Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fwd: NLQP Water Polo Scramble - August 8th, 2015

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From: NLQP Polo <nlqppolo@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Subject: Fwd: NLQP Water Polo Scramble - August 8th, 2015
To: nlqppolo@gmail.com

Hello Water Polo Players,

You are invited to the NLQP Water Polo Scramble on August 8th, 2015. The tournament will take place in large spring fed quarry nested in a 250 acre campground.

This is a hat tournament, accepting individual registration as opposed to teams as normal. Teams will be formed randomly the week prior to the tournament, with preferred positions and skill level taken into consideration. Essentially, we'll throw your names in a hat, pull em out randomly, and there's your team. You can pick up to two other friends to baggage with. Just include their names when you register and boom, you have a group of 3. Team sizes and number of games will vary based on participation, so please help spread the word!

There will be a cookout Saturday night after the last game as well as some form of entertainment (Details TBA).

Please view the event website/facebook for more information:

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions/comments :)

Mark Rauterkus       Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

412 298 3432 = cell

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fwd: The Eagle

The Eagle

Naomi Allen's Black Lives Matter Speech

Posted: 21 May 2015 05:24 PM PDT

Obama student and AACAS member Naomi Allen gives a riveting speech on the steps of the Pittsburgh Board of Education building on May 15.

Black Lives Matter Rally at the Board of Education

Posted: 21 May 2015 03:43 PM PDT

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Black Lives Matter rally on Friday, May 15th. The rally was held in front of the Board of Education building in Oakland and began at 4:30 pm. There were about 100 students at the rally, the majority from Capa High school, but it was open to the public. The rally was organized by Capa Seniors, Alexis Payne and Alona Williams. The purpose of the rally was to obtain a diverse teaching staff, to implement multi-cultural African American programs, and lastly to give attention to the disparity in suspension rates between black and white students and to create efforts to eliminate them. There are so many issues with our school system but the issues pertaining to race is what is extremely prominent due to the events occurring in our country because of police brutality. School is meant to be a safe environment where we can excel and accomplish goals that will lead us up to our careers. It should never be an environment where such beliefs are replenished rather than dispelled. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This year, I decided to join AACAS which stands for African-American Centers for Advanced Studies. Much to my surprise, I was elected as an executive member of the council which also meant that I would have to attend numerous meetings on Fridays of every month.  When Dr. Walters would call us out of class for these meetings, he would always say, "All African- American CAS students please report to the auditorium". I could not help but notice how this simple routine angered so many of the White students at our school. They believed it was unfair for us to get out of class simply because we are black. What was even more bothersome to me, were the similar remarks from the teachers and administration staff.

I have also engaged in conversations pertaining to race, the Black Lives Matter movement, current events, and even what it is like to live every single day of your life in fear.  Although one may be capable of sympathizing with us for the life an African- American is condemned to from the moment they are born, you personally cannot truly understand what that very life consists of. This is the reason that the movement was created. If you have heard about The Black Lives Matter Movement or Black Girls Rock, then you probably already know the controversy behind it. Neither of the movements were created to bash any other race and believe me, we fully understand and know that all lives matter and all girls rock. Our issue is that it seems that the government has forgotten that and if we are unable to remind them, then we need to remind the African-American race, who could honestly use uplifting encouragement. Another issue is our curriculum, being that we only learn about the fact that we were slaves or that we organized marches and protested during The Civil Rights Movement. This history that I crave and yearn for my peers to learn should not be an elective and it should not suddenly gain relevance during Black History Month. Why is it that I have not learned about King Taharqa, King of Nubia from 710 to 664 BC who controlled the largest empire in ancient Africa during his 25 year reign or King Shaka, King of Zulus from 1818 to 1828 who developed the "assegai", a short stabbing spear, or Nzingha , Amazon Queen of Matamba, West Africa from 1582 to 1663 who was able to save her people from becoming slaves by negotiating with the Portuguese slave traders? African-American history did not begin with us boarded on ships bounded with chains but this is what is constantly taught in our curriculum. This is what our history books see us as, what they want us to adhere to.

While the rally was taking place, I noticed there were a number of police officers that not only surrounded us by standing on each corner of the street but, multiple undercover cops rode past as well.  If the thought of being surrounded by city police officers was not enough, security from the Board of Education building guarded the area where we stood.  It was clear that the sole purpose was to not only to  intimidate us, but to ridicule our protest completely.

Obama's very own Ashley Brown, who is a Junior, also attended the Black Lives Matter rally on Friday.   When asked about her feelings on the police's watchful eyes, she stated, "We were literally watched the entire time. I was like wow, we can't even have a simple and peaceful event without being watched like animals." Although Racism is an issue that has plagued America for centuries, a great deal of people believe that racism was not an issue in the North. When asked if the police's presence was a surprise to her, she immediately shook her head no. "I wasn't surprised by it at all," She continued. "They see us as destructive and chaotic people."

Destinee McCallister, a Junior from Pittsburgh Capa could not express her feelings about the rally, being surrounded by city police officers, and security guards. She decided to keep it short by saying, "I hope they got something from the rally and see this as a learning experience. We're not what the media portrays and what is happening in Ferguson, Florida, Maryland, and everywhere else just isn't right. It wouldn't happen if it were their kid or their brother or father. So why take ours?"

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also attended to write an article about the event and to my surprise, the article was very positive. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the comments underneath. I will not dwell on the comments of even give them the light of day, but ultimately the ignorance displayed underneath the article expressed the need for this rally even the more. During the closing of the rally, Alexis and Alona encouraged us to keep this movement alive and reminded us that despite the fact they are continuing on with their education that does not mean that we simply drop the baton.

