Archive for the ‘News’ tag
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, October 19, 2009
With help from the News Literacy Project, 150 Marquette Elementary School sixth graders are honing their noses for news, learning to sift out the facts from the opinion, advertising and even fiction they encounter in the endless stream of information available through television, Internet, radio and print.
Marquette social studies teacher Courtney Rogers and NLP’s Chicago coordinator Peter Adams are leading the students at one of the five schools in LISC's Elev8 program through two weeks of learning how to determine what news to believe.
The News Literacy Project is a national program that taps seasoned journalists to teach students the critical thinking skills they need to be smarter and more frequent consumers and creators of news across media platforms.
Students are exploring other basic questions about news, new media and their role in a democracy: Why does news matter? Why is First Amendment protection of free speech so vital to American democracy? What challenges and opportunities do the Internet and digital media create?
The News Literacy Project is an innovative national educational program that is mobilizing seasoned journalists to help middle school and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age. The project’s primary aim is to teach students the critical thinking skills they need to be smarter and more frequent consumers and creators of credible information across all media and platforms.
Students are learning how to distinguish verified information from raw messages, spin, gossip and opinion and are being encouraged to seek news and information that will make them well-informed citizens and voters. The curriculum is flexible and it scales well” from middle to high school, said Adams.
At the end of the sequence students will produce projects to demonstrate their new knowledge. Other middle and high school students involved with the News Literacy Project have created board games, short videos and posterboards.
The Marquette students geared up for an October 20 visit from Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, who will visit in the midst of the process, giving the youth time to whet their appetites to ask questions about the news business.
At Marquette, Adams said students are entering the project with a broad range of prior knowledge about news. While some already understand the basics of how a newspaper works and even understand complex terms like transparency as they relate to news, others are much more naïve.
“It’s a mix,” he said. “There are students who have never really thought about this.”
During a recent class, students transitioned from examining advertising to reading a news article about the Naperville teen who died of swine flu. When asked why that story was placed where it was in the paper, “some students were tempted to say, ‘oh, her family probably paid to have it put there,’ ” said Adams. “It was a good misguided comment because it opened up the discussion.”
The partnership with Marquette is NLP’s first venture in Chicago. Former Los Angeles Times reporter Alan Miller founded the News Literacy Project in 2008, after speaking to his daughter’s middle school class about how journalism works.
NLP has already worked with schools in Bethesda, Maryland, and New York City. Adams says NLP hopes to expand to more Elev8 schools, possibly as early as winter 2010. “It fits with the Elev8 model. All the principals and directors were excited about the program.”
Friday, December 12, 2008
Check out photos from the event here.
Media Advisory for Contact: Rebecca Walz 773/ 384-4370 (office)
312/ 237-0360 (cell)
Friday, December 12 Bridget Murphy 520/ 429-1544 (cell)
Santa Claus of Education to Land in Logan Square
“Now is the time for change in Illinois—let’s start with school funding!”
As the story around Illinois politics unfolds, one thing is clear: Illinois is in time of change. This unique historical moment opens new possibilities for the long-fought battle for fair school funding in Illinois. On Friday, December 12, over 200 parents from 8 Logan Square Schools will march to the Logan Square monument to deliver their school wish list to the Santa Claus of Education.
“Growing up and going to school in CPS, I knew that my school didn’t have enough funding,” said Funston parent Marian Rodriguez. “To see my son and daughter going through the same thing is a crime. This has been going on for too long. Every kid, no matter where they come from, deserves a high quality education.”
On Friday, December 12, parents will leave from Logan Square Neighborhood Association (2840 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 9:30 a.m. and march down Milwaukee Avenue to the Logan Square Monument to a rally beginning at 10 a.m. Parents will deliver to the Santa Claus of Education their school holiday wish list:
Smaller class sizes
Healthy cafeteria food
Special education teachers
After school programs for kids
Better gyms and athletic equipment
Counselors and school social workers
Special education support groups for parents
Classes for parents—ESL, GED and computer
Professional development for teacher assistants
Parent mentors and other parent involvement initiatives
Field trips and other learning opportunities outside the classroom
Who: 200 Parents and administrators from 8 Logan Square Schools, Ald Billy Ocasio, State Rep. Toni Berrios, additional elected officials, and the Santa Claus of Education
What: March and Rally for Fair School Funding in Illinois
When/Where: Friday, December 12, 2008 9:30-10:30 a.m.
March leaves at 9:30 a.m. from Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 2840 N. Milwaukee
Rally begins at 10:00 a.m. at Logan Square Monument at Milwaukee/Kedzie/Wrightwood/Logan
Bilingual Spanish/English interviews with Logan Square parents available.
Daily equity news
“Road Home program amended to assist owners of homes of modest value,” - The Times-Picayune
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan came to town carrying a letter that could help thousands of area homeowners finally finish their renovations.
