Many managed IT service providers struggle to thrive in the IT industry despite having the much needed experience, expertise and capital. Start cataloging IT Services: Each person in the organization should be on the same page on the different service offered and various technologies they involve. Create Instructions: You don’t want your staff to spend several hours each day trying to scan through books, tutorials and help material to solve each IT support issue, do you? Use Established Standards: Tried and tested standards such as Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) must be adhered to.
Create a Configuration Management Database: A configuration management database or CMDB makes it easier to identify, manage or track a given technology that forms the basis of different IT support services or managed IT services your company provides.
Get the Right People Onboard: At the end of the day, it’s your team of developers, business analysts and other professionals that will deliver “value” to a client. WPTidBits is a website that focuses mainly on Wordpress development and very small part of issues that may be out-of -topic. American Jewish World Service (AJWS) seeks an outstanding Digital Content Officer to enhance the organization’s digital presence in pursuit of global justice. American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS’s digital department, housed within the communications division, is responsible for the organization’s entire digital presence—including AJWS’s website, social media presence, email marketing operation, and digital engagement efforts.
The Digital Content Officer is responsible for developing and implementing creative content for all web properties, including AJWS’s website and our social media platforms, to raise the organization’s profile among key audiences and to support AJWS’s fundraising efforts.
The Digital Content Officer will be a key member of AJWS’s digital team and will collaborate closely with colleagues across the organization. Conceptualize timely and emotionally resonant digital engagement efforts to grow our base of supporters. Represent AJWS in strategic social media spaces by engaging in digital conversations, answering questions, live tweeting during events, posting comments on relevant blogs, etc. Work with AJWS’s digital team and external consultants to engage new supporters, including donors and activists, to achieve our fundraising goals and acquire new subscribers to our e-lists. Knowledge of politics, advocacy, human rights, international development and the American Jewish community a plus.
AJWS’s communications division is seeking a skilled writer and editor with experience in the field of international development and human rights to join our publications department as the Communications Officer for Human Rights and Story Development.
The Communications Officer will write and manage production of key AJWS publications—including Country Profiles, blogs, articles and other content that introduces supporters to our human rights work, conveys AJWS’s impact and tells vivid stories about the activists and organizations funded by AJWS who are fighting poverty and injustice in the developing world. To do this job well, the Communications Officer must have an understanding of the human rights and international development field (including familiarity with one or more of the following issues: sexual health and rights, civil and political rights, and natural resource rights). Manage a Story bank of content about AJWS’s grantees in the developing world and our national advocacy, to be used to support publications, press, fundraising, and other media. Please note: While we seek candidates who have a sophisticated understanding of human rights work, we are not looking to hire an academic writer or researcher. Develops and maintains The Health Trust web site, online communications and social media strategies as well as creates graphic designs for agency collateral.
Develops and maintains Health Trust web site including content creation and graphical elements; develops and implements web based marketing campaigns. Develops and maintains new media and social networking communications strategies including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google products. Develops and implements online communications campaigns using customer relation management software (iContact).
Assists with various technical needs of Health Trust employees and employee training (including intranet, online presentations, video and audio recording). Assist with writing collateral materials including but not limited to flyers, letters and acknowledgments.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University in communications, public health, public policy, or related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Three (3) years of experience in web site development, online campaign management and graphical design.
Computer literate with in-depth knowledge of, and experience with, Google products, Microsoft Office products, web based applications and customer relationship management systems.
Automobile available for daily work with current automobile insurance as required by the State of California.
Work across departments to ensure strong internal alignment to goals, work flows, and deadlines.
Working closely with managers, craft and deploy articles, blogs, how-tos, tip sheets, brochures, web copy, social media updates, etc. Create and oversee a multimedia asset library including photo, video, audio for Education programs.
Review, edit and revise materials created by Education subject-matter experts for communications and promotional purposes.
Serve as first point of contact for day-to-day management of 3rd-party Communications agency that advises and assists on high-level strategy for Wolf Trap Institute. Serve as project manager for production of key Educational assets, such as brochures and videos. Coordinate Communications and related logistics for other Education projects, such as conferences, as assigned. Working with Education’s program managers, cultivate a network of nonprofit and educational organizations with stake in Wolf Trap’s mission.
Collaborate within the Education team to identify partner success stories and best practices. Ensure alignment to the Wolf Trap brand, and provide affiliates with ongoing training and support to execute their own promotional and advocacy efforts locally.
Support communications efforts of Institute Affiliates, providing messaging for their websites, social media, and grassroots mobilization efforts.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, public relations, marketing or journalism.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: The preceding position description has been written to reflect management’s assignment of essential functions. A small group of Network members recently gathered for a dinner hosted by Spitfire Strategies and The Communications Network to discuss the changing landscape of organizing movements around social change.
The conversation was framed around three articles that offer different perspectives on the issue. Small Change by Malcolm Gladwell – Expresses concerns about the limitations of movements that are built from social media. Social Media Helps Black Lives Matter Fight the Power by Bijan Stephen — Highlights the speed advantage social media provides activists in spreading information and organizing folks quickly. Understanding New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms — Argues a transition is in place between the opposing forces of old and new power, which is driven by our increasing ability to share and connect with one another. Social media can be a powerful tool to bring people together and empower individuals to take action. We discussed examples of what we’d consider successful efforts at using social media for significant impact.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Equal Sign Facebook Campaign — For more on this, view the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s analysis. Images and storytelling strengthen the weak ties of social media, so always post with a picture or video.
