ABC News(NEW YORK) — Every parent knows that a child’s teacher can make or break the school year. But what can parents do to empower their children in the classroom for the best possible outcome?National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning currently teaches English at Joel E. Farris High School in Spokane, Washington. Many of her students are either refugees or newly arrived immigrants. Manning helps them process trauma through experiential projects such as map-making, cultural sharing, and group dialogue.Manning shared six key tips exclusively with “Good Morning America” on how parents can help empower their child in the classroom just in time for Teacher Appreciation Week.“We must work together, as educators and as parents, to best meet the needs of our kids,” she explained. “Ensuring your child’s success in the classroom and beyond takes a partnership.”1. Be open to teacher feedbackWhile it’s easy to discredit a teacher’s ability to empathize with the valid complexities of parenting, a willingness to listen to the observations of the educator is key for mutual, collaborative improvement, Manning said.“Only when we respect each other’s position and knowledge can we work in partnership to solve the problem and support the child in finding success,” she explained.2. Get involved and offer your talentsTeachers need all the help they can get, according to Manning. When parents choose to volunteer their time or resources, it makes the learning process that much more effective. She suggests parents of younger students assist with field trips and school functions. For older students, parents should be proactive and also connect with the educators to see what type of one-on-one tutoring could be helpful at home, she said.“Every family has unique talents to bring to the classroom,” Manning said. “Get into the classrooms, as an expert. Show off a little. Make your child proud.”3. Maintain dialogue with the teacherIs there an upcoming family celebration the educator should be aware of? Is there an ongoing personal problem that might impact the student’s attentiveness? Trials and triumphs at home inevitably affect the classroom experience, so share what you can with the teacher so that they can have both the awareness and sensitivity to properly operate around the information given, Manning told “GMA.”“Context is key to understanding a child’s behavior,” she explained. “When we keep each other informed, we can best meet every need our children have. For example, if you know your child is chatty and will struggle with taking turns and raising her or his hand before speaking, practice turn-taking at home. Encourage her/him not to interrupt at the dinner table, and to practice active listening. Or, if your child is particularly quiet and will struggle with group work, practice at home by doing collaborative projects together, and encouraging her/him to confidently assert her or his ideas.”4. Be presentThough it is common for both parents to juggle full-time jobs in this day and age, make every effort to attend, support, and encourage your student’s interests and extracurricular activities, Manning said.“This doesn’t mean you must attend every concert, event, or sports activity. Show up a few times. Cheer on your child,” she said. “You might see your child’s teacher there, too. It means so much to kids, builds their confidence and gives them pride to see your face in the crowd.”5. Monitor tech use at homeAddiction to electronics, whether that’s video games or smartphones, inevitably impacts the student’s ability to focus in class, Manning told “GMA.” The key, she said, is to ensure these devices do not interrupt the sleep and rest needed for a full day’s work.“One solution is to make sleeping spaces tech-free zones, with no TV or gaming equipment. Set a specific time at night to turn off all electronics. Keep the family’s phones plugged in together at night in a central location and have computers stationed in a designated location for homework.”6. Ensure healthy time management and organization early onPositive routines help prevent students from feeling overwhelmed when deadlines arise, Manning said.“Beginning in the early grades and continuing throughout your child’s school career, have your child immediately unpack their backpack when they get home from school, giving you any notes or reminders from school and going through their homework,” she explained. “Help them to set up a system for their work. If they begin to practice these skills in the early grades and continue to practice them throughout their school life, the organization will become a habit and help them tremendously in meeting deadlines and being successful both in school and in their adult lives.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Risk assessments are required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and, recently, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been promoting a simple approach to the process to ensure that risk assessments are better understood by employees. This is supposed to result in the health and safety policy being better cascaded through businesses.One such business is 150-shop Sayers The Bakers, which is the biggest independent retail baker in the north west. The company employs more than 1,000 people, both in retail and at the company’s own dedicated bakery. Sayers wanted to ’demystify’ health and safety, in line with the HSE’s thinking and to ensure that managers at each Sayers retail shop had the right level of understanding to take ownership of the risk assessments. A specialist health and safety team was invited to review and assist Sayers on how best to carry out the risk assessments, making them easier to use.”My goal was to update all health and safety systems across the Sayers retail estate by developing a safety manual and to raise the profile of health and safety among staff,” explains Karon Marsay, head of safety at Sayers. “Previously, the risk assessment documents had been held at head office. We wanted a live, user-friendly document that could be owned by the individual shop manager and used as an integral part of the day-to-day running of their shop.”Like many multi-site retailers, the challenge for Sayers was how to develop a uniform health and safety risk assessment with so many varying types of premises. Among its shops are 25 cafés, some shops are in shopping centres, some open directly onto the pavement while others have two storeys or a cellar.”First, we reviewed the central risk assessments and developed a simplified draft