Saturday, December 29, 2012

Things to do in 2013 include:

Watch this movie:

School Doors

Last Monday, like so many parents of young children across America, I found an excuse to visit my child’s classroom. As I stood outside the door of my son’s Kindergarten classroom before lunch, I heard his teacher remark to the class that there was a new rule: every classroom door was going to be closed and locked. If someone came to the door, the students were to first get the teacher before opening even if it was a parent or a fellow student.

I fought back tears as I listened to the little voices ask questions regarding the new policy and a sense of anger was rekindled. Adam Lanza not only took the lives of 26 innocent victims on December 14th, but he also stole the security of many families across this nation. Gone are the days where you could walk down a school hallway and hear a chorus of children’s voices, answering questions, or laughing at a story being read by their teacher. Now, school hallways are becoming as sterile as the corridors of a hospital. It makes one wonder if a child can really grow in such a cold, silent environment.


My son will go to school after the first of the New Year to a learning environment much different from what he left in 2012. His classroom has been transformed more into a jail cell not to keep him locked in, but rather to keep the world locked out.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

The South Side Residential Parking Program went down in flames

Hi Director Ismail and Mayor Ravenstahl,

What's this letter dated Dec 21 from City Planning about the Residential Permit Parking Program? The South Side firmly defeated the parking program. It went down in flames. It is a done deal -- and NOT to happen -- for a few more years. 

What is this letter. 


I live on the South Side Flats at 12th Street and the community went AGAINST the plan. There was a clear statement to NOT allow it because we could not agree on a number of pressing factors.

I went to many of those meetings and this issue was DEAD ON ARRIVAL to city hall. 


Mark Rauterkus  
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Fwd: Not just a suicide, NFL petition

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Players on 21 NFL teams have faced domestic assault or sexual assault charges. Ask the NFL to require counseling and intervention services for players who have committed domestic violence.

Mark -
On December 1st, pro football player Jovan Belcher killed Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their three month old daughter, before he killed himself in front of coaches at a Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. The media was shocked by his suicide, but they seemed to forget about the murder.
The National Football League (NFL) has a disturbing history of domestic violence. In August, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson was arrested for headbutting his wife. Last March, Brandon Marshall was accused of punching a woman in the face outside a nightclub. Those aren't even all the assaults this year.
In fact, out of 32 NFL teams, players on 21 have at some point faced domestic assault or sexual assault charges.
As a professional child therapist, I work with families in domestic violence situations at an organization called House of Ruth Maryland. I know how devastating violence can be for partners, children, and even the perpetrators themselves. And the sad truth is that without proper treatment, it's a vicious cycle that goes on and on.
This isn't just an issue that affects NFL players and their partners -- it also affects women all over America. 1 in 4 women will face domestic violence in her lifetime, and studies show that violence goes up by 10% when the local NFL team lost a game it was expected to win.
The NFL has shown an admirable commitment to women's health and mental health, promoting breast cancer awareness as well as providing counseling services for players who need it. But for players who have assaulted their partners or family members, the NFL must do more.
People have used petitions on to help victims of domestic violence before: just this fall, petitions convinced Verizon and Sprint to change their policies so victims won't have to pay to break their cell phone contracts. I know that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince the NFL to take a stand and intervene when players have committed domestic violence.
Thank you,
Gretchen Tome
Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rauterkus Letter, mailed on December 20, 2012


As we reviewed the highlights we wanted to share over the past year, we realized that we have been blessed with a year full of first world "problems" and we thought we'd share some of them.

Which gelato flavor should Grant choose? Should Catherine have a cappuccino or latte? These questions came up daily as Catherine and Grant toured Northern Italy in June, 2012.

What water polo team should Grant play with for the Junior Olympics? Grant stayed with a very generous family in Princeton, New Jersey, while he trained with the Princeton club team to get ready for the JO competition at Stanford, CA, in July. Erik's God parents hosted him while he was in California!

Would Erik prefer the garnet colored sweatshirt or the white with garnet trim?  A decision that became important after receiving early acceptance to Swarthmore College!

What do you do when Grant becomes a freshman in HS and wants to play on the golf team but there is no coach? Dad steps up and becomes the golf coach and big brother joins the team. Grant was 4th in the city championships (after 3 seniors). So, Dad is "Obama's new golf coach." (Keep in mind that "Obama" is the name of the school!)