As Stephen points out in the Wired article, the leaders of the mid-century civil rights movements recognized the power of images and video in storytelling.
Today’s activists have the power to record everything they see on their phones and share it with the world via YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or live stream a protest on Periscope, and those are only a few of the platforms available to them at a very low cost.
During the dinner, I kept blathering on about a book nobody had read, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by K. He shows how culture sustains practices, even after a moral consensus has been reached about their abhorrence.
I connected this history to our conversation by talking about social media’s role in generating shame, which is a big mover of culture.
We live in a world where everyone has the ability to voice their thoughts, and everyone can find an audience. There’s a real question about whether or not social media is creating efficiencies for decision makers. Social media is the fastest medium yet, and narratives often get formed in minutes, instead of days or weeks. Devoting vast resources to capacity and creating large, sophisticated teams, commercial enterprises are serious about social media. Uncertain of how to measure communications activity, many decision makers focus too much on engagement numbers. The level of effort put into digital engagement tends to dictate level of campaign success. This year’s Media Learning Seminar, hosted by the Knight Foundation, highlighted important future trends worth considering. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society.
We are looking for our next Newman Fellow who will help bring our transformational, intersectional, movement-building work to growing communities of online supporters.
You share IPS’s vision that everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Experience in managing social networking accounts, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Experience in graphic design, including previous experience designing infographics, sharegraphics, memes, etc. Experience with image or photo editing softwares (experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus). A bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Design, or related field. Under the supervision of the Communications Director, implement communications plans for engaging with IPS audiences through social media, online publications, etc. Create visual (infographics, sharegraphics, memes) and written content for IPS’s social networks and websites. Work with Communications Team and other IPS staff to identify opportunities for expanding IPS audiences and organizing efforts online. Assist with communications campaigns in response to breaking news and developments related to IPS’s issue areas. Work with Development Team to identify opportunities for maximizing effectiveness of online fundraising efforts. You’ll be part of a team of smart, sharp communications professionals working together to increase our reach and widen the audience for our work.
The Newman Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging leaders to develop critical skills needed to serve as the next generation of progressive activists, organizers, or public scholars.
Annual compensation for this entry-level fellowship is $37,000 (before taxes), paid semi-monthly. IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more.
Overview: The Project Director works closely with the Director of Research and the Director of Interpretation to support planning and provide ongoing oversight of the units’ projects. Assist the Director of Research in developing project timelines and staffing plans, encouraging and monitoring on-time completion of tasks, and troubles shooting emerging issues. Contribute to research projects by: conducting expert interviews, conducting Media Content Analyses and Field Frame Analyses, supporting development and piloting of metaphors, and assisting in the development of quantitative experiments and analyses. Master and make use of Mavenlink, FrameWorks’ online project management system, to ensure accurate record keeping and timely intra- and inter-unit communication and coordination. In coordination with the Operations Director, track and maintain research-related files, such as audio recordings of expert interviews, using FrameWorks’ file storage system, Box. Serve as the research unit’s representative with vendors, clients, and contractors, responding to inquiries and offering timely guidance.
Assist the Director of Interpretation in developing project timelines and staffing plans, encouraging and monitoring on-time completion of tasks, and troubles shooting emerging issues.
Lead the coordination of pre-meeting logistics and work under the guidance FrameWorks staff who deliver trainings and presentations to develop agendas and evaluation forms. Support the Director of Interpretation by identifying relevant examples of reframes, swamp drops, and other content to be used during FrameWorks engagements. Work with the Operations Intern to ensure that high-quality learning engagement materials are professionally packaged and delivered in a timely manner.
Master and make use of Mavenlink, FrameWorks’ online project management system to ensure accurate record keeping and timely intra- and inter-unit communication and coordination.
At Math for America (M?A), we do everything we can to make teaching a viable, rewarding, and respected career choice for the greatest thinkers and leaders in science and mathematics.
M?A is looking for a Senior PR & Communications Associate with no more than 3-5 years of experience to join our communications and marketing team, reporting to the Director of Communications and Marketing. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990s, and guided today by the Lemelson family, we believe invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time. The Lemelson Foundation has created a culture of collaboration, continuous learning, and innovation.
As the only foundation in the world dedicated to improving lives through invention, the Lemelson Foundation has a compelling message to share. The Communications Officer will define and oversee use of the Foundation’s voice, identifying and analyzing target audiences, setting objectives, and managing strategies and tactics including digital communications, content development, and participation in speaking events and conferences.
The Communications Officer also will manage a grant portfolio that supports the Foundation’s communications objectives through partnerships with high-profile individuals and media outlets, including PBS NewsHour, NPR, and industry bloggers. The Communications Officer reports directly to the Executive Director, and provides support to internal working groups and projects on strategic areas of focus for the team.
The ideal candidate is inspired by the Foundation’s mission and motivated by the opportunity to play a leading role in shaping its strategic growth and impact through communications.
Candidates should be deeply interested in and passionate about everything in our portfolio; a connection to our work is essential.
The position is based in Portland, OR, and will include domestic and international travel, including travel to developing countries.
The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. The senior communications officer creates and implements communications strategies to further the programmatic goals of the foundation. Please email a cover letter that summarizes your qualifications, describes your interest in the position, and includes your recent salary history. For virtually every foundation and nonprofit, your website connects audiences to what you stand for, what you do, the impact you have, and most importantly, why it all matters. But too often, organizations with incredibly inspiring missions have sites that leave audiences more confused than committed, and more exhausted than energized.