The letter, which Donovan gave on Thursday to Louisiana Recovery Authority head Paul Rainwater, approved a change to the Road Home program that could distribute $600 million in leftover program money, giving up to $34,000 in extra grant money to as many as 19,000 low- to moderate-income homeowners, Rainwater said.
“States eager to power up electric car-battery industry,” - USA TODAY
DETROIT — The U.S. government has made it clear that developing a domestic auto-battery industry — for advanced batteries to power next-generation electric cars — is a priority. That has states scrambling to be sure they get a piece of the action.
This week, business leaders, politicians and entrepreneurs will gather in Detroit at a conference called “The Business of Plugging In” to discuss the future of plug-in electrics and plan how to attract and develop businesses involved in plug-in vehicle development.
“Public option gains support,” - Washington Post
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that support for a government-run health-care plan to compete with private insurers has rebounded from its summertime lows and wins clear majority support from the public.
Americans remain sharply divided about the overall packages moving closer to votes in Congress and President Obama’s leadership on the issue, reflecting the partisan battle that has raged for months over the administration’s top legislative priority. But sizable majorities back two key and controversial provisions: both the so-called public option and a new mandate that would require all Americans to carry health insurance.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
In March 2009, The Resurrection Project embarked on the construction of a new state-of-the-art living facility for Chicago’s independent seniors, Casa Maravilla. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood and less than 5 minutes from the downtown area, Casa Maravilla will help meet the need for affordable senior living in the lower southwest side of Chicago.
This $20 million project will be the first affordable senior housing development in Pilsen and will offer 73 affordable units—a mix that includes studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. Depending on income, rents will fluctuate between $350 to $900 monthly (including heat).
Among Casa Maravilla’s unique features is a Satellite Senior Center run by City of Chicago Department of Family Services. The center will be open for the whole community and will feature a fitness facility as well as the popular Golden Dinner Program, offering seniors hot nutritious meals daily and more. Health education sessions, exercise classes, conferences and trips will also be part of this innovative community facility.
Growing Station's Community Gardens at El Paseo, just steps away from Casa Maravilla
The Resurrection Project also considered the environmental impact that its developments have in the community and have included advanced green elements like geo-thermal heating, a 75% recycled-material exterior insulation, a semi-permeable parking lot and a green roof (designed to decrease cooling costs), into the new building’s design. Residents of Casa Maravilla can also take advantage of the community gardening opportunities located in their block, just steps away at El Paseo’s Growing Stations Community Garden.
Another convenience is Casa Maravilla’s proximity to Alivio Medical Center, a local bilingual medical non-for-profit organization, which will improve access to affordable health care to all those seniors taking advantage of this great housing opportunity.
Casa Maravilla’s attractive new apartments are currently is slated to open by May of 2010. Applications are not yet being taken, but those who are interested can put their names on a waiting list. For more information on Casa Maravilla and/or to join the waiting list, please call us at 312-666-1323.
Friday, October 16, 2009
On Friday October 30th, the Pilsen community will host its annual Día de los Muertos procession and celebration. The procession will start at 10:00am at St. Procopius Parish, located on 18th Street and Allport, and culminate at Pilsen’s El Zócalo at 18th Street and Paulina. During the Día de los Muertos procession, hundreds of neighbors come out to see traditional Santa Muerte skulls and enjoy the dancing and poetry of the Saint Procopius Parish School children at El Zócalo, where people gather to drop gifts for their ancestors at an altar decorated by the schoolchildren.
El Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”, is tradition that can be traced back to indigenous populations in Mexico and the rituals they practiced to honor their deceased relatives. These ceremonies were observed by ancient civilizations for thousands of years. To these ancient cultures, death was viewed as a continuation of life; therefore, instead of fearing death, they embraced it. The celebration of Día de los Muertos was later adopted by the Spaniards, who moved the celebration date to November 2, to coincide with the Catholic commemoration of All Souls' Day.
In its current form, Día de los Muertos pays tribute to loved ones who have passed away with visits the cemetery to clean and decorate their ancestors’ graves and share a meal together. (A common decoration is the Santa Muerte skull, which has been used in Día de los Muertos celebrations since the Aztecs.) The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that their ancestors will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations often take a light-hearted tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed. This tradition now has migrated to the United States along with the many Mexican families who have made Chicago their home, and the strong Mexican-American presence in Pilsen makes for an authentic Día de los Muertos for families and schoolchildren. Please join us at 10 am on October 30th!
Daily equity news
”How Valid Is the Insurers’ Attack on Health Reform?,” - TIME MAGAZINE
After months of lending its cautious, very qualified support to health-care reform, the health-insurance industry has lobbed its first bomb at the Democrats’ proposals. But many of the industry’s assertions appear to have missed their mark.