Which dress shirt should Erik wear for his acceptance speech as Youth Governor of Pennsylvania? Erik was elected by Youth and Government (YAG) students from around the state to be their Governor.  He traveled to North Carolina for the Conference on National Affairs and spent a week in Washington, DC at the governors' conference. He has spoken to groups throughout PA and was met with a standing ovation at a talk to YMCA CEOs.

Will Grant be on the A or B Northwest Zone Olympic Development Team?  It was the A Team so the whole family had a great vacation visiting family and friends in Florida.

Should you eat another delicious meal at the Loveless Café or play a round of golf? common question when Erik and Grant make their yearly Nashville visit to Uncle Bob and Aunt Molly.

Is it possible to make every city youth water safe? Mark's reach stretches beyond first world problems as he provides aquatic opportunities to the youth of the city.  What do you do when kids can't be on the swim team because they have no way to get home – you drive them home yourself. What do you do when you are organizing a trip to a water polo tournament and a kid can't tell you where to pick them up in the morning because they don't know where they will be spending the night – you have them spend the night at your house. What do you do when kids show up to play water polo not owning swim suits or towels – you make sure you have extras of both.

We hope to embrace more first world problems this year and to reach out to others who are facing real problems.   

Happy Holidays 2012    

Mark, Catherine, Erik, Grant

108 S. 12th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Fwd: [DW] Article - Engagement Organizing

From: Steven Clift
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Technology and Culture of Building Power | Matt Price & Jon Stahl

We are in the midst of a historic shift from one era of social change
advocacy to another.  A world of expert-driven, direct mail oriented
organizations is giving way to nimble, data-driven, learning
organizations that place relationship building and mobilization of
supporters at the heart of their work.  There is a model emerging
here, and in this paper, we attempt to describe and document it
through the stories of five midsized organizations.

Got comments?
"Engagement Organizing" is about raising questions and starting a
conversation.  What do you think?  Does the model speak to your
experience?  Do you have other lessons to share? How do we move the
work forward from here?  Let us know.

Steven Clift -
Executive Director -

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fwd: Education Notebook - #12-24 - 12.20.12

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The 2013 Session of the General Assembly begins when Pennsylvania legislators take the oath of office the first Tuesday in January (January 1), as required by the state's constitution.  


On November 1, Governor Corbett signed into law  Senate Bill 1225 (Act 210 of 2012). SB 1225 codifies the Library Code in consolidated statute form to improve the readability and reconcile conflicts between the Library Code and regulations that have been issued under it. It also sets forth the manner in which State-aid for libraries will be allocated for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. Funding for State-aid to libraries in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 will be dependent upon appropriations made by the General Assembly in the General Appropriations Act and approved by the Governor. Click here to read the fiscal analysis prepared by the House Committee on Appropriations.  


On November 30, the House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform, pursuant to House Resolution 774 (2011-2012), unanimously adopted its final report with recommendations. The special legislative panel was tasked with studying the interrelationship between all taxes affecting municipalities and school districts, with an emphasis on property taxes. According to the Chairman's final remarks, the Committee, through its work and subsequent recommendations, attempted to find common ground on initiatives or actual legislation that can be acted upon when the legislature convenes in 2013.  Here are just a few of the recommendations approved by the Committee:    

  • At the start of the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, introduce a resolution to re-establish the select committee created under House Resolution 774 of 2011-2012;
  • Amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to provide for a homestead and farmstead exemption of up to 100 percent of the property value.
  • Review all state-imposed public education requirements that are not mandated by Federal statute or regulation for cost-effectiveness, fairness, and/or educational value.
  • Develop recommendations for achieving efficiencies and increasing cost effectiveness in the construction, maintenance, renovation, and disposition of public buildings and school facilities, helping to ensure that students have access to adequate facilities.
  • Develop a new funding formula for special education based on the actual costs of providing special education instruction and services.
  • Direct an independent entity or entities to determine the actual costs of educating a student at a charter school and at a cyber-charter school and the effects on local school budgets and property taxes.

Click here to read the full report and recommendations.   

On November 26, the Governor's Budget Office released "The Keystone Pension Report: A Discussion of Structural Reform and Relief to Pennsylvania's Retirement System for Long Term Sustainability." The pension report, according to the Office of the Budget, "is intended to provide financial facts, highlight key issues, and advance the dialogue on meaningful pension reform and relief, with the goal of creating a common framework around which solutions can be structured."

The report examines the following questions:
  • What are the state's pension systems?
  • What created the pension problem?
  • What is the pension challenge?
  • What happens if we do nothing?
  • How can we create a framework for solutions?
In setting the stage for what appears to be a top budget priority, the Governor has described     Pennsylvania's two public pension systems (PSERS, SERS) combined unfunded liability of over $41 billion as a "tapeworm" or "Pac-Man" devouring the state's budget and severely undercutting the Commonwealth's ability to fund essential programs and services such as education, public safety and human services.