This Communications Network webinar will be led by Matthew Schwartz, Founder and Director of Strategy at social change brand strategy and experience design firm Constructive. The Digital Communications Manager will be responsible for creating, implementing and managing online communications activities for the Foundation to support and advance its mission, objectives and priority areas.  Specifically, this newly created position will focus on our online assets and practices. Increase the online reach and impact of the Hilton Foundation’s brand across multiple platforms in support of our strategic goals.
Develop strategies for our digital assets to reach and influence target audiences, while meeting the needs of our teams and our partners. Develop engaging online social spaces that expand awareness, reach, and the effectiveness of the Foundation’s communications efforts.
Make recommendations with regard to system changes (architecture, content and design) as online technologies evolve.
Work with vendors, consultants and team members to ensure the integrity and evolution of our online platforms. Manage our social media presence across multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube accounts, among others.
Manage digital communications projects and products, sharing programmatic duties, responsibilities and goals with the existing Communications Manager. Develop and manage an online content calendar in coordination with program and communications staff.
Assess the effectiveness of online efforts on an ongoing basis and create analytical reports for the organization. Keep projects on track, on time and on budget, while adjusting strategy and tactics when necessary. Manage activities of external consultants and internal staff who support Foundation communications.
Ensure appropriate organizational alignment between internal and external messaging and communications processes.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred. Demonstrated ability to effectively implement and manage diverse communications strategies and activities. Teachers in all content areas can use these seven assessment and grading practices to enhance learning and teaching. Classroom assessment and grading practices have the potential not only to measure and report learning but also to promote it. Two other classroom assessment categories—diagnostic and formative—provide fuel for the teaching and learning engine by offering descriptive feedback along the way.
Keeping these three categories of classroom assessment in mind, let us consider seven specific assessment and grading practices that can enhance teaching and learning. On the first day of a three-week unit on nutrition, a middle school teacher describes to students the two summative assessments that she will use. The current emphasis on established content standards has focused teaching on designated knowledge and skills.
Third, presenting the authentic performance tasks at the beginning of a new unit or course provides a meaningful learning goal for students. A high school language arts teacher distributes a summary of the summative performance task that students will complete during the unit on research, including the rubric for judging the performance's quality. A second assessment practice that supports learning involves presenting evaluative criteria and models of work that illustrate different levels of quality. A rubric is a widely used evaluation tool consisting of criteria, a measurement scale (a 4-point scale, for example), and descriptions of the characteristics for each score point. Providing a rubric to students in advance of the assessment is a necessary, but often insufficient, condition to support their learning. Before beginning instruction on the five senses, a kindergarten teacher asks each student to draw a picture of the body parts related to the various senses and show what each part does. Diagnostic assessment is as important to teaching as a physical exam is to prescribing an appropriate medical regimen. Teachers can use a variety of practical pre-assessment strategies, including pre-tests of content knowledge, skills checks, concept maps, drawings, and K-W-L (Know-Want to learn-Learn) charts. As part of a culminating assessment for a major unit on their state's history and geography, a class of 4th graders must contribute to a classroom museum display. Assessment becomes responsive when students are given appropriate options for demonstrating knowledge, skills, and understanding.
To serve learning, feedback must meet four criteria: It must be timely, specific, understandable to the receiver, and formed to allow for self-adjustment on the student's part (Wiggins, 1998).

In addition, specificity is key to helping students understand both their strengths and the areas in which they can improve. Your research paper is generally well organized and contains a great deal of information on your topic.
Here's a simple, straightforward test for a feedback system: Can learners tell specifically from the given feedback what they have done well and what they could do next time to improve?
Finally, the learner needs opportunities to act on the feedback—to refine, revise, practice, and retry. Before turning in their science lab reports, students review their work against a list of explicit criteria. The most effective learners set personal learning goals, employ proven strategies, and self-assess their work. Rubrics can help students become more effective at honest self-appraisal and productive self-improvement. Let me ask you something: Is fire and brimstone all that we have in the arsenal against a rising tide of ungodly promotions by people in power? As we open the record of a believer of long ago, we will note that Daniel found significant ways to have a positive impact in very dark places without losing his grip on kindness and gentle force!
Key Principle: Effective outreach is when the world about us can truly hear what we are trying to say and respond correctly to it. Before we delve into the writing of Daniel 4, it might be good to remind ourselves about the man who God used to record the story. As we take lessons from the book, we should occasionally stop and familiarize ourselves with the “whole” of the narrative. Notice that Daniel wasn’t trying to show with his life that HE was more capable – but the passage clearly stated that the king knew it was the INDWELLING of God’s Spirit that made him able.
In an article in Campus Life a young nurse writes of her pilgrimage in learning to see in a patient the image of God beneath a very “distressing disguise.” Eileen was one of her first patients, a person who was totally helpless. Men and women, we must stop seeing people in the abstract – and see them as God’s wondrous creations! We have to be observant for good things, and we have to admit we don’t always know the value of things, much less of people!
Can we not readily admit that we are adept at picking out the flaws of people, but are far less able to quickly cite what is GOOD about them? I think it is important that we recognize that he didn’t shrink back and compromise the truth, but he also didn’t enjoy the message of judgment. A teenage boy was diagnosed with cancer and as a result was in the hospital for several weeks to undergo radiation treatments and chemotherapy.
