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Canadian Deputy Ambassador to Speak at Chamber’s D.C. Fly-in, Sept. 27

Kirsten Hillman, deputy ambassador in Canada’s Embassy to the United States of America, will greet Hoosier business leaders for breakfast on the second day of the Indiana Chamber’s annual D.C. Fly-in, on September 27. Hillman is based in Washington D.C. and prior to joining the Embassy in 2017, she was assistant deputy minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations branch at Global Affairs Canada. There, Hillman oversaw the country’s trade policy and negotiations; she [...]

BizVoiceExtra: Festivals and Family at Native American Pow Wows

When I started working on my Road Trip Treasures entry about Indiana festivals, I realized I had more personal experience with unique or unusual festivals than I first considered. In fact, I don’t have to look very far for an example of a festival that has been part of my family’s tradition for many years (and now spanning multiple generations). One of the earliest things I learned about my husband and his family was [...]

Balancing Work and Learning

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has produced a long series of highly regarded research efforts. The latest focuses on the steeper challenges that low-income students face when it comes to combining work and college. Over the past half century, the relationship between working and learning has changed in profound ways that have made it more difficult for students, especially students from low-income backgrounds, to attain the right mix of work [...]

More School, More Learning

In limited circumstances, struggling schools try to escape that situation by lengthening the learning day. Such has been the case with Florida elementary schools. An analysis reveals reading improvements. Adam Tyner of the Fordham Institute writes: A new study from Northwestern University’s David Figlio and his co-authors at the American Institutes for Research presents new evidence that increased instruction time improves reading skills. The study assesses the impacts of Florida’s “Extended School Day” (ESD) program, [...]

Superintendents Express Key Concern

An annual Gallup survey of school district superintendents reveals an interesting shift, along with some doubts on how best to meet the new challenge. The 74 (education news site) shares the following: Three-quarters of district superintendents say preparing students to be engaged citizens is a challenge for schools. This is a huge jump over past years. In fact, the number of superintendents concerned about this rose by 24 points – from 50 percent to [...]