But not all agree with how the administration's pension report frames the policy dilemma and  solutions. Mike Crossey, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)  believes the Corbett Administration's pension report sets up false choices between fixing the pension dilemma and funding crucial state programs. He faults policy decisions that provide more than $800 million in corporate tax breaks - more than the projected pension debt owed in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 -- for adding to the pension crisis. Click here to read the full statement by Mike Crossey.


The Keystone Pension Report is available at  


On December 5, Secretary of the Budget Charles Zogby gave a mid-year budget briefing which provided a glimpse of what to expect in February when Governor Corbett unveils his 2013-2014 state budget proposal. Secretary Zogby's presentation reiterated the Governor's earlier budgetary directives to state agencies to maintain level funding and to expect that no general fund dollars will be used to backfill reduced federal funds. He also restated the Governor's commitment that no new taxes will be part of the proposed Corbett budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. 


The Secretary's mid-year budget report identifies the following challenges in crafting the upcoming state budget:  

  • Pension cost growth of $511 million (PSERS, SERS);
  • Managing growth in welfare spending in light of continued health care cost inflation;
  • Controlling the growth of Corrections costs; and
  • Pending litigation against the Commonwealth. 
Click here to learn more about the budget process in Pennsylvania.
  • On November 20, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it received an award of $6.5 million from a federal grant to provide professional development opportunities for educators who provide special education services to students with disabilities. With funds from the federal grant program, Pennsylvania teachers and school leaders will receive intensive and on-going training to establish goals, provide effective instruction, and ensure that all Pennsylvania students graduate from high school with the skills to be successful. Specifically, the professional development provided will ensure that:
    • Educators know and can effectively teach to the Pennsylvania Common Core academic standards;
    • Educators plan and deliver effective instruction that meet the needs of Pennsylvania students;
    • School leaders have the ability to implement policies, practices and procedures that support the learning of all students;
    • Students demonstrate growth and achievement in English, language arts and math;
    • Students can effectively participate and engage in learning, using communication supports and technology;
    • Parents have high expectations for achievement for students; and
    • Institutions of higher education prepare future educators and leaders with the necessary training.
  • On November 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that Shaler North Hills Library in Glenshaw (Allegheny County) was one of ten recipients nationally to receive the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for their service to the community. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (located in Washington, D.C.) annually recognizes institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Click here
    to learn about the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.   
  • On December 4, Secretary of Education Ronald Tomalis recognized two outstanding Pennsylvania educators at the Keystone Awards of Excellence banquet in Hershey.


    Ryan Devlin, a teacher in the Brockway Area School District, was named Pennsylvania's 2013 Teacher of the Year. Devlin teaches eleventh grade British literature, eighth grade computer science, and two senior high electives on creative writing and digital media. He also is Chairman of the high school's English department. Devlin is a graduate of Waynesburg University where he received his bachelor's degree in secondary English education. He earned his master's degree in educational leadership from California University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year, which was founded in 1995.


    Jennifer Hoffner-Turkowski, a first grade teacher at University Park Elementary School in the Gateway School District, was awarded the 2012 Milken Educator Award. Hoffner-Turkowski has taught for eight years and holds bachelor's degrees in both elementary education and health policy and administration. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in education, including principal certification. The Milken Educator Award, sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation, is one of the nation's top teacher recognition programs that honor K-12 teachers, principals, and specialists with a $25,000 individual, unrestricted award. The first award was granted in 1987 and since that time the foundation has awarded more than $63 million to over 2,500 educators across the nation.  


On December 3, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue reported that the Commonwealth collected $1.7 billion in General Fund revenue for November, which was $23.1 million, or 1.4 percent, less than anticipated. However, fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $9.8 billion, which is $59.1 million, or 0.6 percent, above estimate. To review November collections for sales tax receipts, personal income tax, corporation tax, inheritance tax, realty transfer and others, visit  


On November 27, the Task Force on Child Protection established by the General Assembly in December 2011 released its final report with numerous policy and statutory recommendations to improve state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse. Among the key findings and recommendations included in the report:    

  • The Task Force recognizes the importance of children's advocacy centers (CACs) and multidisciplinary investigative teams (MDITs).
  • The Task Force supports a dedicated funding source to establish and sustain CACs.
  • The Task Force recommends that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency conduct a thorough study of the existing CACs and MDITs.
  • The Pennsylvania State Police and municipal police departments should train troopers and officers regarding the efficacy of forensic interviewing within the CAC setting in the investigation of child abuse and child sexual abuse.
  • The Task Force recommends an analysis of state statutes and regulations that require, or fail to require, the disclosure of a licensed professional's sexual misconduct, arrests, and convictions to the relevant licensing or certifying board.
  • The Task Force supports the enactment of legislation to expand reporting requirements where allegations of sexual misconduct have been made. Such legislation should include barring school entities from entering into confidentiality agreements with educators accused of misconduct. 

