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MLK’s dream burning bright

But promise of equal opportunity ‘great unfinished business’

Freelance writer/editor

Standing in the shadow of the great emancipator, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stood exactly where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. did 50 years earlier to “awaken the slumbering conscience of America.”

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama borrowed heavily from King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech to chronicle the rapid societal changes the landmark oratory set in motion for America’s excluded minorities.

It wasn’t just a black thing. It was a Latino thing. An Asian thing. A women thing.  A gay thing. A Catholic thing. A Jewish thing.

And it was a people with disabilities thing, the President of the United States told tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life on a rainy day in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Kansas community among Top 10 where wages are ‘soaring’

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and reported by 247WallSt.com, the average wage of a U.S. worker was $1,000 per week in the fourth quarter of 2012, or 4.7 percent higher from the same time in 2011. In some areas, pay rose than 10 percent.

In the San Francisco metropolitan area, according to the article, the average wage grew by nearly 25 percent, more than any area in the country. And based on the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, it listed the top 10 cities with the biggest increases in pay.

Coming in at No. 10? Continue reading

Adaptive Special Ed Master’s now at MNU

Submitted by MNU

Today’s school room includes students diagnosed with a wide variety of mild to moderate disabilities. Whether they face learning, mental, emotional or physical challenges, the number of teachers needed to meet this educational demand is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Today’s educational professional can develop the leadership and expertise to meet these needs through MNU’s new Master of Education in Adaptive Special Education, starting this fall.

The program follows MNU’s popular education model allowing students to attend class just one night a week and complete a graduate degree in 18 months. Program leaders say Adaptive Special Education will feature a new option; the ability to attend the program virtually. In the virtual classroom, unlike traditional online classes, students at least 45 miles from the Olathe campus will be able to attend in another location, in real time, through Adobe Connect.

“This technology allows the student to ask questions and participate during the class time,” says Dr. Neil Friesland, program coordinator. “The learning experience will be very interactive no matter where they are.”

Planning to launch the first classes in September of this year, organizers say students will be able to earn special education certification in elementary, middle school, high school or K-12.
“We’ve developed courses based on the Kansas Department of Education’s Adaptive Special Education standards and the Council of Exceptional Children professional standards,” Friesland says. “This curriculum prepares teachers with the expertise they’ll need to provide effective instruction to students with special needs.”
For more information about MNU’s Adaptive Special Education program, visit https://www.mnu.edu/master-of-education-sped.


Teacher academy application deadline extended

Kansas high school students interested in careers in education have an extra few weeks to apply for the Kansas Future Teacher Academy.

With the previous deadline of March 15 having passed, applications will now be accepted through April 12.

“We have received 30 applications from young women in high schools across the state,” said Bob Aman, director of the academy. “I challenge each high school counselor to find encourage at least one young man from their student body to apply to the academy.”

Citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Aman said, only 2 percent of pre-K and kindergarten teachers and 18 percent of elementary and middle-school teachers are men. In secondary school, 42 percent of teachers are men. Continue reading

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