Daniel didn’t flinch in the message to try and change the coming judgment of the king – he delivered the message faithfully, though he knew the horror of its sound.
Let me ask you to do something: Make sure you feel the pain of hell for those in our world before you proclaim it as the destination of lost men.
Not a single sentence of interpretation was offered by Daniel that wasn’t smothered with the sauce of God’s decree.
Daniel 4:26 And in that it was commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize that [it is] Heaven [that] rules. In the Bible, God offered a message of judgment to a man facing judgment… and you need to ask a simple question. We don’t have to face the end without the opportunity to avert the coming judgment altogether. Effective outreach is when they can hear what we truly are trying to say and respond to it. Why not consider dropping the rock of accusation on the shore, and taking a swim out to a struggling friend?
Often, trained professionals (including CIOs) at these companies tend to ignore the best practices followed by the most successful IT companies in the world. Well, these are tried-and-tested methods that ensure you spend time and money trying out methods you aren’t sure of. A service catalog can help you do exactly that and also enable you to address users’ requirements in a satisfactory way. It may include tutorials, web trends, general news and technology, how to’s and list of inspirational sites on the net. This is a dynamic opportunity for someone to blend their digital creativity with a desire to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.
Applications submitted without a resume and personalized cover letter will not be considered. To ensure that AJWS has a stream of compelling, fresh content to be used on all of our communications platforms, the Communications Officer will work closely with our programs staff in the U.S. He or she must be adept at translating human rights jargon into engaging, clear and emotionally resonant copy that will inspire our supporters to learn, donate to AJWS and take action on human rights issues occurring around the world.
The Program Officer will interview subjects during the shoots and, upon return, will create stories, blogs and photo captions and will advise the video editors on developing accurate, compelling videos from the footage.
We will be adopting new software to house our story bank this year and the Communications Officer will oversee the implementation of the new system and will manage any interns or support staff hired to get it up and running.
This position is designed to support communications and fundraising, and thus, successful candidates will be adept at writing motivational prose for a non-academic audience. If you believe that Silicon Valley, a community where innovation is changing the world, can also be a community where innovation improves the health of everyone, then you belong at The Health Trust. Create and deploy content across a wide variety of styles, for multiple channels, to position and promote Wolf Trap’s educational programs and activities.
Serve as a liaison between Education and the Communications and Marketing teams, representing Education’s activities and interests at cross-departmental External Communications meetings.
Assist team members across departments in building their internal capacities to communicate effectively about the impact and value of Wolf Trap’s Education programs. Contribute to a culture of news-making within the Education and Communications and Marketing teams. Assist Education team in drafting talking points and presentations for conferences, speaking engagements, and other public events. Ensure that internal stakeholders are apprised of agency activities, are involved in decision-making, and that Education PR strategy is consistent with, and complementary to, the overall Wolf Trap PR program. Assist in identifying opportunities to mobilize networks and partners, and draft content accordingly. The cross-sector group included a variety of communications leaders from foundations, nonprofits, and think tanks who wanted to examine different aspects of using strategy to build movements.
He cites the horrific events of March 7, 1965, when civil rights activists set out to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and were met by violence from police.
Anthony Appiah (if you don’t have the appetite for reading it, here’s the NY Times review). He looks at the intellectual history of moral revolutions, and I think folks would benefit from examining his writing on the cultural aspects of social change. There’s power to cultural disgust, and it’s an important next step after one wins acknowledgement that a problem exists.
If your strategy depends on controlling the message over a long period of time, you may want to think more about channeling energy than controlling the message. Bonds formed over digital channels can be just as strong as those with people you’ve met in person. Are you interested in shaping public policy conversations with game-changing ideas and innovative research presented through compelling visuals? We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet.
We work alongside IPS’s nationally renowned policy experts to ensure our research and analysis are reaching key decision-makers, and more and more people are educated with our game-changing ideas. Not only will you receive mentorship from IPS’s Communications Director and other IPS staff, you will also be exposed to our work with core allies and the broader progressive community, and have opportunities for professional development. You will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee. The Project Director also assists the units’ researchers and associates by handling discrete tasks or client deliverables as assigned, and supports ongoing client relationships by acting as a liaison for the Director of Research and Director of Interpretation as directed.
This work involves advanced planning with internal staff and external contractors as well as real-time troubleshooting. Ensure transcriptionists receive and transcribe audio files in a timely manner and that contractors receive links to relevant folders. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and personnel structure of the nonprofit FrameWorks Institute.
We offer four different fellowships for public school STEM teachers at various stages of their teaching careers, and advocate for our model around the country, so that we can get a great STEM teacher—one who’s a true master of the subject matter and deeply committed to the craft of teaching—in front of every student in America.
The role will enable a dedicated communications professional to execute a variety of strategic communications programs in a fast-paced and mission-driven environment while growing in their career.
That’s why we work to strengthen the ecosystems where inventions can take shape, grow, and flourish.
An entrepreneurial environment with huge flexibility and opportunities for growth has allowed the small team of 10 staff to create a large footprint and outsized presence for the Foundation.
The Communications Officer will work with the Executive Director and staff to develop and execute communications strategies that further the Foundation’s mission of inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises in the US and developing countries. We seek a communications professional who is results oriented and driven by a personal belief in the power of invention to improve lives. The ideal candidate has the motivation to be a key contributor and leader within the organization, adding to the culture of collaboration, creativity, and continuous improvement. Candidates should be well versed in communications strategy development and execution, and have experience leading a range of marketing and communications functions. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. Participate as a thought partner with program and external engagement staff to help develop, support, and promote programmatic goals through creative communications, including message development, storytelling, blogging, social media, and media outreach. Develop strategies and activities to identify and engage target audiences on the foundation’s goals. Serve as first point of contact for program staff on grantee publications; work with program staff and external engagement team members and grantees to advise them on audience and help determine key messages for publications.