For more information on the Task Force on Child Protection, visit 


Notice was published in the November 24 Pennsylvania Bulletin (Vol. 42, No. 47) announcing future meetings of the State Charter School Appeal Board. The board will meet on the following Tuesdays in 2013: February 19; March 26; April 30; and June 11. These meetings will be held in the Honors Suite on the First Floor or Heritage Room A, Lobby Level of the Education Building, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg beginning at 1:00 PM. Click here for additional details.

Recently, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a new series of policy guides entitled "Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn" that address safety and violence prevention in and around schools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assisted in the development of the guides which are designed to provide vital tools for state and local education policymakers and administrators, as well as school health professionals, youth-serving organizations, and health and safety advocates. The guides contain recent scientific data, analysis, examples of state and local best practices, and evidence-based model policies that can be adapted by schools, districts, and states. For more information about the guides and how to order visit 


  • The Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators will hold an Education and Workforce Development Symposium on "Preparing Students for the Workforce of Tomorrow" in Hershey February 26-27. Click here for additional information and registration details.
  • The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) will hold their 58th Annual Conference and Exhibits in Pittsburgh March 19-22. Click here for more details and registration. 
  • The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Harrisburg April 22-23. Click here for more information.
For information on upcoming events, please visit and click on "Events Calendar".

EPLC Education Notebook is published by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).  Permission to reprint or electronically redistribute the Notebook in whole or in part is granted provided attribution to EPLC is provided.  The Education Policy and Leadership Center is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization.  The Mission of the Education Policy and Leadership Center is to encourage and support the development and implementation of effective state-level education policies to improve student learning in grades P-12, increase the effective operation of schools, and enhance educational opportunities for citizens of all ages.

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Fwd: [DW] CFP - International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013 - Proposals Due Jan 15, Conf May 22-23

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From: Steven Clift
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Subject: [DW] CFP - International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013 - Proposals Due Jan 15, Conf May 22-23

A premier e-democracy research event!


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International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013
Venue: nCampus Krems
Date: 22.05.2013 - 25.05.2013

The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government
brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government
specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to
critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in
the networked societies of the digital age.

Or: networking, great keynotes, good food.


The CeDEM represents a continuation and development of the E-democracy
conference initiated in 2007. The Centre for E-Governance at the
Danube University Krems has been organising conferences on e-democracy
and public administration since 2007. The CeDEM was first presented in
2011, and in the meantime also boasts a spin-off in Asia, held for the
first time in November 2012.

Papers submitted are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process (with a
50% rejection rate) and if accepted, are published in the proceedings
(Edition Donau-Universität Krems) in paper format and online according
to open access principles. Workshops proposals, PhD colloquium papers
and reflections that have been selected by the chairs will also be
published in the proceedings. Authors of the best peer-reviewed papers
will be asked to re-submit their revised and extended papers for the
autumn issue of the Centre for E-Governance's open access eJournal of
eDemocracy and Open Government  ( ).
The CeDEM offers a PhD Colloquium in cooperation with the Danube
University Krems' Platform for Political Communication and netPOL  ( ). The Doctoral Colloquium provides PhD students the
opportunity to present their work and gain feedback from experts as
well as meet other PhD students. Students from any stage of their PhD
are invited to submit their papers on any of the conference topics
(see the tracks); prospective students should send a report of their
PhD projects and work so far.