Just two days before Tuesday’s scheduled vote on the Senate Finance Committee’s health bill, a report warning that the bill would result in sizable hikes in insurance premiums was released, and then widely panned as a flawed analysis of cherry-picked information. A spokesman for the committee called the report a “hatchet job, plain and simple”; and some Democrats on Capitol Hill claimed that the insurers’ broadside would actually ease, rather than slow, passage of health reform by unifying the various factions of the party against an industry with precious little credibility among the public. (See 10 players in health-care reform.)
“Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate,” - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — As the White House and Congressional leaders turned in earnest on Wednesday to working out big differences in the five health care bills, perhaps no issue loomed as a greater obstacle than whether to establish a government-run competitor to the insurance industry.
One day after the Senate Finance Committee approved a measure without a “public option,” the question on Capitol Hill was how President Obama could reconcile the deep divisions within his party on the issue. All eyes were on Senator Olympia J. Snowe, the Maine Republican whose call for a “trigger” that would establish a government plan as a fallback is one of the leading compromise ideas.
“Obama: New Orleans not forgotten,” - USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS — In his first presidential visit to this city, Barack Obama praised the resiliency of residents in rebuilding their flood-wrecked homes and promised to continue flowing federal dollars to the effort.
“It is always an inspiration to spend time with the men and women who have reminded the rest of us what it means to persevere in the face of tragedy and rebuild in the face of ruin,” Obama said during a town-hall-style meeting at the University of New Orleans.
Elev8's Mariachi Bridge Program
Elev8, an initiative designed to integrate new services locally at the Pilsen neighborhood elementary school Orozco Community Academy, has successfully engaged students and their families in a wide variety of educational opportunities ranging from computer training to health classes. During its first year, thirty Orozco parents took advantage of the opportunities, and this number continues to grow as Elev8 popularity grows.
“Response has been very positive as parents seized the opportunities available, took advantage of the programs and learned new valuable skills, which have improved their living” shared Luis Bermudez, Elev8 Site Director. “Elev8 parents learn new skills, they can make the leap to use a computer, to eventually use email and the internet, and perhaps, increase their earning potential.”
Many Elev8 parents committed to these courses achieved perfect attendance during this 1st year cycle; this despite the many different responsibilities parents cope on a daily basis. Those with perfect attendance were able to enter in a special giveaway of two brand new laptops, possible thanks to a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) grant.
Susana Gonzalez, an Orozco Academy parent and Elev8 participant, was one of the lucky parents to win one of the personal computers. “I was initially attracted by the topics covered by the Elev8 programs and decided to participate. I saw the benefits of these educational opportunities when I realized my English language skills were improving and, more important, as I was operating a computer. I defied that intimidation technology always made me feel” explained Ms. Gonzales. “Thanks to Elev8 I am capable of using a computer and be more aware about what my daughter does on the internet. We are both growing academically thanks to Elev8.”
Elev8's Computer Class
Another Elev8 participant and grandmother of an Orozco student, Maria Elena Rodriguez, also recently made the leap into the digital age. “My main motivation was to learn computers so I could help my grandson, know what he is watching online and also to be able to communicate with friends and family, here and back home,” Ms. Rodriguez commented. Like other participants, it was Maria Elena’s first encounter using computers. “Before, I felt insecure, but after seeing my grandson using the computer and understanding it pretty well, I realized that I could learn too. Thanks to Elev8, I was able to learn the basics, now I have my own email and I am eagerly waiting for a more advanced course.”
More Orozco parents are taking advantage of the learning opportunities Elev8 brings to the community and as the program enters its 2nd year this trend is bound grow, especially when there is the chance of winning a new personal computer. “New parents are getting engaged, those that knew about Elev8 but had not yet taking advantage of the Elev8’s programs. This is good news as it ensures a higher turnout for this school year and years to come” exclaimed Mr. Bermudez as he looks forward to extend the impact of Elev8 programs in our community.
Learn more about Elev8 and its first year in the community in the following articles:
For more information contact Luis Bermudez, Elev8 Site Director at Orozco Community Academy, at (312)666-1323 ext. 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 15, 2009
If you can spare just one hour a week, you can be a positive role model in a child's life. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metropolitan Chicago gives you an opportunity to mentor a child in a school setting.
The program runs during the school year October to May every Monday from 4:00– 5:00pm at Ames Middle School at 1920 N Hamlin Ave in Chicago!
During mentoring sessions you spend time doing activities that foster a positive relationship with a child: read a good book, play a game, work on homework or chat about the day. We’ve learned that being someone important to a kid doesn’t take much more than that. A BBBS staff member is on site during each meeting for support.
·Fill out an application and fax it to BBBS
·Set up an interview with your BBBS Program Coordinator
·Attend a one hour mentor training with your fellow mentors
The impact is huge for 1 hour of focused attention a week. Children begin to show signs of increased trust towards adults and the confidence in knowing that someone cares enough to come and see them every week.
Please Contact Anthony Medina
Bilingual Elev8 Program Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
560 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Download a flyer here.
Download the application here.