Support the creation of strategies and tactics to enhance the foundation’s brand and identity.
The Digital Communications Manager will report directly to the Communications Director who has primary oversight of the Foundation’s communications.  This position also will work closely with other team members and departments.
Indeed, recent research has documented the benefits of regular use of diagnostic and formative assessments as feedback for learning (Black, Harrison, Lee, Marshall, & Wiliam, 2004). Summative assessments summarize what students have learned at the conclusion of an instructional segment. These ongoing assessments provide specific feedback to teachers and students for the purpose of guiding teaching to improve learning. One assessment is a multiple-choice test examining student knowledge of various nutrition facts and such basic skills as analyzing nutrition labels. To avoid the danger of viewing the standards and benchmarks as inert content to “cover,” educators should frame the standards and benchmarks in terms of desired performances and ensure that the performances are as authentic as possible. First, the summative assessments clarify the targeted standards and benchmarks for teachers and learners. When we call for authentic application, we do not mean recall of basic facts or mechanical plug-ins of a memorized formula. In addition, she shows examples of student work products collected from previous years (with student names removed) to illustrate criteria and performance levels. Unlike selected-response or short-answer tests, authentic performance assessments are typically open-ended and do not yield a single, correct answer or solution process.
Well-developed rubrics communicate the important dimensions, or elements of quality, in a product or performance and guide educators in evaluating student work. When students know the criteria in advance of their performance, they have clear goals for their work.
Although experienced teachers have a clear conception of what they mean by “quality work,” students don't necessarily have the same understanding. A related worry is that showing an excellent model (sometimes known as an exemplar) will stultify student creativity. At the outset of any unit of study, certain students are likely to have already mastered some of the skills that the teacher is about to introduce, and others may already understand key concepts. The displays are designed to provide answers to the unit's essential question: How do geography, climate, and natural resources influence lifestyle, economy, and culture? Students differ not only in how they prefer to take in and process information but also in how they best demonstrate their learning.
Allow choices—but always with the intent of collecting needed and appropriate evidence based on goals. First, teachers need to collect appropriate evidence of learning on the basis of goals rather than simply offer a “cool” menu of assessment choices. The art teacher models proper technique for mixing and applying the colors, and the students begin working. All kinds of learning, whether on the practice field or in the classroom, require feedback based on formative assessments. Too many educators consider grades and scores as feedback when, in fact, they fail the specificity test. Writers rarely compose a perfect manuscript on the first try, which is why the writing process stresses cycles of drafting, feedback, and revision as the route to excellence. On the basis of their self-assessments, a number of students make revisions to improve their reports before handing them in. Teachers help cultivate such habits of mind by modeling self-assessment and goal setting and by expecting students to apply these habits regularly.
We think the “carrot” approach is intrinsically weak and wimpy, and it grates us the wrong way.
Can we offer both a positive word and a loving spirit amid darkening days of proud paganism and its arrogant boasting? God didn’t just use him a long time ago, but provided the record that we might see and emulate him! He was born in his homeland Israel (most likely in Judah), during the reforms of King Josiah (c. Daniel was used by God for over eighty years and offered a “long record” of being God’s servant in a dark place.
Daniel offers a theme that demonstrates the absolute truth and superiority of “El Elyon” (the God of Abraham) over all the world – Gentiles as well as Hebrews, as the Aramaic section of the book unfolds. The book’s theme appears to shift in emphasis when the Hebrew language resumes in chapter 8, focusing the control of God on the program He planned for His own people. He is in charge of those who GET that He is in charge – but He is also in charge of those who DON’T. We open the story in progress….Daniel was dropped on to a pagan campus, surrounded by godless men with their lusts for power and control – and God gave him opportunities to share the truth of His God unapologetically before them. 2 “It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me. That was the opportunity that Daniel was given to look into the eyes of the most powerful man alive and tell him about the God of Heaven.
The most heinous example of a loose-living celebrity, caustic to our faith with their every sentence, must be seen differently than our fallen heart desires to consider. Daniel wasn’t short on PRAISE FOR GOOD THINGS in the life of the one that was not living what God desired.
If you want to reach people, you must become a student of people – able to see more keenly their possibilities and not simply their flaws.
Consider this: the message that the king was soon to be reduced to an animal needed to be delivered to the king to whom the message was aimed. This characteristic was well demonstrated by the nineteenth century missionary named John Selwyn, sent to the South Pacific, after having built a reputation as a renowned boxer and man of great strength. That fact, that the king was a sinner who did not yield to God, has been true of every member of our race since Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. You aren’t forced to follow a wrong direction – we are CHOOSING to face judgment by not accepting God’s way out….That is our message. Howard Hendricks tells the story of a young man who strayed from the Lord but was finally brought back by the help of a friend who really loved him. We pursue lasting change by granting approximately $40 million annually to more than 500 grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing our community in the U.S.
We are currently looking to hire a Communications Specialist to engage the greater Silicon Valley community, and to share who we are, the work we do and how others can get involved!