CeDEM13 Tracks

Track: E-Democracy and E-Participation
Chairs: Axel Maireder (University of Vienna, AT), Francesco Molinari
(Parterre project, IT), Marko Skoric (Nanyang Technological
University, SG)
•       Sustainability of e-participation and citizen engagement; best
practices and key factors for success; motivational factors and the
impact of participation;
•       Participatory and communication platforms; ICT for e-participation;
mobile media and new forms of participation; applications for
•       Citizens and government interaction, business and government
interaction; different perspectives of citizens, government, NGOs,
NPOs, practitioners, service providers;
•       Digital divide: gender, age, education, etc.; citizen inclusion;
•       Participatory budgeting, the European Citizen Initiative; new
approaches to direct democracy, new forms of democracy enhanced by
•       Critical perspectives: wrongdoings, bad and worst experiences, hype
but not reality, fringe groups;

Track: Open Collaborative Government
Chairs: Sylvia Archmann (EIPA, NL), Reinhard Riedl (Bern University of
Applied Sciences, CH), Norbert Kersting (Universität Münster, DE)
•       Open government initiatives;
•       E-Government modelling and simulation, technological developments,
smart/mobile democracy;
•       Architecture, concepts & effects; access and openness, network
effects, power laws, long tail, crowd sourcing for government, social
web, semantic web;
•       Citizen vs. consumer; public administration vs. business; key
stakeholders and roles in collaboration; motivational factors,
collaborative intelligence;
•       Social media & networks, engagement and accountability, generation
of content and knowledge, collaborative culture, G2C & G2B
•       Increasing effectiveness and efficiency;
•       Collaboration tools, decision making tools;
•       Critical perspectives: wrongdoings, worst and bad experiences, hype
but not reality, fringe groups;

Track: E-Policies and E-Society - Human Rights for the Internet Age
Chairs: Matthias C. Kettemann (University of Graz, AT), Edith Maier
(FHS St. Gallen, CH), Philipp Müller (University of Salzburg, AT)
•       E-policies for an e-polity?
•       Human rights for the Internet age;
•       Internet Governance between international law and national rules;
•       Freedom of expression on the Internet: Copyright vs. creative commons;
•       The right to access the Internet as a new foundation for
participation in society;
•       New human values for new technologies: dignity in e-society;
•       The re-emerging importance of the real: a new dawn for physicality
in a digital world?
•       Machine-human interaction and the Internet of things: legal and
political aspects;

Track: Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration
Chairs: Peter Mambrey (Universität Duisburg-Essen, DE), Morten
Meyerhoff Nielsen (Danish Agency for Digitisation, DK)
•       Administration and media, social media and social networks;
•       Information provision, mobile devices, service delivery with new
communication channels;
•       Blogging, micro-blogging, social networks, e-learning; social media
to engage citizens (living labs);
•       One-stop-shops;
•       Private engagement and civil servants' official roles;

Track: E-Campaigning & E-Politics
Chairs: Ralf Lindner (Fraunhofer ISI, DE), Andy Williamson (Hansard
Society, UK),
•       Political online campaigning, mass communication;
•       Mobilisation via social media, networks vs. traditional party-structure;
•       Social and political self-organisation, revolution via web 2.0, the
European Citizen Initiative, new parties and political movements
•       New journalism, internet media;
•       Best practices; lessons learned;

Track: Bottom-Up Movements
Chairs: Axel Bruns (ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation,
AU), Farida Vis (Universit of Sheffield, UK
•       Online communities, innovation, bottom-up vs. top-down;
•       NGOs/NPOs in a connected society;
•       Online spaces for self-organisation and citizen engagement;
•       User generated content, peer production;
•       ICT and revolutions: who are the good and bad? The role of
journalism, alternative media and the counter-public sphere;
•       Online activism, grassroots and their organisation;
•       What happens after the online revolutions?

Track: Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation
Chairs: Julia Glidden (21c Consultancy Ltd., UK), Johann Höchtl
(Danube University Krems, AT)
•       Legal, licensing and political issues: creative commons vs.
copyright, freedom of information, information sharing, data
visualization, transparency, opportunities and limitations;
•       Technical frameworks of open data/access and mashing platforms, open
data formats and APIs;
•       Open innovation for public services;
•       Costs and benefits of open data provision, principles and good
practice of open data; open access and crowd sourcing

Track Open Science and Open Access
Chairs: Helmut Leopold (Austrian Institute of Technology, AT), Stefan
Blachfellner (Stefan Blachfellner Consulting, AT), Keith Jeffery
(Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK)
•       The role of scholarly communication for democracies;
•       Implications of open access for citizens, governments, research and
•       The impact of open access and transparency on e-participation;

Track: Freedom and Ethics in Digital Societies
Chairs: Peter Kampits (Danube University Krems, AT)
•       Technology and responsibility: rational technology assessment;
•       Internet: the enlargement or the illusion of freedom;
•       The might of Internet;
•       The disappearance of reality in the cyberspace;
•       Knowledge versus information;
•       From homo sapiens to homo digitalis;


On the basis of the open discussion held with participants, track
chairs and PC-members, the CeDEM13 will focus on e-democracy and open
government in the context of human rights and freedom in a digital
society. We invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds
as well as business, public authorities, NGO, NPOs and education
institutions to submit their papers, reflections as well as workshop
proposals to the topics addressed in the tracks below. We welcome
interdisciplinary approaches to the emerging conference topics.

