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EOC calls for part-time rights for parents

first_imgThe Equal Opportunities Commission is claiming that two sex discriminationcases last week demonstrate the need for the Work and Parents Taskforce to helpparents work flexibly. A former receptionist at Lex Retail Group settled her case for sexdiscrimination and unfair dismissal for £8,000 after it refused to allow her towork part-time following maternity leave. Also a secretary at accountancy firm Hacker Young settled her claim for£5,000. While on maternity leave her part-time post was filled on a full-timebasis and she claimed she wasn’t offered a suitable alternative. Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, said, “If parents had a right to havetheir request to work part- time considered seriously then an employer whoturned down such a request would have to be absolutely sure they had a realjustification for doing so. “The Work and Parents Taskforce needs to find ways of ensuring parentsdo benefit from more flexibility at work.” EOC calls for part-time rights for parentsOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Ryan to step down as Ed School dean

first_imgAfter leading the Graduate School of Education for four years, Dean James E. Ryan has announced that he will leave Harvard at the end of this academic year to become the University of Virginia’s next president, beginning Oct. 1, 2018.Ryan, who is also the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, is a top scholar on law and education, an authority on school desegregation and school choice, and a forceful advocate for expanding educational opportunities to close the student achievement gap.Under Ryan’s leadership, the School of Education has strengthened its standing at the top of its field in numerous ways. He helped guide efforts to expand professional development and teacher-training courses, both online and on campus, and oversaw the launch of innovative programs on teaching and learning. He also led the School’s record fund-raising efforts.“While I am excited and honored by the chance to serve my alma mater and a university at which I taught for fifteen years, it will be difficult to leave HGSE,” said Ryan in a letter to the Ed School community, announcing his departure. “I was an outsider to this institution when I arrived in 2013, but you quickly made me feel welcome. In a short period of time, I came not only to deeply admire this community, but to love it. The sense of mission, the dedication and talent, and the care and compassion that abound on Appian Way make this a remarkable community, and it has been one of the great privileges of my professional life to be a part of it.”“An outstanding academic leader, teacher, and scholar with a commitment to improving and expanding education for all, Jim Ryan worked with colleagues to bring a transformational vision to the Harvard Graduate School of Education,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Harvard will miss his thoughtful and compassionate leadership, and I will miss Jim’s voice, wisdom, and humor as a member of the Council of Deans and a leader here on campus. I congratulate the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors and the entire UVA community on the selection of their next president.”Faust said she will launch a search for Ryan’s successor shortly and will welcome advice on the selection from across the Ed School community.Ryan grew up in a blue-collar New Jersey suburb, attending Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law. His early years fueled a passion that he said “stems from personal experience” on the importance of fair and effective education. He is a longtime champion of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, and has written extensively on those principles while promoting programs embracing them.With colleagues, he began an ongoing community-wide conversation on fulfilling the promise of diversity to help prepare students to work in diverse environments, and launched Reimagining Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES), a project to boost the number of diverse K–12 schools and to share best practices to help them tap into their diversity to thrive.In 2016, Ryan became a YouTube star of sorts after he gave a Commencement speech on what he deemed the five essential questions to ask in life. The strong ripple effects of that address encouraged him to write a book, “Wait, What?,” that became a best-seller.Ryan led the Ed School through a period of sustained growth and expansion with the same energy and discipline that helped him run three Boston Marathons. To further a School goal of preparing leaders to remake education, he worked with faculty colleagues to unveil the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program to train College seniors interested in teaching careers. He worked in the same collaborative spirit to establish the Teaching and Learning Lab, which supports new approaches to those areas on campus, and oversaw the genesis of two online programs, the Certificate of Advanced Education Leadership and an upcoming online certificate program in partnership with Harvard Business School. He also shepherded the addition of a fifth floor to the School’s Longfellow Hall.To help disseminate the knowledge produced by researchers, Ryan moved to relaunch Usable Knowledge, which translates education research into stories and strategies for educators, parents, and the public. Hoping to attract entrepreneurs to help foster innovation education, he oversaw the launch of Scaling for Impact, a project to bring creative ideas to scale.Under his leadership, the School raised $278 million as of September, surpassing its campaign goal of $250 million more than a year ahead of schedule. The support includes $35.5 million from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, the largest gift in the School’s history, which funded a major early childhood initiative. During Ryan’s tenure, revenue from the School’s popular professional development programs more than doubled.Ryan also increased the size of the faculty. He hired 17 new faculty members and added 12 to the senior ranks. He established the Global Visiting Fellows program, which brings in international scholars, as well as the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Development to prepare recent doctoral graduates from diverse backgrounds to succeed and thrive in careers as faculty members in education.Before coming to Harvard, Ryan was a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he taught constitutional law, law and education, and land-use law courses, and where he was a founding director of the public service program. In addition to co-authoring a textbook on “Educational Policy and the Law,” he wrote, “Five Miles Away, A World Apart,” in which he explored school segregation and inequality by comparing two schools, one mostly white and middle class and another mostly black and poor, around Richmond, Va.In an interview with the Gazette in 2013 as he was taking the reins of the Ed School, Ryan spoke thoughtfully about the roots of his interest in education.“I grew up in a blue-collar suburb in northern New Jersey, and neither of my parents went to college,” he said. “I attended the public schools in my hometown and was lucky enough to go to a great university. That experience literally changed my life and got me thinking as early as college about how lucky I was that the system worked for me, and wondering why it has failed so many others. And that really was the impetus for the questions I’ve been asking on almost all my scholarly work since. I’ve been trying to figure out, basically, how law and policy might expand educational opportunities and also strengthen supports outside of school, so that more students have an honest chance to fulfill their potential.”last_img read more