Facilitate internal communications and alignment between Wolf Trap’s Education and Communications and Marketing teams. Contribute to External Communications calendar, and communicate key dates, deadlines and activities back to the Education team. The day became known as “Bloody Sunday” and television coverage of the events triggered national outrage. For example, gay rights gained momentum as mainstream culture and tastes began to move homophobia from the acceptable to the uncool.
We can empathize with the experiences of others, and folks can come together and connect in a way that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy.
Applicants should explain the relevance of the FrameWorks position to their career goals and past experience in a cover letter. We’re looking for a results-oriented, hardworking, creative person who has a strong background in PR and media relations and an understanding of a range of communications functions within a nonprofit organization. For more than two decades we have inspired young people to tackle the world’s most daunting problems, advanced the field of invention education, and equipped entrepreneurs with the skills they need to start successful invention-based businesses.
Commitment to diversity is one of the Lemelson Foundation’s core values as we work to foster an inclusive work environment.
Experience or knowledge of science, engineering, and technology based opportunities, priorities in K-12 and higher education, invention and entrepreneurship, and global development is an asset.
The incumbent is a member of the External Engagement team, reports to the vice president for External Engagement, and is based in CHCF’s Oakland, CA, office. Assist in identifying key contacts outside the foundation who can be instrumental in partnering and helping to carry the messages of CHCF. Work with editorial and State Health Policy Office staff to establish release dates and to create and oversee dissemination strategy. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Like successful athletic coaches, the best teachers recognize the importance of ongoing assessments and continual adjustments on the part of both teacher and student as the means to achieve maximum performance. These assessments tend to be evaluative, and teachers typically encapsulate and report assessment results as a score or a grade.

Teachers use them to check students' prior knowledge and skill levels, identify student misconceptions, profile learners' interests, and reveal learning-style preferences.
Formative assessments include both formal and informal methods, such as ungraded quizzes, oral questioning, teacher observations, draft work, think-alouds, student-constructed concept maps, learning logs, and portfolio reviews. The second assessment is an authentic performance task in which each student designs a menu plan for an upcoming two-day trip to an outdoor education facility. Teachers should then present the summative performance assessment tasks to students at the beginning of a new unit or course. In standards-based education, the rubber meets the road with assessments because they define the evidence that will determine whether or not students have learned the content standards and benchmarks. Coaches routinely conduct practice drills that both develop basic skills and purposefully point toward performance in the game.
Throughout the unit, the teacher uses the student examples and the criteria in the rubric to help students better understand the nature of high-quality work and to support her teaching of research skills and report writing. Consequently, teachers cannot score student responses using an answer key or a Scantron machine. When a department or grade-level team—or better yet, an entire school or district—uses common rubrics, evaluation results are more consistent because the performance criteria don't vary from teacher to teacher or from school to school. Because well-defined criteria provide a clear description of quality performance, students don't need to guess what is most important or how teachers will judge their work.
Learners are more likely to understand feedback and evaluations when teachers show several examples that display both excellent and weak work. If teachers don't identify and confront these misconceptions, they will persist even in the face of good teaching. In the example of the 4th grade museum display project, the teacher wants students to demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between geography and economy. If a content standard calls for proficiency in written or oral presentations, it would be inappropriate to provide performance options other than those involving writing or speaking, except in the case of students for whom such goals are clearly inappropriate (a newly arrived English language learner, for example). As they paint, the teacher provides feedback both to individual students and to the class as a whole. Ironically, the quality feedback necessary to enhance learning is limited or nonexistent in many classrooms.
Pinning a letter (B-) or a number (82%) on a student's work is no more helpful than such comments as “Nice job” or “You can do better.” Although good grades and positive remarks may feel good, they do not advance learning. However, your paper lacks a clear conclusion, and you never really answered your basic research question. Not surprisingly, the best feedback often surfaces in the performance-based subjects—such as art, music, and physical education—and in extracurricular activities, such as band and athletics. 13), students verify that they have met a specific criterion—for a title, for example—by placing a check in the lower left-hand square of the applicable box.
In a matter of months it increased, and almost every day they arrived ten to fifteen minutes after their appointed time, and often left a few minutes early.
WE got threatened when we were coming up through the ranks, and we want people to stop wimping out and suck it up and do their jobs – or get in the unemployment line. This lesson isn’t so much about our message – which does not change – but about our method – which must adapt to the hearer. He wasn’t in a comfortable place – but on a pagan campus that didn’t match his value system taught at home. He isn’t an example of how to do “flash in the pan” ministry – but rather sustained a walk with God in a place where few could for decades of life. Daniel’s life message was this: God is in charge of everyone – even those who don’t believe in Him.
God planned not only chastisement and shame for them (which they were experiencing surrounded by pagans) but a future restoration and prominence.
He has a special and more complete message about events to those who BELIEVE, but He doesn’t need man’s belief to be fully SOVEREIGN.
He wasn’t just asking about theoretical ideology – he had an inkling that there was something spiritual happening. He was new to town and didn’t want to make a big deal, but he was sure he got too much change. It is our job to allow the work of God within us to shine through our lives and touch them.
You will not have a positive impact on people that believe that you hate them – even if you totally disagree with their life choices. On the way home from the hospital, he was worried-not about the cancer, but about the embarrassment & shame of going back to school with a bald head. It wasn’t Daniel’s choice to make it happen, but it was his job to deliver the message no matter how he felt about it. During his years in the South Pacific, he had occasion to strongly rebuke a native, and that native struck him violently across his face. There have been no natural exceptions – though there was one unnaturally introduced Messiah to that scene. He or she will also manage and curate the AJWS Story bank, building a robust archive of content about the inspirational work of the activists and communities we support.