The conference proceedings will be published with the Edition Danube
University; in addition, the complete proceedings are fully accessible
•       Research papers shall be 12 pages maximum and will be double-blind
•       Case studies / Project papers shall be 12 pages maximum and will be
double-blind peer-reviewed;
•       Reflections shall be 6 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs;
•       Workshop papers shall be 4 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs;
•       PhD Colloquium papers shall be 3 pages maximum (excluding literature
list) and selected by the organisers of the colloquium;

Important Dates

Deadline for the submission of all papers, workshop proposals,
reflections: 15 January 2013
Notification of acceptance: 29 March 2013
Camera-ready paper submission: 21 April 2013
Pre-conference event: 21 May 2013
Conference: 22-23 May 2013
Open space, extended workshops, PhD colloquium: 24-25 May 2013

CFP Cedem13

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Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM)

A selection of revised and extended papers from the CeDEM13 will be
published with the autumn 2013 issue of the Open Access eJournal of
eDemocracy and Open Government. ( that is indexed with
EBSCO. A special issue is planned for submissions made to the PhD

 Programme Committee

Georg Aichholzer (Institute of Technology Assessment, AT)
Sylvia Archmann (EIPA, NL)
Frank Bannister (Trinity College Dublin 2, IE)
Kheira Belkacem (University of Leeds, UK)
Lasse Berntzen (Vestfold University, NO)
Axel Bruns (ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, AU)
Thomas Buchsbaum (Austrian Ambassador in Iran, AT)
Yannis Charalabidis (University of the Aegean, GR)
Peter Cruickshank (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Anni Dugdale (University of Canberra, AU)
Tom van Engers (University of Amsterdam, NL)
Chantal Enguehard (Université de Nantes, FR)
Peter Filzmaier (Danube University Krems, AT
Joan Francesc Fondevila (Centre d'Estudis sobre el Cable, ES)
Olivier Glassey (IDHEAP, CH)
Julia Glidden (21c Consultancy Ltd., UK)
Hans Hagedorn (DEMOS Gesellschaft für E-Partizipation mbh, DE)
Stevan Harnard (Université du Québec à Montréal, CA)
Dennis Hilgers (Universität Hamburg, DE)
Johann Höchtl (Danube University Krems, AT)
Roumiana Ilieva (Technical University of Sofia, BG)
Marijn Janssen ( TU Delft, NL)
Keith Jeffery (Science and Technology Facilites Council, UK)
Evika Karamagioli (Gov2U, GR)
Norbert Kersting (University Münster, DE)
Jens Klessmann (Fraunhofer FOKUS, DE)
Bozidar Klicek (University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Sotiris Th. Koussouris (DSSLab, NTUA, GR)
Robert Krimmer (ODIHR-elections, PL)
Ah Lian Kor (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK)
Rudolf Legat (Austrian Environmental Agency, AT)
Daniel van Lerberghe (Politech EurActiv, BE)
Nele Leosk (e-Governance Academy, EE)
Ralf Lindner (Fraunhofer ISI, DE)
Jan Linhart (echo source, DE)
Martin Löhe (Fraunhofer FOKUS, DE)
Jörn von Lucke (Zeppelin University, DE)
Rolf Lührs (TuTech Innovation GmbH, DE)
Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan, US)
Ülle Madise (Legal Adviser to the President, EE)
Edith Maier (FHS St.Gallen, Switzerland)
Viktor Maier-Schönberger (Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
Peter Mambrey (Universität Duisburg-Essen, DE)
Flavia Marzano (Stati Generali Innovazione, IT)
Morten Meyerhoff-Nielen (National IT and Telecom Agency, DK)
Jeremy Millard (Danish Technological Institute, DK)
Francesco Molinari (Parterre project, IT)
Philipp Müller (Universität Salzburg, AT)
Christina Neumayer (IT University of Copenhagen, DK)
Hannu Nurmi (University of Turku, FI)
Ismael Peña-López (Open University of Catalonia, ES)
Flooh Perlot (Institut für Strategieanalysen, AT)
Nguyen V. Phuc (Asian Institute of Technology and Management, VN)
Carl-Markus Piswanger (Austrian Federal Computing Centre, AT)
Wolfgang Polasek (Institut für Höhere Studien, CH)
Singara Karna Rao (Tsukuba University, JP)
Peter Reichstädter (Austrian Federal Chancellery, AT)
Reinhard Riedl (University of Zurich, CH)
Philipp Rössl (Danube University Krems, AT)
Christian Rupp (Austrian Federal Chancellery, AT)
Michael Sachs (Danube University Krems, AT)
Günther Schefbeck (Austrian Parliament, AT)
Doug Schuler (The Public Sphere Project, US)
Erich Schweighofer (University of Vienna, AT)
Alexander Stocker (Joanneum Research, AT)
Jakob Svensson (Karlstad University, SE)
Ella Taylor-Smith (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Ben Wagner (European University Institute, CH)
Cornelia Wallner (Zeppelin University, DE)
Gregor Wenda (Federal Ministry for the Interior, AT
Elin Wihlborg (Linkoping University, SE)
Andy Williamson (Hansard Society, UK)
Frank Wilson (Interaction Design Ltd., UK)
Petra Wolf (TU München, DE)

