Arellano kicks off home-and-away format, hosts dangerous San Sebastian

first_imgArellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View commentslast_img read more

Villaraigosa wins bid to take over seven LAUSD schools

first_img“We will work out a fair and equitable process for any of these teachers who want to transfer to another school, so that this is not a punishment,” he said. Brewer emphasized that the district, which hires 2,600 teachers a year, has great capacity to allow teachers to transfer to other positions. The school trustees have to approve the final contract with the partnership, and they will decide whether they feel the mayor has the capacity to move forward with three high schools – as opposed to the original two proposed, said Marshall Tuck, education adviser to the mayor. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said a second round of voting will take place in the spring to include elementary schools in the mayor’s family of schools. Duffy said the plan promotes an idea that the union backs – less-centralized control and greater autonomy at school sites. “It’s historic in its possibilities, in what it can bring in the future,” he said. “Someone said you may not need a school board in the future. Maybe not.” The voting results were widely seen as a gain for Villaraigosa, even though it fell far short of his original goal to oversee all Los Angeles Unified schools. “(Even though) he came up with something … badly short of a larger slice of control, (it) has to be considered a political coup of sorts,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “It’s a victory for the mayor and now he’s going to have to show something … but will there be measurable improvements at his schools in the coming year or two?” Still, the election process raised questions among critics who said a relatively small number of parents and teachers voted. The district said it determined support based on 50percent, plus one, of certificated staffers in the UTLA bargaining unit votes and 50percent plus one of parent or legal guardian votes. Those who participated did not have to be registered voters. At Roosevelt High, which has 4,654 students, just 545 parent votes were cast. Of those, 441 voted in support of the mayor, which the district calculated as 80.7percent support. At Jordan High, only 51 of 115 certificated staff members voted in support of the mayor. Regalado said the turnout is a sign of the times. In the past 25 years, most people don’t vote even when the stakes are high. “When the issues are well understood and well defined, it’s so surprising that a small turnout like this resulted,” he said. “But what it really means is that the mayor’s team and those who supported the reforms really got out the vote.” Villaraigosa had launched an aggressive campaign reaching out to teachers and community groups to gain support for his reform plan. The nonprofit partnership paid the more than $200,000 in outreach efforts through grants. The district, which paid for fliers and automated phone calls the day before the election, did not have its share of the costs available. Officials touted the reform effort as “historic,” emphasizing that school districts had never given stakeholders like parents and teachers a choice on large policy decisions. The partnership is one Brewer’s major contributions through his newly developed innovation division, through which he hopes to implement nontraditional reform efforts, gauge the success, and replicate best practices throughout schools in the beleaguered LAUSD. Each school in the mayor’s family would develop its own set of targets, and if it fails to meet them in five years would return to the traditional district structure. Schools will create governing site councils whose members are selected by peers and who will be responsible for key decisions on teaching and learning, hiring, budgeting, fundraising and scheduling. School principals would report to a newly hired family-of-schools leader, although it has not yet been determined whether they would be LAUSD employees or employees of the partnership. “I’m excited because we’re going to have an opportunity to decide who’s going to work at our school, what types of teaching and learning is going to take place, what types of services and resources our students are going to get,” Gompers seventh-grade teacher Kirti Baranwal said. The mayor emphasized after the news conference that the real story is that immigrants, blacks, Latinos and “people who have been denied a real voice in their schools are finally going to have a voice.” Markham parent Jose Gallegos already feels the change. “A lot of parents are feeling included … Before, you didn’t have that sense of help,” he said. Jonathan Wilcox, adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, said the victory is a symbolic one for the mayor. “Given the way his 2007 has gone, I’d say any good news is a political coup for the mayor,” said Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Gov. Pete Wilson. “He began the year as the favorite to win election as next governor of California, and now he’s desperately trying to win a campaign in Los Angeles middle and high schools.” But Villaraigosa avoided any implication that he needed the victory, emphasizing that he never saw his past efforts, including the now-defunct legislation that would have given him a role in the district, as defeats. “I don’t need redemption. The mayor and the Legislature voted for (the Assembly bill), and the judiciary voted it down. It wasn’t a personal defeat for me,” Villaraigosa said. “I am focused on this effort. I could have easily left this a long time ago and said I tried, and after I lost the court decision I could have walked away, but I didn’t do that, so this is a good day.” For the latest school news, go to local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marking a major political coup, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won his bid to manage seven Los Angeles Unified schools as a majority of parents and teachers voted to partner on education reform, according to results released Wednesday. The hard-won victory culminated several failed attempts by the mayor over the past two years to assume a role in the district and capped an aggressive weeks-long campaign to win support for his plan. Villaraigosa’s nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is set to begin managing the schools in the 2008-09 school year, promising campuses greater resources and control over budget and curriculum. “Today, we can truly say that the votes are in and the status quo is out,” he said. “Close to 90percent of the parents of these communities said … yes to lower dropout rates, yes to higher student achievement and yes to safer campuses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I grew up in these neighborhoods. I know these neighborhoods. I know that parents in these neighborhoods have the same right to have a quality education for their kids as any neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.” The schools voting to join the partnership are Jordan, Roosevelt and Santee highs, and four middle schools – Hollenbeck, Stevenson, Markham and Gompers. About 86percent of 1,800 parents and 69percent of 797 teachers voted to support the mayor’s plan. “When you look at the percent of yes votes from the parents, it’s a clear mandate, and as far as I’m concerned, the faculties are also sending a clear message that they want change,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “Today we’re unleashing the power of L.A. to transform the schools in L.A.” Out of nearly 800 teacher votes, 250 opposed the plan, and United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said the union will work diligently to reassign those who do not want to work in a partnership school. last_img read more

HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s

first_imgCan a hugely successful program to increase the number of U.S. minority students earning advanced science and engineering degrees be exported from its home institution? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hopes to find out.The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), has become the gold standard for providing a path into academic research for groups—African-Americans, Hispanics, and disadvantaged white students—now underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Other universities have eyed its enviable 20-year record—more than 900 graduates who have gone on to earn 423 advanced science degrees and 107 medical degrees—and wondered what it would take to replicate that success on their campuses.HHMI announced today that it will spend $7.75 million over the next 5 years to support a partnership between UMBC and two major state institutions—the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. The HHMI funding will help faculty members and administrators at all three schools document what is essential for success and also create a road map for other universities to follow. 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For example, she notes, the latest tally from the National Science Foundation shows that Penn State, one of the largest universities in the country, has moved into the top 40 schools for the number of African-American undergraduates who eventually earned science and engineering Ph.D.s. But what shocked Williams was that the school’s ranking was based on graduating only four black students a year for the past decade—out of a STEM class of roughly 3000. “Clearly, we have to do a better job,” she says.Both schools had already turned for help to UMBC, which was looking to expand its successful model. Honed over the years, it includes scholarships, a summer bridge program for entering freshmen, hands-on research experiences, and close monitoring of their academic performance with peer counseling and timely career advice. “We try to create a situation in which it’s clear that we expect them to succeed, and we provide the resources to make that possible,” explains UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski, who has been a driving force behind the program since a $500,000 grant from Robert and Jane Meyerhoff allowed UMBC to enroll its first class of 19 male African-American students in 1989 and created an endowment for the program.A 1996 court ruling forced UMBC to broaden its eligibility requirements, and its current 4-year class of 300 students is 60% underrepresented minority, 22% Caucasian, and 18% Asian. But that mix has not changed the thrust of the program, which Hrabowski describes as promoting diversity in the sciences by taking “above-average students and making them extraordinary.”Some have criticized that approach as elitist. But Hrabowski sees it differently. “What Meyerhoff has done is get us to think about our responsibility to students who say they want a STEM degree,” he says. “And what helps underrepresented minorities will also help the rest of our students.”The project is the logical next step for the Meyerhoff program, says Michael Summers, a biochemistry professor and HHMI investigator who has been involved with the program since its inception. “There were quite a few places that were interested” in hosting a replication, he says. But after visited both universities in 2011 and meeting with top administrators and faculty, Summers was persuaded that both Penn State and UNC were prepared to make the necessary institutional commitment.Both Williams and her counterpart at UNC, chemistry professor and vice chair of education Joe Templeton, asked themselves the same question in developing their joint proposal with UMBC to HHMI: Do you need Freeman Hrabowski to succeed? In addition to having different personnel, HHMI’s David Asai says the schools will also need to figure out how to adapt the Meyerhoff program to their own campuses. “There are a lot of components,” he notes, “and some may not be compatible to the culture of another institution.”In fact, the two schools may end up taking slightly different paths to replication. “My goal is to clone it as much as possible,” Williams says. “It’s been successful for 25 years, so why mess with it? The more you change, the more you’re inviting failure.” Williams says she hopes the HHMI funding will help Penn State “transform our culture.”Templeton says that UNC “is eager to reproduce aspects of the Meyerhoff program.” But he’s also quick to point out the differences between his institution and its partners. “We’re not in an urban setting, like Baltimore,” he notes. “We have a major medical center and law school, and we have our own rich traditions rooted in the Carolina soil, such as being the nation’s oldest public university with a strong history of diversity.”Meyerhoff’s team-centered approach may also clash with aspects of UNC’s traditional view of its student body, he adds. “We expect our entering students to have the mental discipline to elect their own course of study,” he notes. “And highlighting one small group [there were 24 students in the first UNC class of chancellor’s scholars last summer] out of an entering class of 4000 is not the way we normally welcome our students.”Summers will be working with both Williams and Templeton in the years ahead to help their staffs “absorb what we’ve learned.” And despite the obvious differences among the three schools, Summers is optimistic about their chances of succeeding—or even surpassing UMBC’s achievements. “They both have vastly more research resources than we do at UMBC,” he points out. “So once they really get going, they could outdo us soon.”last_img read more