We are looking for a talented individual who enjoys a challenge, and can offer their strong writing, design, social media and creative skills. Furthermore, after moral and cultural revolution, we need legislative actions to reinforce consensus and taste in law. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.
At least one year of administrative experience at a nonprofit, academic institution or equivalent organization. The Senior PR & Communications Associate is expected to help in furthering our goals of awareness, branding, and media exposure both locally and nationally. A private philanthropy, The Lemelson Foundation has an endowment of around $370 million and an annual budget of approximately $18 million.
We cannot do our work without collaboration between people with diverse skillsets and backgrounds. Experience in philanthropy or non-profits, or managing their communications as an external partner, is highly valued. Use CHCF’s Customer Relations Management tool to advance program team goals and to monitor effectiveness of engagement approaches.
The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. Unlike the external standardized tests that feature so prominently on the school landscape these days, well-designed classroom assessment and grading practices can provide the kind of specific, personalized, and timely information needed to guide both learning and teaching. Familiar examples of summative assessments include tests, performance tasks, final exams, culminating projects, and work portfolios. Diagnostic assessments provide information to assist teacher planning and guide differentiated instruction. Although teachers may record the results of formative assessments, we shouldn't factor these results into summative evaluation and grading. The nutrition vignette is illustrative: By knowing what the culminating assessments will be, students are better able to focus on what the teachers expect them to learn (information about healthy eating) and on what they will be expected to do with that knowledge (develop a nutritious meal plan). Teachers should set up realistic, authentic contexts for assessment that enable students to apply their learning thoughtfully and flexibly, thereby demonstrating their understanding of the content standards. Too often, classroom instruction and assessment overemphasize decontextualized drills and provide too few opportunities for students to actually “play the game.” How many soccer players would practice corner kicks or run exhausting wind sprints if they weren't preparing for the upcoming game? They need to evaluate products and performances on the basis of explicitly defined performance criteria.
These models help translate the rubric's abstract language into more specific, concrete, and understandable terms.
When students see several exemplars showing how different students achieved high-level performance in unique ways, they are less likely to follow a cookie-cutter approach.
As students draw, the teacher circulates around the room, stopping to ask clarifying questions (“I see you've drawn a nose. To uncover existing misconceptions, teachers can use a short, nongraded true-false diagnostic quiz that includes several potential misconceptions related to the targeted learning.
Students have some choice about the specific products they will develop, which enables them to work to their strengths. This could be accomplished through a newspaper article, a concept web, a PowerPoint presentation, a comparison chart, or a simulated radio interview with an expert.
She targets common mistakes, such as using too much paint and not enough water, a practice that reduces the desired transparency effect.
He started life surrounded by a revival for God’s Word – and spent most of it in the “moral sludge of paganism”.
Daniel offered and encouraging example of a man who fearlessly worshiped the God of Israel in a forced exile far away from the Temple system of worship and sacrifice. That means that part of the book was more focused on the Jewish people and what will happen to them, and part was God’s outreach manual to the pagan world surrounding the exiled Jewish people. Our lesson is about how he did it – because we are increasingly being called upon to share God’s Word with people who have little connection to Him – and know little of His love – like the king of long ago in this passage.
After a few minutes on the ride, the Pastor went to the driver and said, “Excuse me sir, I am new in town, so I may not have figured this whole thing out, but it looks to me like I got too much money back in change.” The driver replied, “Many thanks!
In the time of trouble, they will acknowledge that God has been working there, and they noticed it before. Even when he shared hard words, he did it with a heart broken to have harm come to the king.
It is in both loving them and in speaking truth that we reach effectively into the lives of others. It was the job of the hospital staff to turn her every hour to prevent bedsores and to feed her twice a day, “what looked like a thin mush through a stomach tube.’” Caring for her was a thankless task. In an effort to be clear about right and wrong in a day when that clarity has been lost in the public square, many of us have turned sour and mean.
Ted inherited a blanket from an aunt, and not caring much for the blanket, just threw it on a chair in the bedroom. Feel pain when the Gospel makes clear the requirement to know Christ for life eternal – or something is missing inside you that God wants to use.
Selwyn responded by folding his arms and looking intently into the eyes of the native, who realized that Selwyn could easily have knocked him cold. Why not simply conclude that the man refused to follow God and His Word, and so he should be left to his own judgment? This position is embedded within the Communications and Marketing team, and reports jointly to the Director, Public Relations and the Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. We’re looking for candidates who believe strongly in our mission to advocate for teachers and the teaching profession. All told, we have provided over $200 million in grants and other investments to hundreds of organizations around the world. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Evaluative assessments command the attention of students and parents because their results typically “count” and appear on report cards and transcripts. Examples of diagnostic assessments include prior knowledge and skill checks and interest or learning preference surveys. In addition, when students study and compare examples ranging in quality—from very strong to very weak—they are better able to internalize the differences. Student responses will signal any prevailing misconceptions, which the teacher can then address through instruction. Regardless of students' chosen products, the teacher uses a common rubric to evaluate every project.
To make valid inferences about learning, teachers need to allow students to work to their strengths. Learners often put forth greater effort and produce higher-quality work when given such a variety of choices.