Honarary Board

Peter Filzmaier (Danube University Krems, AT)
Ann Macintosh (University of Leeds, UK)
Jeremy Millard (Teknologisk Institut, DK)
in progress


Gerlinde Ecker (Danube University Krems, AT)
Nicole Waldorf (Danube University Krems, AT)

 Social Events&Networking

Pre-Conference Get-Together
There will be a social event in the evening of 21 May 2013. This is
the only event that is not included in the conference fee!
Further details to be announced.

Conference Dinner
The conference dinner on 22 May 2013 is an important part of the conference!
Further details to be announced.

Post-Conference Get-Together
Do not leave the conference too early as we like to end our conference
with a cheese & wine  on the terrace.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fwd: Help Us Build Baylor Stadium

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Some thoughts about the school shooting

D.V., on KDKA Radio, was talking about the school shooting and I posted these thoughts on Facebook.

Just listening to KDKA Radio show with D.V. Posted much of this to his wall, but since I have not sounded off on the recent school killings, here goes.

KENT STATE's trouble (4 dead in O-hi-o) had ARMED Guards at the school and THAT was the problem. School shooting. Bad scene. That is perhaps what set the course for no guns.

Pgh Public Schools has both School Security AND School Police. The police are not generally full time at any certain schools, unlike security that has regular gigs at the doors of the schools. The POLICE have guns, I think. The security does not.

A problem with paid, armed security guard(s) at schools means one less librarian, or one less school nurse, or one less teacher or 10 less crossing guards. I'd rather have 20 kids per teacher and not one grade with 40 and an armed guard.

Another situation that could unfold at a school is that the crazy gunman goes first to the armed guard and then goes on a spree without any other armed guard to thwart the rest of the killing. If armed guards were 100% insurance -- why are there still bank robbers?

Another solution: I'd much rather have working K9 at schools. Some are GUN dogs and others are DRUG dogs. We could even train the dogs at a magnet school as part of the zoo! The dogs would be a lot more affordable and would, generally, be more dependable too.

Update about PPS Summer Dreamers

Good info from PPS about 2013 Summer Dreamers,

Of course, what comes below is subject to PPS Board approval.

Summer Dreamers Academy 2013 Program Plans

The Summer Dreamers Academy planning team continues to think strategically about how best to provide high quality summer programming to the greatest number of Pittsburgh Public Schools students, and those with the greatest need. We remain focused on stemming summer learning loss and providing engaging academic programming and unique activity offerings to K‐8th grade campers; we look forward to continuing to support PPS students to become Promise Ready©.

Summer Dreamers Academy Outcome Goals
1. Minimize or stop the effects of summer learning loss for participating youth.
2. Prepare students academically and socially so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to
successfully begin the next school year.
3. Encourage a passion for learning and exploration that is a driving factor for future academic success.
4. Motivate youth to persist in the face of challenges with the knowledge that hard work and effort will yield

The information below outlines our preliminary plans for the 2013 program. Feedback from parents, campers and staff members, along with data from our external evaluators, directed our decision making. All information is officially pending funding and Board approval.

Program Dates & Times
In order to provide the maximum academic benefit to campers, the 2013 Summer Dreamers Academy will be a 27 day program. Program dates are Monday, July 1st – Wednesday, August 7th for campers (no camp on Thursday, July 4th), with pre‐camp professional development and post‐camp wrap‐up requirements for staff. Summer Dreamers will remain a full day program, with camper arrival scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and dismissal scheduled for 4 p.m.

