Who is Indiana’s Teacher of the Year for 2021? How about all of them!

first_img Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PRIMROSE SCHOOLS – Primrose School of Midland at Westridge teacher Euraliz Mavarez reads a book to children during reading time on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Midland, Texas. The new employer-sponsored school marks a collaboration between Primrose on Premise® and four major oil companies – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Chevron U.S.A., EOG Resources and Occidental – that are putting employees first by coming together to provide child care for more than 240 children in the Midland, TX region. (Brad Tollefson/AP Images for Primrose Schools) Indiana State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick has made the decision that, amid the ongoing pandemic, every teacher will be recognized as Indiana Teacher of the Year for 2021.You can read the full release below from the Indiana Department of Education:Each year, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) conducts the Teacher of the Year Program to recognize outstanding classroom teachers from across the state with the mission of inspiring, rejuvenating, and celebrating the teaching profession. One person is typically chosen to represent Indiana teachers at the national level, and IDOE supports a year of service allowing the teacher to remain in the classroom while supporting release time to participate in valuable opportunities as a voice for Indiana educators. During this time of uncertainty and instability, Indiana teachers are once again a force supporting, guiding, and educating Hoosier students. Therefore, Dr. McCormick is recognizing all Indiana teachers during this unique time as champions who have proven, once again, they will do whatever it takes to address the academic, emotional, and behavioral well-being of Indiana students and families. IDOE is proud to announce ALL Indiana teachers, collectively, are being named 2021 Teachers of the Year. Previously, district leaders were given the opportunity to endorse multiple local nominees for statewide consideration. This will continue for the 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year nomination process. This will allow districts to honor and endorse their 2021 and 2022 Teachers of the Year for the statewide recognition process at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year. Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Carl Stutsman – May 21, 2020 3 388 Who is Indiana’s Teacher of the Year for 2021? How about all of them! Facebook Previous articleStudy shows men doing more housework, childcare during pandemicNext articleAre people being treated at the Roseland Motel 6 breaking quarantine? Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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Katharsis Release Latest Single “Rise Up Lights,” Begin Colorado Run Tonight

first_imgNew collaborative jam project Katharsis is coming out of the gates with a purpose, as is evidenced by the release of their third, and latest, single “Rise Up Lights.” The group, consisting of drummer Dave Watts (The Motet), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ / Electric Beethoven), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) is getting ready for a 3-night run in Colorado beginning tonight with a free show at Frisco’s Barkley Ballroom. The group will support G. Love & Special Sauce on Thursday night (9/28) at Fort Collins’ Aggie Theatre, with a final show on Friday night (9/29) in Denver at Cervantes.With some percussive afrobeat rhythmic groundwork laid out by Watts and Jones, Stoops provides some psychedelic flourishes on keys, allowing Rezak to take the lead on guitar and elevate things to the next level. While the funk is ever-present on the first three tracks Katharsis has delivered, “Rise Up Lights” raises the bar even higher for what we can expect out of this new project of seasoned veterans in the live setting. Over the coming weeks, the band plans on continuously releasing additional music that they have written via the singles format. We caught up with Marcus Rezak to discuss the latest single release and upcoming shows“‘Rise up Lights’, when pronounced with an Australian accent is ‘razor blades.’ This track represents our psychedelic edge, incorporating funky grooves and colorful sonic landscapes. Each track release is trending harder amongst fans and musicians with many more in the pipeline. RUL starts out with a funk Afro Cuban groove immediately starting the dance party. Halfway through this track we reach a deep trance improv section, and things start to get serious… people can expect a lot of this style live, reminiscent of early Motet jamtronica style with an enhanced modernized style (2:50). Combining live instrumentation with Ableton production and liquid projection visuals, our sound and live experience is completely unique concert experience throwing back to elements of the 60’s psychedelic movement and current music styles.”Rezak continued on the Colorado run, which begins tonight, followed by the Chicago show next week, “The upcoming shows in Colorado and Chicago are poised as a launchpad for many tours and festival plays to come in 2018. Music fans can expect extended psychedelic jams, heavy funk and edm drum grooves, shredding guitar licks with spacey sonic landscapes, sub sonic bass propulsion, glistening synth pads and leads. Jamming and composing with this group has been a huge breath of fresh air for all of us. When we are on stage there is synergy. We function as a moving unit building improvs together reaching new heights of exploration. We trust each other and that usually takes a long time for a band, but our chemistry is just right for us to take flight!”Take a listen to “Rise Up Lights” below:Katharsis Tour Dates9.27   The Barkley Ballroom | Frisco, CO (FREE – tix)9.28   Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO (tix) *9.29   Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO (tix)10.5.  Emporium Arcade | Chicago, IL (tix)* support for G. Love & Special SauceEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Your Show Of Choice Below!last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Future Expenses

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Bill to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Future Expenses Bill Signing,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA — Governor Wolf today signed into law the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) that enables the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts specifically for people with qualified disabilities and their families. The accounts can be used for a wide-range of disability-related expenses including health care, housing, and transportation without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.“My administration is committed to promoting and encouraging independence, community-based supports and services, and employment for individuals with a disability,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvanians with disabilities can now achieve greater fiscal self-sufficiency, without the risk of impacting their eligibility for benefits. I am proud to sign this bill today and continue our work to help individuals with disabilities stay in their homes and communities.”U.S. Senator Bob Casey led efforts to win Congressional passage of the federal ABLE Act, which authorized states to establish tax-exempt savings accounts modeled on section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which recognizes state-established savings programs to meet future college expenses. Pennsylvania Treasury has been administering the Pennsylvania 529 program since 1993 and will administer the ABLE Program.“From the time I and other members of Congress began working on the ABLE Act, it was rooted in a belief that we all share: that those with disabilities have a lot of ability,” said Senator Casey. “I believe that every child is born with a light inside of them, and that it’s the abiding obligation of all those in public office to do all we can to help that light shine. I commend Governor Wolf, Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County, and all the members of the General Assembly for their work in making ABLE a reality in Pennsylvania.”“Thank you to Senator Casey, Governor Wolf and the legislature for their cooperative efforts in working with Treasury to make the PA ABLE Savings Account Program a reality,” said Pennsylvania Treasurer Timothy Reese. “Treasury has already started working with all the stakeholders to make the program operational and promote ABLE accounts so we can soon help ease the financial burdens facing people with disabilities.”Under the new law benefits of the program include:Savings of up to $14,000 each year.Tax-free growth.Use of the account to pay for a wide range of disability-related expenses.Federal and state income tax-free withdrawals when used for qualified disability expenses.Exemption from Pennsylvania inheritance tax.“ABLE accounts will encourage more individuals to work and save money without losing their benefits,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “We want to ensure that all commonwealth residents can to be as independent as possible, working at fulfilling jobs that pay and setting money aside for savings. The ABLE Act can help more Pennsylvania residents to live the American dream.”Significantly, for many individuals with disabilities, ABLE savings are excluded from eligibility determinations for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits (savings up to $100,000), other means-tested federal programs, Medical Assistance, and other state means-tested disability and health benefits.Treasury has created a website with more information on the ABLE program and where those interested can sign up for updates and open an account when the program is available. Treasury will work with other state agencies and disability support and advocacy organizations to create a savings program that will serve the very diverse needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. The goal is to offer the program in the fourth quarter of 2016.# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 18, 2016last_img read more

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