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New firefighter training facility at Vermont Tech

first_imgVermont Technical College,Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new firefighter training building at Vermont Technical College, Sen. Bernie Sanders called the facility a major step forward in assuring high-quality training for firefighters across the state. Sanders secured $406,962 for the project, which includes a specialized structure called a live-burn building. In a successful federal, state, and local partnership, the State of Vermont committed $440,000 to the project and the college provided $50,000 for the facility. The total price tag is $897,000. The new training facility will give firefighters the opportunity to learn scenarios they will likely see when responding to live emergency situations, Sanders said. It will be centrally located and will greatly enhance the quality of training while reducing travel time and expenses incurred by many firefighters, especially volunteers.The new burn simulator will be an asset to the Fire Science Degree Program at Vermont Tech that already has enrolled nearly 30 students. Firefighters always want to hone their skills, and new fire fighters need specialized training to learn their critical trade, Sanders said.Sanders saluted Vermont s 5,600 volunteer firefighters 300 career firefighters. Both are critical, and both need and deserve more help, with training and education being a key need. We owe them all a very deep debt of gratitude as they make personal and financial sacrifices to keep our communities safe.Matthew Vinci, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, said, This much-needed training facility is largely due to the coordination and support at the local, state and federal level. The fire service across Vermont is very grateful for the efforts of Senator Sanders, Governor Douglas and the Vermont Legislature for their combined efforts to bring this Fire Burn Training Building to reality. Vermont s Fire Fighters will be better prepared to respond to our neighbors emergencies due to the training that we will receive at this facility.Ty Handy, president of Vermont Technical College, said, We re excited about the opportunities and synergies this will create between Vermont Tech s associate s degree program in Fire Science and the excellent training programs offered by the Vermont Fire Academy. Our students will benefit; Vermont s firefighters will benefit; and our local communities will benefit. This is a real win for everyone involved and we appreciate all the hard work that s gone in to making it possible.Also participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; State Senator Phil Scott (R-Washington); State Representative Alice Emmons (D-Springfield); Steve Revell of the Vermont Fire and EMS Coalition; Jim Litevich, chief of the Vermont Fire Academy; and Gary Moore, chairman of the board of trustees for the Vermont State Colleges.Source: Sanders’ office. RANDOLPH, Vt., October 5, 2009last_img read more

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5 ways to set clear and focused team goals

first_imgTeamwide goal setting is crucial if you expect to maximize and maintain your productivity.Your team members must always be clear about what your goals are, and how you’ll get there; that should be a given.But realize that some of your team members will have a better understanding of goal-setting than others, so it’s up to you to make sure they all stay on the same wavelength.1. Start with individual team membersYou’ll find it easier to establish team goals if individual members also have personal goals to reach for.Chris might want to make $150,000 annually by the time he’s 35, while Jane may prefer to move up the management ladder toward CFO. As you learn your team members’ personal and professional development goals, help them find ways to weave those goals into the general goal-fabric of both team and organization. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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