Saturday, December 29, 2012
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
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Friday, December 21, 2012
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.
"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 - http://stevenclift.com
Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
Thursday, December 20, 2012
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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!
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS: CeDEM13
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 (www.jedem.org ).
The CeDEM offers a PhD Colloquium in cooperation with the Danube
University Krems' Platform for Political Communication and netPOL (
www.netpol.at ). 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.
Track: E-Democracy and E-Participation
Chairs: Axel Maireder (University of Vienna, AT), Francesco Molinari
(Parterre project, IT), Marko Skoric (Nanyang Technological
• 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,
• 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,
• 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
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
• Blogging, micro-blogging, social networks, e-learning; social media
to engage citizens (living labs);
• Private engagement and civil servants' official roles;
Track: E-Campaigning & E-Politics
Chairs: Ralf Lindner (Fraunhofer ISI, DE), Andy Williamson (Hansard
• 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
• 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;
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
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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. (www.jedem.org) that is indexed with
EBSCO. A special issue is planned for submissions made to the PhD
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)
Peter Filzmaier (Danube University Krems, AT)
Ann Macintosh (University of Leeds, UK)
Jeremy Millard (Teknologisk Institut, DK)
Gerlinde Ecker (Danube University Krems, AT)
Nicole Waldorf (Danube University Krems, AT)
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.
The conference dinner on 22 May 2013 is an important part of the conference!
Further details to be announced.
Do not leave the conference too early as we like to end our conference
with a cheese & wine on the terrace.
Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
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.
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.
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.
8:30 – 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
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)
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.