It would be inefficient to have students develop an elaborate three-dimensional display or an animated PowerPoint presentation for content that a multiple-choice quiz could easily assess. Benefiting from continual feedback from the teacher, students experiment with the medium on small sheets of paper. You have essentially two choices available to convince them to do right: you can use what leadership experts call “SOFT persuasion”, or you can opt for “HARD persuasion”. Now, we walk into church, and you want to hear “straight truth” – you know, the kind that reminds us of Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God”. In the end, it wasn’t his parentage nor his environment that set the course for his destiny – it was his set of deliberate choices. I knew that you were the new Pastor in town and I just wanted to decide whether I wanted to go to your church or not!” (A-Z Sermon Illustrations). We have to admit it, because soured hearts are not surrendered ones….Can we not see that the absolute worst nightmare of a politician in our day is STILL a man or woman – a person with feelings, hopes aspirations and dreams. But Selwyn made not the slightest effort to retaliate and simply gazed at him with loving concern. The young man said it seemed like he was out at sea, in deep water, deep trouble, and all his friends were on the shore hurling biblical accusations at him about justice, penalty, and wrong. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. Because pre-assessments serve diagnostic purposes, teachers normally don't grade the results. Authentic performance tasks provide a worthy goal and help learners see a reason for their learning. The models enable students to more accurately self-assess and improve their work before turning it in to the teacher. On the basis of what she learns about her students from this diagnostic pre-test, she divides the class into two groups for differentiated instruction. In the future, the growing availability of portable, electronic student-response systems will enable educators to obtain this information instantaneously. The resulting class museum contains a wide variety of unique and informative products that demonstrate learning. A standardized approach to classroom assessment may be efficient, but it is not fair because any chosen format will favor some students and penalize others.
The teacher will judge these products using a three-trait rubric that focuses on accuracy of content, clarity and thoroughness of explanation, and overall product quality. In the folksy words of a teacher friend, “With performance assessments, the juice must be worth the squeeze.” Third, teachers have only so much time and energy, so they must be judicious in determining when it is important to offer product and performance options.
The next class provides additional opportunities to apply various watercolor techniques to achieve such effects as color blending and soft edges. If not, the discrepancy raises an opportunity to discuss the criteria, expectations, and performance standards. Just for kicks, Ted and Virginia carried the blanket (the aunt told them it was Kit Carson’s) to see if it was worth anything, thinking perhaps it might be worth a couple of thousand dollars. The HOPE of the message is found in this truth: we don’t have to face the end without the knowledge of what God is saying… and even more…. In 2015, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to Landesa, a Seattle-based land rights organization. Waiting until the end of a teaching period to find out how well students have learned is simply too late.
At the conclusion of the unit, the teacher asks students to do another drawing, which she collects and compares with their original pre-test as evidence of their learning.
They need to strike a healthy balance between a single assessment path and a plethora of choices.
It sounds like this: “If you walk through that door one minute late again, you will be sent home without pay for the rest of the day!” Hard persuasion sounds to me like nice words for “threat”. 6 “So I gave orders to bring into my presence all the wise men of Babylon, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. One day when things were especially difficult and it would have been easy for the young nurse to take out her frustrations on the patient, she was especially kind. To his surprise, about fifty of his friends jumped up and shouted, “Welcome home!”’ The boy looked around the room and could hardly believe his eyes-all fifty of his friends had shaved their heads!
Several years after John Selwyn had returned home, that same native came forward to confess Christ and be baptized by Selwyn’s replacement.
I fought him, but he pushed aside my fighting, grasped me, put a life jacket around me, and took me to shore. Skill development and refinement result from the combined effects of direct instruction, modeling, and opportunities to practice guided by ongoing feedback. Tell them that God is in Heaven about to really unload on this sin-sick nation of lazy and perverted men. 7 “Then the magicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans and the diviners came in and I related the dream to them, but they could not make its interpretation known to me.
It was Thanksgiving Day and the nurse said to the patient, “I was in a cruddy mood this morning, Eileen, because it was supposed to be my day off. We must remember to see them as God’s created beings or we will speak of them as things – and that won’t reach anyone. Turns out the blanket was an original Navajo creation dating to the early 1800’s, of which only fifty remain in existence, and none in the condition of Ted and Virginia’s. Wouldn’t we all like to have caring friends who were so sensitive and committed to us that they would sacrifice their hair for us if that’s what it took to make us feel affirmed, included, and loved?
In the case of soft persuasion, the you might say to the employee something like this: “I know that you have been struggling to be on time, and I know I haven’t said much in the past – but this is really getting to be a habit I cannot tolerate. 10 Now [these were] the visions in my mind [as I lay] on my bed: I was looking, and behold, [there was] a tree in the midst of the earth and its height [was] great. The friends didn’t change the truth of the situation, but they communicated a heart to walk through the fire with their friend! If you will work at being on time every day for the next two months, I will reconsider that raise request you made last quarter. 11 The tree grew large and became strong and its height reached to the sky, and it [was] visible to the end of the whole earth.
Do you know this is Thanksgiving?” Just then the telephone rang, and as the nurse turned to answer it, she looked quickly back at the patient. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches, And all living creatures fed themselves from it. Big damp circles stained her pillow, and she was shaking all over.” That was the only human emotion that Eileen ever showed any of them, but it was enough to change the whole attitude of the hospital staff toward her.
13 I was looking in the visions in my mind [as I lay] on my bed, and behold, an [angelic] watcher, a holy one, descended from heaven. The young nurse closes her story, saying, “I keep thinking about her … It occurred to me that I owe her an awful lot.

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