Enrollment for Summer Dreamers will launch in early March with the mailing of enrollment materials to the homes of all K‐8th grade students in the District. Additional enrollment materials will be available at schools and through the parent hotline. The enrollment deadline is May 3rd, 2013 – no late registration forms will be accepted. The enrollment status of all applicants (accepted or not accepted) will be communicated to families in late May.

Based on current budget projections, we anticipate serving roughly 2300 K‐8th grade campers ‐ about 320 campers per grade level in K‐5th grade, and about 100 campers per grade level in 6th – 8th grade. Every student in grades K‐8 is encouraged to apply. Acceptance will be determined through a weighted lottery considering factors including a student’s free/reduced price lunch status and academic performance on PSSA (4th – 8th graders) or DIBELS (K‐3rd graders) assessments. Also, in 2013, admission decisions will allow for sibling preference – if one child in a family is accepted to Summer Dreamers, other children in the household will also be admitted.

Summer Dreamers will operate four regional elementary (K‐5) sites and one central middle grades (6‐8) site in 2013. Elementary sites will be Pittsburgh: Carmalt, Classical, University Prep and Faison. The middle grades location will be Pittsburgh CAPA. Elementary campers will be assigned to a site based on their feeder school.

Transportation & Food
In accordance with the District’s transportation policy, Summer Dreamers provides transportation to any camper who lives more than 1.5 miles from his/her assigned camp site. We also offer a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack free of charge to all campers.

Daily Schedule
All K‐8th grade Summer Dreamers campers will participate in two 90‐minute morning academic blocks and two 75‐ minute afternoon activity blocks in 2013.

8:00 am
8:30 – 8:45 am
8:45 – 9:10 am
9:10 – 9:15 am
9:15 – 10:45 am
10:45 – 10:50 am
10:50– 12:20 pm
12:20 – 1:05 pm
1:05 – 2:20 pm
2:20 – 2:25 pm
2:25 – 3:40 pm
3:40 – 4:00 pm
4:15 pm

Staff arrival
Camper Arrival & Breakfast
All Camp Meeting
Transition to Block #1
Block #1 (Academics – ELA or Math) Transition to Block #2
Block #2 (Academics – ELA or Math) Transition to Lunch
Transition to Block #3
Block #3 (Activities)
Transition to Block #4
Block #4 (Activities)
Camper Dismissal
Staff dismissal

Each camp site will be led by a Camp Leadership Team consisting of a Camp Director, Operations Managers, Curriculum Coaches, and an Activity Specialist. The Camp Leadership Team works closely with the Summer Dreamers Academy central office planning team to plan and execute the program at their site. Certified academic teachers will implement the morning ELA and math blocks and provide support for Special Ed and ESL campers. Activities will primarily be facilitated by activity provider staff (see more information about Activities below), but certified activity teachers will be hired by Summer Dreamers to provide additional support and assist with linking activities to academic standards. Camp Coordinators will be hired at each site to assist with camp site operations and to work with teachers and campers during instructional time. Each camp site will also have a full day nurse and security guard.

We are continuing to select activity provider partners through the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Proposals for 2013 were due on December 7th, and partners will be announced in late January. Providers submitted proposals to serve elementary and/or middle grades campers and requested to facilitate 75‐minute activities with two different groups of campers, or extended 155‐minute activities with one group of campers. We strive to provide exciting activity options at all grade levels. Campers will be able to rank their activity preferences upon enrollment, and placements will be made on a first‐come, first‐served basis for admitted campers. Activity offerings for each site will be included in enrollment materials.

Feedback on our 2012 program is being used to guide curriculum planning for 2013. All K‐8th grade Summer Dreamers campers will participate in a 90‐minute literacy block and a 90‐minute math block daily, to support academic growth and combat summer learning loss in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The literacy block will be based in a National Geographic content‐based literacy curriculum, with a daily intervention block to support struggling readers at the elementary grades. The McGraw Hill Number Worlds curriculum will serve as the foundation for the mathematics component of Summer Dreamers, with a focus on problem solving and real‐world skills. New in 2013, all enrichment activities will include a connected writing project. Campers will brainstorm, draft, edit, revise, and publish a finished work that showcases what they learned and did in their daily activity blocks. The enrichment activity will serve as the theme upon which youth will base their writing, and projects can take on many forms, such as a newspaper, fictional story, how‐to guide, or blog.