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without its roots."- Marcus Garvey

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Help with the Digital Badges covering Water Polo Knowledge. You can submit a test question using this form.

Staff members for our Summer Dreamers, past and present, should submit a question or three.

Be sure to scroll down on the right side to see and click on the blue submit button below the digital badge when completed. Then you'll be able to input another question as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fwd: [New post] ‘21st Century Skills’ Made Simple

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Sarah Jackson posted: "Advancing technology, globalization, and a demand for higher-skilled jobs mean the modern workplace requires far more challenging skills than it did two decades ago. Responding to these heightened expectations, educators are increasingly finding ways to i"

New post on Remake Learning

'21st Century Skills' Made Simple

by Sarah Jackson

Advancing technology, globalization, and a demand for higher-skilled jobs mean the modern workplace requires far more challenging skills than it did two decades ago. Responding to these heightened expectations, educators are increasingly finding ways to instill a set of abilities that will prepare kids for the world ahead, commonly referred to as "21st century skills."

But when you hear the term "21st century skills," keep two things in mind: People have more of them than they realize, and with focus and learning you can develop many others.

Generally speaking, 21st century skills refers to the demands and expectations placed on students, teachers, employees, innovators, and others as they strive to succeed and prosper and in a competitive, multidisciplinary, and technology-driven world.

While the term is widely used, it is not always defined consistently, which can lead to confusion and differing interpretations. Every classroom and workplace is unique, and no one can have every skill needed to succeed in every situation. What they can have, specialists say, are work habits and knowledge foundations that will help them learn how to learn and adapt to new situations quickly and creatively.

Here is a compilation of the wide variety of skills that often fall under this "21st century" umbrella:

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, and the ability to synthesize information.
  • Research skills and the ability to ask sharp questions.
  • Creativity, curiosity, imagination, innovation.
  • Perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, and initiative.
  • Oral and written communication, public speaking and presentation, and the ability to listen.
  • Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, and the adaptability to be productive in virtual workspaces.
  • Digital literacy.

Andrew Rotherham, cofounder of Bellwether Education Partners, wrote several years ago in U.S. News & World Report that none of these skills alone are suddenly important to success in the digital age. People have always needed to collaborate and think critically in order to get anything done. What is new, though, is the level at which our economy demands these skills.

"What's new today is the degree to which economic competitiveness and educational equity mean these skills can no longer be the province of the few," he wrote. "This distinction is not a mere debating point. It has important implications for how schools approach teaching, curriculum, and content."

Even with the increased emphasis on these skills, many employers say they are having trouble finding people with the essentials. For at least a decade they have been calling for "higher standards of workforce excellence consistent with the demands of the 21st century."

In Pittsburgh we're working to build an education ecosystem to help our students build these critical skills—one in which libraries, makerspaces, and after-school spaces have the flexibility to let kids follow their own interests, make mistakes, and problem-solve for hours on end.

Many of Pittsburgh's schools are leading the way in providing kids with the experiences that instill these types of skills. Pittsburgh kids are flexing their problem-solving smarts in new ways, and embarking on the path to 21st century thinking.

For example, last winter a small team of students at South Fayette High School designed and built an app that would text parents when their elementary school students hopped on and off a bus. The process was filled with problem solving the bumps in the road that students had to solve, working as a team and researching what was important to their potential users.

If humans make it to the 22nd century, we'll still need collaboration, communication, and problem solving—just as the scientists and engineers who cured smallpox and built the hoover dam did in the 19th century. But fostering these skills in kids today doesn't just heighten chances for their success. Today, these skills are critical, and Pittsburgh is proving a prime place to grow them.

Kathleen Costanza and Tom Mashberg contributed to this story.

Sarah Jackson | May 19, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Tags: 21st century learners, south fayette, STEM | Categories: Blog Post | URL: http://remakelearning.org/?p=21750

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fwd: Public Allies Application Deadline Extended to 5/31

From: Public Allies Pittsburgh <Public_Allies_Pittsburgh@mail.vresp.com>

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Each year we give 30+ emerging leaders an opportunity to join our intensive 10-month AmeriCorps program.
Since 2006, hundreds of amazing, talented, and committed leaders have changed their lives through our program.

Check out a local alumna's experience!

We seek applicants that are ready to take the next step in their professional life, have a willingness to learn and grow, and a commitment to stepping up as leaders in their community. We seek applicants who have college degrees, as well as those who don't. We welcome applicants with extensive work histories, and those who are still exploring a career path. We consider applicants who have no criminal history, as well as those who do.

Apply Today!
Applications are now being accepted for our next class beginning in September 2015.
Application Deadline: May 31st, 2015.

Apply today!

Nominate an Emerging Leader!

Do you know of a young person that is passionate about service, and eager to work in the nonprofit sector? If you do, we are accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 class! Provide contact information on your nominee here:

Host an Ally!
If you are interested in serving as a host site for the upcoming year which runs from September 1, 2015 through June 24, 2016, please reach out today! We are expecting a class of 32 emerging leaders and would love for your organization to benefit from their service. If you or another organization in your network could benefit from hosting a Public Ally, please visit our new Partnership Development Guide. Our first round of candidate interviews (Selection Day) are scheduled for June 13th, and we would love to have your placement confirmed before then.  

For more information about our recruitment process, please contact Michael Baltzer, Recruitment Manager at michaelb@publicallies.org

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