document, using the current HSE approach of ’demystifying’ health and safety,” Marsay explains. This reduced its current documentation into a simple assessment with fewer pages.”As a team approach to risk assessment is recognised as being the most effective means of identifying all the risks and control measures, we visited a selection of shops, checking that we had not missed any hazards and also speaking to our shop teams about any specific hazards they felt we had overlooked or were specific to their shop. This kind of approach was vital to ensure our employees felt we were delivering an approach that suited their needs.”Safety manual devisedA new safety manual was developed by health and safety expert Exova and training on its contents was rolled out to shop managers in February 2010, with part of the training focusing on risk assessments. Managers were tasked with completing the new risk assessment document.”In a busy retail environment, such as ours, there are inevitably potential risks to staff and customers, but it is our responsibility to ensure these risks are properly controlled,” says Marsay. “By simplifying our health and safety risk assessments and updating all reference material, we have empowered our shop managers to implement systems that are both a legal requirement, but also best suit the needs of their part of our business.” What’s new l Specialists in food hygiene and health & safety, Food Alert, has launched a one-stop solution for cafés, bakeries and sandwich bars. Espresso POM (Peace of Mind) is a bespoke service to provide smaller quick-service operations with high standards of food hygiene and safety. Under the service contract, Food Alert undertakes an annual safety audit, prepares a personalised safety manual, provides technical helpline support and incident management services. l The new portable SmartDose system from Diversey SmartDose is aimed at foodservice and retail operators where space is limited, connection to a water supply is impractical or complete portability is required. It uses a four-in-one concentrate that covers dishwashing, floors, glass and general surfaces in a single product. The system incorporates a patented dispenser that doses accurately into spray bottles, buckets, sinks or cleaning machines. l Dyson is marketing its Airblade hand-dryer to food production facilities. Drying hands in just 10 seconds, the machine works by channeling 400mph sheets of unheated air to scrape water from hands like a windscreen wiper. Unlike warm air hand-dryers, it doesn’t rely on evaporation to dry hands, making it up to 80% more energy-efficient, claims Dyson. A HEPA filter cleans the air before blowing it on to hands, and anti-microbial additives eliminate 99.9% of surface bacteria.l For any busy bakery or sandwich operator, behind-the-scenes labelling is just as important as what’s on the sandwich wedge for the consumers’ information. DayMark’s ClearView Dispensers are said to protect your day-date labels, helping to keep sandwich fillings and food ingredients properly HACPP recorded. The labelling systems includes DissolveMark Dissolve-A-Way labels that dissolve in any temperature water in less than 30 seconds and leave no sticky residue.
July 23, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PENNVEST anuncia adjudicaciones de contratos para realizar pruebas de plomo y desarrollar el Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua Economy, Español, Infrastructure, Press Release En su reunión del día de ayer, la junta directiva de la Autoridad de Inversiones de Infraestructura de Pennsylvania (PENNVEST) aprobó la adjudicación de dos ofertas de contratos de servicios, una para la realización de pruebas de detección de plomo en escuelas y en centros de cuidado infantil, y la otra para el desarrollo del Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua. Ambos programas se licitaron de manera competitiva mediante el proceso de Solicitud de propuestas (RFP, por sus siglas en inglés) a través del sitio de solicitud eMarketplace del estado.La junta directiva aprobó la adjudicación de una oferta de contrato a Terraphase Engineering Inc. para la realización de pruebas de detección de plomo en escuelas y centros de cuidado infantil. Terraphase, con sede en Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, tomará muestras completas en todo el estado en las escuelas y centros de cuidado infantil inscritos para detectar la presencia de contaminantes de plomo en las instalaciones de agua potable. La Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) aportará los fondos para el programa a través de la Ley de Mejoras de la Infraestructura del Agua para la Nación (WIIN, por sus siglas en inglés) y PENNVEST conducirá la supervisión de los servicios junto con el Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania, el Departamento de Protección Ambiental, el Departamento de Salud y el Departamento de Servicios Humanos.La junta directiva también aprobó la adjudicación de una oferta de contrato a Keystone Safety Services Inc. para el desarrollo del Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua (CWQE, por sus siglas en inglés). Keystone Safety Services tiene su sede en Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, y desarrollará un centro único para las entidades públicas y privadas interesadas en buscar financiación para los proyectos relativos a la calidad del agua. El Centro no solo se ocupará de la financiación de PENNVEST, sino que evaluará los proyectos individuales y compilará las fuentes de financiación apropiadas, entre las cuales figuran el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Pennsylvania y el Departamento de Conservación y Recursos Naturales de Pennsylvania (DCNR, por sus siglas en inglés).“Cada uno de estos contratos representa la inversión multimillonaria en los ciudadanos y en los recursos ambientales de Pennsylvania”, dijo Eric Menzer, presidente de la junta directiva de PENNVEST. “Asegurar que nuestras futuras generaciones cuenten con el acceso seguro y confiable al agua potable es vital para el éxito y el crecimiento de nuestras comunidades. Y el desarrollo de un centro único para los recursos relativos a la calidad del agua permitirá al gobierno de Pennsylvania ayudar mejor a los socios en sus iniciativas por mantener un medio ambiente limpio y saludable”.Desde sus inicios en 1988, PENNVEST ha financiado más de 3,000 proyectos de agua limpia en todo Pennsylvania, proporcionando casi $10 mil millones en subvenciones y préstamos a baja tasa de interés.View this information in English.