trade Rumours: Dodgers, Red Sox In Talks For Mookie Betts?  According to sources, the White Sox remain engaged with the RF market despite this month’s trade for Nomar Mazara. Yasiel Puig appears to be a primary target.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 26, 2019 Written By First Published: 30th December, 2019 20:13 IST The Major League Baseball (MLB) offseason is in the final stages and while teams have made significant forays into the free-agent market, the franchises are yet to lock down their final rosters and are looking to plug all possible holes. While high profile names like Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg have made unbelievable moves, the MLB franchises are looking to add a supporting cast to their star leads. Here, let’s take a look at the latest MLB trade rumours.Also Read: Scott Boras Breaks $1 Billion Mark As MLB Agent Orchestrates Mega Deals For His ClientsMLB Trade Rumours: Texas Rangers looking to add Ozuna to their ranksThe Texas Rangers are looking to add a right-handed outfielder to their ranks. The current line-up of Willie Calhoun, Danny Santana and Joey Gallo is predominantly left-handed and the addition of Ozuna could be a solution to Rangers’ problems. Ozuna had a high flying season in 2017, slashing .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. While he’s put up substantial numbers at the plate since then, they haven’t been anywhere close to the 2017 level. Yet the Texas Rangers could sign Ozuna in the hopes that his numbers continue at that rate or better, given that traded outfielder Nomar Mazara hit .261/.320/.435 over four seasons for the Rangers. Sources: #Braves have inquired to #Rockies on a Nolan Arenado trade, although discussions between the teams have not been active recently. Atlanta is said to be wary of the salary commitment but has the sort of prospect group Colorado wants in any Arenado deal. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 27, 2019 Source: #Braves unlikely to aggressively pursue a Nolan Arenado trade with the #Rockies while Josh Donaldson remains available in free agency. If Donaldson signs elsewhere, Arenado-to-Atlanta becomes more plausible. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 29, 2019 COMMENT Rangers could be in play for a righthanded-hitting OF, including stars Nick Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna. They’ve been linked to superstar 3B Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson but chances there aren’t necessarily great.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 29, 2019 Also Read: MLB’s London Series Games Between Yankees And Red Sox Raised Around £37m In City’s Economy SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE MLB Trade Rumours: Atlanta Braves chasing Arenado amidst Nationals pursuit for DonaldsonThe Atlanta Braves have inquired about a trade for the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, although talks between the two clubs haven’t been active recently, and Atlanta may be waiting out Josh Donaldson before going in more seriously for Arenado. Josh Donaldson had a massive season for the Braves in 2019, slashing .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs to help Atlanta to a second consecutive NL East title. There’s a common interest in a reunion, but the club reportedly doesn’t want to go to four guaranteed years for the 34-year-old. The Nationals are also meeping tabs on Donaldson and view him as a potential replacement for Anthony Rendon. The Braves are also exploring a trade involving Kris Bryant, but any deal is unlikely to happen until an arbitrator rules on Bryant’s grievance against the Cubs.Also Read: MLB: Gio Gonzalez Adds To Chicago White Sox’s Rotation After Signing $5 Million Deal LIVE TV Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 20:13 IST MLB Trade Rumours: Rangers Chase Ozuna, Braves Contemplate Donaldson Reunion MLB trade rumours: With the MLB offseason on many players are looking to shift bases, while many franchises are looking to plug holes ahead of the new seasonlast_img read more